Danielle is back to share her winter styling tips to host the perfect Christmas in July!
Ahh, Christmas in July – my most favourite non-traditional holiday of the year. Whilst I love our Australian Christmas’s spent in the summer sun, dipping in and out of the water and enjoying all the usual Christmas fare such as prawns, mangoes and cherries, I do love a good excuse to don an ugly Christmas jumper and sip on some hot mulled wine next to an open fire.
Whilst I do remember my parents celebrating this non-traditional holiday as I was growing up, the popularity has definitely grown in recent years. I love that Sydney restaurants are fully embracing Christmas in July and adding it to their annual events calendar. The unfortunate thing however is usually most venues require a fairly large minimum group – so what better way to install a little Christmas cheer than to throw a Yuletide inspired dinner party at home?
With the winter weather in full force, there’s no excuse not to go all out on the traditional roast with all the delicious trimmings. To accompany such a scrumptious feast, make sure you keep your guests drinks topped up with spiced cider, mulled wine, eggnog and of course copious amounts of Champagne and red wine!
Dress up the table, set up a Christmas tree and crank the Christmas cheesy tunes (my favourite would have to be Mariah Carey ‘All I want for Christmas is You’). Set the table with bonbons, different sized candles and of course lots and lots of beautiful fresh roses.
And certainly don’t forget – the piece de resistance, Kris Kringle! There’s nothing nicer than receiving a beautifully wrapped and well thought out present, to top off your Christmas in July night. My favourite way to do this is to set a budget and a theme. My favourite to date has been hand made with a $5 budget – it was so much fun seeing everyone unwrap their presents and revealing what had been made for them. I will admit though, I was with a group of highly creative females, which made this all the more fun (this could potentially spell disaster for those which are less creative however!).
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