Festive Van Der Hum Cocktail

This time of year – summer, the festive season and school holidays – is the ideal time to have friends and family over. Although our gatherings are usually fairly casual, I  love how a simple cocktail can make even a pizza party feel special. As Christmas is around the corner, you’ll likely find yourself playing host some time over the coming month. This cocktail is a staple in our house as it is so easy to scale according to party size, whether you’re solo wrapping all the gifts or hosting the extended family.

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Easy Entertaining

One thing I’ve learned of myself as I’ve grown older is that I love entertaining our family and friends at our home. Over the last year I feel like I’ve really found my groove, in the sense that I have a good idea of what will work and what might be too ambitious to take on.

I never really thought about my own style of entertaining as relaxed, until I came across Kate Spade’s book which listed ridiculous suggestions like exchanging all the light-bulbs in your house to a more flattering wattage and writing “hello gorgeous”  in red lipstick on the mirror. Can you imagine trying to clean the mirror afterwards?

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Christmas Decor Tips

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I was working until yesterday so getting into the Christmas spirit has been quite a challenge this year. I made a few lunch-hour dashes for gifts and put off deciding on my desert until today, which is very uncharacteristic. I have however put up a few things throughout the house to help remind me what time of the year it is as well as pumping the Christmas tunes (the Trans-Siberian Orchestra being my favourite!).

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Candles and pine cones are definitely the way to go if you want to feel festive without going all out. Collecting a few pine cones from a nearby tree is also something you can do with other family members.DSC_8528

For an easy festive table I decided to arrange a few smaller gifts, one for each, in the centre of the table and scatter a few pine cones and candles around it. That way you don’t even have to get up to open your first gift! Simple laurels were created with a small branch and thin ribbon (which I cut out of my clothes).

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Merry Christmas to all my readers! I hope you all get to spend some time with your loved ones and reflect upon the ultimate gift that we’ve all been given.

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