How to host the perfect Christmas

Make entertaining easy with our expert guide to serving up the ultimate festive feast, without any of the fuss

Plan ahead

A fabulous festive dinner is all in the planning, so first make a list of all the guests you’ve got coming, remembering to consider any dietary requirements, so you can make sure you have veggie gluten-free options, plenty of trimmings Collect your food, and make a plan for where you’ll store it. Come Christmas Eve, get all your serving dishes ready, and make a list of your cooking timings. Lay the table, adding fresh foliage and handwritten name tags for a festive flourish.

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How to serve your Christmas dinner

The first job on Christmas morning is to get your turkey in the oven. Meanwhile, prep your nibbles and glasses for welcome fizz, warm the plates, and decant red wine to let it breathe. When the turkey is ready, this can rest, covered in foil, while you cook the rest of the sides and garnishes. Our ready-to-cook versions means there’s less chopping – more time to enjoy a glass of prosecco. Bring everything to the table, and dig in.

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Hit the sweet spot

 

If you're hosting, make sure you've got all bases covered, from a fruit-filled traditional Christmas pudding to our irresistible sticky toffee trifle, black forest gateau or kid-approved Rodney reindeer cheesecake.

 

Choose your dessert

Add some extra-special touches

It's the extra treats to be enjoyed throughout the festive period which will make your Christmas one to remember. Think smoked salmon to enjoy on a toasted bagel on Christmas morning, a platter of cheese to enjoy with a festive film, or treats for when people pop round, such as our Christmas Colin the Caterpillar cake or woodland yule log cake. They all mean you can carry on the festivities long after your Christmas lunch.

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