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First Christmas with my partner - Food shop!

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Bumblesss93 Tue 29-Nov-16 09:16:25

Hi everyone,

I'm new to posting but wanted to get some advice on food shopping at Christmas!

It's my first Christmas with my partner since I've moved out of my parents and I'm stuck on what food to buy to get the two of us trough the Christmas period! It's also my first Christmas in the U.K. for about 6 years as I've been visiting my expat family.

We're having Christmas dinner at our flat but visiting his family during the day so won't be home until later in the afternoon. I've no idea on how best to prep and what to even buy.

Any help you can give me to make our first Christmas magical would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance xxxx

Rainbowqueeen Tue 29-Nov-16 09:22:05

Does this mean his family are giving you lunch?? Can you ask DP what kind of things they do for lunch so that you don't duplicate it.
So if they do the full roast, you are likely to be stuffed so I would get some really nice nibble snacks things for dinner.

Have you thought about a nice breakfast eg Buck's Fizz, smoked salmon, bagels??

Bumblesss93 Tue 29-Nov-16 09:23:57

We've decided to do lunch at ours as it's the first time and should be at theirs after they've eaten (they chow down pretty early).

Breakfast idea is really good although he will be driving so no Buck's Fizz in the morning.

Grumpyoldblonde Tue 29-Nov-16 14:11:53

You will probably want to just graze in the evening, so pate, cheese, olives, nice bits and bobs and a bottle of bubbly to wash it down.
Are you out boxing day?

Allthebestnamesareused Tue 29-Nov-16 14:14:23

If you are having turkey just buy one big enough for turkey sandwiches or turkey and mash for the next couple of days too - sorted.

(I actually prefer turkey and mash and branston pickle to the actual Christmas dinner!)

Grumpyoldblonde Tue 29-Nov-16 14:15:33

Oh, and a word to the wise, make it a team effort between you, it's not your sole job to feed him, chat it through and go shopping together. It's your Christmas too, he is jointly responsible for the food smile

EnidButton Tue 29-Nov-16 14:24:47

It's just the two of us too and we go to M&S and buy it all ready prepared so we're not stuck in the kitchen. The ingredients are exactly the same as they would be if we did it ourselves from scratch but all the prep and timings has been done for you so it's just a case of putting it in the oven. Tastes really good and they do smaller turkey crowns.

Unless you love cooking of course. smile

Have a really lovely day and lots of luck in your new home.

Orangedaisy Tue 29-Nov-16 14:25:48

Agree with grumpy. Get in good real partnership from the start-so do joint food planning, split presents/cards/decorations responsibility equally etc. I didn't with exH and ended up bitter always shopping for his family. Learnt from this and DP and I are much more harmonious at Xmas.

StarCrossdSkys Tue 29-Nov-16 14:25:50

Get Delia's Christmas book or similar for how to make a Christmas dinner. Then get a pen and paper and think about what foods you like to eat for each other meal that you'll be home for. Make your shopping list from that. How hard can it really be? I think you're maybe over thinking this one.

EnidButton Tue 29-Nov-16 14:26:38

Oh and don't forget you need 'normal' food for the days between Christmas and NY. I seem to remember forgetting that when we had our first Christmas together at home. I got so carried away organising the Christmas dinner and treat type food. blush

EnidButton Tue 29-Nov-16 14:27:21

Ah she's just excited Star

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