We all know that eating out at Christmas time can be extremely expensive. No matter what your disposable income, treating your partner or family to a lovely night in is a no brainer this festive season. Why spend £100 on a meal out when you can stay in for a fifth of the price? Let’s take a look at how you can make the most of the festive period by eating at home this Christmas.
The first thing everybody notices when they dine in is the sort of dinnerware used – especially when sat around the table whilst waiting for the food. Therefore, if you’ve got a date around or are treating your partner to a meal, the best way to make a good first impression is to use state of the art dinnerware. First impressions last a long time, so make sure to use a set from vendors such as Corelle as opposed to a cheap plastic set.
You can also set the mood for the night by using the correct dinnerware. The right set can complement both the theme of the dinner and the food’s appearance alike. As we’re sure you’ve heard many times before, the presentation of your food is half the battle won when trying to please the stomachs of your fellow diners. If the meal looks aesthetically pleasing, you’re off to a winner.
At Christmas time, the use of dinnerware is even more important assets can be bought with festive colours to make the experience that little bit more Christmassy.
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With it being the festive season, it could be easy to opt for cooking a traditional Christmas dinner – and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, there are many other foods and drinks you can make to create a succulent meal these holidays. Whether you are a five-star chef or a beginner in the kitchen, these following foods can be made by anyone:
- Cranberry and chestnut falafel
- Corn cups with prawns, mangoes and chillies
- Sticky potato wedges with sesame and lemon
- Curried fishcake bites
- Chicken and basil meatballs
A Christmas Film
Everybody loves a good Christmas film. Whether you want a festive film with Arnold Schwartzenegger or Will Ferrell dressed up as a giant elf, the seemingly endless list of Christmas classics will have you covered. There are movies perfectly suited for a couple, a family, or to watch alone. So, once you’ve eaten and want to kick back and watch the festive magic unravel, choose a famous flick and immerse yourself – it wouldn’t be the festive season without a Christmas film after all. Although no festive film is a bad one, here are some of our personal favourites:
- Home Alone – Chris Columbus delivers a family favourite here. When Macauley Culkin’s family forgets him as they go on holiday, he must fight off the advances of two menacing thieves.
- It’s a Wonderful Life – This one is potentially the greatest festive flick of all time. When Jimmy Stewart is living a troubled life, an angel visits him and makes him realise the beauty of life itself.
- Elf – Will Ferrell delights children and adults alike. When Buddy the Elf travels to New York to find his dad, he is in for a big surprise.
A Board Game
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Christmas is the perfect time to play a board game. Whether you and your partner are cosying up on the settee or the kids are after some evening entertainment, there will be a board game that appeals to everyone. A third of Brits claim they prefer strategy-based games whilst another third say a trivia game is ideal for them. Of course, it is important to remember that board games are meant to be fun, so don’t get too competitive and don’t be a scrooge. Every board game brings excitement to those who play it, but here are some of our tried and tested favourites:
- Cluedo – For a nation that loves crime dramas, this game is perfect for all at Christmas. By eliminating suspects and solving the crime, all participants are taken on a rollercoaster “Whodunnit” ride.
- Monopoly – A game of luck and strategy, this classic is ideal for playing after your festive feast. With the game lasting up to several hours, the rest of your evening will be full of entertainment.
- Speak Out – This game guarantees non-stop laughter! Trying to describe what you read with a mouthpiece in is near-impossible – as you will learn the fun way!