Hosting a dinner can be intimidating for the first time host, more so if you are hosting a Christmas one. If you are entertaining wild ideas of faking a serious illness, take a hold of yourself. You can do it, and do it well, if you follow a few simple tips.
Make a list
You need to do and get a hundred and one things for a dinner party, and chances are you will forget something. Write everything down, and update it regularly. It is a good idea to make a schedule for each task, and to plan it so that you get several things done in one go.
Prepare what you can ahead of time
As the host, you control what will go into your menu. Choose dishes you can do a day or two ahead, so that you can keep the chaos in your kitchen down to a manageable roar. Hors d’ oeuvres, for example, can be frozen up to a week ahead, needing only a quick 10 minutes in the oven after defrosting to be perfectly delicious. You also buy your rolls and bread a couple of days in advance, and spread garlic butter and a few herbs on it before freezing. Pop them in the oven just before your guests arrive so you have a delicious smelling basket of bread ready to stave off hunger pains.
You might think you can handle everything on your own, but that is the fastest way to a nervous breakdown. Get ideas from Macy’s for party ideas and suggestions. Rope in family members to give you a hand running errands. You can even hire a professional chef to help you with a special dish. A Christmas dinner is supposed to be cheery, so stop thinking you are Superman and get as much assistance as you can.
Hosting a holiday dinner should be a memorable experience. Following a few simple tips can ensure that those memories are good ones.