If there’s something uniquely Australian when it comes to Christmas, it’s celebrating the festive holiday during summer. Its no wonder that for many families, the special occasion is often an outdoor affair. If you’re looking for some Christmas lunch inspirations, look no further! Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply preparing a feast for your family, we’ve got you covered. 

Table Setting 
Choosing a theme and sticking to it can be challenging, especially with the masses of beautiful décor currently available in stores. Starting with a colour scheme is always a good idea. Red and gold are a classic and timeless choice, or perhaps you’d like to go for something more unique this year, such as a rustic, Aussie-inspired layout.  

This can be achieved through incorporating earthy and organic elements to your table setting. Creating a garland to run down the centre of your table, made of native Australian plants such as bottlebrush, banksia, waratah and eucalyptus is a beautiful addition to any Chrissy set-up. You can also fashion a centrepiece out of holly. Layering and adding textures like linens and placemats can add a rustic look to the whole arrangement. You could also add a pop of colour to your table setting by using bright colours for your napkins, plates and glasses. 

BBQ Set-up 
The Aussie BBQ is a classic and much-loved feature of a Christmas lunch. Setting it up in the backyard or patio with a picnic table and blankets on the ground will give your Christmas lunch a laidback and relaxed vibe. A good, reliable gas hooded barbie is important if you’re having a party. To make sure all goes well, check where the wind blows so you can position your BBQ accordingly – also ensure there are no fire bans occurring on the day. Another brilliant tip? Place a cooler of drinks nearby so the congregation around the barbecue can enjoy a cold drink.  

Seating Areas
Another consideration when it comes to Christmas lunch is the seating arrangements. Is it going to be a sit-down meal with tables and chairs or less formal? You can even make use of lounge chairs and sofas, depending on the number of guests coming over. And when you plan the seating areas it’s a good idea to create shade with a gazebo or position the party near trees.  

Decorations 
Having your lunch outdoors means you won’t need to go overboard with decors. But you can add Christmas flourishes here and there, by adding a Christmas wreath or dangling Christmas baubles from the gazebo or umbrellas you may have. Also consider rustic lanterns or fairy lights, which will add a twinkling light if the party continues after dark. Remember to keep insect repellent and citronella close by, or the mosquitos will be feasting too! 

Christmas Feast 
Christmas is not complete without a delicious feast. If opting for an outdoor lunch; barbecued prawns and calamari make delicious starters. Steaks, chops, sausages and seafood are a staple for most Aussie BBQs; and salads and BBQ’s veggies makes a delicious and healthy addition. Some ideas for your Christmas menu could include baked salmon, smashed potato salad, and prawn cocktail. And who can forget the desserts? Christmas is such a lovely time to indulge in sweet treats. Steamed puddingice cream cake, or mango-berry pavlova stack are just some of the sweet treats to make your tastebuds sing this Christmas. You can also check out this top 100 Christmas baking recipes for more ideas.  

Thornhill Park wishes you a wonderful Christmas celebration with your loved ones.  

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