Hosting A Family Feast
Who doesn’t enjoy a family get together? All your loved ones gathered around a table eating delicious lovingly prepared food. The question is…who plays host in your family? There is always one person/home you go to for these family gatherings. If you aren’t normally the host why not give it a go? It really isn’t as daunting as you think; we have put together some handy tips on how to host a successful family lunch to help you brave the challenge…
- REMEMBER that yours guests are your loved ones, they will not be judging you, they will be grateful for their invite! There is no need to put unnecessary pressure on yourself, no one will expect perfection (by the way…there is no such thing!)
- DON’T attempt a new recipe on the day, if you are going to be adventurous and try something new be sure to do a trial run
- ASK everyone’s dietary requirements in advance so you can prepare alternative meals. Although be sure to keep options limited, don’t commit to making a different meal for every guest just have a couple of options, keep things as simple as possible
- PREP LIKE A BOSS (as Joe Wickes would say) – Preparation is key, ensure you have all the ingredients out before you start cooking and by doing a trial run you will be able to see if you need to stock up on any ingredients before the day
- MUSIC – Make sure you prepare a playlist with some background music, something generic so that everyone will enjoy it
- DON’T WORRY if something goes wrong (which inevitably it will) it really doesn’t matter and we guarantee no one will notice anyway so don’t draw attention to any imperfections…OWN IT!
- SALT & PEPPER – Be sure to put salt and pepper on the table, and don’t take offence if people use it (even before they try the meal)
- ENJOY the meal too, remember that your guests have come to spend time with you as well as enjoy delicious food so try not to lock yourself in the kitchen for the whole event
- OPERATION CLEAN UP – Try and do most of the cleaning up after the event, we know it’s not what you want to be doing after cooking all day but it is much better to get it out of the way so that you can come down to a clean and tidy house the following day rather than a huge mess and a sink full of dirty dishes! If anyone offers to help…say YES! PLUS…if everything is tidy when you wake up the following day then you can enjoy putting your feet up as a reward for hosting a fantastic family lunch!
It’s not what’s on the table that is important, it’s who’s sitting on the chairs!