Published on December 15th, 2017 | by What 20
Hosting Christmas Dinner: A survival guide
With Christmas fast approaching, a lot of people will be thinking about preparing for the big day. When you’re hosting Christmas dinner, there are lots of things that need to be considered to ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible. Take a look at these top tips on how to survive playing the host this Christmas.
Be sure to stock up on all the food and drinks needed a few days in advance for extra peace of mind. With many supermarkets, you can actually pre-order a turkey and pick it up when needed, giving you some extra peace of mind. You should also make sure you stock up on food not just for Christmas day but for the entire festive period too, such as buffet food for boxing day. If you’re catering to a large group of people and don’t have space for all your food, it might be worth looking into some commercial refrigeration options to make sure everything’s ready for the days ahead.
Set a budget
Christmas can be expensive, and the more you throw into your shopping basket, the more quickly costs can add up. Set yourself a budget and try to shop within this price, splurging on the more important things like the Turkey and champagne but saving on smaller items such as vegetables. A good way to do this is to visit a few different shops or markets to buy your bits and bobs, looking for the best deals.
Keep the mood light
The best host keeps their guests entertained, so make sure you keep the mood as happy and festive as possible! Prepare some party games for people to be occupied with or a Christmas film for everyone to watch. Try and avoid confrontation as much as possible, making sure not to bicker over trivial things and ruin the atmosphere!
Check for dietary requirements
Whether you have 20 people coming for dinner or 4, it’s often easy to forget what different dietary requirements people have. For example, a member of your family may have gone vegetarian or a friend could be trying a gluten free diet. Make sure to check beforehand whether anyone has any dietary requirements you’ll need to cater to to avoid any last disappointment.
Don’t forget the finishing touches
Last but not least, remember to include all the finishing touches that make Christmas extra special. This means details like Christmas crackers, place setting name cards, Christmas music, decorations and hanging mistletoe. For a more personal approach, think about making some DIY decorations for your home to delight your guests.