HOW TO PREPARE THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS MEAL

Whether you’re cooking for a family of four or forty, here are a few tips to prepare the perfect Christmas meal without too much chaos in the kitchen!

feastStart early

Create a list of what needs to be done, and when. For example you can shop a couple of days in advance, and be sure to set aside plenty of time to prepare your Christmas feast on the day. Think of the cooking as part of the festivities and rope in the whole family to help out.

Create a Christmas playlist

A few cheesy Christmas classics is a must! Download your festive favourites and have them playing in the background throughout the day. Get each person to add a song or two so that you don’t have to listen to the same ones too many times over!

Sip on bubbles throughout the day

There is nothing quite like a crisp glass of cap classique to get you in a festive mood. Make sure you have a bottle or two of your favourite bubbly in the fridge and enjoy a glass while you cook.

Have all the right cookware ready

Make sure you have everything you need before you start cooking. Not sure where to begin? Read our guide to choosing pots and pans on the @home blog. If you’re planning to treat yourself this Christmas we highly recommend Baccarat cookware – with a 25-year warranty and professional, timeless design, you really can’t go wrong.

Create mini work stations around the kitchen

One of the best things about Christmas is that everyone is happy to get stuck in and lend a hand. So set up stations with bamboo chopping boards, good quality knives and put them to work!

Save time with a Smeg stand mixer

Beautiful and powerful, this mixer is a must-have if you’re baking cakes or following recipes that call for any form of mixing! Especially when you have the whole family for Christmas lunch.

Set the table

Read our top seven suggestions to set the perfect table – from choosing a colour palette to personalised name cards.

Let your turkey rest before you carve

Have a carving knife ready and waiting – but remember to let your turkey or chicken rest under tinfoil for about half an hour when it comes out the oven to ensure it’s juicy and full of flavour. You can assemble the rest of the meal while it rests, using an assortment of beautiful serving dishes.

Prepare a coffee tray

By the time you are ready for coffee, the last thing you’ll want to do is start looking for plungers, milk jugs or a milk frother and pretty coffee cups. So set it all out in the morning, with a sweet treat or two on the tray to finish off the decadent feast.

Last, but not least, snap a few photos of the preparations and take a minute or two to soak it all in – the day will just fly by and you want to remember all the little things as well as the moment when it all comes together! Bon appeitit!

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