Planning your Christmas Dinner is not a cakewalk by any means. After all, this one dinner has to be the most special traditional and the most awaited meal of the year. You not only have to come up with a variety of dishes but also remember to make those calls to friends and family staying away, arranging cutlery, having a clean house and a proper seating arrangement for all. Not to forget to create the perfect ambiance to set the merry mood. Most hosts complain that it is one of the most stressful times of the year. Handy believes that if you start planning your Christmas dinner early enough, things are going to be pretty smooth.
- Organization – Organizing things well in advance will save you from last-minute hassles. Make a list of everything that is required and arrange them beforehand to prevent the hurdles of last-minute shopping. A to-do list comes in quite handy as you can tick the things done and be alert for all those that remain to be done. Remember to categorize this list into things like; food items, cutlery, pots, gifts, and so on.
- Check the equipment – If there is nothing worse than finding out last minute that what you assumed to be available at home isn’t in the right shape. So, double-check your oven, microwave, and pots required to cook. Also, ensure that the cutlery is good to go, and you have enough for the guests you are expecting. Serving dishes, cooking utensils, foils, and tissue are all just as you want and require. Sharpen your kitchen knives before-hand and keep some spare ones as well.
- The day before – Consider this as the most important day to plan. You can share some work for Christmas dinner that is to be done on the day before Christmas. Chopping veggies and preparing the ‘stuffing’ beforehand can save you time on the special day. You can store them in the fridge to be used the next day. Do as much baking work as possible on the day before so that all you need to do is to add cream before serving the Christmas truffle. Pre-prepare your plates, cutlery, and serving dishes. Set the music list to be played lightly in the background in the evening.
- Start early – Starting early can give you time to relax before your guests start pouring in. You do not wish to look all tired and flustered as you receive your guests. So, start early in the morning with preparations that require maximum time. It’s best to start with turkey and move over to veggies and dessert while it is being cooked in the oven. It’s best if you take a power nap in the middle of the day to freshen you up.
Handy believes that Christmas is a time for all to enjoy, including you. Even if you are a bit stressed with having so many people over, it will become lighter if you plan in an organized fashion. Seek the help of family members as well and involve them all in the festive preparations and spirit.