Christmas Hosting Tips & Menu Ideas - Farm Girl Fresh

Christmas Hosting Tips & Menu Ideas

Realization hit me – Christmas is near. It’s time to plan my menu! We usually have family staying several days and sometimes we host more than one holiday gathering.

Here is a list of things I think about before hosting, along with some recipe options. (click on link for the recipe)

Hosting Checklist

1 – 2 weeks before:

  • Confirm number of people attending
  • Plan menu (delegate side dishes to other guests, if possible)
  • Read recipes, make shopping list
  • Plan decorations, center pieces, name cards and serving dishes
  • Prepare food that can be made ahead of time and frozen

Day before:

  • Finish food shopping
  • Chop veggies and store in covered bowls
  • Set the table
  • Take out frozen pre-made dishes to thaw

Day of the gathering:

  • Prepare or reheat food dishes
  • Arrange food on buffet or table
  • Enjoy the day with your guests


Menu Ideas


Veggie Pizza
Barbecue Meatballs
Easy Appetizer Mushrooms


Orange Cider

Main Dish

Ham Balls
Baked Ham and Pineapple
Cherry Glazed Pork Roast


Cheesy Potatoes (page 184 of Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World®)
Creamy Butternut Stuffed Potatoes
Roasted Potato and Asparagus Medley
Cheesy Spinach, Quinoa and Potato Bake
Sweet ‘N Spicy Asparagus and Broccoli
Sweet Potato Casserole


Apple Spinach Salad (page 33)
Spinach Salad (page 222)
Italian Salad
Three Bean Salad


Ice Cream Cake
Cranberry Cake
Gluten-Free Gingerbread