Yule be right! Our fun, festive December planner will have you handling the culinary pressures of Christmas Day like a pro. Tap the icons below to reveal a tip for the day. You’ve got this!
Start pondering your Christmas Day menu.
Start pondering your Christmas Day menu. Depending on the size of your guest list, buy a half ham, or two halves, instead of a large ham, to avoid it becoming dry. Get our our glazed ham recipe here.
If your family love their roast lamb, head for our frozen meat section; choose a leg of the weight that suits your needs.
And for turkey, buy a Pam’s Finest frozen rolled turkey with stuffing – mouth-wateringly delicious and a more convenient size and price.
Finalise invitations and think of
Finalise invitations and think of dietary requirements.
This may mean a rethink of some traditional Kiwi fare like meat, seafood or anything containing gluten. Simply add a few options like these delicious vegetarian dishes, a vegan Pavlova wreath and easy gluten-free recipes for the all-important pudding and cake.
Need some inspiration? Check out our Christmas day menu planners.
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Once you have the basics nutted out, nail down the recipes. Remember, you don’t have to be bound by tradition. Check out our delicious take on a classic glazed ham; pineapple and star anise glaze ham.
Think about side dishes –
- Salads, like a Caprese salad with creamy mozzarella.
- Vegetables, like some Thai-inspired bean salad with peanut dressing.
It’s a good idea to prepare some canapes for those last-minute drop-ins and street get-togethers that happen around this time!
Check out more Christmas recipes.
Will you be serving dessert or a gourmet cheeseboard? How about both?
For something summery, give this Raspberry trifle a whirl. It looks impressive but is super-easy to put together – and you can save time with store-bought jam sponge roll from New World.
Get the lowdown on creating a stylish cheeseboard with these top tips. Once again, it’s all about little effort, big effect.
Only two weeks left to swap your
Fly Buys for groceries!
Only two weeks left to swap your Fly Buys for groceries!
Come ‘round to ours, Points Swap is back this Christmas. From Monday 4 November until 24 December, you can swap your Fly Buys points for New World Dollars or New World Gift Cards, making it that much easier to stock up on stocking fillers, buy your Christmas essentials, find a gift or even treat yourself!
Finalise your drinks menu and head to New World for a huge range of wine and beer, including the winners from our New World Wine Awards Top 50.
Find the perfect food match with our wine and food matching guide.
Ensure there are a few non-alcoholic options like these Christmas drinks or Blueberry mojito mocktail.
The big day is only a week away so now’s the time to get non-perishable items like crackers and stock the fridge with juices and condiments. You can also make and freeze stuffing and sauces, which can be defrosted on Christmas Eve.
It’s time to start stocking up on fresh fruit and veges for your Christmas table. Choose seasonal produce for the very best taste and value – like New Zealand green beans and peas, fresh berries and cherries and crisp salad greens.
Pop wine in the fridge to chill. On the day, speed up the process by wrapping the bottle in a wet cloth before placing in the freezer. Alternatively, submerge the entire bottle in a bucket of icy water with a bit of salt. Never use ice cubes in wine; try frozen grapes to avoid diluting your drink.
By now you'll have your menu and guest list, so check there's enough stuff for everyone, like chairs, napkins, plates cutlery, and glasses.
Prep and refrigerate root vegetables and defrost meat. Always ensure meat is at room temperature before cooking.
Pick up seafood and refrigerate immediately. To save time on the day, make salad dressing and custard, and roast root vegetables.
Cook meat, heat prepped vegetables, sauces and plates before serving. Delegate the kids to make the desserts conveyor belt-style, then pour yourself a well-deserved glass of bubbles.