Christmas is coming, and whether you are a novice cook about to host your first Christmas dinner, or the hostess with the mostest with many Christmas dinners under your belt, it can be something of a daunting task. Christmas brings with it visitors, a happy and full home and of course plenty of preparation; much of which revolves around food. Careful attention to planning is of course the key when it comes to all those special Christmas dishes that everyone loves to see, and this preparation should begin with making sure you have the right tools for the job.

Good quality ingredients and all those special family recipes will only get you so far, the right kitchenware is essential if you want to pull off Christmas dinner without too many hitches, and good quality kitchenware items will always come in handy at other times of the year. Here’s our definitive list of what you must have in your cupboard to help you prepare for Christmas hosting duties.

Bakeware

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies, a Christmas cake and even a batch of delicious flaky sausage rolls. Good bakeware is essential, and is certainly worth paying that little bit more for. Choose something like the fantastic Delia Smith range of bakeware. The range includes a variety of different loose bottom cake tins, muffin tins and that all important Bake O Glide liner that will make your job in the kitchen that little bit easier.

Roaster

The main star of any Christmas meal is undoubtedly the roast, and whether you prefer Turkey, Goose or even a perfectly roasted joint of beef - a good quality roaster is a must. Whilst they can be more expensive than a basis roasting tray, if you love a traditional Sunday dinner then you will certainly get the use out of one after Christmas as well.

Carving Set

You have cooked the perfect bird, golden on the outside and moist on the inside; don’t let yourself down when it comes to carving. It's true that carving can be tricky, but it can be especially difficult if you don’t have the proper tools. Investing in a good set of carving tools will really help to make the job a little easier. Victorinox forged knives are perfect for any cook, whether a keen amateur or a seasoned professional. Forged from one piece, each item in the range is perfect to hold and the balance makes even the toughest of jobs easy. A carving set will comprise both a carving knife and a carving fork, the latter is essential for making sure that whatever you are carving remains still allowing you to create perfect even slices with ease. It is also worthwhile investing in a forged boning knife as well, this will allow you to get close the bone and remove all the meat from your Christmas roast. Both of these items will give you years of service especially if you love a traditional roast every Sunday.

Serving Dishes

Being able to bring all the food to the table for people to help themselves is a practical part of the perfect Christmas dinner. Good quality serving dishes will not only look great on the table, but will also be perfect for popping into the oven to keep things warm and will even be suitable for use in the dishwasher, because who really wants to do all that washing up at Christmas?

Pans

Don’t underestimate the importance of good pans. If yours are showing signs of age then use Christmas as a good excuse to buy a brand-new set. Make sure you invest in a good set as they won't just be used at Christmas but over the rest of the year, and for many years to come.

With all these item in your cooking arsenal, you’ll be ready and able to prepare all those delicious dishes for Christmas, and well into the new year as well!