Christmas is just around the corner and we couldn’t be any more excited. Spending quality time with your family, friends and loved ones is the essence of the festive season and something everyone looks forward to.
However, Christmas also means planning for dinner parties and putting together the perfect Christmas dinner. From intimate parties with the family to bigger ones with your social group, the festive season is always packed with many dinner parties for you to attend.
That said, hosting a dinner party on your own is an entirely different ballgame.
Taking care of the menu and planning everything, preparing the guest list, considering food and drink options – there’s a lot of planning that you need to do to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Along with this, you also need to remove time to get your Christmas cards, gifts, and decorations ready beforehand.
With this in mind, if you’re looking for tips on how to host the perfect Christmas dinner, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a short guide on everything you need to know to host the ultimate Christmas dinner.
So without further ado, let’s take a look!
1. Prepare A Guest List To Start With The Prep
Party planning starts with the preparation of your guest list. Based on the kind of celebration you want to have, narrowing down on your guests can help you plan all the other elements accordingly.
If you’re planning on hosting sometime intimate, have only your closest friends and family with you to have a good time. For bigger celebrations, you could invite everyone you know – from colleagues and acquaintances to friends and family.
With the guest list done, you can have more clarity about the numbers and planning of the other elements of your Christmas dinner party.
2. Start Decorating For The Festive Ambience
While many usually go all with their decorations only a couple of days before the dinner, we’d strongly recommend decorating way beforehand. While it’s not necessary to have everything put up in one day, you could space it out and take a few days to put all your Christmas decorations across your home.
Then, for the other knick-knacks, like Christmas candles and other decors, you could put those in place a day or two before to enhance the festive atmosphere of your home.
With this gradual spacing out of decor, you can make the most of your time without being too stressed about your prep.
3. Make The Necessary Food And Drink Arrangements
With the guest list and decor taken care of, the next important task for you is to make the required arrangements for food and drinks for your Christmas dinner.
While people usually tend to cook a meal themselves with everyone making contributions towards the dishes, the option of hiring a catering service is something you could consider as well.
No matter what you choose, you’ll still need to decide the menu and get your drinks ready so make sure you dedicate enough time to carefully putting together the menu. After all, it is the star of the show.
4. Pay Attention to The Details But Play To Your Strengths
From tableware, candle holders, seating cards to flowers, the entrance of your home and seating, paying attention to the details adds that special, personal touch to your dinner.
Additionally, as a host, there’s always pressure to do everything on your own. This is one of the biggest reasons why many get overwhelmed while planning a Christmas dinner. Instead of stressing yourself out, stick to your strengths and take help for the other things that you may not be able to do on your own.
For example, if cooking isn’t something you enjoy, hire a catering service. If you’re bad at decorating and want to spend that time doing something else, hire a decorator to take care of that for you.
There’s no need to overburden yourself with tasks. It’s your Christmas dinner, you should be able to enjoy it too!
5. Manage Your Time Properly
On the day of the dinner, while you’ll have everything ready beforehand, there’s a possibility that things may not always go the way you want them to. From burnt food, extra guests to spilt drinks and fallen decor, there may be things that go wrong.
In such cases, stewing about the imperfections or the things that went wrong will have a negative impact on your day and you must do your best to avoid that from happening. Prioritise your work and don’t obsess over all that needs to be done; find time to enjoy the dinner too.
Your guests will understand that planning such an important event is no easy task and will enjoy it regardless of what doesn’t go the way you planned. This means that you need to stay optimistic and make the most of the day.
To Sum Up…
Hosting the perfect Christmas dinner will require enough planning. However, while you take care of everything that you can, there may be elements that don’t turn out the way you hoped for them to and that’s okay!
With these tips, your dinner planning can get a little easier and you get a better understanding of everything you need to take care of.
All in all, since you’re the host, don’t stress too much and make sure to enjoy your incredible Christmas dinner.