Everyone loves a Christmas dinner! Having one with your flat mates before you go home for the Christmas holidays is a great way to get together before you all leave. A lot of international students may not have tried a typical British Christmas dinner before, so it’s always nice to show them some typical traditions! Here are my top 5 Christmas dinner tips to make sure your Christmas dinner runs smoothly.
Tip 1: Make sure you know the number you are buying for
For example, if you are living in the towers you may have to feed up to 16 people. This would involve a lot more organising and there will be a lot more food to buy! Make sure to plan in advance so that you know exactly who can come and to make sure you buy the right amount of food.
Tip 2: Check that you have enough equipment
Making a Christmas dinner involves a lot of cooking equipment, so check that you have enough pans, roasting trays and utensils. Otherwise you may have to wait for something to finish cooking before using it and everything won’t be ready at once!Tip 3: Think about whether you have time to make things from scratch or if you are going to buy them already prepared
If your flat mates are up for getting involved with the cooking, then maybe making things like roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings and pigs in blankets from scratch will be fun. However, if there is only a couple of people cooking for a lot of people, then maybe buying these already prepared would be easier and quicker.
Tip 4: Think about your budget
Check with your flat mates how much they are willing to put in to making the Christmas dinner. For example, Christmas crackers are always fun to have but are not an essential if it is not within your budget.
Tip 5: Make a shopping list
If you go to the supermarket without a list you generally end up buying a lot more than what you need! Here is an idea of a shopping list that you might want to use for your flat Christmas dinner:
- Roast potatoes
- Yorkshire puddings
- Pigs in blankets
- Cranberry sauce
- Mince pies
- Christmas pudding
- Ice cream
- Christmas crackers
I hope this helps you to plan your Christmas meal!