There’s nothing quite like a country Christmas. The decor is rustic and charming. The music is upbeat and fun. But the true highlights of a traditional country Christmas are the three f’s: family, friends and food.

All of those things comes together when hosting a country holiday dinner. It really is the best way to celebrate the Christmas season, filled with warmth and love.

But sometimes planning a country holiday dinner can be a tad overwhelming. Appetizers, dessert, drinks, decor, table settings, music, seating, and the main course – everything has to be carefully orchestrated. To aid you in putting together the greatest family gathering, one that even tops last year’s, we’ve rounded up some of the best ideas for a country holiday dinner.

From recipes to decor – here are 7 country holiday dinner ideas.

#1: Southern Sweet Iced Tea

Sweet iced tea might seem like a summer drink at first, but the taste of rich tea, sweetened and poured over ice is a crisp and refreshing beverage for any season. And it’s especially perfect for holiday gatherings.

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#2: Caraway-Dill Biscuits

A slightly different take on your granny’s classic buttermilk biscuits, these bad boys are dolled up with caraway seeds and fresh dill, giving them an extra pop of delicious flavour. The best part? They only take 35 minutes to make, which makes them the perfect appetizer for your hungry guests while they wait for the main course.

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#3: Classic Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Perfecting buttermilk fried chicken is not the simplest feat, but if you can pull it off your guests will be both impressed and stuffed from clearing off their plates. It’s even in the name – this one is a country dinner classic. All that’s missing is a cold beer and a pair of jeans that fit just right.

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#4: Mississippi Mud Cake

Mississippi mud cake is made with rich cocoa, and topped with sweet marshmallows and salted, toasted pecans swirled together in a creamy chocolate icing. Make sure you get a spot near the dessert table, because you’ll definitely be getting up for seconds.

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#5: Plaid Prints

Nothing says country like plaid, and nothing says country dinner like a plaid tablecloth, napkins or accents. Choose festive colours like red and green, and you’ll be holiday ready.

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#6: Mason Jars

Probably one of the most effective ways to decorate your place, while spending the least amount of money. Mason jars give off a rustic look, and are also extremely versatile. Use them as flower vases, candle holders, or stick twinkling fairy lights inside. Any that you have leftover can be used as drinking jars for your Southern sweet iced tea.

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#7: Greenery

There’s nothing like adding a little pop of lush greenery to your home decor to give it a woodsy and cozy feel. Plus, if you opt for real pine, it will give your home a refreshing scent. Wrap your banisters and fireplace with garland, or use pieces of greenery to create your own table centrepiece. Add pinecones and plaid ribbon to give it that extra country look.

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