Hosting Christmas Checklist

Thinking of hosting some family and friends over during Christmas? Well, here’s a Hosting Christmas Checklist that will get you going.

The household

  • Make sure there are enough chairs for everyone
  • Check you have plenty of cutlery, crockery and glasses
  • Napkins, crackers – gather any bits you need for setting the table
  • Grab lots of extra loo roll, tupperware (for leftovers), cling film and foil
  • Make space in the fridge/freezer for leftovers
  • Make sure that the first-aid kit is fully kitted
  • Be prepared with extra bedding, pillows and air beds if needed
  • Get fresh bedding ready in spare rooms
  • Operation ‘tidy up the house’ (involve everyone of course!)
  • Make sure there’s enough parking spaces. If your neighbour’s away, ask to borrow their space.

Presents

  • Buy in some emergency presents in case you have unexpected guests or the kids receive surprise gifts from friends
  • Make sure you schedule in lots of time for present wrapping
  • Have your scissors, tape, gift tags, ribbons and wrapping paper ready
  • Grab some bin liners so that when the presents are opened, the rubbish goes straight in the bags unless you have a nice fireplace going. Though, check that the rubbish is okay to burn first.
  • A pillow case containing a combination of little presents and main ones is a good alternative if you’re breaking away from stockings

Christmas dinner

  • Decide your meal plan early and check with guests for any dietary requirements
  • Make a comprehensive shopping list, opt in for online order stress-free option if available
  • Book your Christmas supermarket delivery slot
  • Plan for a last-minute supermarket trip, just in case
  • Stock up on store cupboard to avoid getting caught out
  • Organise some nibbles (chips, nuts, humous, carrots, biscuits) to keep guests occupied

Entertainment

  • Set up a Christmas playlist so there’s no messing with the iPod mid-meal
  • If there’s any Christmas telly you can’t bear to miss, set reminders or recording early
  • Stock up on drinks (alcoholic and soft) and ice, if fridge space is at a premium
  • Get some craft supplies together to keep the youngsters entertained
  • Raid the cupboards for board games and packs of playing cards
  • Buy some batteries – it’s inevitable you’ll need them at some point
  • Hosting a party? Designate one room especially for your younger guests – stock with art supplies, video games, DVDs and blu-rays, snacks (low in sugar!) – anything you see fit to keep them entertained.
  • And for the adults, mulled wine and eggnog.
  • Don’t forget Christmas Crackers!!!

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