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Planning Christmas dinner at home

Don't panic this year about preparing for the Christmas dinner. Take a look at our variety of tips and guides to help you produce the perfect meal and an impressive Christmas table all in time for the big day.

Christmas lunch preparation


Feeling stressed at the prospect of organising a huge Christmas dinner? Take 30 minutes, make a cup of tea and read through our top picks to help you plan for your festive feast.


The first step is planning what to make. Take a look at Delia Online, for Delia Smith's top Christmas recipes to get you ready for Christmas lunch.  


Not sure about timings? Delia Smith's minute-by-minute guide to a well-planned, traditional Christmas lunch, from the perfect turkey to the ideal bread sauce in The Guardian is a great starting point.


If Jamie Oliver is your go to chef for quick and easy advice, then take a look at the Jamie Oliver website for plenty of Christmas recipe inspiration.


Chef John Gregory-Smith shared his top tips on how to orchestrate a stress-free Christmas lunch in the Telegraph - stress-free Christmas lunch article


Read the Telegraph's Do-ahead Christmas dinner, and discover 10 tips for preparing your food early.


Perhaps you could even get the whole family to help by creating a list together one evening, that way you're less likely to forget a crucial item. You might find that once the kids have suggested something that needs doing, they might feel a sense of ownership and be willing to actually help with the task too. 


When you're planning your Christmas food shopping it's all too easy to default to a larger supermarket, but don't forget to take a look at one of the local markets in East Herts too for something a bit different this year.


Setting the perfect table


It doesn't matter what's on the menu, a holiday table deserves a special wintery touch. Add a touch sparkle to your own dining table with a festive Christmas centrepiece, tablecloth, mistletoe and more.
For details on how to really impress your guests with a creative Christmas table, take a look at some of our suggested websites for unique designs...


Bring some added wow factor to your table setting this festive season , and read House Beautiful's 11 styling secrets to decorating the perfect Christmas table.


Take a look at 35 Christmas Table Decorations for Your Holiday Dinner on the Good Housekeeping website.


On the other hand, if you'd rather an easy step by step guide on how to create a masterpiece layout for your Christmas table, then why not watch Tesco Lifestyle's How to dress the perfect table video on YouTube.