The holiday season is always a little stressful for the person hosting the family Christmas dinner – and I speak from experience! Although you’re in the company of people you know and love, you want them to like what you serve and to have a good time, which is completely understandable!
Here are a few simple ideas that will help you avoid extra stress and ensure that you enjoy yourself too!
Your table doesn’t have to be excessively ornate! Gather together a few Christmas ornaments that you find particularly attractive, such as those made from glass and embellished with a lot of detail, and group them – along with a few candles or flowers, perhaps – into a centrepiece. You can use the white monochrome concept, as shown in the image below, or add a touch of colour in the form of green or red place mats or other decorations!
Serving an aperitif beforehand will help keep your guests occupied while you put the final touches to the meal. It also gives everyone enough time to arrive, while creating a relaxed atmosphere.
If you have your heart set on cooking, consider preparing a dish that’s within your capabilities and, if possible, that you can partly make ahead.