CHRISTMAS my favorite time of the year! If you love to meal plan (or are new to the idea) I'm going to give you some tips to make your Christmas meal planning run smoother this year - plus for a short time only you can get my Christmas Meal Planning & Grocery List & Budget printable's for free ... a sneak peak at my Special Occasions Meal Planning eBook coming in 2018! See the video below for details -
Can You To Do Everyday Meal Planning For Special Occasions?
YES! ... and my advice is MAKE SURE YOU DO. For special occasions such as Christmas it is essential to meal plan to not only help you stick to a budget, but to plan what is not a normal selection of foods. There are different things that you need to consider with special occasions, especially when a majority of the time you are meal planning for different people outside of your family.
My Tips To Get You Started:
1. Decide on your $ budget - Most people do their meal planning first then calculate what it will cost them. DECIDE how much you can afford FIRST then decide your food and drinks within that budget. Its Christmas and it costs a lot all ready! Do not overspend where you do not need to.
2. Confirm your guest list - To plan correctly and work on your budget you really need to now final guest numbers. Especially if you are having a large amount of people attend. Make sure you confirm not only adults but also children.
3. Dietary requirements - Make sure you check in with everyone's dietary requirements. Are there any allergies? Is there any special diets you need to take into account when it comes to children eg no artificial colours and flavours.
4. Decide how much you are serving - Are you planning a full Christmas feast with a main meal, dessert, light snacks & drinks? If so there is a lot of food to be planned. Start off with the main meal and decide everything else around it. Will you be providing everything or asking some guests to bring something along ?
5. Add a Christmas twist - Where can you add some Christmas cheer ? Pinterest is always a fun place to see what you can add to a dessert or how to display a main meal. Don't be shy and get creative!
6. Plan and prepare ahead of time where you can - Give yourself ample time to plan and prepare so you do not have so much to do on the day. You want to spend time with those special people around you not in the kitchen preparing. So do your meal planning and grocery shopping 2-4 weeks prior. Stock up your dry food, drinks and food that can be frozen or cooked and then frozen. Leave only the fresh food you need until the day before.
7. Prepare for leftovers - no matter what you do there will always be left overs. This is not a bad thing, in fact you can take advantage of this! For us I like to do a big Christmas lunch and then have left overs for dinner (not that we need much then as we are so full) or boxing day. If you are having a lot of people over make sure you have a game plan to where you can store all your left overs ... maybe send some home with guests or invite some back for a boxing day lunch.