As we inch closer and closer to Christmas and while there is excitement in the air, for some there is also mounting stress about hosting a Christmas lunch or dinner. So this year, whether your hosting just the family or hosting to a large crowds, these tips will allow for things to run as smoothly as possible. But just remember, relax and have fun! It’s Christmas and it’s the one day to enjoy delicious food and good company.
Tips to pull off the perfect Christmas feast
Mix traditional recipes with modern ones: try something different this year, whether it be a new salad recipe, different meat or new dessert. Spice up your regular Christmas favourites.
Do a run through of new recipes: if you are choosing to try a new recipe, perhaps do a run through so you can be ready if the meal needs any tweaking or seasoning.
Before you buy anything, check your cupboards: don’t rush to the shops, check your cupboards first and do a head count of what you need and what you actually already have. Plus it will give your cupboards a good clean out in the process.
Plan you service ware: be sure to have enough plates and bowls for serving and for guests to eat off. To this ahead of time and decide which dish is going where for a stress-free Christmas Day when plating up.
Create a Christmas playlist: Christmas Day is not complete without some holiday hits. Every great party has it’s own playlist, so start collecting some classic hits plus some new for everyone to enjoy.
Cater for everyone: whether one of your guests is vegetarian, vegan or nut-allergic, be great host and provide dishes in which cater to these people. You don’t want anyone missing out.
Plan and time for recipes: once you have tested out your recipes, figure out how much time each recipe needs and where you’ll need to cook it.
Make what you can in advance: whether you make your stuffing or sauces in advance, this will save you a lot time of Christmas Day and allow you to focus on the main courses.
Enlist helpers: so be afraid to ask for help when preparing your Christmas feast. Plus its far more fun with help. Pour some bubbles and put on some festive music and cook away.
Leftovers: have a supply of zip-lock bags and containers to store any leftovers or so guests can take home the delicious good.
Now you know how to become the host with the most on Christmas Day, try any of these scrumptious recipes this year for a show-stopping Christmas feast.
Christmas main recipes to try
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