SOURCE: Boar's Head

November 22, 2010 09:00 ET

Holiday Entertaining Made Easy as A, B, C!

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - November 22, 2010) - (Family Features) The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can certainly become one of the most stressful times of the year. With holiday dinners and family gatherings, the thought of entertaining all your loved ones may be a bit overwhelming. Boar's Head style expert Jackie Rogers shares party tips that will impress your guests, while making hosting a get together as easy as A, B, C.

Rogers explains that when it comes to a successful holiday dinner or gathering, it's all about the A, B, C's: ambiance, beverages and cuisine.

A: Ambiance
The dinner table is usually the main gathering place. This makes it a great focal point to set the mood for your get-together. Start with an elegant tablecloth in a rich ivory, crimson red, silver or gold. Add depth and texture by using a coordinating table runner and napkins for a stylish touch. For centerpieces, flowers work for almost any occasion, but if you're feeling a little more inventive, play with candles, pinecones, greenery and ribbon for a centerpiece that really reflects the season.

B: Beverages
When it comes to drinks, keep it simple. Make one signature drink for your party. This will allow you to keep things fun and festive without having to spend the entire night taking drink orders. Create an even more memorable occasion by giving your signature drink a signature name -- say Santa Sangria or Mistletoe Martini?

C: Convenient cuisine
The holiday season is about mixing and mingling. Don't isolate yourself in the kitchen. Save hours of preparation time by taking advantage of the many dishes that come prepared. A fully cooked, ready to heat and serve ham or turkey like Boar's Head Sweet Slice Ham and Oven Roasted Turkey Breast is a great way to ensure a delicious dinner without any mishaps. Never overcooked and seasoned to perfection, these Boar's Head items are great options for a delicious dinner that's stress-free. And, instead of covering the table in sides, keep it simple with a starch and two vegetables. These steps will provide an impressive, hassle-free meal, while allowing you to spend more time with family and friends.

Here is a recipe to serve as an accompaniment for your holiday ham!

Sweet Slice Ham with Cranberry Chutney

Boar's Head Sweet Slice Smoked Ham, Sliced
1/2 cup Cranberry-pomegranate juice
1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
2 tbsp Dried cranberries
1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground ginger
1/2 cup Boar's Head Vidalia Onion Relish
2 tsp Head Honey Mustard

To make the Cranberry Chutney: Heat the cranberry-pomegranate juice in a small saucepan and then add the red wine vinegar. Next, add the dried cranberries, cover and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the spices, onion sauce, and mustard. The chutney can be cut into smaller pieces if desired. Serve slightly warm or store in the fridge until ready to use.