Entertaining this Christmas? There are so many things you have to juggle during the Christmas season. Here are some top tips on how to host the ultimate Christmas get together!
Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. Dark nights are lit up with twinkling lights and although it’s cold outside our homes exude warmth. With Christmas comes celebrations and this is when family and friends start to descend. Homes that are normally spacious can suddenly feel cramped, and an oven that can easily accommodate a Sunday roast struggles with a turkey and all the trimmings. With this in mind, we offer our top tips on making Christmas hosting this year as stress free as possible.
The cooking at Christmas is endless; what should be a pleasurable experience often becomes a marathon of endurance. Elbows are out as we navigate our overflowing trolleys through packed supermarkets and fight for the last jar of mincemeat on the shelf. Make it easier on yourself and avoid the supermarket. Plan your shopping list in advance and have everything delivered at a time to suit you, preferably in the evening when children are in bed. Remember to stock up on additional nibbles as you’ll undoubtedly have unexpected guests at some point, and see if you can take some of the stress away by buying the Christmas cake, pudding and mince pies rather than making everything.
If you’re hosting, it’s easy for a large room to suddenly feel small as it fills up with a Christmas tree, presents and people. Remove the things that you won’t need over the festivities; it’s amazing how taking a few side tables and bean bags out can suddenly make a room feel more spacious again. A temporary redistribution into a bedroom or the garage if you’re having a party or hosting lunch can make all the difference to everyone’s comfort.
More often than not, you’re given a gift by someone you weren’t expecting to give you anything. For these occasions it’s a good idea to have a few choice treats, wrapped in a drawer ready. Truffle oil for a foodie. Bananagrams for a neighbour or a scented candle for a female friend are always well received and ensure there are no embarrassing, one-sided, exchanges.
A few good films up your sleeve can entertain everyone and get them out of your hair for a couple of hours. Family games are also a brilliant distraction, so have a look at the most popular and invest. Speak Out has been highly recommended.
Small jobs you’ve been putting off
It’s still November so you still have plenty of time left to get the little jobs, that somehow seem like big jobs in December, done. Write those Christmas cards now, they’ll need to be sent soon anyway and doing a couple a night saves time. Buy any presents you can, now, and if you can get them wrapped, even better. Doing little and often now will make the festive season far more manageable.
Here are some properties we currently have for sale that are perfect for Christmas hosting...
A spectacular architecturally designed contemporary Hove residence boasting over 4,800 square feet of luxurious modern living space that is situated in an imposing location overlooking Hove Park recreation ground. The design of this magnificent house features striking expanses of floor to ceiling glazing perfect to embrace not only the scenic views from both the first and second floor levels but also, offers an extensive open space to interact and mingle with others, creating the ultimate living space for large family gatherings.
For more information contact Winkworth Brighton & Hove or call 01273 772 175.
An elegant and charming farmhouse dating back to the mid-18th century with nearly a half acre plot is the ideal family home for a big festive Christmas. This enchanting country home constructed of local Limestone fuses a wealth of character and charm, with many original features - panelled doors, stone walls, and Oak beams. The outstanding feature of this home is the stunning inglenook fireplace complemented by beamed ceiling, wooden flooring, sash windows with shutters overlooking the front and side points of the home. This sitting room is perfect for the family to come together at Christmas time on those cold, cosy nights.
For more information contact Winkworth Bourne or call 01778 392807.
Windrose House is an exceptional, contemporary, architect-designed house that has been designed to maximise the impact of natural light and space to produce flexible living, perfect for a festive family Christmas. This property creates a superb living space for a large family providing practical areas to support modern family life, especially at Christmas time. The property consists of many extraordinary features that include underfloor heating that is ideal for the chilly winter, vaulted ceiling heights, and a very large sitting room which is a dazzling galleried space for the whole family together.
For more information contact Winkworth Winchester or call 01962 866777.
Five Oaks is a beautiful 6 bedroom residence which sits proudly in a private and elevated position behind gardens. The property includes a galleried receptional hall, drawing room, dining room, lounge, study and family room. The heart of the house is the kitchen and breakfast room - a large orangery fitting for a family living and festive entertaining space. Each bedroom and bathroom is pleasingly presented for a luxury stay, complemented by the top floor for family games and cinema room - a communal space for a very cheerful time.
For more information contact Winkworth Sunningdale or call 01344 291639.
A superb property that is highly sought after in a prime west Putney location. Originally built in 1870, this property expresses an exceptional interior design finish that offers a spacious high-ceilinged ground floor that is well-planned, flexible and bright, overlooking the property’s landscaped gardens. The reception room is open and ideal for large-scale entertaining areas, and is complemented by open access to the kitchen and dining area.
For more information contact Winkworth Putney or call 020 8788 9295.
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