Top tips for hosting Christmas

Today’s post is about top tips for hosting Christmas. Now I don’t think I’m much of an expert at it but I do love having family come round at Christmas. These days I find it much easier to have family round our house rather than having to traipse around visiting family with the boys (plus various toys). It means they get to stay in the comfort of their own home and play to their hearts content on all the new presents they got from Father Christmas.

tips for hosting christmas

So my tips for hosting Christmas are as follows:

Keep hydrated
You don’t want to suffer from dehydration and feint whilst you are in the middle of cooking your turkey! So that means remembering to regularly top up your glass with a drink of your choice…wine, prosecco… gin. Its VERY important!

Simplicity is key
Christmas lunch is my main focus on the big day. I don’t worry about starters. We’ll have breakdast and then nibbles throughout the day. Things like olives, home made sausage rolls, pickles and crisps. It’s the one day of the year I allow my boys to graze on crisps all day!

I used to be terrible at this because I always felt that because I was hosting it mean I had to do everything myself. I’ve since learnt to accept help whenever it’s offered (or delegate when it’s not) because it means I will be a lot less stressed out. The boys are now old enough to help out a little too and they love to set the table and I usually set the other half peeling the veggies for me so I can concentrate on the turkey! (and keeping hydrated of course)

This is probably obvious but prepare as much as you can beforehand. I make things like mince pices, sausage rolls and desserts on the run up to Christmas Day. I know some people like to prep their veg the night before too but I prefer to do mine on the day.

We usually have our Christmas lunch around 1.30/2pm so I always aim for everything to be ready an hour before because inevitably timings run over.

What tips do you have for hosting Christmas?


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  1. Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    I wish I was better at delegating #KCACOLS

  2. Educating Roversi

    I delegate by getting my hubby and Mum’s fella to do all the cooking. I’m rubbish at anything that requires timing! I agree about staying at home. Since having our son, we do the same. Missing out on lunchtime pub visit due to toddler nap time but id rather do that than drag him about and have a tired tot. #KCACOLS

  3. I don’t do any cooking what so ever! I’m rubbish at it!! We normally spend Xmas at the in laws so Nick’s mum is the one who does the cooking but when we have hosted Xmas at home is normally Nick who cooks so I help with other things such as getting the house looks presentable, get all the dishes cleaned, be sure people have something to drink and are happy! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. Merry Christmas to you and your family and Happy New Year 2016. Will definitely see you in the New Year! 😉 xx

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