It’s time. Are your pencils sharpened? Are your cookbooks out? Somehow, when it comes to menu planning and the big day-of game plan, I still need to take pen(cil) to paper to get the very special celebration meals organized. But then I turn to the internet, apps, cookbooks and my favourite magazines–to search for inspiration more than recipes, really. Do I want dinner to be fancy, cozy, rich…bold? Does it need to appeal to specific tastes? Kids? Do I need to make absolutely at least 82% of it ahead if I want to spend even 2 seconds putting eye makeup on the day of, before guest arrive? Usually the answer is yes. To all of it. And that’s why the most important meals of the year require some thought. I’m sure you’re planning your big feast right now, or maybe planning your contribution to a collaborative big feast. So here are some menus, recipes and simple ideas too, to help.