Add some modern folk to your holiday table with cross-stitched poinsettia napkins. [Download our free printable poinsettia pattern](http://www.hgtv.com/content/dam/documents/HGTV/2015/Original_Kristin-Guy-HostingHolidays-poinsettia-napkins.pdf?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host), and [follow our easy instructions to make your own>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/how-to-make-poinsettia-cross-stitch-napkins?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
Elevate your finger food appetizers this holiday with baked sweet potato sliders topped with a tangy celery salad. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/baked-sweet-potato-sliders?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
This Brussels sprout dish will sway even the pickiest of eaters. This unique texture pairs well with any winter roast. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/wilted-brussels-sprouts-petals?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
Celebrate ginger two ways with this zippy bourbon cocktail that is bold, crisp and perfect for ringing in the seasonal festivities all winter long. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/ginger-bell-cocktail?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
These endive cups filled with sweet and savory pear and gorgonzola crumbles are a light way to kick off your evening of joyful celebration. [Get the recipe here>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/pear-and-gorgonzola-salad-cups?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
Try this healthy yet hearty dish packed with greens, squash, fresh herbs and a punchy vinaigrette that can be served as a main dish or a side dish at a big holiday feast. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/winter-grain-salad?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
A holiday table setting can showcase your favorite Christmas colors in a completely different way. Re-imagine Christmas dinner with new dishware, textiles and dining accessories. A snow-white tablecloth is the perfect backdrop for a newly realized holiday tabletop theme. Styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo
Switch up your typical winter bubble routine with this simple sparkling cocktail. A perfectly festive and unique welcoming toast for your arriving holiday guests that's bursting with vibrant berry colors and evergreen-like fragrance. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/holiday-gin-fizz-cocktail?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
Hosting your first holiday supper shouldn’t be stressful, and this roast will be the star of the table. Easy to prep and filled with unique aromatic flavors of cider and sage, you'll be wishing for leftovers before the dishes are even washed. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/hard-cider-roast-with-sage-vegetables?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
Using real fresh flowers, create a true showstopper of a tree for a Christmas dinner party. You have two options when creating a floral tree: use silk flowers to have it last all season or use fresh flowers to design a dramatic Christmas tree for a special occasion. For this tree, I used non-traditional Christmas colors of pink, burgundy and mauve. Pink roses, pink lilies, white hydrangeas and red roses are inexpensive flowers that are readily available at your local grocery store or florist. Keep the color palette monochromatic and you can’t go wrong with a fresh flower tree.
Dress up the dinner table with a sparkling and unique advent calendar centerpiece. Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs used a vintage chicken-wire cloche dome of gifts and Christmas tags to represent the 25-day countdown. Add small, wrapped presents, decorative ornaments and ribbons underneath the dome. Each day, let the kids remove a tag and open a present. With each gift and tag removed, simply replace with the next consecutive number.