Ham or turkey?
Get the main meal sorted
Nothing says Christmas like the piney freshness of a real tree.
Try these tips to help it last up to six weeks.
Clean out your fridge
Check the use-by-dates of sauces and dressings; you’ll be thankful of the extra space on the day. Stock up on extra containers for the inevitable leftovers.
Sending Christmas cards?
If you’re sending Christmas cards or gifts, do it sooner rather than later. For domestic mail, NZPost’s target is up to three working days; international can take anywhere from one to 10 working days, depending on how it’s sent and where it’s going.
Easy entertaining recipes
You don’t have to be a master-chef to wow your guests with stylish and tasty dishes.
Go for simple recipes that make the most of fresh, seasonal ingredients – some of these are so easy that you won’t even need to turn on the oven!
Make it easy on yourself
You don’t have to cook everything from scratch. Wherever you can, substitute store-bought ingredients, like pre-made meringues and fruit cake mix, that will take the pain – and hours of your time – out of Christmas prep.
On the night before Christmas … set the table. Simple, cost-effective decorations include a length of green garland snaking its way down the table with fairy lights or baubles, a silver tray filled with candles/tealights and foliage, pine cones or needles, a glass bowl filled with vintage ornaments, or copper fairy lights in a large glass vase or twinkling down the length of the table.
Getting the perfect pav
Every family has their go-to recipe for the perfect pavlova – as well as stories of when it didn’t turn out quite right! Not to worry: if the worst happens, blitz the berries, mash the meringue, whip the cream and call it an Eton mess.
Santa's (and your) helpers
Give each guest something to bring or do on the day, such as a simple green salad, pouring the drinks, entertaining the kids or carving the turkey. This will help you manage your time better and take the stress out of being the host.