Some people are natural hosts whereas others, the idea of hosting Christmas can be quite stressful. The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time to gather with loved ones and create cherished memories. If you’re the one hosting the festivities this year, fear not! We’ve got you covered with three simple yet brilliant hacks that will make your Christmas hosting duties a breeze.
Plan in advance
The key to a successful Christmas feast is in the planning. Create a menu that balances traditional favourites with dishes that can be prepped in advance. Opt for make-ahead casseroles, salads, and desserts that can be stored in the fridge or freezer until the big day. This way, you’ll have more time to enjoy the celebration with your guests rather than being stuck in the kitchen.
Share the load
If you’re going to ask your guests to contribute to the feast it’s a good idea to be specific and assign different dishes to different people. That way everyone knows where they stand and you won’t end up with loads of the same thing. The same goes for drinks, get everyone to BYOB and then set up a self-serve beverage station. From mocktails to cocktails and hot chocolate to mulled wine arrange glasses, garnishes and mixers and let your guests help themselves.
Christmas table decorations
How will you serve Christmas dinner? Will you lay out the food and let your guests help themselves, will you plate the food and serve it that way or will you bring all the dishes to the table to act as centre pieces? Once you know how you’re going to serve the food you can plan your Christmas table setting better.
If you plan on bringing all of the food to the table you’ll want to keep your center pieces small to leave room. Or, you could let your decorations pull double duty. Use festive chopping boards, platters, and plates to serve the food that way you’ll create a festive atmosphere while streamlining your hosting tasks.
Remember, hosting Christmas is all about creating a joyful and memorable experience for your loved ones. By planning ahead, offering convenient self-serve options, and using your decorations in creative ways, you’ll be well on your way to hosting a stress-free and delightful celebration that everyone will cherish.