Stress-Free Christmas Dinner

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree. But my lover on the side gave me a delicious cornish game hen with poached pear confit, and that was way better: because we all know that food is the very best gift.

And, in honor of edible love, you might be in the mood to cook your loved ones an elaborate meal this Christmas. Unfortunately, sometimes creating a feast ends up causing you more stress than joy, which is the last thing anybody needs during the holidays. Follow these simple tips for a seamless dinner.

Set out hors-d’oeuvres:
Even if it’s just cheese and crackers, giving your guests something to nibble on while they wait for the main course eases hungriness (and hangry-ness.)

Ask somebody else to bring dessert:
Although you may want to do it all, that might not be the best thing for your sanity! Ask somebody else to take care of dessert, so that you have one less thing to take care of.

Choose a one-stop main course:
Try choosing a main course that you can stick in the oven and all but forget about. This way if you’re fussing over side dishes etc. you don’t have to worry about it! A roast chicken is always a safe bet.

Booze Booze Booze:
This one is a no-brainer. Provide booze. Drink booze. Booze. Booze. Booze.

Featured photo courtesy of Jules.