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Host a Memorable Christmas with these 5 tips

Hosting a Christmas party doesn’t have to fill you with dread. Instead, there are some quick, easy tips that will allow you to host a party whilst also giving you a chance to focus on the important stuff - like spending time with family and friends. So, for an easy stress-free Christmas this year, here are our top 5 tips on how to host a memorable Christmas with ease.

1. Make Christmas cooking uncomplicated

Christmas is undoubtedly all about the food (and wine) which is why the right menu can make or break you when hosting. Instead of trying to pull off a 10-course menu, make life easier for yourself and take short cuts when you can. Ready- to-serve canapes from Coles or Woolworths are perfect for popping in the oven whilst you greet your guests and when it comes to dips and sauces - no one can tell a freshly whipped-up puree from a store-bought one, so embrace the jar. We call it simply working smarter, not cheating!

2. Deck the halls

Decorations, decorations, decorations. Nothing sets the Christmas mood like some festive décor, and you’ll fill your guests with festive cheer as soon as they set foot in the house. We're talking tinsel, baubles, fairy lights and wreaths. And they don't need to be expensive, in fact, it's the perfect time of year to get creative and try making your own decorations. Try foraging for leaves and flowers for a rustic touch or painting your own Christmas baubles with the kids. Personal touches such as home-made crackers will also help leave a lasting impression on guests.

3. Amp up your entertainment with some good ol’ fashioned games

The key to any hosting success is obviously in the entertainment. It’s not so much a game, but Secret Santa is a no-brainer. Other games don't necessarily have to be Christmas-themed, you could spend the rest of your evening playing a favourite board game, a family quiz or even a ping pong tournament. Other more seasonal options could include pinning the hat on a Santa, a Christmas movie trivia or ‘snowball throwing’ with marshmallows. Whatever you do, a planned activity is always a great way to keep everyone lively and enjoying themselves.

4. Get outdoors

A Christmas Day walk is a tradition for most families and it often serves a well looked forward to respite from the in-laws. Instead of sitting indoors all day eating and drinking, why not plan a sports activity such as walking, hiking or taking a swim at the beach. It’ll allow you to also walk off that extra helping of Christmas pav too, which is always a bonus.

5. Remember the playlist

Last but definitely not least, get the festive atmosphere going with a Christmas playlist. Go cheesy or classy (hello, Bublé) and use a streaming service like Spotify to line-up all your go-to tunes to play in the background.

It goes without saying, but don’t leave all your planning to the last minute. Get your presents wrapped by the experts at Top Ryde City’s Charity gift wrapping on Level LG1, and start cooking anything that can be done like canapes, dessert or side dishes the day before. Get started now by heading to Top Ryde City for all your holiday shopping!

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