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QI’m host­ing Christ­mas for the first time, and am wor­ried about how I’m go­ing to cope with keep­ing 11 guests en­ter­tained and happy. Any tips? Firstly, don’t worry; there are plenty of peo­ple em­bark­ing on this for the first time. Be­tween bal­anc­ing en­ter­tain­ing the needs of your guests and cook­ing the 3pm meal, it can all be­come a lit­tle stress­ful.

Plan­ning is key, so en­sure you write a check­list! Get your fridge or­gan­ised – and use out­door space (per­fect for cool­ing wine bot­tles if it’s cold!). Plan your seat­ing, and If you can’t seat ev­ery­one, go for a buf­fet – it’s just as fes­tive.

Ask the kids to get in­volved, by bak­ing mince pies to­gether, then freeze ahead – and they can help dec­o­rate the tree. It wouldn’t be Christ­mas with­out fam­ily tra­di­tions, so in­volve ev­ery­one and it’ll be eas­ier than you think. Good luck!

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