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    Default Who's hosting Christmas this year?

    I love Christmas!!! And I loooove to host. Who else is hosting this year and what is your plan? I started planning my menu last month and am close to finalising, but am struggling to decide on a desert. Including us, we will have 8 adults and 2 young kids. My lunch menu so far is:

    - Braised chilli mint peas (served room temp)
    - Agave roasted carrots with tahini sauce and peanut salsa
    - Roasted pumpkin with chimmichuri, almond feta and toasted almonds
    - Potato bake
    - Lentil, quinoa (or brown rice?), pecan and cranberry stuffed mushrooms
    - Pomegranate, orange, avo, spinach, pine nut salad
    - Broccoli and green bean salad, unsure of details yet

    For desert, I'm leaning heavily towards black forest trifle, but not 100% sure. I will probably do some other little sweets like truffles, white christmas, choc dipped strawberries etc.

    For drinks I think I'll do a raspberry mojito, homemade baileys, pink lemonade and iced tea.

    I haven't thought much about snacks/starters yet but will probably keep it simple with nuts and bolts (a christmas staple!), antipasto, fruit.

    I've written up a schedule for the preceding week delegating as many things that can be done ahead of time, last year I forgot to make fun ice cubes (mint leaf and raspberry ones for mojitos, coffee ones for baileys etc) and was so upset! I am so on top of it this year and so excited!

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    Me! I'll post my menu later when I get time! For desserts OP I've just tested making a mango pudding on the weekend and it will definitely be on my dessert list this year ( plus you can make it the night before!)

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    I'm hosting this year! We're pretty casual - cold meats and salads, and my family are all bringing things as they are great cooks and I'm terrible!

    Looking forward to getting some inspiration from everyone's responses!

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    I think I am hosting, because we have the swimming pool. The pool seems to be a great selling point at Christmastime. I usually have a cooked turkey served cold, sliced ham off the bone, Prawns. What is Christmas without prawns. ?? add a few salads, and maybe a trifle or a deconstructed pavlova. ( Pavlova with all the toppings separated) Nice and simple and definitely to suit the weather. marie

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMama View Post
    I love Christmas!!! And I loooove to host. Who else is hosting this year and what is your plan? I started planning my menu last month and am close to finalising, but am struggling to decide on a desert. Including us, we will have 8 adults and 2 young kids. My lunch menu so far is:

    - Braised chilli mint peas (served room temp)
    - Agave roasted carrots with tahini sauce and peanut salsa
    - Roasted pumpkin with chimmichuri, almond feta and toasted almonds
    - Potato bake
    - Lentil, quinoa (or brown rice?), pecan and cranberry stuffed mushrooms
    - Pomegranate, orange, avo, spinach, pine nut salad
    - Broccoli and green bean salad, unsure of details yet

    For desert, I'm leaning heavily towards black forest trifle, but not 100% sure. I will probably do some other little sweets like truffles, white christmas, choc dipped strawberries etc.

    For drinks I think I'll do a raspberry mojito, homemade baileys, pink lemonade and iced tea.

    I haven't thought much about snacks/starters yet but will probably keep it simple with nuts and bolts (a christmas staple!), antipasto, fruit.

    I've written up a schedule for the preceding week delegating as many things that can be done ahead of time, last year I forgot to make fun ice cubes (mint leaf and raspberry ones for mojitos, coffee ones for baileys etc) and was so upset! I am so on top of it this year and so excited!
    Umm yum!! Can I come?
    We'll be doing Xmas dinner at our place (very small) as we'll have a 6week old, I'm not sure what to cook actually, haven't given it too much thought!

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    My husband is home for Christmas this year which is exciting. I will be "hosting" but only for hubby and kids. Maybe MIL if she visits

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    This will be the first Christmas I will be home for in 5 years. I believe we are having people over but it's going to be a super dooper easy christmas. Lots of cold food coz I am not cooking and it will be a hot day. Just wanna chill and enjoy the kids all playing together.

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    Christmas is in limbo this year. A lot is dependant on FIL's treatment and recovery. If he responds to treatment as well as he has been we my have a family Christmas. Otherwise it will be just us. So not sure what we will make/do.

    As an aside, there was a bacon factory in Kingaroy that was on fire this week. Not sure if prices of ham will increase for Christmas or not...

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    Me!!!! I love Christmas.

    There will be about 10 adults probably end up being 15 and one kid. We've rented a beach house so it will be a relaxed affair.
    Breakfast
    Fresh stone fruit
    Pastries
    Granola parfait

    Lunch
    Cold meats - ham, turkey, beef.
    Salads - not 100% sure exactly what.
    Cheese platters
    Dessert will be a gourmet sundae bar, I'll make a few different ice-creams (rum n raisin, choc, vanilla) then lots of different toppings. There will be Xmas cake, rumballs etc to snack on.

    Dinner
    Leftovers.

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    I'm hosting my family lunch ( 8 adults and 5 kids) plus from about 4pm we have "drop ins" so some good friends and my SIL and family will pop over for drinks and I'll just serve whats left over from lunch and my big antipasto /dip/cheese/salsa board

    The desserts I can make the night before and the rest is easy BBQ cooking so maybe an hour or two of prep from about 10am , lunch is around 12.30 , my fishmonger and fruit shop get my lists so will have all my fresh food boxed and ready to be picked up Xmas eve which is great!



    Christmas lunch menu :

    Starters :
    Prawn and mango salsa with corn chips
    Crab sliders ( on mini brioche buns)


    Lunch - hot

    BBQ Scallops - garlic butter
    BBQ king prawns - chilli and lime
    BBQ chicken beer skewers
    Steamed whole snapper ( chilli jam dressing)


    Cold:
    Cooked king prawns with mango dressing
    Oysters - natural with lemon

    Salads:
    Lentil salad
    Spinach, goats cheese and pumpkin

    Breads :
    Fresh rolls and sourdough

    Dessert:
    Pavlova wreath
    Mango pudding


    Drinks
    White sangria
    Homemade lemonade

    After: antipasto board ( dips/cheese/breads/salsa/bruschetta)

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