Welcome to Week Eight: Create Your Holiday Dinner Plan in my holiday planning series – 9 Weeks to a More Organized and Peaceful Christmas: How to Prepare for Christmas. With just under two weeks to Christmas Day, it’s time to finalize those Christmas dinner plans. Ready to get started?
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If you haven’t already set up your Holiday Binder, go back and check out the post from Week One to get it set up before moving on to today’s post. You can find it here –> Week 1: Create Your Holiday Planning Binder
Christmas Dinner Can Be Stress-Free With a Little Preparation
Hosting Christmas dinner can be loads of fun, but it can also be a ton of work. But with a little preparation and a few lists, you can have a stress-free dinner.
This week’s assignments mostly include creating lists. Once you’ve created your lists, you’ll schedule time on your calendar to get it all done.
Assignment #1: Finalize Your Guest List
First things first, it’s time to finalize your guest list. In your holiday binder, keep this guest list in your “Christmas Checklist” section. Start calling or visiting those you’d like to invite to your dinner party.
I recommend keeping a list of adults and a list of kids since the supplies you’ll need may differ for these two categories of guests.
Once you have your guest list finalized (or almost finalized!), you can move on to the next assignment.
Assignment #2: Create Your Christmas Menu
You many already have some favorite Christmas recipes you plan on making. This week is the time to grab those recipes and put them in your Christmas binder.
If you’re looking for some new Christmas dinner recipes, my favorite resource is Pinterest. I made a super yummy Pumpkin Cake I found on Pinterest for Thanksgiving, and I may try making it again for Christmas.
With your recipes gathered, go ahead and plan out your menu. There’s a Christmas menu printable in included in your Holiday Planning Pack.
Another idea is to ask guests to bring their favorite side dish, dessert, or bottle of wine. You don’t have to do it all alone. Plus, guests love to contribute to the meal.
Assignment #3: Take Inventory of Your Supplies
With your menu in hand, it’s time to take an inventory of your supplies.
You’ll need to make sure you have bakeware, pans, serving utensils, a meat thermometer, plates, serving platters, wine glasses, mugs, tablecloths, napkins, and anything else your menu requires. Purchase any missing items now to avoid last minute trips to the store.
You should also take inventory of the non-perishable food items you’ll need for your meal. Plan some time to go to the store to purchase these items this week.
You can purchase the perishables a day or two before the big day.
Assignment #4: Prepare For The Dinner Table
Your last assignment for Week 8 is to consider your Christmas Dinner Table needs.
If you’ll be using silver, now is a good time to take it out and start polishing. You may need to clean off your dusty wine glasses and china this week, as well.
What do you plan to use for centerpieces? If you are using fresh flowers, you can order them this week. If you’re looking for centerpiece ideas, check out this Country Living post for inspiration.
That’s it for this week.
Next week is the last post in this Holiday Planning series. We’ll discuss planning for Christmas Day!
With Love and Joy,