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Planning the perfect festive season meal

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The festive season is synonymous with delicious food and good company. Whether you celebrate Christmas or just enjoy the holidays, there's really no better time to invite friends and family into your home to enjoy a delicious festive season meal.

Planning the perfect festive season meal can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to choosing the perfect menu, table settings and drinks to serve your guests. We've put together some tips to help you get organised and plan the perfect festive season meal that your guests are sure to never forget.

The table
Setting a table for a festive season meal often involves choosing the right serviettes to match your placemats and finding the perfect flowers for a centrepiece. Whether it's the inclusion of an abundance of greenery and local flowers, some sparkling Christmas baubles or Christmas crackers, there are a number of creative and exciting table decoration ideas which you can choose from

Here are some festive season table décor ideas to inspire you.

The menu
The food is undoubtedly the most important part of any festive season meal and therefore you need to make sure that you have an amazing array of food on your menu. For a light yet scrumptious starter, try serving these easy-to-make bacon wrapped asparagus sticks, which will no doubt be a huge hit with your guests. As we live in South Africa, the home of the braai, there is no better way to enjoy a festive season meal than by cooking some meat on the braai. For your main meal try this incredible butterflied leg of lamb recipe, which can be served with this amazing clemengold couscous salad. For dessert why not swap out those hot traditional puddings, for a light and summery dessert, like this delicious summer berry pavlova.

The drinks
Having the right drinks menu can make or break a festive season meal, especially during the hot summer months when your guests will no doubt need a refreshment. Luckily there are hundreds of festive season-inspired summer cocktails which you can serve your guests. For a fresh and fruity option serve this deliciously refreshing pear mojito or for a more Christmas-inspired drink try this fragrant clementine and rosemary gin and tonic.

With so many amazing festive season meal ideas to choose from, all that's left is to fire up the braai, get the ingredients out of your kitchen cupboard and have a good time!

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