How to Plan Your Christmas Meal

What would Christmas be without special holiday meals? Perhaps you’re planning a meal for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Maybe the meal will be for your family, friends-or both. What’s important is that you take steps to make the meal as easy and smooth as possible. Regardless of the type of Christmas meal that you’re planning, here are some tips to make the event as successful as possible:

Include wines with the meal

To make your Christmas party planning less stressful, you could even enjoy having wine gifts delivered. You could use white or red wine to complement the menu, or feature them in a wine-tasting party. When choosing the wines for the meal, there are a few crucial steps to take. Avoid ‘cheap wines’ since they’ll make the meal more mundane. You should also consider which wines will best complement whatever food you’re serving at the Christmas meal.

Spend more time preparing for formal dinners

This is true whether you’ll be serving red or white wine at the event. One of the main reasons is that formal dinners will require more preparation regarding the table linen, dining-ware, and so on. Another logistical issue is that formal dinners tend to include multiple courses, which will exponentially require more time than a one course Christmas meal. Finally, the guests at a formal Christmas dinner will likely be family or close friends, so you’ll likely want to avoid serving turkey burgers or canned cranberry sauce.

Carefully plan the menu

Steps such as having wine delivered can be instrumental in helping to make your Christmas meal as successful as possible. When planning the menu, it’s important to consider various issues. How many people will attend the meal? Will the meal be an informal meal, a formal meal-or a blend of both? Will any attendees of the meals have special dietary needs? Some might be vegetarian, be on a gluten-free diet, and so on.

Include non-alcoholic alternatives

While white or red wine can certainly help to make any Christmas dinner better, some people at your Christmas meal might not enjoy them. That’s why it’s important to include some non-alcoholic drinks at your meal, as alternatives to wine. Water, juice, and squash are some excellent choices. What’s most important is that your guests have as many choices as possible during the meal, including which drinks they can choose.

Send out your invitations early

Although Christmas Day is one day in December, there are tons of holiday events throughout the month, so it’s important to send out invitations to Christmas parties and meals as early as possible. You should certainly consider sending out the invitations in November. That will give your invited guests plenty of time to sift through their December schedule.

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