There is no question that for most Aussies, Christmas time is just as much about the food eaten as it is about the company you share it with. This year, it’s time to break the traditional Christmas lunch stereotypes and impress your guests with a holiday foodie spread that is full of flair.

We take a look at the new wave Christmas lunch trends to try this festive season.


Nothing says summer like a spritz and with a bevy of different aperitif ideas available at the click of a button, there’s no excuse not to treat yourself to something sweet this season. Dare to move on from the Aperol spritz? Look for recipes that include Elderflower syrup, Limoncello or Campari and swap out your oranges for fresh slices of grapefruit and cucumber to level up your summer spritz game.




Whether your idea of a Christmas spread includes fresh seafood, barbecued meats or cheese and quince, spread it out for all to share. Save yourself the hassle of dishing up individual plates and lay it all out on the table. Keep your Christmas table interesting with eye-catching servings that your guests can freely help themselves to all day long. Because no one likes asking for thirds of the trifle.




Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a pavlova but it’s time for the big and bulky serving to move over. The humble pav has been reimagined in the best bite-sized way possible. Keep it personal by baking mini individual pavlova meringues and serving them to your guests ‘naked’. This way they can top their mini pavlovas with as little or as much cream, berries and chocolate their hearts desire.



If you couldn’t think of anything worse than organising, buying and styling for family and friends this festive season, calling in the professionals could make the experience much more enjoyable. The Joinery in West End is a dynamic event and function space that can cater for different group sizes and can take care of everything from the food to the interior styling. If you’re organising the annual festive family gathering, your work Christmas soirée, or just a party to celebrate the silly season, why not leave it to the experts at The Joinery!


We asked Michelle Loveday, the Creative Director at Brandition, what she thinks the key is to creating a modern Christmas spread. “Create a space that brings families and friends together to relax and enjoy each others company in our Australian laid-back way”, she said. “Whether that be the type of food we choose to eat or just even how it is presented on the table, the best thing I can suggest is to think outside the box. A good foodie spread expresses our individuality, our taste and our state of mind. If you want abundant and relaxed, then think big but easy!”



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