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.
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?
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!).
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.
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).
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.