7 tips on how to host the best Christmas flat dinner party

Why not celebrate the end of first term by rallying up your uni troops and hosting a Christmas dinner party? Here are seven tips to teach you how it’s done. 

  1. The more the merrier

    Whenever there were any family gatherings at my house, my grandma used to make food to feed thousands. She always said it’s better to have food left over than have guests looking for more. What I tend to do is make enough food so if two or three guests unexpectedly join the party, there’s plenty for them to eat. This is also an excuse to have roast turkey sandwiches for lunch and dinner for the next few days.

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    Dumbledore gets the idea.
  2. Put the wine aside – its time for cocktails

    What’s a party without cocktails? As students we have to step up the game when it comes to our beverages. Since it’s Christmas – go the extra mile and serve cocktails. It doesn’t have to break the bank either, you can follow UNIfied’s student friendly cocktail recipes here. Or maybe a simple fruit punch to serve whilst waiting for dinner to get everyone merry? Mix the following: Mango juice, pineapple juice, lychee juice, as much vodka as you like then add in chunks of peaches.

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    Anyone can make a great cocktail.
  3. Impress everyone and make your own dessert

    Make the evening special and show that you’ve put your blood, sweat and tears into this by making your own dessert. This gives a more personal feel, rather than feeding everyone the cardboard packaged treats from Aldi. Maybe get creative and even make personalised mince pies! You can follow a simple recipe here – it’s easier than you think. Or even better, make Claire’s Kitchen pear tart recipe.

     

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    It’s the thought that counts
  4. It wouldn’t be a dinner party without games

    Being a good host doesn’t just involve serving good food and drinks, it also means being a good entertainer. You’ll have to have things planned whilst you’re preparing dinner or even after the desserts have been demolished. Nothing spells ‘FUN’ better than cocktails and party games. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    • Christmas Charades
    • Name That Carol
    • Christmas Pictionary

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      Christmas Pictionary, anyone?
  5. Christmas decorations – student style

    None of us will have a healthy enough bank account to make the flat kitchen look like Santa’s grotto, but a little effort goes a long way. Take some tips from these innovative students:

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    Where’s the art students at?
    5tgnj
    Definition of cheap and cheerful.

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    Recycling at its best.
  6. The little things

    Keep the dinner party atmosphere and have Christmas crackers, everyone loves the jokes and hats that comes with it. Scatter some party poppers around the table. Even make cute name tags for the seating plan to make everyone feel VIP.

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    Friends, food and the festive.
  7. Secret Santa

    Share the gift of giving. Setting up Secret Santa assures that everyone gets a present at the end of the dinner party which won’t break the bank. You can go on this website for some gift ideas which are under £5.

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Just remember to look delighted when opening yours.
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Claisse Opulencia

Editor-in-Chief of Unified. Claisse is a third year multimedia journalism student at CCCU. Amnesty Media Award Finalist 2018, IRN Awards Runner-up 2018 and nominated for two SPA Awards 2018.

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