This year my tribe and I are doing something we've never done before, we're outsourcing our entire Christmas lunch! Yep we're heading out to a fancy restaurant for them to cook, clean and provide the merry cheer.
Whilst I absolutely love Christmas Day and all the magic that comes with seeing family, watching the kids play with their new toys and passing out on the couch at 4pm after eating too much pudding, I am slightly over excited to be doing something different not to mention no cleaning up afterwards!
Finding the perfect venue that fit within a budget took hours of research so being the time saver that I am I thought I'd share extensive list with you too as well as some ideas for a DIY lunch.
Dining Out Options:
Black Salt Restaurant, Central Geelong - To book click here
Rydges Hotel, Central Geelong - To book click here
The Lord of The Isles, Central Geelong - To book click here
Novotel, Central Geelong - To book click here
The Greek at Customs House, Central Geelong - To book click here
The Peninsula, Newcomb - To Book click here
Vue Grand, Queenscliff - To book click here
DIY Catering Ideas
If the thought of dining out seems too foreign and you're more of a traditionalist then why not ease the load by outsourcing parts of your festive feast. We are spoiled for choice when it comes to delicious food and wine in the Geelong region, below is my recommendations to ensure the tribe are bursting at the seams come 3pm.
Platter Co. by Jade - Xmas cheese platter boxes can be ordered online and picked up on Christmas Eve - http://platterco.com.au/xmas-day-platter-box-orders
Annie's Kitchen - Think delicious baked ham, slow roasted lamb and all the sides you can think of
Seafood: There are a number of options for amazing fresh seafood and if the thought of lining up for hours on Christmas Eve gives you a headache then outsource it to one of my P.A.'s for a small fee of $25
Bay City Fisheries - 138 Malop Street, Geelong
Barwon Foods - 18 Donga Road, North Geelong
A&J Seafood - 1405 Barwon Heads Road, Connewarre
Why not spoil your guests and buy an enormous 2.9m x 2.9m picnic rug for a more casual picnic style affair, new kids on the block Picnic Season have the most eye watering range arriving early December.