A grandmother-of-four has revealed that she’s not only continuing her yearly tradition of charging her expanding family for their Christmas dinner but this year she’s upping the fee.
Hayley Garbutt, from Filey, England, has increased her annual catering cost to £35-a-head (about $65) to accommodate her ever-growing guest list, and admits she’s even set to make profit.
This year she's expecting 12 diners including her three children, their partners, her four grandchildren and even some of her friends.
The end-of-life carer, 52, said, “I get all of my family to put in before I go and do the shop” which this year saw her spend just over £300 (about $562) online at [UK supermarket chain] Morrisons.
However, Hayley has already received £120 (about $225) more than she initially budgeted for from her loved ones but claims she’s no Scrooge and that the surplus will allow her to go all out with the lavish feast.
“But it's not that I'm being tight - it means I get to spend more in other aspects then too like presents - this year the tree has so many presents stacked around it, that you can't even see it,” she explained.
Hayley and her family are set to indulge in multiple choices of meat, cheeses, alcohol and soft drinks, carefully tailored to everyone's needs.
“My fridge is absolutely packed and I've got all sorts of different meats in, from beef, to turkey, pork and chicken,” she said.
“I've got champagne for Christmas day and all the fizzy drinks for the kids,” she added.
Hayley revealed her game plan for the big day, which will see her daughters Lucy 26, and Zola, 33, and her son Luke, 27, arrive along with their own families.
“They're all bringing their partners, and Zola's kids are coming too - Ella 13, Ashton 11, Dawson seven and Summer rose, three and we've got another one on the way too,” she said.
She intends to lay the festive meal out ‘like a buffet’ to make serving up easier.
“It's going to be the full works, and nobody leaves until really late, as in the evening I get more guests coming too.
“I'll wash up and I'll clean but I'll make sure there's everything from King prawns, to pizza to homemade quiches”.
Hayley even enters into the spirit of Christmas by dressing up - as elves or even reindeer.
She works her usual shift in her role as an end of life carer throughout the day and then ensures she puts on a show for all who come round.
She added, “Christmas is such an important time of year for me, I love to see the kids open their presents, and love being close to all my family.
“In truth, I'd probably say my family are spoilt at Christmas - but that's part of the fun of it”.
Words by Caters.
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