How to host a stress-free Christmas Dinner
If you’re having your family or friends over for dinner this Christmas, you may already be starting to feel a little overwhelmed with all the preparation and planning. But just remember that your guests aren’t expecting the perfect Christmas dinner, all they really want is to have a good time and enjoy a nice meal with the ones they love. Having a designer house, elaborate decorations or gourmet food isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of a successful Christmas dinner.
So spending hours on end polishing your cutlery and crockery is probably an effort that will go unnoticed - to be frank, it’s more often than not a complete waste of time. Rather put your time to better use by reading a few of our tips on how to host a stress-free Christmas dinner, before you give yourself a hernia by trying to outdo yourself.
Have yourself a Merry Christmas dinner with these simple tips:
Don’t be listless this Christmas
Making a list of what you need to get accomplished will help keep you focused and will allow you to manage your time better. Having a visual reminder of all your tasks will help you to decide which tasks are more important, whether or not you have enough time to get everything done or whether you’ll need to delegate some tasks to a few willing friends or family.
Food for Thought
When it comes to Christmas cooking, it’s best to keep to the meals you know –starting one of your wild culinary experiments will only place more stress upon yourself and might just end up being more of a miss than a hit. Those simple one-pot-meals will give you more time to plan other aspects of your Christmas dinner and will drastically reduce the amount of dishes you have to clean.
Keep Calm and Plan Ahead
Do as much as you can beforehand, so that you don’t end up rushing around like a headless chicken a few hours before your Christmas dinner.
Here are a few things you can do in advance:
- Decorate early – strategically place your décor around areas that people are most likely to congregate.
- Make an inventory of all the cutlery and crockery you have to make sure you have enough dinnerware for your guests.
- Make your dessert a few days before the dinner – most sugary things tend to keep well, so you won’t have to worry about your dessert spoiling.
- Set the table the night before.
- Chop up veggies in ahead of time.
Set the Mood
Get your crowd buzzing with excitement and festive cheer by doing a few simple things to set the mood. A few tricks include:
- Dimming the main lights – this will help those Christmas lights and candles stand out more, and will create more of a magical atmosphere.
- Creating a playlist with cheerful and upbeat music.
- Breaking the ice with a fun and silly game like Guess the Celebrity or Dumb Charades.
The key to a stress-free Christmas dinner is remembering what this festive occasion is really about, and that’s the importance of being together with the ones you love. If you put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect and take your dinner party too seriously, you’ll end up diverting your attention away from what really counts. When all the hard work is out the way, remember to relax and enjoy yourself – your dinner is not only about making your guests happy - it’s also about making yourself happy too!