Essentials for the Perfect Christmas Day Dinner

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8 December 2022

The big day is coming up, so it’s time to get prepared with all of the Christmas Day dinner essentials. We have compiled a list so that you won’t forget anything important. Here are all of the things you need for the perfect Christmas Day dinner.

The Food


Of course, the food is the most important thing to get right for a successful Christmas dinner. If you are opting for a traditional Christmas turkey, it is important to order or buy this in advance. If you leave it until last-minute, you risk missing out. The main consideration when purchasing a turkey is the size. You will need to make sure you buy a turkey which is big enough to feed all of your guests. But you also need to take your oven size into consideration, as there is no point buying a big turkey if your oven is too small to accommodate it. You also need to think about the type of turkey that you want. The main types you can choose from are:

  • Prepared turkeys
  • turkey crowns
  • whole turkeys
  • free range turkeys
  • turkey by serving size

Other Meats

If you want a change from a traditional turkey or you want something additional to feed your guests, there are plenty of other meats to choose from. The main meats that people have at Christmas are:

  • beef
  • gammon
  • ham
  • goose
  • duck
  • venison
  • lamb
  • salmon
  • veggie options e.g. nut roast

Side Dishes

Once you have decided on your meat of choice, it’s time to move onto the sides and condiments. Here are some you may want to consider for your Christmas dinner:

  • roast potatoes
  • pigs in blankets
  • stuffing
  • parsnips
  • carrots
  • brussel sprouts
  • peas
  • red cabbage
  • gravy
  • cranberry sauce


And we can’t forget about dessert! You might like a good old traditional Christmas pudding, or there are plenty other options to choose from. Here are a few ideas:

  • christmas pudding
  • panettone
  • yule log
  • sticky toffee pudding
  • trifle
  • mince pies
  • cheesecake
  • pavolva
  • cheese selection

The Drinks

You’ll need some drinks to wash all that delicious food down! Here are some alcoholic options for the adults:

  • champagne
  • wine
  • gin
  • sherry
  • cider
  • festive cocktails
  • brandy
  • port
  • eggnog
  • beer
  • irish cream liqueur

For non-alcoholic drinkers, it is always a good idea to stock up on the classics like coca cola. Here are a few options for the children or adults that don’t drink alcohol:

  • mocktails
  • soft drinks
  • fizzy drinks
  • juice
  • sparkling water
  • hot chocolate
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Cooking Equipment & Utensils

You will also need to ensure you have all of the necessary cooking equipment and utensils as part of your Christmas dinner essentials. Having these on-hand will make things easier and less stressful when it comes to preparing the food.

  • meat thermometer – to make sure your meat is cooked to perfection
  • roasting tray
  • carving fork and knife
  • tin foil
  • apron
  • chopping board
  • oven gloves
  • tea towels
  • tongs
  • plates and cutlery for serving
  • sealable tupperware for leftovers

Christmas Crackers

Who doesn’t love pulling a Christmas cracker over their Christmas dinner? You can opt for traditional Christmas crackers or if you want something a bit different, check out our blog of the top 5 unique Christmas crackers here. You may also want to think about matching your crackers with the rest of your tableware.


Do you know what you want your Christmas table to look like? Many people decide on a colour scheme or a theme so that it all looks cohesive. If you are looking for inspiration, head over to Pinterest or Instagram where people share their ideas. Some items you’ll need for your table set-up include a tablecloth, table runner, napkins, glasses, cutlery, plates, bowls, crackers and placemats.


To create the festive atmosphere, add some decorations! You can place decorations on the table like candles or a centrepiece. You can also decorate around the dining room with garlands, ornaments and fairy lights.

We hope that you have found this blog helpful and that you have compiled a list of all your Christmas dinner essentials! Make sure to follow us over on our social medias to stay updated with the latest news and product updates. Find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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