A snippet of evergreen or holly makes this invitation to a sit-down dinner stand out from a pile of one-dimensional holiday cards. To replicate this invite, open the link below to get the template, then print it out on card stock, and cut along the dotted lines. Using a hole punch, make two side-by-side holes at the top of each card. Thread a small length of ribbon from back to front, tie it to a twig, and knot.
No, you don't have to make everything from scratch. Your guests will never notice if you cut a few corners and take advantage of packaged ingredients. You can save more than an hour of prep time by relying on frozen pearl onions (no peeling!), presliced mushrooms, precut stew meat and carrots, and pre-bagged lettuce.
What to SipTradition holds that whatever wine goes in the stew should go in the glass. That's fine, but wine expert Andrea Robinson suggests matching rich beef stew and bitter broccoli rabe with an assertive Rioja (such as Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva, $16) or a Petite Syrah (like Bogle, $10).