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Have you started planning for your holiday meals? We have you covered! Follow our easy guide to make the planning and preparing Christmas dinner a breeze.

A Guide to Hosting a Traditional Christmas Dinner pamphlet.

The holidays are right around the corner, are you prepared? With family and friends in abundance throughout this festive season, it can be an overwhelming process to prepare for one of the most delicious meals of the year. But it doesn’t have to be, enjoy a stress-free and joyful Christmas feast with our easy Christmas dinner guide.

Are you ready to be the star at this year’s Christmas supper? Let’s get started!

Take a Head Count

The first step to planning any outstanding dinner is knowing how many people will be coming. Once you have a rough estimate, the rest of the planning process will be a breeze.

Establish the Menu

One of the most crucial pieces to the delicious Christmas dinner puzzle is deciding what will be on the menu. if any of your guests have special dietary needs, you will need to take that into account. Once you have taken note of those individuals, it is time to start planning. Work your way through the many options below to get started.

Drinks: ‘Tis the season for tasty and festive beverages! Plan ahead and have both adult and kid-friendly options available. Looking for fun beverage recipes? Try out these tasty drinks

Appetizers: Have fun with the opening course of the evening since this will be the first thing that hits your guests’ tastebuds. If you are unsure of what appetizers to prepare, tasty options could include

Main Dish: For the main entree, meat is always a favorite over the holidays. Incorporate a flavorful dish that is sure to make your loved ones go back for seconds. Appetizing main course recipes that are Fareway family favorites consist of


Make your meal preparation that much easier with Fareway’s various meat bundles. The best part? You can have them delivered right to your front door!


Side Dishes: Finding sides that complement the main course is important. Over the holidays nothing sounds better than a warm and comforting side dish. It never hurts to go with classic recipes such as

Dessert: When it comes to dessert, have a few options that are guaranteed to make everyone happy. Enjoy these sweet treats

Plan a Budget

The third step in planning the perfect Christmas dinner is planning a budget. Take into account all who will be attending and how much food will be needed for your loved ones. Since you have already established your menu for the evening, this would be a good time to begin looking into the deals at your local grocery store.

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Get Family Involved

Whether you are having a few family members bring sides or desserts, it never hurts to enjoy some serious family time by getting everyone involved. It could be as simple as having your granddaughter be in charge of the pie crust, your son preparing the appetizers or your husband or wife in charge of drinks. Getting everyone involved in little ways moves the focus from food, to family.

Ta-Da! Your Beautiful Christmas Dinner is Ready

Just like that, your scrumptious Christmas dinner is planned and ready! By following these simple steps, preparing for your meal will be a piece of cake. And for those moments when planning gets tough, let your friends at Fareway help. With our various meat bundles, you can have meat from Fareway’s famous meat department delivered right to your front door.

Caitlyn Ferin RD, LD

Caitlyn Ferin RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Caitlyn graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Dietetics. She has worked in nutrition at Mid Iowa Community Action and as a clinical dietitian for the Iowa Veterans Home and Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center. Her goal is to help you and your family develop and maintain healthy lifestyles by sharing creative and practical nutrition tips.

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