I think most us will agree that our weekends in December always get booked up fast in the run up to Christmas with friends/family/neighbours drinks and nibbles. So I thought I'd get this post up today in case you are hosting anything this weekend.
Ever since I was little we've been a family for hosting things and I've learnt from my Momma. So here are a few of my tips if you've got people coming over.
1. Pretty everything up and light a lot of candles, but not too many that people feel they're going to be set on fire anytime they brush past them and keep out of toddler's reach (we have 6 nieces and nephews who make a beeline for fire). You want allllll your fairy lights on, jars of festive foliage dotted around, flowers, decorations and don't forget your downstairs loo - add a couple of springs of something seasonal and a couple of tealights at least, maybe a Christmassy scented fragrance?Think outside the box and look for little extras like festive paper straws or mince pie picks to jazz things up a little.
2. Music. Spotify playlists are the best, either make your own or I've just been using the generic Christmas one in previous years.
3. Prepare all the food in advance, you don't want to be in and out of the oven the whole time. For the past couple of years I've just opted for sweet treats simply to save on all that savoury prep you cannot beat the Co-op to fulfill your Christmas needs!
They have saved me on a number of occasions and their range has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years.
A must from the range for entertaining includes; Co-op Mince Pies £1, Co-op Irresistible Prosecco £8, Co-op Irresistible Shortbread Chocolate Stars £2, Co-op Irresistible Clementine Jewelled Chocolate Honeycomb £2- these are all amazing!
4. Mulled wine isn't complete without cinnamon sticks or slices of orange added to it, warm it but don't boil the alcohol out. Have a ladle and tea towel ready for serving it up.
5. Napkins, don't run out of napkins. These are some of the nicest ones I have seen from the Co-op.
7. Think of something for all. Not everyone likes mince pies so I normally bake a cake or two for those who don't but if you don't have time an Irresistible Chocolate log from the Co-op is incredible and always a winner, decorated with edible glitter (obviously I am a fan!). Likewise with drinks, have a couple of different choice g&t's, snowballs, prosecco for everyone!
8. Light the fires before everyone arrives, turn on the music, take everyone's coats and drink orders as they arrive and don't act too worried as somebody inevitably spills a drink on your cream carpet/rug/sofa. Just make a mental note to freak out when your guests have gone, then say you'll never host anything ever again and call a carpet cleaner in.