Christmas is one of the most hectic times of the year, and it’s understandable that many of us get incredibly stressed at the thought of hosting Christmas dinner for the family. That said, I get a warm fuzzy feeling in my belly when I have people over, so this year, we’re having the Charles clan over to our humble abode!
We’ve recently invested in a little fire for our lounge and shuffled the furniture around, so our focus has now shifted to the kitchen. If you’re thinking of having family over at Christmas, too, you might want to follow these tips on preparing your kitchen for the oncoming festivities, just like we have:
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Buy Your Ingredients Well In Advance
The last thing you want to be doing a few days before the main event is running around from store to store trying to pick the best turkey from the selection which is left. Make the time to plan out every ingredient you are going to need for Christmas dinner in advance, and anything which isn’t fresh, buy that straight away. Then as you get closer to the day, rather than worrying about there being nothing left in store, why not shop online instead? You’ll save yourself the hassle of going out and you will be guaranteed not to forget anything.
Upgrade The Kitchen
Modern Kitchen Design usually features a lot of white, sleek lines and copper cookware. But you don’t need to rip your whole kitchen apart in order to spruce it up for the festive season. A lick of paint will freshen up the walls and kitchen cabinets instantly without you spending too much money. You could even add a feature wall in a deep red or green to add that touch of festive spirit as well as an air of cosiness to the space.
If you have your dining table in the kitchen with you, begin decorating the table for an ultra-festive look. Add a red tablecloth, candles, a bottle of wine and some large red plates. For extra touches, you could add some gems and small snowflake sequins on the surface of the table. If your table is big enough you could even place a wreath in the middle of the table and when the time comes, place your turkey in the middle of it for added effect.
Plan Your Cooking Itinerary
Stop stressing about your timings on the big day, instead, take the time to work out how long it takes for everything to cook, and from that, you can plan when things will go in the oven and when to prep your side dishes.
Upgrade Your Cutlery and Crockery
If you don’t have enough plates which are large enough, or you don’t even own a gravy boat, then get down to the store early and stock up on new crockery ready for the 25th December. You might find a set which you really love and will use all year round.
Do A Test Run
If it’s the first time you have cooked a full turkey dinner by yourself, you might want to run a trial a few weeks before Christmas to test how well your oven works, how long everything takes to cook and to perfect your timings for a stress-free Christmas Day.