Perth Now: Keys to organising a worry-free Christmas lunch
Sara Hall chats to Claire Davies from The Sunday Times and Perth Now on how ‘Keys to organising a Worry-Free Christmas lunch
THE silly season has begun; time for sharing and caring and, for many, unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Planning guru Sara Hall, co-owner of Perth organising service Finer Details, knows a thing or two about keeping to a schedule and says focusing on a few things each week is the key to a worry-free Christmas Day.
First, start a list . . . or three. Sara recommends a spreadsheet or separate lists for food, gifts, and jobs.
“Keep the lists in one place and plan and delegate chores to family members,” she said.
With a month to go to the big day, this week’s to-do list includes organising a tree. “Dust off last year’s imitation tree and decorations and get festive or, if you’re a traditionalist, go for the real deal,” Sara said.
“Also, it’s time to start writing your cards and posting gifts — you can get them done in front of the TV a few at a time.”
What’s hot for the Christmas Day menu? In addition to the traditional glazed ham, turkey and fresh seafood, Katrina Sykes of Soiree Catering is going big on mixed-grain salads, cold pressed juices and edible flowers.
“Keep it simple, fresh and most of all stress free,” she said.
“Delegate, but choose the right person for the job. Don’t give your brother dessert if he hates making it — give it to your aunty who makes a cracking pavlova.”
Tackling the festive season becomes easier when tasks are broken down step-by-step, so check out our four-week guide to the most successful Christmas Day yet.