If you don’t like to delegate then here are 5 handy tips to being extra prepared for Christmas Entertaining this year.
Choose your hero food for the table. This may be a Glazed ham, Pork roast or seafood. Purchase pantry items 2 weeks prior, fruit and vegetables a few days before and seafood 1 day prior. This leaves you a few days before to prepare and write yourself a food preparation schedule for Christmas day.
The freezer is your friend. Choose cookies and baked goods you can make ahead of time and freeze before Christmas day. All you need to do is take them out a day or two before to thaw saving you the stress of rushed last minute baking.
Handy hint: Ginger bread cookies are one of the best types of cookies to bake and freeze. They also make great gifts for those unexpected guests. Check out our recipe here.
Don’t underestimate how long it takes to wrap your gifts. Get organised ahead of time and choose your signature wrapping style this year with your desirable gift wrap, ribbon and Christmas cards. Don’t forget to buy a little extra than you need for that one gift you know you’re going to struggle to wrap neatly.
Handy Hint: Take advantage of Kitchen Warehouse free in-store gift wrapping for any gifts purchased in store.
Keeping it simple keeps you sane. Use your everyday dishes and style it up with a coloured napkin in a fancy fold or just lay it on the plate topped with some greenery or a Christmas ornament. Choose a table runner, whether you have an old favourite or a roll of hessian for a rustic look. Candles and flowers are simple and easy ways to add to your table decorations too and don’t forget the Christmas crackers and candy canes.
CLEAN AS YOU GO
When everyone arrives you don’t want to be surrounded by all that clutter. Tackle each mess as you go and keep a daily cleaning routine so come Boxing day you can unwind and enjoy some leftovers.