Christmas Countdown: Feasting Essentials

Holly Jolly Paper Collection
The Wine Merchant - Wine Glasses
The Wine Merchant - Whisky & Port Glasses
Meyer Infinite Circulon Roaster with Rack
Emma Bridgewater Exclusive Christmas Collection
Gravy Boats
Lancôme Crackers
Bark Serving Cheese Board
Knife And Fork Cutset
Holiday Turkey Platter
Thermo Chef Measuring Fork
Christmas Tree Table Runner
Nordicware Kettle Smoker
Porcelain Tree Shape Plate
Dining Serving Dish
Taika Espresso Saucer and Cup
Julfint Coaster
Crystal Flutes
The Holly and The Ivy Footed Cake Plate And Cake Slice
Emma Bridgewater Joy Apron and Double Oven Gloves
Holly Jolly Paper Collection The Wine Merchant - Wine Glasses The Wine Merchant - Whisky & Port Glasses Meyer Infinite Circulon Roaster with Rack Emma Bridgewater Exclusive Christmas Collection Gravy Boats Lancôme Crackers Bark Serving Cheese Board Knife And Fork Cutset Holiday Turkey Platter Thermo Chef Measuring Fork Christmas Tree Table Runner Nordicware Kettle Smoker Porcelain Tree Shape Plate Dining Serving Dish Taika Espresso Saucer and Cup Julfint Coaster Crystal Flutes The Holly and The Ivy Footed Cake Plate And Cake Slice Emma Bridgewater Joy Apron and Double Oven Gloves
By Camille Georges December 03, 2012
Want to avoid greasy fingermarks on your beautiful furniture or crumbs in the carpet? Then make sure when you\'re handing out your canapes you pass around a selection of these jolly Christmas paper plates and napkins. Plus the range includes pretty plastic glasses - perfect for those unexpected guests when you\'ve run out of the decent stuff, and of course a great option for the kids. Glasses £3.49, napkins £3.99 and plates £3.99 from Lakeland www.lakeland.co.uk
You\'ve prepared a delicious feast and it\'s only fitting that you serve it alongside some great wine. However, if you invest in the right glasses to serve it, it can taste all the more better. Britain\'s oldest wine merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd, has just released their latest range of glasses, 80 years on from their first offering. Produced to enhance the full aromatic expression of a red Burgundy or a red Bordeaux, they will complement your table with elegance and style. Also available for White Bordeaux, Sauternes, White Burgundy, Champagne, Port and Whisky, £55 a pair, from Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com.

Read more here: An Interview With Simon Berry
There\'s no better way to finish your Christmas day with one final toast of whisky (top picture) £35 for a pair; or port (bottom picture) £27.50 for a pair. Whatever your taste, Berry Brothers & Rudd has a glass in their range to help enhance its taste. Berry Bros. & Rudd www.bbr.com
Turkey is THE most important part of Christmas dinner. If you want to avoid any roasting disasters then make sure you invest in a good roasting tray. This Circulon Roaster with rack will keep your turkey truly tender. £30, from John Lewis www.johnlewis.com
Nothing screams British more than a good tea set. We love this set by Emma Bridgewater, available exclusively at Fortnum & Mason. The traditional pattern is the sort of thing you\'d see in your grandparents\' house. Just make sure you have a mince pie to hand when you\'re enjoying your cup of finest Earl Gray, Darjeeling or Assam! £23 from Fortnum & Mason www.fortnumandmason.com
Everyone needs a good gravy boat. We just couldn\'t pick between these three! Any of them would be a great asset to your festive feast. From top to bottom, £4 from Tesco www.tesco.com,£4 from Matalan www.matalan.co.uk, £5.33 from Sainsbury’s www.sainsburys.co.uk
Are you tired of getting the same old key rings and mini pens every year in your Christmas crackers? Instead, why not impress your guests with some indulgent beauty treats from Lancôme? £50 from Selfridges, www.selfridges.com
You\'ve feasted on salmon, gorged on turkey, and stuffed yourself silly with pudding but you don\'t have to stop there! The cheese course has well and truly made a comeback. Why not wow your guests with this truly amazing cheeseboard. It\'ll certainly add some drama to your festive feast. £49.99 from Lakeland www.lakeland.co.uk
Once you\'ve slaved over that hot stove it seems a shame to let it all go to waste when it comes to serving your turkey. The most important investment (perhaps apart from a good meat thermometer!) is a good carving knife and fork set. This set is perfect and great value. £19.49, from Kitchen Devils, kitchendevils.net
You\'ve slaved all morning over your bird, now it\'s time to show off. Present your turkey on this pretty porcelain platter from John Lewis. It\'s festive but minimalist, so nothing will distract from your excellent roasting efforts. £25 from John Lewis www.johnlewis.com
Make sure your meat is cooked safely and avoid any risk of food poisoning with this electronic temperature fork. After all, you wouldn\'t want to poison your Mother-in-Law or you\'ll never hear the end of it! £14.99 from Lakeland www.lakeland.co.uk
Transform your everyday dining table into something Santa would be proud of with this gorgeous, crimson table runner. £16.99 form Lakeland www.lakeland.co.uk
Do you want to really impress your guests this Christmas? Then invest in a smoker. With this handy and easy-to-use Nordicware Kettle Smoker you\'ll be able to prepare your very own smoked salmon. Now that\'ll impress your hard-to-please Mother-in-Law. Serve your salmon with a wedge of lemon and quinelle of crème fraîche mixed with dill. £59.99 from Lakeland www.lakeland.co.uk
You know what it\'s like at Christmas... between the starter, all those side dishes and extra guests, you can easily run out of plates to serve your canapes on and you\'re not made of money - you can\'t just buy a new range of dishes. Or can you? Morrisons is selling beautiful Christmas tree plates, perfect to present your mini quiches and vol-au-vents for an absolute bargain! £2 each, from Morrisons www.morrisons.co.uk
Christmas is a good excuse to splash out on a few extra side dishes, after all, you can\'t just have your carrots or sprouts languishing in any old dish! We love this snowflake design and the minimalist look will mean they are useful year after year. £10 from Waitrose www.waitrose.com
If tea isn\'t really your thing and you\'d prefer to go the European route, then invest in a good espresso set to wow your guests. We love this royal blue set with owl design which has a mystical, magical Christmas feel to it. £8 each from Selfridges www.selfridges.com
Save your furniture from water marks and scratches with these festive Julfint Coasters. They\'ll help transform your living room into a festive haven. £1 for 6 from Ikea www.ikea.com
Nothing makes a more dramatic statement when it comes to making a toast than these beautiful champagne flutes from The John Rocha Muse Collection at Waterford Crystal. Champagne glasses, £60 from Waterford uk.wwrd.com
Whether you\'ve bothered to bake and ice your own, or you\'ve just opted for the supermarket\'s finest, Christmas cake should be served in a grand manner and what could be more grand than this vintage-style cake plate and slice? £33.50 (plate) and £11.50 (slice) from John Lewis www.johnlewis.com
Even if you have to slave over the oven this Christmas it doesn\'t mean you can\'t do it in style. Just make sure you invest in an excellent, as well as festive, apron and oven gloves by Emma Bridgewater at John Lewis. These will keep your festive finery safe from all sorts of spills and splashes. Apron £25, gloves, £15 from John Lewis www.johnlewis.com
The lights are up. Shoppers have hit the high street. We're even musing over the upcoming TV storylines. All these things signal that Christmas is coming all too soon. However, we're here to help you get through the festive period with little fuss. Hosting Christmas day brings a lot of pressure. You have to slave over the oven in your festive finery from an unfortunately early hour. You'll have more guests than you know what  to do with, some more discerning than others. By the end of it you could end up fit for nothing. The key to keep your Christmas day running smoothly is organisation but that doesn't mean you have to sit for hours on end compiling a list of every kitchen gadget or extra dish you need for your dining table. Why? Because we've done it for you! Whether you want to know what you need to roast the perfect bird and avoid any embarrassing food poisoning scenarios, how to create a magical toast to wow your guests, or what can quickly transform your drab dining table into a festive sight, we've selected our essentials, all readily available on the high street and online to help you through it. Just click through the gallery below and come 25th December, you'll be deemed a veritable domestic goddess.
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