Contributed by Ben Rhodes
Not everyone loves the winter season, but most people love the Holidays. There’s nothing like seeing snow fall or feeling a chill in the air when you know the festive season is coming up. Without it, winter would be just so cold and dull.
One of the most exciting things about this time of year is the prospect of good food and even better drinks. Whether you tend to do the same things year upon year, or you’re hosting your very first Christmas, these tips much just save you some time and stress this Christmas.
First things first, you need to make sure that you have everything you need. From the food required to make a delicious Christmas dinner to the alcohol and soft drinks to go with it, it helps to plan ahead. Make a list of what you think you might need and stop up on anything you can ahead of time. Buying discount spirits online or getting a good deal on festive treats can save you worries later on down the line.
Do A Practice Run
It’s always a smart idea to do a practice run – even if you’re a seasoned professional. If you’ve never prepared Christmas dinner before, it should be at the top of your preparations list. By doing a trial, you can work out any kinks with timings or recipes that could save your dinner on the day itself.
Create Something New
When it comes to Christmas food and drink, do you tend to stick with the same old things? If you’re a little tired of traditional recipes and fancy doing something new, embrace creativity and see what you come up with. There’s plenty of inspiration that you can find online and in magazines. Even asking friends and family for their favourite tips could get your mind moving and ideas flowing.
Pair Your Courses
It’s traditional to have a lovely piece of meat for the main event, but when it comes to the rest of your Christmas table, what else do you have to offer? Pigs in blankets are firm favourites, but you can use new and exciting recipes to jazz them up a little. Think carefully about the courses that you’ll be serving and get creative with the accompaniments. But remember to test them out in your practice run, just to make sure they’re paired right.
Prepare Party Favourites
At Christmas, it’s natural to want to indulge in everything from fine foods to flowing alcoholic drinks. It’s something we all love to do. But, sometimes you can be caught off-guard if you’re not prepared. Visiting family and friends is a huge holiday activity. It’s likely that you’ll have a few knocks on the door and unexpected passers-by. So, make sure that you’re ready to welcome them.
By preparing simple party favourites beforehand and freezing them, you’re ready for whoever decides to turn up. But also remember to keep the indulgence to a limit. It’s easy to go a little wild during the festive season, so be the friend or family member that provides those healthy alternatives where to can. It’s easier said than done, but it might also be a welcomed break.
This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.