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5 Tips to handle hosting Christmas Day for the first time!

Written by Eleanor Weeks

Hosting Christmas Day for the first time?
Unsure of what preparation to do in the meantime?
Simply check out our top 5 tips and all will be fine,
and if all else fails, just crack open the wine! 

🎁 1. Plan the experience in advance 🎁

Planning Christmas day in advance is a must, after all, it is the most wonderful day of the year, right?! Your day will most likely entail a yummy breakfast, buck’s fizz (and lots of it, I hope), dinner, endless chocolate and good tv in between! Perhaps a nice walk too, if the weather permits and your family aren’t feeling too full from your cracking roast! So, in order to make the day run as smoothly as possible try and do as much as possible in advance – you will thank yourself on Christmas day! Stuffing, desserts, and accompaniments such as gravy can all be made before the 25th and froze or refrigerated.

🍴 2. Consider the dietary requirements of guests in advance 🍴

Are any of your extended family vegetarian, vegan or have other dietary requirements? Make sure to check this out before the big day, that way you will have plenty of time to check out online recipes and buy food for those with special diets – you don’t want anyone to miss out after all!

🎶 3. Entertainment 🎶

Remember to have fun, it is Christmas after all! Organise some festive games that are guaranteed to get the whole family involved after dinner! Christmas Songs Pictionary, Snowman Bowling or Christmas Movie Trivia are always a good shout! Plus, make sure to have some batteries to hand – you’ll need them at some point. Promise.  Lastly, nothing gets people in the festive mood like some Christmas tunes! So, make sure to create a Christmas playlist ahead of the big day to avoid any arguments with Alexa mid-meal. Think Christmas carols and classical music, with a sprinkle of pop, soul and jazz in there too!

💤 4. Sleeping arrangements 💤

Do you have lots of family members travelling down to yours Christmas Day? Is the plan for everyone to stay the night? Make sure to double-check how many of your family will be staying the night at yours so you can plan accordingly! This way you can set up the spare room or get out lots of spare duvets, ready to convert the living room once night falls.

🍾 5. Booze 🍾

…And we’ve saved the most important tip till last! Booze and lots of it!  Think Buck’s Fizz, Mulled Wine and Christmas negronis! Why not have a go at making a few exciting cocktails too for your guests to enjoy, perhaps a few low-alcohol recipes to help prolong the festive joy.😂 On that note, my number one tip for you, don’t drink too much alcohol before and during the preparation! It will only end disastrously…afterwards though, when the table is laden and everything’s fine, no one deserves a champagne toast more than YOU!!🍾

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