SpringyChicken Fri 23-Nov-18 17:20:16
Go ahead Flaxseed and don't feel guilty either. Everyone should be jolly grateful that you are hosting the meal. And don't mention you have bought ready prepared, they don't need to know. We limit our meal to two courses, can't manage three.
It is more stressful to serve a starter than a pud because you are trying to keep the meal hot in the kitchen without spoiling. Why not ditch the starter and buy a selection of desserts - if guests are full after the roast, they can have the puds later. Guests without a sweet tooth can opt for cheese and biscuits.