December is finally here. The Coca Cola lorry may have been trucking up and down our roads for the last few weeks and John Lewis may have got in early and pulled on our heart strings, but now I’m ready to embrace the festive holiday period and enjoy the countdown to Christmas.
Many of you I’m sure are already ahead of the game but these are my top picks if you’re preparing a festive feast and you’re looking for some extra sparkle or some gift ideas. Today’s musings will provide you with some inspiration.
- If like me you didn’t quite get round to making your Christmas pudding on the last Sunday before advent, then don’t worry. I can highly recommend you tick one more thing off your list by indulging in one of Neil Forbes’ homemade Christmas puddings, presented in a beautiful ceramic bowl and tied in ribbon. Rich and decadent, it’s everything a Christmas pudding should be and more.
- To help get you’re party off to a flying start, Tipple Box has the answer. You’ll be able to impress your guests with new and exciting cocktails and craft spirits. Each month Tipple Box will deliver a box of craft cocktail ingredients and premium spirits as well as two recipes right to your doorstep, allowing you to make delicious cocktails in the comfort of your own home. All you need to do is add the ice and shake!
- I am officially obsessed with everything Anthropologie and their festive home ware collection is just too beautiful to resist. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for those who love baking or you want to dress to impress you’re dining room table you will be spoiled for choice. From beautiful napkins to elegant decanters, the dinner party collection is worth a browse or for the ultimate stylish cocktail party check out these necessities.
- Finally one can never have too many cook books and I love finding a new addition to my collection underneath the tree. My three top picks this Christmas are the king of vegetarian eating Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty More, the beautiful and stylish sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley’s The Art of Eating Well and if you’re looking to indulge then Ed Kimber’s Patisserie Made Simple is a must.