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This Christmas I will be hosting seven of our nearest and dearest, nine if you count my two children!

To say I’m a bit nervous would be an understatement. But it’s one of those things that I think will be amazing once we’re all together on the day.

But to make my life a little easier I’m already getting organised and have been researching the best ways to make sure my family Christmas Day is festively fabulous and not a festive flop.

I’m going to share my top tips with you for what to do in the run-up to Christmas and I’ve got a pack of printables featuring a December to do list, meal planner, and more to help you feel in control and party ready.

The Ultimate Christmas Planner is totally FREE! Just sign up to gain access to this and all my other brilliant printables and resources.

Without further ado, here are my tips for prepping for Christmas:

Double check the numbers

Know how many people you’re catering for. This is the starting point you need to work from. It will affect a lot of things like how you lay out the dining room and help answer questions like do you need more chairs, do you have enough cutlery and plates, and, of course, are you ordering a big enough turkey?

Order the food

Make a list of the food you want to serve. Use my free meal planner printable to make a list of what you want to serve at Christmas dinner then work out your shopping list from there.

Once you have your list organised, order your turkey online and book your online delivery slot for Christmas week. Work out how much of the food you can get with your grocery shop in the week before Christmas and how much you might need to buy on Christmas Eve.

Make a note of this on your to do list so that you don’t forget.

Think about anything you can make ahead

I love the Jamie Oliver get ahead gravy recipe. I made it a couple of years ago and it’s amazing. I made it about a month in advance  and then stuck it in the freezer.

You can also do things like parboil the potatoes the day before Christmas and cook some veg the day before too.

If you want to make edible tree decorations or Christmas biscuits, think about when you can make these to make your life easier in the run-up to the day.

Get the decorations out early

This gives you loads of time to fix or replace lights that have broken. It also means you can buy extra decorations if you feel the house still needs more festive colour.

Think about your table plan

Do you have anywhere in particular you want people to sit? Do the kids need to sit next to a particular relative? It’s useful to think of these things before the big day.

Also if you want to decorate the table, think about what kind of centrepiece you would like. Some people like to go homemade, but for me personally I’ll probably rely on something I’ve bought from a local garden centre.

Wrap those presents

Try to get all the presents wrapped the week before Christmas. This way you can spend the following week cleaning and organising the house ready for your guests.

Get the cards sent out

Writing a pile of cards can be a bit of an arduous task. Try to get this job out of the way at the start of the month so that you can focus on the logistics of Christmas Day.

Have entertainment for the kids

The presents should be entertainment enough but grown-ups tend to get sidetracked by chatting and eating on Christmas Day, which can lead to complaints from the little ones.

Get a Christmas DVD at the ready just in case.

Don’t panic if it doesn’t go to plan

Much like a wedding, it can be easy to get bogged down with the stress of making sure everything goes to plan.

Don’t stress if it doesn’t go to plan, Christmas Day is all about having fun with your relatives. Enjoy yourself and as long as everyone has something to eat and drink, all will be well.

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Hosting Christmas this year? Here are amazing tips and free printables to help you organise Christmas Day lunch and host a fun family celebration

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