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Christmas Planning - Our tips to avoid a ChristMESS

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Christmas Planning - Our tips to avoid a ChristMESS

Having a big family Christmas this year? Something similar to the Home Alone movie?!

Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips for you to help your Christmas run as smoothly as possible.


Sleeping arrangements

  1. Get your guests to bring their own sleeping bags, duvets and pillows. You’re not a hotel and they know it.
  2. Put all the teenagers/ young adults in the living room – they can sleep on the floor and couches (chairs aren’t too small just put them together and voila).
  3. Choose a room and build a den for the children, put mattresses together, blankets and duvets - they’ll be in their element.    
  4. Sofa bed – it’s a win, win – guests can sit on the sofa and later use it as a bed.
  5. The bath, this is their time to shine – let your guest make it their own.



  1. Plan the menu – Keep it simple!
  2. Create a shopping list – Spread this out, get non-perishable items a few weeks in advance. If you have a really cold room or a garage you could store any beverages in there to save space in your fridge.
  3. Check you have all the cooking materials, knives, forks, plates, bowls, glasses, serving dishes etc. Post-it notes can come in handy for sticking on plates so you know what you’re going to do with the food once it’s cooked.
  4. Buy some food warmers. This allows the food to stay warm and is well worth it, particularly if you don’t have the facilities and equipment to cook the food required for all your guests…
  5. ….Go buffet style – you’re not a service and you’ve just cooked all that food, it’s your Christmas too so let people help themselves.
  6. Set the table the night before. 


  1. Cook the turkey the day before and keep it covered in the fridge.
  2. Stuffing – cook before and put in the freezer, then defrost on the day.
  3. Vegetables – boil the vegetables, put in cold water and heat them the next day, that way they will be cooked and you are just heating them up.
  4. Potatoes – prep these the night before and keep them in water, this way all you have to do is cook the potatoes on the day.
  5. Desserts – try out cold desserts, put fruit (fresh or tinned) in a big bowl next to a tub of soft scoop ice cream and a big spoon – quick, easy and your guests can help themselves. If you want something warm – go for mince pies and cream (a Christmas classic) – put a number of mince pies in an oven proof dish to heat then place on the table with a jug of cream.


And remember at the end of the day all anyone cares about is enjoying themselves and spending time in good company – it’s all about Family, Friends, Festivities, Food, Fun and a little planning.


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