Christmas in Australia is usually hot hot hot! No roast turkey, baked pie or hot chocolate by the fire! Christmas in my family was always cold ham, seafood, pavlova, backyard cricket and in the lucky years... a holiday at the beach!
This year we are hosting a segment of my family for lunch on Christmas day. It will be a sit down lunch for five adults, so not too demanding. We have our big C family Christmas this Sunday at my uncle's house. We rotate the venue each year. C family Christmas is the entertaining extravaganza! It is lunch for 15 including adults and children. We have hosted once and it was so much fun!
This year our entertaining will be much simpler. With just five adults we can do a more elegant and sophisticated table. Our theme this year is silver and turquoise.
The most important part of holiday entertaining is knowing your audience - especially if you are hosting on Christmas day. Don't prepare a full seafood buffet if guests have allergies. Don't make a funky Asian fusion meal if guests are expecting turkey and trifle. I had an aunt who wept if there was not traditional pudding with custard!
I like to stick with traditional Christmas food. My favorite books are:
There are so many great ideas in these books! From full turkey banquets to appetizers and lots of entertaining tips. I love that the recipes are grouped into menus (although I do swap and change.) I will post this year's menu later in the week.
The other key to holiday entertaining is music. Growing up in an agnostic house I never really experienced Christmas music at home as a child. Marrying a musician (and grandson of an Anglican minister!) that all changed!
Here are our favorites:
The perfect blend of cruisey, secular, spiritual and fun.
I can't wait to see all your entertaining tips.
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