Christmas in July: The ultimate guide to hosting a festive dinner partyMona
Here in the Southern Hemisphere, we never get the chance to celebrate Christmas in December in true North Pole style, because it’s simply too warm. That’s why we celebrate Christmas in July! Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to throw a Christmas celebration with a classic winter twist by hosting a small dinner party at home with family or your friends.
Here is our guide to hosting Christmas in July including decorating, recipe ideas and at-home entertaining tips.
Decorations: Let’s get festive
Get into the Christmas spirit with some winter-inspired decorations, such as a Christmas wreath or snowflakes. Take a simple wreath and add your favourite ornaments, twinkling lights and a pine-scented candle to give your dining room a festive touch.
Another idea is to get the little ones involved by making snowflakes. Simply, fold a piece of white or silver card in half and cut the desired snowflake shape and design. Add a touch of sparkle with a glue stick and glitter. Place your snowflakes along with the dining table or attach a string to create simple hanging ornaments.
Christmas in July menu: All things delicious
Plan your menu ahead of time, taking into account the number of guests and any dietary requirements. Search for dish inspiration, and turn to seasonal ingredients to hero each dish. A Christmas in July party is an opportunity for you to cook quite differently to the usual Christmas summer staples, so have fun with it!
Be inspired by the colder months: Feast on classic comfort food like roast lamb and seasonal veggies, or slow-cooked beef stew. Perhaps you would like to take inspiration from Donna Hay with a wintery twist on Christmas ham. For dessert, indulge in traditional Christmas pudding, or these cute pudding pots by our favourite Brit, Jamie Oliver. After your dinner, snuggle up with a glass of mulled wine or hot apple cider, infused with cinnamon and oranges.
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Tips for a stress-free Christmas in July party
Preparation is vital when it comes to at-home entertaining. For instance, make sure the dishwasher and garbage bins are empty before the party. That way, you don’t have to do it during your Christmas in July celebration.
To have a relaxed evening, prepare everything you can and clean as you go. Use our Cook+ and Daily range to store your freshly made sides to keep them crispy and fresh. ClickClack Tip: Choose your dessert wisely; if you can make it the day before, you save yourself a lot of time on the day of the dinner party.
Avoid bad surprises: Don’t go too fancy with your menu. Make sure you tried the meals before and feel confident in preparing them. So, you don’t have to worry about anything on the big day.
Last but not least, put on some Michael Bublé, have fun and enjoy to host a festive dinner party in July!