How to survive in the kitchen this Christmas

How do you survive being in the kitchen at Christmas?

Do you have to travel and someone else will do the food prep?


Are you the one that is the host/hostess?


Growing up in a small country town, the kitchen was a big part of Christmas Day. We would wake up early to check out what was under the Christmas Tree. Unfortunately for us (the kids), no presents were allowed to be opened until EVERYONE was out of bed. My father would always be the last out of bed, which I am sure he enjoyed.

After breakfast and the presents being opened, we would clean up our mess and head to our grandparents. Once we finished socializing we came back home and start to prep the food in the kitchen for all the relatives that would come around that evening.

On our menu:


  • Dip and biscuits
  • Fresh prawns (Yum that still is one of my favourites. You soon learnt to peel them quick)
  • Garlic bread


  • Cold meat – Ham, Chicken
  • BBQ steak, sausages
  • A variety of salads


  • Trifle (Something I still love to have just once a year)
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Pavlova
  • Ice-cream

You are probably thinking by now, “Wow, that is a lot of food to not only have but imagining all that food prep”. As we had grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and Cousins come around they would bring some of this food with them and they too would give a lending hand.

As we have gotten older, moved away and had families of our own we don’t always have Christmas at my parent’s house. We usually, decide a few weeks before Christmas whose house we will go to. We all bring food to share. As some live too far to travel it is a little smaller these days. (My family lived reasonably close to both sets of parents, so we would take it in turns on where we spent Christmas Eve.)

“How to be organised in the kitchen this Christmas!”

Tips for being a host:

  1. Decide on menu early (nothing worse than last minute shopping)
    • does anyone have any special food needs?
  2. Ask your guests to bring:
    • one or two dishes
    • their own drinks
    • chairs if you do not have enough
    • swags/sleeping bags if they are sleeping over and there isn’t enough bedding
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask if you need anything
    • cutlery/plates/glassware (disposable makes cleanup easier)
    • tables/chairs
    • linen
    • serving dishes/utensils

Tips for being a considerate guest

  1. If sleeping over, would the host/hostess like you to bring your own linen or sleeping bags
  2. What food will you contribute?
  3. Pack your fold-up chairs just is case
  4. Ask if they would like you to bring anything else

As promised in my last post  “Inspiration For A Traditional Christmas With A Modern Day Flair” which you can click here if you missed it, below are my Aussie Christmas Decorations for the kitchen!

Surviving Christmas in the Kitchen

Christmas Kitchen

My kitchen is a work in progress still!

Christmas Coffee Station

The Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate Bar

Christmas Kitchen Cabinet

Christmas kitchen cabinet display

Love these little guys. They are just tree ornaments that I stuck on with bluetac!

Let’s give some thought to those who have no family/friends to share this day with! If you don’t have any visitors this Christmas, maybe you might like to make someone else’s day by volunteering your time to feed the needy.  Why not visit a nursing home or hospital and bring some Christmas cheer.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!


  1. Megan @ Adventure & Home December 18, 2016
    • Fiona Loves Organising December 19, 2016

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