Festive season foodie ideas
Alicia Moo | On 06, Dec 2013
The halls have been decked and the joy has been spread, itâ€™s time to get those stockings filled and those joyfully tipsy get togethers organised; here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.
1. We tend to think of Christmas lunches and dinners, so why not opt for breakfast or brunch instead.
Fill it with all the good things: bacon, eggs benedict, croissants, champagne and punch. Top it off with a centre piece of delicious summery fruits and fill the room with cheesy, happiness filled carols; I challenge the biggest of grinches not to have a good time.
2. Colour coordinate. There is nothing like being the hostess with the mostess and colour coordinating will jolly well impress.
Cheap $2 stores can be great for Chrissy decorations and table settings. Iâ€™m a sucker for tradition and tend to opt for the greens, reds and golds but donâ€™t be afraid to get creative, experiment with the monochrome, pinks, silvers and blues.
3. Dessert, dessert and more dessert. Christmas is all about indulging; if you are invited to my festive dos do not come on a diet, I will not let you in. Why present just the traditional pudding when itâ€™s one of the only times in the year that you can have your cake and eat it too.
Fill the table with sugar inducing comas: pavlovas, croquembouche, ice-cream puddings, gingerbread, cheesecake, black forest cake, shortbread, seriously donâ€™t stop at one.
4. Give your guests a pressie. I know can be a stressful and expensive time of year but itâ€™s the thought that counts. Surprise them with a little token at the table. There are endless cheap gifts that speak volumes all the same: baked goods, DIY crafts such as xmas cards, hair accessories and the good old $2 joke presents.
Present them in cute packages, Christmas tins or gift bags, your friends are sure to love it.
5. Make your own bon bons. Every year the same old stupendously horrible joke and gift inside these mass produced cylindrical ornaments. You can buy DIY kits from most craft stores such as Riot and Spotlight. Decorate them as you please (remember to colour coordinate) fill them with your own surprises and much better jokes.
So invite a few friends over, blast those Christmas carols (might I put in a good word for Michael Buble, Destiny Child and the She & Him Christmas albums), drink the punch, eat the ham, turkey, prawns and custard, talk of the best the year has brought and say merry Christmas to one and to all.