Although I’ve prepared Christmas dinner a few times now, this year is only the second time we’ve hosted guests. There will be nine of us eating on the 25th and more arriving for a buffet on Boxing Day.

The need to get the Christmas decs up and prepare the house for visitors means I’m in full-on planning mode. I may not have broken a sweat yet, but I can definitely feel the stress and panic beginning to build.

As well as the obvious, there’s also the various satellite meals to consider, not to mention the drinks, snacks, sweets and treats we all look forward to at this time of year.

Having scribbled countless lists and reminders in my fabulous Christmas Planner from Busy B {c/o} and completed the odd online food shop, I’m hoping I’ll soon start to feel like I have everything under control!

If you subscribe to my Weekend Prompts, you’ll already know that I’ve made a start on some of the cooking. Basically, if I can make it in advance, I will. By the end of this week, the freezer will be full and I’ll have ticked a fair few tasks off my lengthy to-do list.

I cook a lot from scratch, not because I want to be some kind of sanctimonious kitchen martyr, but because I enjoy it. Cooking for and feasting with friends and family is my favourite thing about this time of year.

Here’s a quick glimpse of my meal plan for Christmas week, complete with handy links just in case you’re still in need of some inspiration…

Wednesday 23rd December – Dinner

  • Poinsettia cocktails
  • Carbonnade a la Flamande served with jacket potatoes and a leafy green salad.
  • Carte D’Or Chocolate Hazelnut Log

Christmas Eve – Breakfast

  • Bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese.

Christmas Eve – Lunch

Christmas Eve – Dinner

Christmas Day – Breakfast

Christmas Day – Mid-Morning Snack

  • Toasted brioche and pâté

Christmas Day – Dinner

  • Turkey with Allspice Gravy
  • Redder Than Red Cranberry Sauce
  • Bread Sauce
  • Gingerbread Stuffing
  • Pigs in Blankets
  • Roast Potatoes
  • Maple-Roast Parsnips
  • Brussel Sprouts with Chesnuts
  • Red Cabbage
  • Peas, Carrots and Brocoli
  • Yorkshire Puddings
  • An individual Root Vegetable Gratin with Winter Herb Topping {for Izzy}
  • Blackberry and Apple Trifle
  • Cheese board and various snacks

Boxing Day Buffet

What will you be cooking and eating this Christmas? How organised are you feeling? After all, there’s only 21 days to go…

Love Audrey xxx

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