We know that Christmas can become very stressful very quickly, this year at Parcel HQ we’re encouraging everyone to shop small (i.e. buying thoughtful gifts from independent brands who offer something different from the endless novelty items on the high street) and to spend energy and time on the most important thing – the people we love. A small get together with friends in the lead up to Christmas, or between Christmas and new year (AKA eat all the cheese week) is a fun tradition to start up. We’ve got some tips for hosting a memorable and easy mini-party for your BFF’s. All imagery and more inspiration can be found on our 'Feeling festive' Pinterest board
If you haven’t watched Kirstie’s homemade Christmas – you have not lived! (Am I old?) Granted, between the shopping, cooking and parties, some of the ideas are a tad far-fetched but the Christmas wreath name settings are an idea you’ll be using year after year. Use fishing wire and a few sprigs of rosemary twisted into a circle and tie up the mini wreath with a ribbon or some string. Add a name place on a small piece of plain white paper for each guest or just place the plain wreath on top of a white napkin for some chic table décor (and bragging rights!)
The key to a fun festive lunch: tipsy guests! A pre-prepared cocktail is the best way to take away from the hosting stress when your guests arrive. Leave the poured drinks out ready and waiting so the hard work is done and your friends can help themselves. This Christmas sangria will do the trick – throw it in a jug and leave to stand for 30 minutes. (serves 7-8)
1 bottle white wine
1 ginger beer plus more for topping if desired
1 1/2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup brandy
3 pears sliced
3 oranges sliced
Arils from 1 pomegranate
3 cinnamon sticks
cinnamon sugar for the rims of your glasses (optional)
Rustic table decorations
There are so many quick and easy ways to dress a table for lunch which will create a sense of occasion for your special get together. Using asparagus fern, eucalyptus or even some spare Christmas tree clippings is a simple and inexpensive way to decorate. Layer them down the centre of the table and add some candlesticks and tealights for the wow factor.
It’s an oldie but a goodie. A quick secret Santa draw a few weeks ahead of your lunch means that there won’t be any worrying about who to buy for and everyone can enjoy giving and receiving one gift each. As you can imagine, we can help you out with this one! A Christmas kisses Love letter covers all the bases – Tree decorations, dark chocolate, polaroid photos and a cute card.