My guide to a stress free Christmas


Every year it gets to two weeks before Christmas and the panic sets in! All the presents left to buy, wrap, never ending stream of Christmas parties to drive the kids to as well as desperately trying to finish all the odd jobs that needs doing in the house and making sure all my work is done so I can have a couple of weeks of with the kids! All that basically mean there is next to no time to put decorations up let alone make them (to all of you who manage to DIY the most amazing wreaths I salute you!), no time to bake mince pies, Christmas cake and all the rest of it! I use to stress about it all, feel inadequate but not anymore! I make Christmas fit around me and not the other way round! I have found that, doing it my way is the only way I can enjoy the festive season.

The tree

I never stick to a date to put up my Christmas tree, last year I got one on December 1st, this year, it is already the 9th and still nothing…but it will happen in my own time and my own terms. Luckily for me I love a barely decorated tree so It takes half hour at most to put up and decorate!

The wreath

Instagram is full of amazing looking wreaths and whilst I keep promising myself that I will have a go at making my own, this year, I was lucky enough to be gifted a starry birch and pine wreath from Cox and Cox and I love it. You will see below how I have used it on my Christmas table.

The Christmas table

I love having a pretty Christmas table and some good food that doesn’t bankrupt me or leave me in the kitchen for the entire Christmas day, missing out on what Christmas is all about: spending time with the people I love.

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Plain linen napkins are given the Christmas treat with a twig or rosemary and a stick of cinnamon.

 

The table decoration is kept simple and rustic with some green foliage (some of the branches I cut from the tree or some eucalyptus). This year I have also added a pine cone garland also from Cox and Cox, adding an extra layer on top of the foliage. Add candles! I use plain white dinnerware and my best cocktail glasses as really Christmas isn’t Christmas without mojitos (my own white version). Those glasses are from LSA International are part of the Tatra range. They are handmade and hand-cut with contrasting patterns at the base, really stunning.

 

Recipe for my Christmas Mojitos:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 70 ml Malibu
  • 150 ml white rum
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 lime
  • ice
  • Sparkling spring water
  • Pomegranate seeds

In a blender mix the coconut milk, Malibu, white rum until smooth. In a jug mix the lime juice and mint leaves until all broken. Add the coconut mix to the jug. Half fill a glass with ice pour cocktail mix over. Top up with the sparkling water. Add pomegranate seeds and mint as garnish. Enjoy!

Food is simple too: Roast chicken with all the usual trimmings, (none of us like turkey so no point cooking it!) followed by my super easy Christmas cake (not the traditional Christmas cake but very delicious and again stress free)

 

My 5 minutes Christmas cake:

  • 1 Panettone
  • 1 carton of double cream
  • frozen berries
  • icing sugar

Slice the panettone (don’t stress about this part they do slice very easily!). Whip the cream and frozen berries with a little sugar.Assemble the layers of cream and cake. Dust with icing sugar and add decorations if you have some.

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A pattern of cuts are carved into this solid ash cake stand, inspired by the folk traditions of woodworking. With its clean lines, contemporary design and graphic motif, the cake stand is ideal for displaying sweet or savoury bakes. The ash wood is from FSC® certified sources.

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Chocolate stars decorate the top of the cake along with a dusting of icing sugar
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Birch cake stand from LSA International

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I hope you will find a little inspiration here on how you can do Christmas simply and beautifully.

Thank you for reading and Merry Christmas to you all!

LSA International very kindly gifted me the cake stand and cocktail glasses but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Cox and Cox very kindly gifted me the wreath and Pine garland but all thoughts and opinions are my own.




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