The festive share table

Well, hello there Christmas! We knew you were coming but it’s always a bit of a surprise when December rolls around. Nonetheless, we love joining in the Christmas spirit here at Katering HQ. We’re like a team of Santa’s little helpers, but instead of lending old Saint Nic a hand, we’re here to make your festivities beautifully simple. Because, despite how much we all honestly intend to relax into the season, there is always a little bit of tension around the big day, particularly if you’re hosting.

Happily, there are plenty of little Christmas hacks that can limber up the merrymaking. As you’ll often hear us say, preparation goes a long way to relaxed entertaining. So, of course, the golden rules apply, such as to organise your menu well in advance, pre-make whatever you can (or leave that to us), and delegate tasks! Sure, you may be hosting, but that doesn’t mean you need to be cook, bar tender, and master of ceremonies all at once.

Actually one of our favourite ways to host Christmas is also one of the easiest. It’s the share table. Dispense with individual plating and fussing over portion sizes, and let everyone serve themselves. Not only does this style of entertaining look wonderfully abundant and generous, it also makes for a much more laid-back atmosphere – something that will always be appreciated when you have the entire family amassed in one room. The share table works as a relaxed sit-down affair, but you can even take it further and simply allow everyone to grab a plate and graze throughout the day. No need to set the table or worry about keeping Uncle Harry out of Nan’s earshot.

 

This long, grazing-style lunch is absolutely perfect for an Australian Christmas, especially if you’re dining outdoors. And because we love to eat like this ourselves, we’ve designed our special festive menus so they can be easily shared in this way. From a crisp-crackled roast pork loin to a show-stopping glazed ham and rustic tray-baked vegetables, everything can be sliced and arranged on a platter for guests to help themselves. In true Katering at Home style, each item on our savoury Christmas menu, Christmas seafood menu, and Christmas bakery and beverages menu are created to be hassle-free with minimal cooking, so you can actually spend the day with your loved ones, not with your oven.

We’re also big subscribers to the dessert table school of thought. Pile up a separate table with all your sugar-and-spiced goodies and let people graze until their sweet-tooths are sated. No second-helping shaming here! We have gorgeous little pudding bites, fruit mince pies, traditional pud, and a stunning trifle to help plump out the table. And why not continue the theme with a drinks station where guests can top up their own glasses, grab another beer or mix themselves a cocktail? We have four delicious cocktail (or make it mocktail) mixes that require no more than a shake, stir and splash of booze.

 

It’s all about minimal effort with maximum impact that everyone will love. And your guests will appreciate it all the more because they’ll get to share it with a relaxed version of you.

If we can flavour your festivities with a delicious shareable feast and a side order of simplicity, our job as Christmas helpers is done!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Kate and the Katering at Home team

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