How to Deck the Halls (in a hurry)

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Hosting at home this Christmas and feeling overwhelmed? Breathe, drink your greens and take note. We have you covered.

1 Decorate extravagantly, upping the ante of this year’s evergreen, decorating extravagantly with chic baubles and bibelots. This holiday, think glitter, sequin fish scales and sparkly pinecones for an en pointe tree.

2 Just add flowers.“Source holly, spruce and anything in deep burgundy tones with greenery, or all white like hydrangea,” says Therese Moussa, creative director at The Grounds at Alexandria. “Create simple structures, and place in your entryway, on your dining table, and in the powder room. Remember, consistency of theme is important for creating a strong mood throughout.”

3 Add rustic elements like a large branch to hang your stockings from, trim your tree with elegant white plumes, and add pine sprigs to your presents.

4 Layered lighting.  “Light up every corner of your home, using twinkling candles and battery pack fairy lights, and layer them throughout your home for an effortless Christmas glow,” says Therese.

5 Scent your home, scattering fragrant candles, crystal dishes of potpourri, or slow simmer spices on your stove top. Choose woodsy scents that whiff of Christmas, like sugar plum, gingerbread, fir needles, cloves, and grandmother’s cinnamon-heavy apple pies.

6 Plot the menu. “We’ll be eating turkey and line-caught fish,” says WelleCo co-founder Elle Macpherson. “I basically have a plant-based diet, but I do eat animal protein from time to time. We’ll have lots of sides of greens, salads and vegetables and something sweet for dessert. I have a serious weakness for dark chocolate, so I will definitely be indulging!”

7 Tablescape. “Think about how you’ll be plating and serving your key dishes,” says Therese. “I love to scour antique markets for beautiful vintage trays and platters. Polish your crystal glassware, checking for chips and make sure you have full sets for water, wine and champagne.” 

8 Stock up your bar cart.  “I am partial to a virgin cocktail, like a mock Mojito made of fresh lime, slices of ginger, soda, lots of ice and a little mint on top,” says Elle. “Otherwise it might be an elderflower water or a simple ginger ale on ice, served in a tumbler or champagne glass. There is always a good stock of Maggie Beers non-alcoholic wines, ginger beer, a supply of French champagne for my girlfriends, and a clean vodka of course; although I have noticed recently more people drinking gin.”

9 Hangover-proofyour guests, with WelleCo green shots on arrival. THE SUPER ELIXIR bio-live greens is packed with 45 plant-based, wholefood nutrients that help eliminate the toxic load, which means you can party-on without the hangover. 

You will need:
2 teaspoons THE SUPER ELIXIR
250ml coconut water
1 lime, quartered
finely grated coconut
fresh cranberries or pomegranate arils
Combine and blitz THE SUPER ELIXIR greens, coconut water and ice. Pour grated coconut onto a small plate. Press a lime wedge against the rim of each shot glass, lightly coating them with juice. Dip the lip of the glass into the coconut, coating it completely. Place right side up. Fill each shot glass halfway with THE SUPER ELIXIR and coconut water. Top with fresh cranberries or pomegranate arils and serve. (serves 4)

10 Pimp your playlist. Keep it cool and classic withFrank Sinatra’s Let it Snow, Eartha Kitt’s Santa Baby and Elvis crooning Blue Christmas. For a punk rock vibe, add in The Ramones’ Merry Christmas, I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight and The Kinks’ Father Christmas. For a soulful vibe, Otis Redding’s White Christmas is perfect. The non-negotiable extras? Wham’s Last Christmas and Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. Rock on.

12 Succumb to your food coma. Put on your favourite reindeer roll-neck, and revisit Bridget Jones’s Diary, When Harry Met Sally, It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone or Love Actually, then zzz.“For a good night sleep, I sip a Sleep Welle Fortifying Calming Tea,” says Elle. “Sometimes I make a brew of my own homemade turmeric tea, a concoction of turmeric powder and hot water with a large cilantro sprig on top. Both do the trick beautifully.”