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Hosting your first Christmas Dinner can be an exciting adventure and a pleasure to all the guests present but a disaster if not executed properly. Guardian Group is here to give you the Do’s and Don’ts you need to know when hosting your first Christmas Dinner!
1. Rush: Give yourself enough time to properly prepare all food and drinks with care. Quality food and drink takes time to prepare, so don’t rush the process.
2. Spend excessively: For Christmas dinners, it is better to have more than less. Go with cheaper ingredients that can be stretched to feed more people. If your budget is slim, choose chicken for your meat dishes instead of a more expensive meat.
3. Be late: If you provided an estimated time of arrival for your guests, work with that time. Being late is impolite and being late for your own Christmas Dinner party is even more so.
4. Host in a small space: Christmas dinners are best hosted in large spaces with enough room for all guests to eat, drink and socialise. If you do not have a large space, consider inviting a smaller crowd or simply do not host a Christmas Dinner.
5. Keep the guests waiting: Guests to Christmas dinners generally arrive hungry expecting food and drink to be ready. Don’t disappoint them by having no food or snacks ready.
1. Budget: Plan ahead financially for the event. Christmas Dinners are not cheap and should only be considered if one can afford them.
2. Stock up: Know the number of guests you would be entertaining and their individual capacities so as to ensure that there is enough food and drink to satisfy. Having extra food and drink is better than having less.
3. Consider table-scape: Be sure that your table and seating arrangements are attractive and provide enough space for all guests to sit and fraternise comfortably.
4. Prepare ahead: Food preparation takes time so be sure to give yourself enough time to cook, tidy and be presentable in time for the arrival of your guests. If the workload is large, be sure to have some extra hands to assist you in reaching your goals.
5. Demeanour: Be a happy hostess and ensure that your guests have a great time. Christmas is a time of joyousness and giving, and this should be reflected in your demeanour for the duration of the dinner.
Have a great Christmas Dinner!