The Christmas Dinner Planner

Christmas Dinner is one of the most import meals for any family and friends. There is a lot to you, so use our useful planner to make sure yours comes together smoothly on the big day.

The key to a successful and stress-free Christmas dinner (or any other dinner) is in the planning.  You don’t want to be rushing around at the last minute on Christmas day, so the key is in preparing in advance.  Work out what you are going to eat on the day and discuss any specific dietary requirements in advance.  Plan your menu and pre-order any items in advance – such as turkey (make sure it fits in your oven!) or vegetable boxes.

2 weeks before

Check the dietary requirements of all of your guests. You don’t want to day to arrive a realise you have a vegetarian or coeliac you were unaware of.

Make sure you have ordered you meat, butchers will often want to know a few weeks before hand to ensure they have what you want in stock. It’s not just the turkey that you need to consider. Will you be baking a ham? Making pigs in blankets?

Order your vegetables, it’s always best to have a bit extra rather than not enough, at this time of year you can always store some items outside in a cool.

Order you table linen including table clothes, place mats and napkins in your chosen colour scheme.

Few days before

Ensure you have enough table linen and that it is all clean and ironed.

Write out name badges for your guests.

Prepared the centrepiece for your table.

Christmas Eve

Prepare vegetables in advance – this can be done the day before, peel, dice and chop vegetables and leave in cold water in the fridge.  Alternatively, some dishes can be made in advance and frozen.

Make stuffing and leave in the fridge overnight – or if you are really organised these can be made and frozen up to a month in advance.

Ensure that any frozen items are defrosted accordingly.

Weigh the turkey or other meats to calculate the cooking time.  If you are not certain of this check with your butcher.

If you decide to have Yorkshire Puddings with you dinner, these can be made the night before and just put in the oven to warm for a few minutes before serving.


We like to work backwards from the time we plan to eat, once you know this you can make sure it all happens in a timely manner.

It is best to put you meat in the oven from room temperature rather than straight from the fridge. You will need to allow at least several hours for this to happen.

Set your table at the earliest available time, this will allow you to work around the dinner preparations.

Sit down to dinner time: . . . . . . . . . . .



Time to go in the oven

Time to come out of the oven

Rest time

Pre-heat oven




Turkey / Meat




Pigs in blankets












Veg in oven




Veg on hob









Good luck and Happy Christmas!! 


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