The Secret to a Wonderful Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

With so many things to worry about during the Holidays, planning your Christmas dinner should not be one of them. Fortunately, by following some simple guidelines you will be able to pull off a successful and memorable holiday meal with minimal stress.

The first step is to start the planning phase for the dinner with at least one week of anticipation. Make a list of your expected guests and use that as your launching point. Your guest list will guide you through the rest of the otherwise difficult decisions that one faces when planning such a dinner.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner


Let us start with the all important dinner format. Will it be a formal sit down style, or perhaps a more casual buffet presentation? Allow the guest list to be the determining factor. If the majority of the guests are close friends and family, an informal setting will create greater intimacy. Likewise, if there will be many young children present, the buffet is also your best option to prevent stress to their parents and to yourself. If the guests are predominately distant relatives or business acquaintances, then perhaps a formal setting will be best.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Once you have selected the format for your Christmas dinner, it is now time to plan the menu. The key thing to remember with your menu selection is to keep it simple. Simplicity does not have to compromise elegance or flavor. A good suggestion is to offer traditional dishes along with a few new recipes in order to ensure that all of your guests have something to enjoy. This will allow you the greatest opportunity to satisfy all of the different tastes and palettes of your guests. Also, choose a menu that offers you some degree of flexibility in terms of serving time. Dishes which allow for as much advanced preparation as possible will liberate you from kitchen duty while your guests are present.

Remember, the joy of a Christmas dinner comes from the act of getting together with your friends and loved ones. The dinner itself should be part of that merriment and not a cause for stress.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner