Christmas Entertaining Made Easy with Miss Lilly
Christmas is a time of love. A time of miracles. And a time for relaxing. If you are stressed up to the eyeballs with organising, preparing and cooking your Christmas meal, then you’re not going to feel any of those things. But it’s all good because Miss Lilly is here to help you create the easiest, most stress-free Christmas ever this year.
Miss Lilly’s Guide for Stress Free Christmas Entertaining
First of all, Christmas is about family and friends. It’s about spending time with those you love and remembering those who are no longer with us. Then it’s all about the food! As you know, I’m a huge foodie fan. Whether I’m in the kitchen cooking or sitting around the table eating, it’s the whole experience I enjoy. Yet I so get that many people don’t enjoy entertaining at Christmas because it all seems too much. But like I said, this year it’s going to be different …
There are three things you need to do. They are:
Sort Out Your Menu
First you need to decide what your Christmas menu will be. This will depend on whether you are having everyone over for brunch, lunch or dinner, as well as how many people you will be catering for.
You will also need to consider if you want to stick with a traditional menu or go for something different.
Are you able to prepare dishes in advance and pop in the freezer until Christmas day? This will give you more time to relax and enjoy the day, rather than time cooking.
Delegate guests to prepare and bring a favourite dish of their own for a great pot luck meal.
Plan Your Table and Décor
Do you have any favourite Christmas decorations or themes? Are you using one main colour or a few? What Christmas props do you have around your house you can use to set the mood?
Where will you be eating? Is there some way you can stage the area and set the mood before your guests arrive? Soft draped fabric and fairy lights can do wonders when you’re staging a special meal.
Create a To Do List
Write a giant list of everything you will need to do to get ready for your Christmas entertaining. This includes writing invitations, organising your décor, doing the shopping and cooking.
Now you need to make lots of mini lists – things you can do well in advance, things to do the week and day before and things to do on the day.
Each mini list now needs to be organised so each job happens in the right order.
Once you have completed these three tasks, Christmas will be looking a heap less daunting. You’ll have time to sit back, relax and enjoy the magic of Christmas after all.