Christmas Eve Party Ideas

Christmas Eve Party Ideas

This year was going to be my first year of cooking Christmas dinner, but a couple of things have happened which means that instead we are going to my parents for dinner and Damian’s parents for breakfast. It’s going to be a bit of a full on day and I wanted to do something at our house for the children over the Christmas period. They are really excited for Christmas so this year we have invited all the family to ours for a Christmas Eve party.

See my Christmas Eve party Ideas here to cater for all ages

There’s just under 30 people to cater for so I am busy trying to decide what to do. I usually like to make a few dishes from scratch whenever we host things, but I’m going to be honest and say that with the general business of Christmas I am probably going to rely on a lot of nibbles and pre-made bits and pieces that just need me to pop them in the oven. I asked the children what they wanted and they said lasagnes. This is either a reflection of the fact I ALWAYS make lasagnes for family gatherings, or, more likely, the fact that we had eaten lasagne the evening before I asked them!

So, I will be making one meat and one vegetable lasagne. I don’t like cooking meat dishes (I’m vegetarian) but my lasagne always goes down well plus it’s a nice sharing dish to make. When making the bolognese mix I’ll be sure to drain off the excess fat. Fats and oils poured down the sink cause major problems. In the North West where I live each year there are 28,000 blockages in the sewers caused by things like pouring oils and food waste down the sinks and these are totally avoidable. I’ve got a handy absorb bin that sits on my window sill to drain the fat into.

As well as the lasagnes I’m going to do onion bhajis, spring rolls, chicken wings, pizzas, crisps, meats, cheese and bread – I’m working on the basis of having plenty of things for people to nibble on – and have a few bottles of wine to hand too!

Whilst chatting to the children about our Christmas eve party they reminded me that any good party needs cake and it seems that whilst I’ve been planning my food for Christmas Eve I’ve planned to make plenty of sweet based things! Think mince pies, cinnamon biscuits and a white chocolate bomb… but it’s Christmas right, so it’s OK to eat plenty of cakes and biscuits?

So, at the end of the week the children and I will be getting our bake on to whip up some (hopefully!) tasty treats to help get us all get well and truly into the Christmas spirit.

I also have a couple of ideas up my sleeve to keep the younger family members entertained, but some ideas might include:

What are your staples when catering for a big family gathering and what are your top entertainment tips for a Christmas Eve Party?

 

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11 Comments

  1. 21st December 2016 / 11:11

    Love the idea of Christmas photo props. Think I’ll do that x

  2. Pauline
    21st December 2016 / 12:30

    Oh Sarah I’m excited reading this! I always use 5 per cent fat mince meat, they sell it at Aldi and a great price. There’s never any residual fat, I hate it too. Interesting to see an absorb bin! I have never heard I’d of one, but will probably have to buy one. See you Saturday ready to party!

  3. 21st December 2016 / 22:27

    I like the sound of the rainbow themed party game . Can’t believe it will be Christmas Eve on Saturday it is mad!

    • 21st December 2016 / 22:30

      I know – and I still have so much to do!!

  4. 21st December 2016 / 23:13

    Oh it sounds like you will be busy on xmas eve, I hope that you have a great xmas eve party xx

  5. 23rd December 2016 / 10:35

    Sounds likeyou are going to be really busy, have a great time 🙂

  6. 23rd December 2016 / 17:22

    I absolutely love the idea about the Christmassy photo props. I hope I can still get it for this year.

  7. 24th December 2016 / 08:48

    Some really great ideas here. I love your entertainment suggestions. We’re having a party tomorrow and I definitely want to try a couple of these. x

  8. 28th December 2016 / 16:41

    I love the idea of rainbow themed party game. Hope you had wonderful Christmas x

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