Designated host this year? Read on for how to absolutely nail it.

From remembering who eats what to creating a gorgeous setting that everyone will love, hosting Christmas can be overwhelming! But fear not, expert tablescaper and founder of Truffle Tablescapes, Kate Fairlie, is here to help with her insider secrets to being the host with the very most.

Consider the big picture

Take a little time to think about how you want your Christmas Day to look and feel. Thinking of the day as a whole and the atmosphere you wish to create will help you decide on individual elements such as the background music, welcome drinks and decorations.

Plan your table

The dinner table has a crucial role to play in the Christmas day festivities. As the setting for the most important meal of the year, it’s worth taking some time to plan your tablescape to save any last-minute scrambling. A crisp white linen table runner or tablecloth is the perfect foundation for a classic festive tablescape. While a garland of greenery can be used to create a stunning centrepiece. You can then add elements such as chargers, napkins and candles in your chosen colour scheme to bring the look to life. You might also want to do a quick check of your crockery and cutlery to make sure you have enough to serve everyone on the day!

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Credit: Grant Anderson for Truffle Tablescapes

Christmas hosting

Credit: Grant Anderson for Truffle Tablescapes

Double-check dietary requirements

There are few things more deflating than working hard on a meal only to find that it’s not to everyone’s taste. Double-check everyone’s dietary requirements in advance to ensure you have all the necessary ingredients for a meal everyone will love. It’s also worth checking drinks preferences so that you can stock up on all the favourites.

Get ahead of the game

When guests start arriving when you’re hosting Christmas, it can be hard to juggle socialising with being a fabulous host. So try and get a head start where you can. If you’re serving cocktails and nibbles, opt for a drinks recipe you can make in batches so you can whip it up in advance and go for canapes that can be served cold so that you can spend time mingling rather than watching the oven timer.

Go the extra mile

Those thoughtful little touches make a party all the more memorable, so consider how you can bring a little extra sparkle to everyone’s day. A small personalised gift at everyone’s place setting or a fun family quiz will make your guests’ Christmas even merrier.

Relax and enjoy

This may be easier said than done but try to take the time to enjoy the fruits of your labours! With so much to think about and organise, it can be easy to miss out on all the fun but remember; it’s your Christmas too!

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