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