While planning a Christmas dinner party seems like a lot of fun, the actual execution, as you know is just too much work. Impress anyone, from your friends to your in-laws, with a sophisticated evening that takes as much effort as out-running a snail. You’re welcome.
1. Create a Centrepiece
Decorating your entire house can be a chore. Instead, arrange an elaborate centrepiece for your dinner table with a small tree, flowers and ornaments to distract from the fact that the rest of your home is unadorned. For a luxe winter lodge vibe, get mini wood Christmas trees and burnished metal baubles from Galanga Living. All you have to do is pick what you want from their site and wait for your items to arrive.
Galanga Living, #01-02 Henderson Industrial Park, 6475-2633, www.galangaliving.com
2. Shop at Home
No time to grocery shop? Avoid the crowds and the queues by getting your ingredients delivered right to your doorstep with local produce service SimplyFresh. Their exclusive Christmas box ($168) consists of enough vegetables and fruits for a party of eight, as well as recipe cards to guide you through your cooking. Free with the box are bragging rights for buying organic produce shipped all the way from Europe.
SimplyFresh, www.simplyfresh.sg. Orders for Christmas stop on 16 December, so get clicking!
3. Pair with Wine
Check out Wines2U to find wines to accompany your meal. The site has a wide selection of reds, whites and champagne and they even tell you what food to pair it with. A must-buy is the Moutard Champagne Cuvée des 6 Cépages. This champagne made out of six different types of grapes has been listed as one of the 1,001 wines to try before you die, and pairs perfectly with smoked salmon, oysters and cheeses. Bookmark this site — there’s always a reason to celebrate with wine.
Fun fact: All the brands featured are locally-based. Go SG50!
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