Planning a Christmas dinner can be very enjoyable and cozy if prepared correctly. If not, you will definitely face stress. Are you planning to have your Christmas dinner at home this year? We have compiled a list of the best tips to help you make sure this joyous festivity goes off without a hitch. Please take a look!
1) Schedule Your Work
It may seem like over-planning, but the key to a successful Christmas dinner is to prepare everything simultaneously. Easier said than done! Start with the time you want to serve dinner and work backwards to figure out when to put everything in the oven. Be sure to check the oven temperature for the food and make a schedule that works for you.
2) Food Prep
The best way to prepare a Christmas dinner is to make as much as possible before the day of the event. Be sure to have everything on the menu that can be prepared in advance, including potlucks, baked goods, and casseroles. This way, you can prepare most of the food for the celebration.
3) Avoid Overloading Ovens
If you have ever hosted a Christmas dinner, you have probably experienced the despair of not being able to fit everything in the oven, no matter how you arrange the pans and plates. However, it is essential not to overload the oven, or the food will not turn out as desired.
For example, when it comes to fried potatoes, make sure there is enough space between the potatoes. If you stack them on top of each other, they will steam when you want them to bake on the bottom of the roasting pan.
Take out all the pots and pans you want to cook in. Then try putting them in the oven and think about how they will fit. You may also want to purchase an additional stand-alone oven that just sits on the counter or tabletop.
4) Check The Bases
It’s easy to get caught up in decorating and buying Christmas presents and forget the essential things. Ensure you have enough chairs, dishes, glasses, and cutlery for everyone a week in advance. Will they all fit on the table, or will you add a temporary table so everyone can sit comfortably? Is there room in the refrigerator for the perishable foods you plan to purchase? Or should guests bring their own preserves? Plan everything so that there is no last-minute panic.
5) Prepare The Location
You won’t have time to prepare the smoothies, so clear unneeded kitchen utensils off the cooktop to make room for the preparation. Also, put out everything you will need. Cranberry sauce, chutney, mustard, etc. This way, you won’t buy things you don’t need, and you will remember to put what you do need on the table.
6) Set the Table on Time
As already mentioned, a great secret to reducing stress when preparing Christmas dinner is to prepare as much in advance as possible. Therefore, setting the table at least one day in advance is a good idea. This way, you will have plenty of time to arrange everything the way you want. Also, you will know in advance if anything is missing, so you can go shopping without rushing.
7) Divide the Task
Planning a Christmas dinner at home does not mean you have to do everything. The trick is to divide up the tasks. If you assign simple tasks to your guests, such as peeling the vegetables, lighting the fire in the living room, and refilling the glasses, you can ensure that you are all set and ready in no time!
Let us know if these few tips have helped you in the comments below!