Top Home Business Entertaining Tips

For many Christmas means fun, food and festive treats. For others it can be stressful, especially if you’re the designated chef or party organiser.

However, help is at hand! We went in search of top tips for entertaining at your own home business christmas dinner party.

With thousands of Christmas dinners under Kenny Atkinson's apron, the award-winning chef has some useful tips for making a festive spread stress-free.

Top tips for entertaining at your own home business christmas dinner party

And why Kenny ... because he looks after three kitchens all over the Christmas period (not including his own!) as he is responsible for The Orangery, the Brasserie and the Clubhouse at Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth.

Kenny starts by giving us a thump on the head with organisation - he says ...

Get Organised

And by this I mean as soon as possible. By early December if it is feasible. Get your food shopping lists sorted and start buying produce that won’t go out of date. Doing this will also help to spread the cost of Christmas.

Keep It Simple

Not something you might associate with Christmas but don’t over-complicate your festive meal. A whole turkey (or bird) isn’t always the best option- think of the waste and how long it takes to cook. Instead choose a great quality turkey breast. Be realistic and stick to a budget.

Delegate!

Get the whole family involved by giving everyone a job- setting the table, preparing a starter, washing up- it shouldn’t be left to one person. It is a family occasion, after all.

 

Chef Kenny Atkinson is director of food at Rockliffe Hall in HurworthKenny Atkinson, Rockliffe Hall

Chef Kenny Atkinson is director of food at Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, County Durham. Kenny, from Newcastle, appeared on the Great British Menu and shot to national fame with his winning mackerel dish.  His restaurant,
The Orangery, was awarded three AA rosettes and gained its reputation as the highest quality fine-dining restaurant in the North of England.

 

The Day Before

Get the meat ready to roast and prepare the vegetables. Plan a really simple, cold dessert- prawn cocktail and smoked salmon are ideal. Tasty but light and you can make them look really pretty too.

The Big Day

Have a simple timetable of when to do things- making the big jobs a priority. Timing is everything so preparation in advance can make this part so much easier. Oh and invest in a good timer! Above all relax, enjoy yourself and spend time with the people that matter. 

Merry Christmas!

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