Christmas is one of the most enjoyable holidays of the year. Just imagine spending the day at the comfort of your home together with your family and friends. Well, you don’t have to imagine that anymore, because you are more than capable of hosting a Christmas party. As long as you do it right, there’s no reason why you can’t pull it off.
Here is a simple guide for hosting your first Christmas dinner at your own place.
1. Prepare well in advance
Preparing dinner for any number of guests can prove to be a tough task. One of the best things you can do to make things easier for yourself is to prepare in advance. As early as now, think of potential menu offerings as well as how you can prepare your home for Christmas Eve.
2. Plan out your menu
The first real step in hosting a Christmas dinner is to plan out your dinner menu. There are multiple steps involved in preparing a menu. First, you need to consider how many guests you would be accommodating. Second, you need to determine how many dishes you are planning to cook. Third, consider which meals you will cook, from appetizer to dessert.
3. Prepare the sequence of cooking
Once you have a menu, plan how you would cook it. If you’re not well-versed in the kitchen, this can prove to be overwhelming. One of the best ways to approach the task is to start with menu parts that take long hours to cook or prepare. Take a systematic approach in preparing the dishes.
4. Get your place ready
You have to fix your home so it will be ready to accommodate your guests. Start with cleaning up the clutter, especially in places where your guests are going to hang out. The living room, the kitchen, and the bathroom are 3 places that should be cleaned for obvious reasons. If people are sleeping over, prepare the rooms and other places where they will sleep.
5. Start cooking
Using the sequence you planned beforehand, it’s time to start cooking. Some parts of the menu would require you to prepare 1 or 2 days before dinner day. Use the system you created to build your dinner from the ground up.
6. Make your guests feel at home
The dinner is ready. The next thing you must do is to ensure that your guests will all feel at home. Lead them to areas where they can sit comfortably and interact with each other. Treat everyone with courtesy and respect, even when you’re probably exhausted from all the preparations you have done for this dinner.
Events such as Christmas dinners are intended for everybody to enjoy. Though it took a lot of hard work to pull things off, you have to enjoy it as well. After all, you hosted the event. Enjoy the dishes you prepared. Enjoy the company of your family and friends. Enjoy the holiday spirit the dinner has fostered. Christmas dinners are occasions to celebrate, after all.