HOST­ING A HOL­I­DAY DIN­NER? HERE’S SARAH’S AD­VICE FOR FAM­ILY FES­TIV­I­TIES AROUND THE TA­BLE

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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.

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