It’s taken me over a week to start this post as I’ve been recovering ever since I hosted Christmas lunch at my place! Because it wasn’t just Christmas lunch for a dozen people; we hosted Christmas lunch here for 24 adults and 21 children, and even with my poor maths skills, I can conclude this amounts to 45 people!! In keeping with tradition we all sat down to lunch. For the first twenty years of my life my nana hosted Christmas lunch at her place. But as she got older, and the family grew larger, my auntie then took over and for the past 19 years we enjoyed the most fabulous feast at her place. Sadly she passed away six months ago and so Mr NASD and I put up our hands to host Christmas at our place and ensure the family stayed together for such a special day. It wasn’t the same without my dear auntie, and her absence was deeply felt by all, but we did our best to put on a great day, and by all accounts we succeed. I am going to let the photos do most of the talking. Here is how we hosted Christmas for 45!
Hosting Christmas for 45 people? What was I thinking?! When I saw the temperature was forecast to be 35 degrees on Christmas day my dream of an alfresco lunch had to be revised. We decided to bring lunch indoors where we had cooling. One of the great aspects of our current home is we have two separate living zones but it’s all open plan. We used two long trestle tables (2.9 metres long each) for the adults. I had to borrow some chairs, plates and glassware to accommodate everyone. I wanted the table to look festive but I loathe red and green so my Christmas theme this year was mint, silver and gold. I covered the tables in white table cloths and then I created a table runner with Christmas gift wrap from Typo. I love native flowers so I filled about a dozen small vases with a collection of billy buttons, rosemary and Christmas Holly and scattered these across the table and throughout the house.
I couldn’t quite fit 21 kids on the one table so we set three tables for the children. The big kids on one table, the medium kids on another, and the little ones on a kids’ table! Miss A helped style and decorate the tables. She is such an enthusiastic participant when it comes to entertaining. She created individual name place cards, personalised spoons and forks with each kid’s name, and she set the table entirely herself. We used cute christmas gift wrap for the kids’ tables – again this gift wrap was from Typo, featuring a sweet woodland theme.
Now, onto the food!!
I cannot take credit for most of the food as everyone contributed to the festive feast to follow. I created a spreadsheet with suggested menu items and sent it to all my family members for self-allocation. Everyone came generously with a couple of plates and this allowed me to focus on setting up the big event, without having to worry about feeding such a large number.
On the menu:
And for dessert you may ask…
We wined and dined all afternoon. In fact, Christmas lunch became Christmas dinner and the party didn’t end until 9.o’clock! When the temperature dropped slightly we went outdoor where backyard cricket, more drinks and more food were the order of the evening. The little kids performed a concert for the grown ups and it was like stepping back in time when we used to do the same thing when we were kids.
It was a magnificent day, abundant in all the best things in life: family, food, laughter and connection.
But boy was I tired the next day….and the next!!!
Where did you celebrate Christmas this year? Do you have a Christmas tradition you follow? Have you ever hosted Christmas or put on a big event for a large number of guests?