Not gonna lie, all this build up is getting a bit stressful now. From present shopping on a threadbare shoestring to the realisation you left it way too late to get your train ticket and could be going on a European mini break for the cost of your trip home, it’s been real, too real.
The end is in sight. With any luck you are just a couple of tear inducing last minute shopping trips and a few ‘well I really deserve this’ drinks away from the big day. Basically, your chance to CHILL is coming so hold on tight. Unless you agreed to host this year, then we’re praying for you, you brave unfortunate babes.
Of course the stress levels won’t just casually drop come December 25th, there will be hurt feelings, grateful feelings, loved up feelings, seriously pissed off and probably drunk feelings but to summarise…
Unless handled with caution, the aforementioned feels could result in a nausea inducing roller coaster of a day, so here’s how to boss it boohoo style…
You are in the OMG I can’t wait for Christmas camp OR the feeling fragile and antisocial from the night before crew, either way your mum/dog/kid sister ain’t gonna let you sleep so you may as well drag yourself out of bed and head downstairs. Give out some hugs, grab a breakfast cocktail and curl up on the couch, just in time for The Cat in the Hat (7.35am BBC2), old school laughs, warm feelings and fizz will bring you back to life.
You don’t like The Cat in the Hat?!
If there’s one night a year you don’t want to leave planning until the last minute, it’s New Year’s Eve. We got in touch with DesignMyNight for the goss on the UK’s best NYE parties. From an all inclusive Willy Wonka affair with jaw-dropping cocktails to a masquerade ball shrouded in bewildering mystery, here’s how to make December 31st a memorable one.
by Laura Callaghan
We love drooling over food porn on IG at any time of the year, but the festive grub and glasses of booze on our goods are literally taking us to heaven right now. Warning: be prepared for an ultimate food coma.
1. Cheese, Chorizo and Sage Toastie
by Zhenya Nikolova
Nobody panic, but it’s Christmas in 11 days.. YES, the big day is less than two weeks away so if you haven’t got in the Christmas spirit, you need to jump on it. And what better way to get the festive feeling than having a night in with hot chocolate, marshmallows and a Home Alone marathon.
Yet, as much as we love a good old Christmas movie, you can’t deny they’ve given us just a few false expectations. From magical weather to making us think we’d find our very own Graham from The Holiday, here are some of the most unrealistic goals set by our fave festive films…
1. Love Actually
New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and, as expected, there are hundreds of late-night bar options across the country to pucker your lips at. We teamed up with DesignMyNight to find the best venues to party at come December 31st; from a sexy speakeasy with a sumptuous sweet shop menu to a decadent hotel bar serving delicious barrel aged cocktails, these are the most stylish spots to see in 2017.
It always seems worth it and then the morning after hits. It’s an obstacle course; from plating up microwavable chips, to holding a pillow over your head, to the phone call you make to your bestie with the need for reassurance that it’s all going to be OK. We get it. We’ve got you covered… Which is why we have exposed our own team tips on how to avoid an epic hangover.
Scarlett Moffat aka Queen of the Jungle stole our hearts long before she was crowned. From her witty one liners to her hilarious sense of humour, Scarlett has always been our Queen.
by Sam Grisdale
Our gift to you this rather dreary December day is the secret to our ULTIMATE ho-ho-hot chocolate we prep every Christmas Eve for when Father C comes to visit down our chimney.
We think our main man deserves an extra special lil’ summin summin when it comes to his hot beverage of choice during his crazy busy evening. So we turned to the one thing that brings forever love and solves *almost* all of life’s problems; <3 Nutella <3.
What’s Christmas without fizz and glitter? We’re totally crushin over this glam twist on a traditional ice cream float.
First of all, it’s pink perfection and secondly, if sugary treats are good enough for Buddy then they’re good enough for us. ‘Cos Christmas cals don’t count right?
Here’s what you’ll need..
Pink Lemonade (cloudy works best)
Vanilla ice cream (flavoured sorbet works well too)
Vodka/Grapefruit Gin/Elderflower liqeur (optional)
Edible glitter, fizzy laces, hundreds and thousands-anything pink!
– Pour pink lemonade into a tall glass either straight or mixed with your favourite tipple and a sprinkle of sherbet.
– Delicately top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
– ·Add the finishing touch with your selection of toppings for a drink worth celebrating.
Anything sugary will cause your lemonade to bubble and foam. The bubbles are a real show stopper so serve quick and have your insta at the ready!
Now you’ve got the basics of a boozy ice cream float you’ll be trying your new favourite combos over the holiday season for sure!