HOSTING A HOLIDAY DINNER? HERE’S SARAH’S ADVICE FOR FAMILY FESTIVITIES AROUND THE TABLE
Q lay th e table ahead Set your festive table the day before so you have time to make it look beautiful. This also leaves you free to focus on the meal, plus, if your guests arrive before you’re finished cooking, it looks like you’re ready.
Q pr ep is everythi ng People don’t realise how valuable preparation is. I’m a huge believer in desserts you can make the night before like a panna cotta, crème brûlée or pavlova, so you aren’t scrambling to finish while your guests walk through the door.
Q opt for easy dish es Plan a menu that doesn’t involve too much lastminute fussing. Opt for dishes that basically cook themselves, like a delicious pork belly. Choose your menu wisely and you’ll be able to focus on, and spend time with, your guests.
Q jazz up dri nks Whether it’s a pretty pink G&T with a wedge of lemon, or a glass of bubbly with a few fresh berries in it, plan a fun welcome drink for guests to enjoy. It’s a sure-fire way to kick things off to a very happy – and festive – start.