Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published May 20th 2012
I'd never heard of Christmas in July until I moved to Perth. Since then, I've come to understand Christmas in July as a time to take advantage of the cooler temperature and roast a turkey with your friends and family. As a big fan of turkey and all the trimmings, I take this time as an excuse to cook up a feast and stuff myself silly.
Planning: First of all, think about how much of the catering you want to do, and how much you want to outsource to your invited guests. As you're hosting the event they'll be happy to get involved and it may even help get them in the Christmas in July spirit. A good compromise on the catering front is for you to cook the main event (turkey) and ask guests to bring some side dishes that you can easily heat up.
Whilst we all know that it is not really Christmas time, you can still create a jolly atmosphere of merriment and suspend reality through a few well chosen props: Music: Dig out that cheesy Christmas CD that only comes out once a year and make that your party soundtrack Tinsel or baubles: You don't have to go overboard, but put out a few bits of Christmas glitz and you can quickly create a wintery wonderland. Candles: If cheesy Christmas decorations aren't your scene, a few well placed white church candles can create a beautiful atmosphere.
Feeling festive in July Image courtesy of Jurgen Howaldt - wikimedia commons
The Drinks: Some good ideas for party drinks include bucks fizz (champers and orange juice) or some lovely mulled wine. You could ask guests to bring a bottle of something so you don't get stuck with a huge liquor bill.
The main dish on most Christmas in July menu's is the wonderful turkey. Not always easy to find outside of the Christmas season, but not impossible. For practical purposes, you might find it easiest to nominate yourself as the turkey chef as it might appear a bit cheeky to ask someone else to bring it with them. I'd also elect myself as manager of the roast potatoes and the gravy. For your visitors, you could ask them if they have a favourite side dish they'd like to bring. Or if they are all out of inspiration, the following would make a great accompaniment to any turkey dinner:
Once you've got all your food sorted, keep a microwave on standby to heat up any side dishes your visitors have brought with them, and set the feast up as a buffet. This saves on stress and means that you don't have to keep asking your guests what they like, what they don't like etc.
After the Food:
A great idea for some post turkey antics is to dig out the board games and split into teams to see who's been swotting up on their general knowledge. Or for a simpler life, why not try a good ole game of charades.