Christmas day remains our most popular party and one that we all have been to. If not at mum and dads, its been one that we have enjoyed while travelling.
OK, the first and most important item to consider when planning Christmas day, is that the shops are shut, so planning is the key to make sure you have everything you will need for the day.
Whether you are planning for Christmas Lunch or Dinner (or both), then here are a few thing to think about:
- Start with a plan - go to our planner page , download and print our free planner.
Deck the halls and celebrate Christmas in style!
Here’s some advice and tips for holding a Christmas dinner or party that your guests will surely love.
If you’re planning a Christmas get-together, you could send invitations that are both an invite and a Christmas Card. Try to find invites that are festive for the season, or make your own.
If you’re planning a fun Christmas party and want to design your own invitation, look around the internet for outrageous pictures of Santa Claus.
He’s such an iconic figure that you shouldn’t have trouble finding something fun for the invitation.
If you’re planning a Christmas party with friends, there are many costumes that are fun for the night. For less obvious costumes during Xmas you could dress as Scrooge or even the ghost of Marley from A Christmas Carol.
Other costumes can include fun characters like that Yule time thief, the Grinch! Reindeer, elves, carol singers… there are many costumes to consider.
Santa will obviously be a popular costume, but why not give it a twist by putting a spin on the traditional costume. Be a Biker Santa, or a Punk Santa! Go with the weather and dress as a Bush Santa in stubbies shorts and a singlet. There are many ways to have fun with this costume.
Decorate the house with traditional Xmas fare such as tinsel and Christmas Lights. Check with a local florist to see if you can find Mistletoe and Holly.
Use balloons and streamers in the Xmas colours of bright green and red. You could use red balloons and tape them to large Mistletoe leaves made of cardboard and green paint, for extra fun.
Treat the day as you would normally and set out a Christmas tree, presents, bon-bons and Christmas crackers.
Set out a food table with a bright green tablecloth and decorate it by scattering dried coconut about the food bowls and plates to make your own snow.
Many families will often decorate their entire home and garden in Christmas lights in December. Displays of Christmas lights are so intricate in some areas that simple streets become tourist spots during Xmas time.
Make the home a festive sight for both yourself and neighbours.
Most importantly for Christmas decorations, don’t forget the tree!
Try serving classic Christmas food such as roasted turkey or chicken, baked potatoes and vegetables. Make the day as much of a feast as you would during December.
Serve up a large punch bowl full of warm Eggnog for your family and guests. A Christmas pudding is always a favourite.
Because the Australian Christmas falls in summer, many families prefer to serve meals more suited for warm weather.
If you’d rather a summer meal, try serving a large platter of cold meats and cheese. Salads are also perfect for a warm Xmas day.
Crayfish is a great substitute for a turkey or chicken, if you’re looking to celebrate with a formal meal.
Many people also choose to purchase a hamper for their Christmas celebrations. There are numerous companies that offer a simple payment plan throughout the year so that a large hamper is delivered for Christmas with everything you could need.
More and more families are going out for Christmas Lunch. Going out means that someone else is doing all the work. While its not a cheap option, it does save mum a lot of work, dad a lot of time cleaning up and all of us because its stress free.
- Have a thought for the staff working on Christmas day
- Pick a venue that suits your numbers... if your family group is under 12 then most venues will arrange a single table, but more than that and you are looking at multiple tables, seating plans and so on.
- Consider who is paying for what
- Invitation considerations*
* Times (from and to), venue + address (including directions), cost, presents, alcohol, children, animals,