How To Plan An Elegant Christmas Eve Dinner
Tips & Tricks to make it a hit – Christmas Eve Dinner
Christmas is a time for family, friends, gifts, decor and just as importantly food. If you’re playing host at a Christmas Dinner take advantage of the opportunity and amaze your guests. I am sure there are an array of dishes and unique Christmas decor ideas that you have in mind. However, it can be quite overwhelming and tiresome too. Don’t you worry, I’ve got you covered. Find below a step by step guide to simplify the process of planning Christmas Eve Dinner.
STEP 1: FIND OUT HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE COMING
Touch base with your invited guests to get an idea of how many to expect. It will allow you to stock up on supplies and food for everyone. You can also plan the seating accordingly so that the guests can mingle before and after the Christmas dinner.
STEP 2: DECIDE WHAT YOU’LL BE MAKING
Give thought to what you’d like to serve and how much time it would require for preparation. Your menu could have some contemporary recipes using different ingredients. Having traditional Christmas favourites is always a good idea. Try to structure the menu keeping you and your guests in mind. With the rise of vegans, having a minor plant based Christmas dinner wouldn’t hurt.
Pro Tip: When making food for a larger group, its usually best to work with dishes and ingredients that you know work well in order to avoid unexpected fallouts.
STEP 3: MAKE A SHOPPING LIST
Once you have a head count and have decided your Christmas Dinner menu, its essential you make a shopping list. This should include the ingredients for the food, formal dining accessories and decor and other considerations like alcohol. Carry your list with you when you’re headed to the store so you don’t forget anything.
STEP 4: HAVE A PLAN FOR SELECTIVE EATERS
A lot of your guests may have food allergies or dietary restrictions and may not be able to take part in everything you prepare. Take into account guests who are vegetarian or vegan or who only eat gluten free. Try and plan a menu which incorporates a range of dishes and flavours so that everyone has something to enjoy.
Pro Tip: Don’t get over involved in planning the Christmas Dinner menu keeping everyone’s food preferences in mind. Make the kind of dinner you want, you’re not always going to please everybody. You can also encourage guests with special dietary needs to bring along some of their own favourite dishes.
STEP 5: CREATE THE RIGHT AMBIENCE
Christmas Dinner is all about the food and the decor. Set the mood for your holiday dinner by creating a playlist of your favourite Christmas music, dim lights, festive decorations. Set your table with elegant runner and ornates. A good dinner party is equally about the food and the ambience.
Pro Tip: Garnish your finished dishes with holiday themed items like holly and candy canes. Cute right?
STEP 6: PROVIDE HORS D’OEUVRES
Its always nice to put together some finger food which you can put out as the main course gets ready. Your hungry guests can help themselves with these snack until dinner is served.
Pro Tip: Light appetisers like a cheese platter, chip and dip or a nice baked brie works extremely well.
STEP 7: LAY OUT THE CHRISTMAS DINNER
Lay out dinner on your decked up dining hall. Depending upon the number of people you have, you could either do a buffet or a sit down. Ensure that along with your mains, you’ve laid out some of the side dishes. Don’t forget to put out the bread. If you’re baking the bread yourself, time it in a way that it comes out hot and fluffy with the dinner.
STEP 8: SET UP A DESSERT TABLE
Theres nothing better than some good dessert after a delicious meal. Obviously you have a lot of freedom in selecting the desserts you want to serve your guests. However, the best choices would include red velvet cake, pumpkin, pecan and cranberry pie or even a chilled chocolate cream pie. Giving different options to choose from never hurts either.
Pro Tip: If you’re making the dessert yourself, its best to take care of the baked good in the morning so you can have them ready without adding to your preparation time.