Receiving friends and family in your home during the Christmas holidays is one of the most popular activities of the holiday season. Many people choose to host small informal meetings at home, while others organize extravagant dinners to generate more than one urban legend in the community where they are held.
While many of us are taller than the socialists in our community, we would still like to have an unforgettable Christmas dinner that will be remembered by our closest friends and family.
If you are like me and so many are they admit, the idea that all the work and all the skills to organize a successful dinner will leave you a little weak and that you you will ask how, all over the world, you will be able to solve everything without problem.
But do not let the fear of juggling the tasks associated with organizing a dinner stop you from hosting the event that your family and friends will be talking about for a long time. It's really not so difficult if you follow a few simple steps and guidelines to organize a successful dinner.
Here's how to prepare the perfect Christmas dinner:
Make your list, check it twice and invite, invite, invite. The first thing to do when planning a dinner is to create your guest list. Keep in mind that not all guests will be present. So, if you want to have 50 guests at your party, you will have to invite a lot more than that. Send the invitations at least three weeks in advance so that people have the opportunity to confirm their attendance.
Plan to prepare your own meal or plan for others to prepare it for you If you are not Betty Crocker, admit it yourself before signing a large homemade meal. Having someone to answer your dinners or order takeaway is perfectly acceptable depending on the type of ambience you want to create.
Remember that buffets are informal and that a sit-down dinner is more formal. I am not saying that you are not able to prepare a big meal for your guests. If you are and want to take on the workload of cooking for several guests, then do it. Keep in mind your limits and time constraints. This will save you a lot of headaches in the end.
Menu planning. When planning your individual dishes to be served at your Christmas dinner, choose dishes that are both delicious and easy to prepare. Choose recipes that can be prepared in advance or that just require some heating just before the end of the party. The last thing you want to do during your dinner is to sit on a hot stove sequestered away from your guests. Another important thing to remember when planning your menu is to never, never try to cook a recipe for the first time. Believe me
Take inventory. Create a list of all the supplies you will need to organize your dinner. Items may include tables, chairs, service items, cutlery, plates, candlesticks, decorations, tablecloths, etc. Do not forget your food items in your menu.
About a week before your dinner, you should take the time to go shopping and clean your house.
Cook and decorate. Cook and prepare as much food as you can in advance, preferably the day before the party.
After all, organizing a memorable Christmas dinner is not so difficult. In fact, I'm sure you can do it. So, go out and start planning, and if you feel overwhelmed, just hire a caterer.