Quick Tips for a Fuss-Free & Stylish Christmas
- Careful menu planning makes for a much more relaxed Christmas lunch or dinner. As many pre-prepared platters, dishes and desserts that can be made in the lead up means more time for you out of the kitchen and enjoying time with friends and family.
- Start buying extras like batteries, wrapping paper and gas for the BBQ now, so you’re not frantically trying to do this on top of everything else the day before.
- Say ‘yes’ to offers of help and don’t be afraid to delegate. Let the family know what’s expected of them – whether it’s making sure there’s enough ice and chilled beverages throughout the day or who’s on cleaning-up duty means everything will run smoothly throughout the day.
- You don’t need to spend a fortune on masses of plastic trinkets and ornaments – branches sprayed gold for the table and bunches of rosemary from the garden tied with twine and a label make for a gorgeous and fragrant place setting. Save your tin cans and wrap them in washi tape for simple and effective vases or as cute serviette and cutlery holders.
- Presents don’t need to be extravagant – but well-chosen and beautifully wrapped gifts go a long way to show you care. A roll of brown paper from the supermarket looks divine when paired with bakers twine, washi tape or doilies.
- Clean the house, room by room during the week, so it’s more manageable on the day. Make sure you’ve retrieved the mandolin from the back of the bottom draw if the recipe calls for wafer thin slices of kipfler potato. No one likes a frazzled host – it will impede everyone’s ability to relax and enjoy the meal if you are running around shoving homework into the washing machine to make room on the dinner table. Especially you.
- Place-cards are perfect for ensuring everyone sits where you want them to sit – including yourself with easiest access to the kitchen. This also means It doesn’t need to be expensive either! Our parcel tags or our library cards are a perfect way of making it look like you’ve made a whole lot of effort when in essence, it’s actually helping you ensure the day goes off without a hitch.
- Think about creating a Christmas playlist – and include non-Christmas tracks to break up the festive chorus.
- Plan a mini-bar so guests can help themselves giving you one less thing to do – think pretty paper straws, coasters and a jug-based cocktail and plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.