Your Guide to Christmas Entertaining
The count down has begun – time for planning your big Christmas dinner do is ticking away! But have no fear, the Honeycombers are here. Follow our Christmas entertaining guide, and you’ll be crowned hostess with the mostess (even if you’re no domestic goddess) before the night ends. (On the hunt for amazing Christmas dining spots in 2015? Jump in here for the best festive dinners, brunches and buffets.)
Formal dinner, casual barbeque or buffet? Everything is a lot easier to decide once you’ve agreed the style and format. We highly recommend you pick quality over quantity, so you’ll get to mingle with your guests and actually enjoy the evening, as opposed to slaving away in the kitchen.
Share the Load
Go potluck-style, so your guests have to pull their own weight – but let them know where to get the good stuff! There are plenty of places in and around Jakarta that have turkey and all its trimmings on offer, but we like what we see at the Ranch Market, Kem Chicks or The Intercontinental Midplaza.
Head to Mandarin Oriental for their international cheese platter or pan seared duck foie gras from Perigord for starters, and select from whole roasted US Angus Prime beef striploin, whole roasted turkey, or lobster a l’Americaine for the mains.
If you’re going all out to impress your dinner guests (like the hubby’s boss, for instance), have dinner catered from Gourmet Kemang or get in touch with Chef Djoko of Vin + for a private dining, fuss-free experience. All you have to do is decide on the menu, and the rest – from tableware, to wait staff and, of course, the delicious spread – will be well taken care of.
Deck the halls
Check out our guide to Christmas décor in Jakarta and then hit up your florist to get poinsettias and other Christmas plants. Budding Martha Stewarts will have a lot of fun scoping out the WWW for inspiration on DIY decorative ornaments and table arrangements. Top these preparations off with a flawlessly set dinner table (that beckons invitingly to the guests) and you’re good to go!
Cheers to That
The festivities will not be complete without the customary Christmas grog, so pick them up at these fabulous wine stores within the city. You could also get creative with Christmas concoctions; these cocktail recipes will keep up the fun, festive vibe at home.
A Time to Give
Jazz up gift giving (can we just say we love presents?) by asking your guests to bring a gift. The ever-popular Secret Santa gift exchange requires some planning ahead, so if you’re out of time, consider the White Elephant route for loads of laughter. And you’ll be able to get rid of that ugly vase Aunt Muriel gave you last Christmas.