Christmas dinner checklist

Christmas dinner checklist Christmas dinner checklist

Do you love lists? Either way, the truth is lists can save your bacon, especially a Christmas dinner checklist. When it comes to something as elaborate and high-pressure as a Christmas family dinner, there are a lot of moving parts and X factors, AKA opportunities for disaster. So what is the antidote? A solid list. Because even the most conscientious cook can forget to order the turkey. It happens.

So even if you’re not a “list person,” consider this handy traditional Christmas dinner round-up of the essentials you need to put it all together. Happy celebrating!



  • Eggnog
  • Champaign
  • Wine – red and white
  • Sparkling apple juice
  • Sparkling and soda water
  • Cocktails and beer
  • Coffee, tea


  • Apron
  • Oven mitts
  • Turkey baster, kitchen twine, trussing pins
  • Potato masher (for our hazelnut mashed potatoes, or 10-minute garlic parsley mashed potatoes)
  • Corkscrew
  • Mixer
  • Blender
  • Colander
  • Tea towels
  • Rolling pin
  • Pie pans
  • Pastry brush
  • Tongs
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Platters
  • Serving bowls
  • Serving spoons and forks
  • Meat thermometer
  • Roasting tray
  • Carving fork and (sharpened!) knife
  • Cutting board
  • Wooden spoon
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Parchment paper and/or silicone baking sheets
  • Ziploc bags for leftovers


  • Holiday decorations, flower arrangement, and candles (you can even use our tips for how to set your Thanksgiving table)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter dish and knife
  • Linen tablecloth
  • Cloth napkins
  • Silverware – Polish in advance if using sterling
  • Plates, bowls, cups, saucers
  • Glasses – water glasses and wine goblets
  • Coasters
  • Water pitcher
  • Gravy boat (ask Grandma she will have one )


  • A relaxed smile!


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