How to do a Stress Free Christmas Dinner

Christmas is coming – and if you are hosting the big Christmas dinner at your house this year, you are probably just starting to plan it all out. If you are not used to preparing big family meals, or this is your first time doing the Christmas lunch, then you may feel a lot of pressure – after all we can’t all be Michelin star chefs creating perfect dishes but we don’t need to be – with a bit of planning and a calm approach, it can all go well, and you won’t have to spend the whole of Christmas day slaving away in the kitchen.

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The first thing to remember is to relax – it is just a meal, nobody is expecting a restaurant service (unless of course you are working as a top chef in a restaurant). Plan out who is coming and if they have any special dietary requirements (vegan, gluten free etc). This will help enormously, and you won’t have a surprise announcement on the day and be rushing around trying to cater for them. Plan a Christmas meal in a new renovated kitchen and consider a Kitchen Refurb from

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Once you know how many will be coming and have found out if any have dietary requirements, it is time to start planning what you are going to be making and getting a shopping list together. If you are doing a few courses or a buffet, you may want to plan what dishes you are going to be serving. There is nothing wrong with getting pre-made things – it takes the stress off of you and there are some fantastic things around in the supermarkets at this time of the year that will be perfect for a festive feast.

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