Christmas Entertaining Tips

December 18, 2015

I think this weekend is one of the most popular for Christmas gatherings before the big day, 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 Mumma. So here are a few of my tips {and photos from previous festive gatherings} 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 2 nephews who make a beeline for fire}, you want alll your fairy lights on, jars of festive foliage dotted around, flowers, decorations and don't forget your toilet - add a couple of tealights at least. 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 recently.

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.

4. Hire glasses from Sainsburys, you just pay a £20 refundable deposit and drop them back when you're done. Prebook this service as it does get busy. Paper cups for children.

5. 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 teatowel ready for serving it up.

6. Napkins, don't run out of napkins. Sainsburys or Waitrose have nice seasonal ones to choose from.

7. Think of something for all. Not everyone likes mince pies so I normally bake a cake or two for those who don't. Decorate with edible glitter obviously. Likewise with drinks, have a couple of different choices.

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 the hell out later, say you'll never host anything ever again and call a carpet cleaner in.

9. Enjoy!! And make a note to invite a few less people next year or buy a bigger house... 

{Festive paper straws for christmas or NYE}

{I bought these Christmas picks from Meri Meri Party last year. Similar from Not on The High Street}

{Mary Berry's chocolate traybakes are always a winner}

{Edible glitter on cupcakes and cute gingerbread men}

R <3 xx 

You Might Also Like


@rvk_loves on Instagram