Christmas dinner recipes
Everyone has their own Christmas dinner traditions, but there are some traditional dishes that you HAVE to have...Find classic Christmas dinner recipes and a few new ideas with our Christmas dinner recipes and tips for hosting ther best Christmas dinner ever, even if it's not perfect! For more festive inspiration, take a look at all our Christmas recipes.
Easy Christmas dinner tips
Christmas dinner is centre point of Christmas Day so whether it's just your close family or a whole host of guests, you're going to feel the pressure to get it just right. The main thing is spending the day with the people you love (and having a feast!), so don't worry if Christmas dinner doesn't go exactly to plan. With our handy tips, you won't go too far wrong...
Know your guests
Find out in advance if anyone has any dietary requirements or preferences - it's obvious that you'll need vegetarian Christmas recipes for vegetarians, but if you understand everyone's likes and dislikes you'll be more able to cater for everyone. Understand that not everyone will like absolutely everything you make; sometimes a 'help yourself' option is a good way to avoid wasted food on plates.
Plan your dishes
If you plan every part of your dinner, down to the sauces and Yorkshire puddings, you'll be able to tackle all the tasks with ease on the big day. Start a Christmas collection in our Recipe Book to store all your favourite recipes together, then write a list of how long everything takes to make. You can then order when things need to go in the oven - and plan to see if you have enough space! So many recipes can be made days ahead and if you can get organised, there will be fewer things to think about on the day.
Keep or create traditions
Traditions are what makes your Christmas dinner yours. Cook a certain dish a certain way, include a fun game at the table or throw an odd food in the mix - you'll want people to remember it after all the effort you put in!
No matter how much you plan, something is going to go wrong - not totally wrong, but at least not as you expected it. Some disasters can be fixed (check out our Christmas dinner mistakes to avoid and how to fix them!) but if it's beyond help, the best thing to do is shrug it off and carry on. People probably won't even notice!
The main thing is to relax and have a merry Christmas!
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