This year we have offered to host Christmas lunch. We are really looking forward to a fantastic day spent with family and the kids having lots of fun with the excitement and festivities.

So taking into account I am probably planning to cook as much food in one day as I do the entire year, how do I ensure I get to relax and enjoy the day with everybody else?

This is how I’m going about it…..

1. Make a plan

Pre-plan the menu and determine all the items needed including the decorations. Then organise a time to shop “child free” (if you can). Late night opening hours are a big help with this or shop online and get it delivered to reduce the stress of parking and crowds at this time of year.

Also in planning, work through the Christmas day plan. Have it clear in your mind what you need to do and roughly at what time ie. roast in oven at 10am.

TIP: For menu planning it is a good idea to consider foods that can be easily managed on the day or prepared beforehand.

2. Outsource

My husband has decided we will cook the chickens this year, however I am still leaning toward the option of pre-ordering some roasted chooks from our local shops. They taste terrific, take 10 minutes to pick up and will free up more space in our oven for the other two roasts we intend to do. It also means a couple less things to think about on the day.

Another way to outsource is asking family members to bring something. I have my sister’s families coming and so have asked they each bring a salad or dessert and of course mum makes a terrific seafood sauce so she is in charge of the prawns.

3. Prepare

Work out the dishes that can be prepared before the day such as cakes and desserts as well as the steps that can be done the night before like marinading and setting the table. Get everything done you can before the day, to allow you more time with your family.

TIP: Layout the serving plates ‘ready to go’ for each of the dishes, labelled with a sticky note. It helps provide a reminder and clarity about what needs to be done and also assists with communication if there is more than one of you assisting in preparing the meals.

4. Laugh

Remember this is a festive time and one when you are surrounded by family and loved ones, so at the end of the day make the most to enjoy it! No one will really care if the Turkey is a little dry… definitely not by their third glass of wine!

Merry Christmas …. Enjoy !

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  • I didn’t host so was a helper, much easier


  • All of these are common sense but thanks for the reminder.


  • These are some very useful tips. I didn’t need any of them this year as there was just me and my son who is 36. It’s been a rough year and neither one of us felt like celebrating Christmas


  • Lol, I’m certainly not going around with my notepad :)

    • And when we forget something we do with a little bit less :)


  • Thanks for these tips!


  • Don’t host!! We have hosted more times than I can remember and what I find is that everyone else has a fantstic time and it’s memorable for them… but unfortunately as host, you don’t get to experience it in that way.


  • Happy christmas is a full belly and a lot of laughs anything else is a bonus!


  • Thanks for the tips


  • good ideas


  • Relax and be yourself


  • A cold buffet style meal makes the day much easier.


  • I like the idea about outsourcing!!


  • Some great ideas there. Already have some dishes coming over , so that helps. My first time hosting in years as the older children have their own families.


  • Done, done, done and ready to do :)


  • It’s time to start planning for this year. For now I made a list of the people I want send a Christmas card too. Next will be time to write and send the letters.
    I am also working at the Christmas menu. Looking at the recipes here in Mouths of Mums is quite inspiring!! :-)


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