The ultimate hosting Christmas checklist
The halls are decked and you've got a houseful of loved ones to feed
and entertain - it can seem like a mammoth task, but break things down
into manageable chunks and you'll be joining the festivities in no time
Try not to sweat the small stuff - as long as everyone has something to sit on, something to eat and somewhere (if necessary) to sleep then you're doing just fine.
☐ Make sure there are enough chairs for everyone
☐ Check you have plenty of cutlery, crockery and glasses
☐ Serviettes, crackers - gather any bits you need for
setting the table
☐ Grab some extra loo roll, tupperware, cling film and tin foil
☐ Make space in the fridge/freezer for leftovers
☐ Replenish the first-aid kit
☐ Source extra bedding and air beds if needed
☐ Get fresh bedding ready in spare rooms
☐ Tidy up the house (get everyone to pitch in!)
☐ Check there's going to be enough parking
Synonymous with the festivities and a source of stress for many - but it's easy enough to get your gift giving under wraps.
☐ Buy in a couple of emergency presents in case you have unexpected guests or the kids receive surprise gifts from friends
☐ Schedule some time for present wrapping - you don't want to be stuck doing it all on Christmas Eve
☐ Have your scissors, sellotape, gift tags, wrapping paper at the ready
☐ Grab some bin liners and have them at the ready on Christmas morning - when the presents are opened, make sure the rubbish goes straight in the bags.
☐ A pillow case containing a combination of little
presents and main ones is a good alternative if you're breaking away from
☐ Don't forget to leave a present for Santa and his reindeer
As soon as you know how many you're feeding, take the time to sit down and draw up a battle plan.
☐ Decide your meal plan early
and check with guests for any dietary requirements
☐ Make a comprehensive shopping list
☐ Book your Christmas supermarket delivery
☐ Plan for a last-minute supermarket trip, just in case
☐ Stock up on store cupboard basics to avoid getting caught out
☐ Organise some nibbles to keep guests occupied
Entertainment doesn't have to mean pulling out all the stops - it's all about the finishing touches.
☐ Set up a Christmas playlist so there's no messing with
the iPod mid-meal
☐ If there's any Christmas telly you can't bear to miss, set reminders or recording early
☐ Stock up on drinks (alcoholic and soft) and ice, if fridge space is at a premium
☐ Get some craft supplies together to keep the youngsters entertained
☐ Raid the cupboards for board games and packs of playing
☐ Buy some batteries - it's inevitable you'll need them at some point
☐ Hosting a party? Designate one room especially for your younger guests - stock with art supplies, video games, DVDs, snacks - anything you see fit to keep them entertained.
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Last updated: 5 months ago