Christmas lunch is many people’s favourite meal of the year, but hosting a Christmas lunch is also many people’s idea of a nightmare. If you’re hosting lunch this year, here are a few handy Christmas lunch ideas to help you enjoy the day without pulling your hair out.
Plan your non-perishables and order a ham
Don’t wait until your annual leave begins to get your Christmas lunch menu in order. Get a few of the basic ingredients early and book a Christmas ham for the lunch. If you can, pre-order some fresh prawns to be picked up on Christmas eve.
Non-perishables are easy to plan for and are the basis for your entire Christmas lunch menu, so start buying them now. Beetroot for salads, pickled onions and olives for antipasto plates, and plenty of sauces, including seafood cocktail sauce, can be bought now.
It’s also handy to confirm RSVP’s so you can pre-purchase the champagne and beer. Buy plenty of soda water and juice for those who aren’t drinking, and for those why may need a non-alcoholic break so they don’t get too carried away with booze.
If you’re hosting quite a few guests, pre-set the table the day before, and arrange the fridge so ingredients for each dish and course are in the same area to make it easier for you on the big day.
Platters look beautiful and are super easy
Antipasto platters are one of the most popular Christmas lunch ideas, yet simple canapés to offer guests as they arrive. As everyone grabs their first glass of champagne, you can pull out the antipasto ingredients you’ve stored in one area of the fridge. Decant the artichokes, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes into little bowls, and arrange the cold meats around the board. Lastly, slap on the cheese with a cheese knife and scatter some crackers.
Place the boards at strategic areas around the room, and people can help themselves while you put the finishing touches on the main meal.
Keep your home and the menu cold for Australian Christmas
‘Christmas lunch Australia’ is nothing like Christmas lunch in the rest of the world. Temperatures are usually sky high on Christmas day, and no guest wants to be stuck in a dining room as the oven creates suffocating heat in the kitchen. A traditional Christmas lunch isn’t necessarily a perfect Christmas lunch. Choose cold, yet beautiful Christmas favourites instead, and you’re guests will be far more comfortable.
Ensure your air conditioning unit is working well, or borrow some standing fans to place around the room to keep air circulating as your home will feel warmer with more people in it. It’s usually sunny on Christmas day, so ensure there’s plenty of shade for your guests and purchase an outdoor sail if needed.
Christmas lunch for two
Do away with the frills and spills of a traditional European Christmas when planning Christmas lunch for two. This is your chance to get romantic and get creative as you have the time and energy to cook those meals you have both been salivating over all year. On December 1st, treat yourselves to a really nice cookbook and start to plan your Christmas lunch like it was your last meal. Treat it like it was 1999 and everyone was afraid of the Y2K bug marking the apocalypse. Is your last meal a really expensive piece of steak with mung beans and corn bread and an appetizer of lobster? Forget the traditional Christmas lunch! This is your chance to splurge.
Preparing your home for Christmas lunch
Firstly, clear any non-essential furniture out of the dining room, and set the table on Christmas Eve so you’re not rushing while you’re trying to manage food preparation on the big day.
Next, clear out all the spaces you plan on using to entertain by placing your home’s other furniture and knick knacks in another room.
Lastly, keep your decorations simple and in-keeping with a theme. If you have a small home, choose silver, gold and white to open up the space and prevent your guests from feeling crowded. Try taping a paper outline of a Christmas tree, or string fairy lights into the shape of a tree on your wall if you don’t have space for a real Christmas tree.
If you have a larger area and you prefer traditional red and green decorations, hang them clear of seats and stools so usable space is available for guests.
Christmas lunch can feel stressful, but it doesn’t need to be if you plan ahead and only serve what you can manage. Buy as much as you can ahead of time, and ignore the tradition of serving a hot lunch so you can enjoy more time with your guests instead of being buried in the kitchen.
Article provided by Blossom Costumes