The festive season is fast approaching, and with it, a wealth of Christmas Parties to attend. From large, glittering gatherings to small soirees, the Finest English Fizz provides the perfect accompaniment for any occasion. Yet, while hosting loved ones is rewarding, it can also become a daunting task. To alleviate this stress, Hambledon Vineyard, as seasoned hosts, aims to provide a comprehensive guide for effortless entertaining, covering everything from delightful canapés to tantalizing cocktails.
How do you throw an easy Christmas party?
Contrary to popular belief, hosting a Christmas party need not be an arduous undertaking. Times and expectations have evolved, veering away from opulent spreads and flawless décor. Embracing more relaxed options not only eases the burden on the host but also fosters a laid-back atmosphere for catching up with friends and family sans any facade. This year, why not try something simple, yet interactive: perhaps a card or candle-making party- with a few easy-to-find supplies, some festive snacks and a glass of the Finest English Fizz, this is the perfect way to catch up before the hectic holiday season. Or, for a more traditional celebration, host a Christmas quiz: with a wealth of resources available online for you to put a legendary game together, paired with good company, is infallible.
How do you throw a perfect Christmas Dinner Party?
Whether the main event, or a precursor to the day itself, a dinner party sets the stage for an intimate gathering with cherished individuals. Of course, whether you plan to serve a simple supper, or a five-course masterpiece with pairings to match, the same foundations do apply. For example, send out invitations ahead of time- with Christmas being such a busy period, it is extremely likely that in the latter half of December, people will begin to disperse to see family elsewhere- so ensure your event is accounted for ahead of time. Of course, it is important that dietary requirements are also accounted for ahead of time- it’s a simple, yet vital part of planning. Then, the all-important menu- stick with classic dishes that you know how to make- creating avant garde dishes that you have never tried before is a surefire way to both increase stress and increase the risk of culinary mishap. A signature cocktail, or a special bottle of sparkling wine (such as our premiere cuvee) can never go amiss to kickstart the evening.
How do you make a memorable Christmas Party?
For a Christmas party that stands out, consider deviating from the conventional and embrace a more creatively themed celebration to captivate your guests. Opt for a retro-themed soirée reminiscent of 'Mad Men', complete with vintage decorations, throwback food choices and nostalgic cocktails. Optionally, center your gathering around games, whether orchestrating an enthralling murder mystery theme or simply incorporating enjoyable party games for an interactive and fun-filled experience.
How do you throw a small Christmas party?
Hosting a small-scale gathering, whether due to limited space or to nurture an intimate ambiance, offers an opportunity for personalized touches often challenging in larger events. Greet guests with a glass of Sparkling wine or a signature seasonal cocktail upon arrival. A small gathering allows you to work the event around the attendees, whether hosting a movie-marathon or laid back drinks and snacks, this makes it much easier to ensure that all guests have a sparkling experience. For a personal touch, queue a song that everyone loves, buy everyone's favourite snack, or create personalised party favours. As a thoughtful parting gift, consider Hambledon Vineyard's half-bottles of fizz, perfect for those special friends to enjoy on a cozy evening in.