Christmas Dinner Ideas for Small Family


With a small family, Christmas dinner ideas can be a little harder to plan than for an average-sized family. If the household is on the smaller side, it might not seem worthwhile cooking a large turkey or roast leg of lamb. However, you will still want to serve up a delicious festive meal that everyone will enjoy and remember long into the future.


The Christmas menu should be done right, and below we have some great ideas to make it a fantastic day. You’ll find recipes for everything from appetizers to main dishes, side dishes, and desserts – you just have to try them all!


Start the meal right with one of these tasty treats to kick-start everyone’s appetite. They’re also great for getting the day started and even making up a bunch in advance if you want to get an early start on things while doing other last-minute preparations.

For one or three people: 

Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce

Chicken wings have always been a popular dish for easy Christmas menu because they are so easy to prepare. They can be enjoyed on their own or dipped in your favorite sauce – like buffalo!


GET THIS RECIPE: Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce

For four or six people: 

Pork Kabob

Pork kabobs are a fantastic meal that everyone loves and will enjoy. They’re easy to eat, fun to prepare, and just plain delicious. Plus, pork kabobs are really simple! And sometimes the best meals are the simplest ones!




Appetizers have their place at Christmas dinner, but most are accustomed to starting the festivities with a hearty entrée. It might be difficult to choose between all of these delicious entrees, so feel free to cook up two or more.


For one or three people: 

Grilled Lamb Chops

If you are planning a smaller Christmas dinner, lamb chops make a great option. They can be flavored with fresh or dried herbs to make them as festive as you like! Serve alongside mashed potatoes and green veggies for a tasty meal.


GET THIS RECIPE: Grilled Lamb Chops

For four or six people: 

Herbs Roasted Chicken 

For a more traditional Christmas dinner, this recipe for roast chicken is sure to please all of your guests. Simply roast it in the oven with paprika, dried basil, dried oregano, and dried thyme for a mouthwatering meal.


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Everyone loves it when you serve side dishes, but only if they’re good! These will help complete your feast, and you know what they say, the more variety, the better!


For one or three people: 

Cheese Roasted Sausage and Potatoes

A classic side dish that’s sure to please. It’s perfect for those who have meat as their main course, but still want that extra something to be sure to leave full and happy!


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For four or six people: 

Grilled Fajitas

Sides that go well with any meal! Who doesn’t like fajitas? They’re simple and delicious- perfect for a get-together or even that special someone’s dinner!


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Finally comes the highlight of any festive meal – dessert. Freshly baked pies, cakes, cookies and other sweet treats are just what you need to finish off the gathering.


For one or three people: 

Coconut Macaroons

Macaroons are a light, sweet treat that would make a great addition to any Christmas dinner. They look lovely and taste delicious – what more could you ask for?


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For four or six people: 


These Christmas Madeleines are a classic holiday treat. These spongy French cake-like cookies are the perfect size to enjoy with your next cup of coffee or hot chocolate.




Of course, you can’t forget the juices. But instead of spending money on store-bought ones that don’t taste like juice should (sugar water), make your own!


If you have a lot of vegetarians in your family, you can make them some dishes that will taste just as great and won’t hurt their stomachs. Check out the vegan options we recommend below!


Avocado Fries

These fries are made with avocados instead of potatoes. They make a nice crispy exterior and creamy interior, and they’re full of healthy fats that will keep you feeling satisfied throughout the holidays.


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Easy Grilled Vegetables

Who doesn’t love grilled vegetables? They’re delicious, healthy, easy to make, and they can be paired with just about anything.


GET THIS RECIPE: Easy Grilled Vegetables

If you’re in the small family category, we hope these easy Christmas dinner ideas will give you some inspiration for your holiday food. Enjoy this season by making memories that last long after Christmas is over.

Happy Holidays!

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