To some, the Christmas dinner is the focal point of the big day. To others however, preparing a huge dinner for a large family, along with the other rigours of the day and being constantly scrutinised by your guests is just one big nightmare. It might not be something you’re instantly worried about, but creating that special meal means nothing if you serve it to special guests on a tray in front of the TV with no special crockery or cutlery. Make sure your first Christmas dinner in the new home is one that goes smoothly, and take a look at our guide to presenting your meal impressively to any guests.
If you’re entertaining guests this Christmas, and are going to the expense and effort of preparing dinner on a mass scale, the last thing you want to be doing is plating up your masterpiece on an assortment of mismatched plates that aren’t big enough to hold your vast range of prepared foods. Although you probably don’t want to be investing in new pots and plates solely for use over the festive period, if you buy smartly you’ll gain possession of some best crockery that can be brought out for the special occasion and to wow guests at any point in the year.
If you’re planning to entertain over Christmas, there is no better time to whip out your very best silver cutlery than during the festive period. Adding some stylish, traditional cutlery will help to add the perfect finish to your festive table. They will also help to add a sense of special occasion to your meal, as you will be using your very best dinnerware items for a wonderful meal with family and friends.
It’s unavoidable that come mid afternoon on Christmas day, everyone will have overeaten. If you’re playing host, that means you need to prepare an absolute feast for your guests, as they’ll definitely expect to eat like a king. With so many meat and vegetable options for the big day, you’ll need a regimen of serving bowls, rather than having to embarrassingly go through the process of plating up everyone’s individual meals. Similarly to the crockery situation, try not to have a mix and match situation as it’ll go some way to ruining the other Christmas decorations you opt for on the table.
Napkins, crackers and other festive accessories are great additions to your festive table. We all know that you get exactly what you pay for when it comes to Christmas crackers, and whilst it may be easy to fob off immediate family with a pack of three tiny screwdrivers, if you have a large group coming you may feel obliged to push the boat out that little bit further. If you want to tailor the prizes to your party guests, check out the vast range on offer at department stores like John Lewis.
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