Liberty London Girl
Sasha Wilkins - a fashion editor best known for her lifestyle blog, libertylondongirl.com is no stranger to party planning. As Christmas draws closer and the festivities heat up the Gü ambassador shares her top tips for a seasonal soiree...
1. The Centrepiece
Instead of one large centrepiece, I like to run candles, sparkly baubles, and flower stems in small vases or jam jars down the middle of the table. It doesn’t take any more effort, (sometimes even less) and that way no one has to peer over or around a giant arrangement. It also leaves more room for the food on the table, which is an excellent reason!
2. The Dessert
For pudding, a cake looks incredibly impressive served on a simple glass cake stand but, for extra impact, add that special touch. Try wreathing greenery and flowers around the base, so that they can be seen through the glass from the top. Over the holiday season, holly is perfect for this, and shaggy chrysanthemums, roses and narcissi can all add bursts of colour.
3. The Dresscode
Avoid black. Being an ex-fashion editor, my wardrobe is stuffed with perfect Little Black Dresses (Coco Chanel would be proud), but I do think the festive season requires a shot of colour. And all those lovely winter colours, with their beguiling names – cranberry, forest green, burgundy, russet – look wonderful against all shades of skin.
4. The Accessories
Add a touch of glitz. I’m not talking about encasing yourself in a second sausage skin of sequins, so you look like a glitter ball on the move, more a pleasing sparkle. A splendid necklace or pretty hair clips always work, or maybe take that glitter to your heels or handbag? BUT this is not the time to be working a five inch heel. At parties you want to be able to dance, not go home early with blisters, and at home at Christmas there is nothing nicer than slipping on a giant pair of monster feet with that pretty cocktail dress. At the very least, the children will adore you.
5. The Hair
Invest in a festive blow dry. My mother always gets her hair done on Christmas Eve morning, so she doesn’t have to waste valuable family time by faffing about with curlers and hairspray over the next two days, and this year I am following suit. (There’s bound to be a snap happy cousin posting a pic on Instagram and Twitter, so why not look your effortless best?!)
And finally... The Drink
Chocolate Martini (Makes 4)
2 squares of chocolate or 4 chocolate buttons
Plenty of ice cubes
160ml crème de cacao
Equipment: Cocktail Shaker, 4 martini glasses
1. If you are using squares of chocolate rather than chocolate buttons, grate the chocolate onto a plate and place in the fridge.
2. Crush some ice (try putting the ice cubes in a clean tea towel and bashing them with a rolling pin) and tip into a large jug or cocktail shaker. Pour over the creme de cacao and vodka, cover with a tea towel or lid, and shake well - unless your preference is for a stirred martini.
3. Pour the cocktail mixture, leaving the ice behind, into the glasses and sprinkle with the grated chocolate or drop in a chocolate button. Serve immediately. Drink and repeat!
Looking for some delicious recipes to impress friends and family over the festive season? From savoury Gü-lash to indulgent Chocolate Cheesecake, you can find all of Gü Head Chef Fred Ponnavoy's favourite recipes in the Gü Cookbook (Harper Collins, RRP £18.99).