CHRISTMAS is the most wonderful time of the year – it’s a whole day dedicated to eating, drinking and being merry.

The focal point of the festive season is, of course, Christmas dinner, so we all really want to get it right.

But did you know that there are a whole range of mistakes you could be making when you’re presenting your festive feast?

Etiquette expert Liz Brewer has revealed her top tips for serving Christmas dinner after research by KP Nuts found that 77% of Brits love a good old-fashioned spread.

She laid out exactly how you should lay out your table, from centre pieces to cutlery.

She told Daily Star Online: “You must first lay your festive runner at the centre of your table and compliment it with a festive floral centrepiece.

“Always ensure you use elegant table mats, you can make your own from a length of Christmas fabric or eco-friendly paper. Ensure that your table setting is formal.

“Your cutlery must be placed from the outside in. Reason being it makes life easier, as the meal proceeds, to know in which order knives, forks, spoons etc are used.

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“Glasses should be set to the right of plate, in order of drink. Then small wine glass for white slightly in front of large wine glass for red.”

She added that it’s vital to make sure every guest has enough space.

She advised: “Make sure there is sufficient space between each seat so that your guests do not feel cramped and there is room for your cutlery, bread plate and crackers.”

Liz suggested that Brits try something new this year and opt for a festive buffet instead of a standard Christmas meal. 

She said: “Set up the buffet table logically, with starters at one end and dessert at the other so people can work their way through the options.

“If you have a big group, try to stagger your guests to prevent a traffic jam. We tend to serve the children first.

“Don’t serve all the food at once, it’s unlikely to get eaten and people usually get a second wind so you can refill the table with fresh food later.

“Include an area for drinks, this will take the pressure off you trying to refill everyone’s glass.”

For more festive stories, check out these thrifty Brits who will give second-hand gifts to friends this Christmas – but only 1 in 5 don’t mind getting a used present.

Or see why this Christmas card is controversial as furious M&S shopper demands Christmas cards are removed over ‘deeply offensive’ message – but not everyone agrees.

See also, I’m a child behaviour expert and this is how to get your kids to behave when the relatives are round this Christmas.

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