Forget Santa, come Christmas Day, the hardest job falls on the shoulders of the host. So, here’s your survival kit to make it through the day in one piece.

In a few short weeks, a festive bunch of relatives and friends will descend upon your humble dwelling. Are you ready? Have you been preparing your home for the Christmas season? If not, don’t start hyperventilating just yet- we’ve got a handy Christmas Hosting Survival Checklist to keep your sanity intact.

1. Stock Up On Food

Devise a menu for Christmas Day early and purchase the required long-lasting food a week or more before (yes, start writing your list stat). For fruits and veggies, try to buy a few days before Christmas to avoid the heinous Christmas-eve rush.

Last pro tip: while you’re at Woolies, it might be a good idea to treat yourself to a secret stash of chocolate to last you the duration of the holiday season.

Preparing Your Home For The Christmas Season 2. Check There Are Enough Water Glasses

Open up those cupboard doors and take stock. If you are lacking glassware, plates, coasters etc, pop into Bed Bath N’ Table – at $19.95 for a set of 6, the Savoy Tumbler Set is an affordable way to set the table and much prettier than disposable cups.

3. And Wine Glasses

Because, let’s be honest, water isn’t the only beverage you’ll be consuming on the day. Remember to pace yourself though; you’ve got to be quick, sharp-eyed and hangover-free to rule the Boxing Day Sales!

Myer have a great selection of red and white wine glasses and champagne flutes. Choose a simple set for occasions such as Christmas or upgrade to a decorative design to add a little pizzazz to your Christmas table.

4. Brighten The Space & Add a hint of metallicPreparing Your Home For The Christmas Season

Want to decorate the house, but not a fan of traditional red & green ornaments? These Bed Bath N’ Table tile coasters do just the trick to add some vibrancy to your home (and at $4.95 each they make a great Secret Santa gift too!)  Also hot this season is anything gold, bronze silver or any other metallic versions you cant get your hands on. It will freshen up your table and is a cost effective way to add a sparkle to your chrissy table!

5. Summer-Proof the Outdoor AreaPreparing Your Home For The Christmas Season

In the afternoon, after food has been consumed and everyone’s in a post-ham haze, chances are guests are going to wander to the pool or deck. Keep your status solid as a A+ exterior decorator with a couple of Bed Bath N’ Table Panama Geo Outdoor Cushions, at only $29.95 each.

6. Remember the Towels

You don’t want to step out of the shower to find a guest has taken off with yours. Head to MYER to pick up Luxury Sheridan Towels from $22.95 – $99.95.


7. Make Sure You Have The Right Tools

The world’s quickest horror story: It’s 10am on Christmas Day and the food processor you bought in 1999 has decided it’s seen one event too many. Avoid the hungry glares and optimal stress levels; invest in a KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer ($639.20) from MYER. For a limited time only, you can get a FREE KitchenAid accessory as well.

Now You’re Ready For The Big Day!