Top five tips for hosting this Christmas

News Shopper: Top five tips for hosting this Christmas Top five tips for hosting this Christmas

CHRISTMAS is almost upon us - the decorations are up and gifts are bought - but there’s still the challenge of how to pull off perfect entertaining over the festive period.

Whether it’s your first Christmas taking on the role of host, or you’re a seasoned professional Lewisham Shopping Centre has some top tips to ensure it goes without a glitch.

PLAN AHEAD

One of the biggest mistakes people make when entertaining at Christmas is failing to plan and having too many dishes on the menu that require last minute attention.

Remember people are visiting to spend time with you, not wait around while you spread yourself thin trying to produce high-brow food. So, plan ahead with simple dishes that will allow you to mingle with your guests and enjoy the party. 

PRESENTATION

You’ve spent weeks deciding on the Christmas theme for your house and putting up your chosen decorations.

Why not extend this to your dining table making it festive and welcoming for your guests? Using napkins is the simplest way to add impact to a table and you don’t need to be an expert, simply wrap napkins and together with a complementing ribbon, piece of velvet or lace.

TASTY TURKEY

Turkey is the tradition centrepiece to every Christmas dinner – but how do you ensure you get it just right? The secret, invest in a good pan. Go for lower sides as high sides can prevent the lower part of the bird from browning and can make basting difficult.

DRINKS PARTY

It’s always a good idea to serve some tasty nibbles if you’re hosting a drinks party. When planning ensure you choose items that are easy to eat with one hand, as one will be holding a drink, and are not too messy.

FOR THE HOSTESS

If you’re not the one throwing the party it’s always nice to acknowledge your host or hostesses’ kindness. Do bring along a little something so show your gratitude. We’d suggest something festive like a bottle of fizz or some gingerbread biscuits.

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