We get it – Christmas can get a little crazy. There’s tinsel, a tangle of fairy lights, more tinsel and legs of ham that are larger than your neighbour’s dog – all wrapped up in the pressure of making this the MOST PERFECT Christmas EVER! Phew! Who needs that kind of stress? Not us, that’s for sure.
If you’d rather enjoy time with your family than sweat it out in the kitchen, or end up kneading your stress ball, we’ve got some tips on how to create a low-key Christmas event – whether it’s for five people or 25.
- Ask for help – we think Christmas is all about quality time together, not a cooking competition. Contact your guests a couple of weeks ahead of the day and ask them to bring a dish. Make things easy for everyone by having a menu in mind and giving them a specific item to bring – this means you won’t end up with three bowls of potato salad and no dessert.
- Forget about man-handling a ham home from the supermarket and go for a roast chicken instead. Steggles has a marinated and seasoned chicken that includes a fab fig and almond stuffing that cooks in around 45 minutes. Bonus points? You won’t be eating ham sandwiches until New Year’s Eve.
This ice-cream pudding is perfect for a summer Christmas
- There are lots of great things about having Christmas in summer and ice cream-based Christmas puddings are just one of them. Best thing about these desserts (apart from the fact that they’re good to eat on a hot day) is the fact that they can be made ahead of time. Simply unmould and surround with cherries or drizzle with chocolate come dessert time.
- Unless you really love washing up (hey, we all have our thing!), consider disposable plates and cutlery. There are plenty of eco-friendly versions out there and it makes for a quick clean up after the meal is over. Simple.
- Presents are great but you probably don’t need ALL the things. Ask guests to just bring one present (you can put a dollar limit on it if you like) and give gifts out randomly or lucky dip-style. Gift trading then becomes a fun sport in itself.
- Remember, it’s just one day and it doesn’t need to be perfect. Focus on family time and the fun (and yes, maybe the craziness) of being together.