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BAKING

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It’s time to start decorating Set the scene for the holidays with stylish ideas for every room

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Countdown calendars Start crossing of the days with a beautiful Advent calendar

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Make time for tea Take a break from wrapping and shopping for an indulgent afternoon tea

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Seasonal trends Six inspiring decorating looks you’ll love from this year’s festive fashion

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Top trees Real or fake, lush green or snowy white? Which one will you choose this year?

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Bake a special cake Fill your home with the wonderful aroma of fresh baking

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Brilliant baubles Everything from home-decorated designs to the best in the shops

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A classic country Christmas Take a tour around a beautifully decorated rural cottage

Gorgeous wreaths Lovely creations to make or buy

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Get the look Find the best buys to re-create the same Christmassy feel in your home

Creative wrapping Use low-cost kraft paper for beautifully wrapped gifts

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Out & about Great events around the country for all the family, from ice skating to pantos

Fresh & easy displays Don’t fancy full-on flowers or foliage? Try these simple ideas instead

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Twinkling lights The latest light buys, clever touches and stylish solutions to add a bit of sparkle

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Stylish tableware We’ve crockery, cutlery and linen to match all your festive schemes

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Simple finishing touches Quick and easy ways to dress your home, even if you’ve left it all until the last minute!

Gift something sweet Make a batch of treats to give as special gifts or to tuck into yourself

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ENTERTAINING 106

Plan the perfect party An array of nibbles from around the world and tasty tipples to serve

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Serve a splendid Christmas lunch Roast turkey, all the trimmings, plus lots more, including other main dishes

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Indulge in a delicious dessert Take your pick from these six tempting sweet offerings


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Put on a lavish buffet Lay out a fantastic spread, ideal for Boxing Day or New Year’s Eve

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Your know-how guide All the advice you need, from drinks solutions to hosting guests

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style Set the scene for THE HOLIDAYS with GORGEOUS DECORATIONS, beautiful TABLE SETTINGS and a home that FEELS FESTIVE in every room


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decorating Set the scene for the holidays with beautiful festive styling ideas for every room

A sofa stacked with cosy cushions and throws, gifts piled up under the tree and a few mince pies to nibble on Walls painted in Cornforth White Estate Emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For similar curtain fabric, try Linara Crème Anglais 2492/221, £37.50 per m, Romo. Adya rug, £315, Lombok. Lily sofa in Pumice cotton blend, £790; Lily chair in Domino cotton blend, £440; both Sofa.com. Arundel coffee table, £630, Neptune. For a similar mirror, try the Vermont, £595, Brissi. 7ft candlelit tree, £399, Bolsius. ON/UNDER

TREE Decorations, from a selection, The Contemporary Home, Cox & Cox, Gisela Graham and Sainsbury’s. Feathers, £2.50 for three, Sainsbury’s. Giftwrap, from a selection, Cutture, Hobbycraft and Wrapped by Alice. Ribbons, from a selection, Jane Means. ON MANTEL Garland, from £20 per m, Wildabout. Glass dome, £14.99; copper lights, £2.99 for 20; both Lights4fun. ON SOFA Stamford throw (over arm), £86,

Neptune. Semi-plain throw, £179, Melin Tregwynt. Cushions, from left: Norrland, £70, Villa Nova; Velvet, £45, Also Home; made in Espinillo, £49 per m, Harlequin; Grey velvet, £29, Also Home; knitted, £10, Matalan; Malini, £29, Cult Furniture; Forest, £60, Villa Nova. ON TABLE Flowers and vase, from a selection, Bloomon. Copper lustre glass ogee tealight, £5.99, Gisela Graham. Bibi bud vase, £19.95 for six;

Tabia tealight holder, £9.95; both Nkuku. Pillar candle holder, £16, House of Fraser. Mercury tealight holder, £8, The White Company. Tray, £52, Also Home. Crackers, £40 for six, Cox & Cox. Mugs, £6 each; coasters, £8 for four; bowls; side plate; both £3.50 each; all Confetti range; Oslo pasta bowl, £3.75; all Sainsbury’s. Star cake, £40, Bettys. For a similar cake stand, try Dibor. ON CHAIR Marka cushion, £70, Villa Nova


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Co-ordinate giftwrap with your colour scheme – here, grey ties in with the walls and sofa, while gold and copper match the decorations

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Arrange tea and treats, festive displays and cocktail components on trays that can be moved easily when you need extra space

Whitewash tray, £52, Also Home. Feather decoration, £2.50 for three; Bowls; plate; all £3.50 each, Confetti range, all Sainsbury's. Mercury tealight holder, £8, The White Company. Copper lustre glass ogee tealight, £5.99, Gisela Graham. Crackers, £40 for six, Cox & Cox. Mince pies, £8 for six, Gail’s. Flowers and vase, from a selection, Bloomon

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A MAGICAL MIX Go for elegance with baubles in cream, metallic and blush Blush geometric baubles, £16.50 for six, Cox & Cox. Pearl bauble, £4.95, Parlane International. Snowflake decoration, £8, The Contemporary Home

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Gatsby table, £275 (part of a nest), Rose & Grey. Copper tray, £16.95; cocktail shaker, £14.95; both Harts of Stur. Epicurean slate cake stand, £44.95, The Cooks Kitchen. Gin miniature and measure gift set, £22; jug, from a selection; both Sipsmith. Cocktail stirrer and measure, £12.95 for a

three-piece set, Online Kitchenware. Sylvie glass, £9.95, Parlane International. Scarlet gin, £19.99 for 35cl, Wilkin & Sons. Coaster; tealight holder; bowl; mince pies; all as before. Lily armchair in Domino cotton blend, £440, Sofa.com. Fur throw, £45, Matalan. Marka cushion, £70, Villa Nova


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DOUBLE UP Wrap a piece of patterned paper over plain for striking parcels Festive Fern wrap; Dapper Deer wrap; fern trim; all £6 each, Cutture. Black ribbon, £1.50 for L6m; luggage label, £3.50 for 10; both Hobbycraft. Ribbon and leaf trim, from a selection, Jane Means

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Tough. Jodhpur boots, £145, Celtic & Co. Stag ornament, £25, Matalan. Crate, from a selection, Vintage Crate range, Notonthehighstreet.com. Giftwrap, from a selection, Cutture and Sainsbury’s. Ribbon, from a selection, Jane Means. ON BANISTERS/ STAIRWAY Baubles, from a selection, Sainsbury’s. Foliage garland, from £20 per m; wreath, from £45; both Wildabout. Mini tree, £38, The White Company. Copper lights, £2.99, Lights4fun. Abari zinc pot, £29.95, Nkuku. Marble crackers, £40 for six, Cox & Cox

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Floor painted in Strong White Modern Eggshell, £66 for 2.5ltr; banisters and stairway painted in Railings Estate Eggshell, £60 for 2.5ltr; both Farrow & Ball. Westport Nougat runner (W70cm), £127 per m, Roger Oates. For a similar bench, try the Gustavian wooden sofa, from £689, Scumble Goosie. ON/UNDER BENCH Sefton throw, £170, Neptune. Cushions, from left: Marka in Dew; Marka in Mineral; both £70, Villa Nova; Laura, £80, Neptune; small grey, £10, Matalan. Fur throw, £45, Matalan. Scarf, £80; Cross mittens, £36; both Catherine


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Don’t leave the banister bare – dress it up with garlands and lights

PRETTIFY PEGS Give plain hall storage a quick seasonal makeover with baubles, foliage and ribbon Bell baubles, £6 for 12, The Contempory Home. Glass baubles, from a selection, Sainsbury’s. Oyster scarf, £40, Ruby & Ed. Hat, £50; grey and green scarf, £80; colour block scarf, £110; all Catherine Tough. Kharan shopper, £160, Nkuku

COPPERY WREATH Mix in copper sprayed foliage and seedheads for a modern design that looks rich and inviting Wreath, from £45, Wildabout. 20 LED copper mirco wire lights, £2.99, Lights4fun. Door painted in Oratory 237 eggshell, £60 for 2.5ltr, Mylands of London

WARM WELCOME Greet friends and family with a lovely display For a similar console, try the Empire, from £249, Scumble Goosie. Copper planter, £23.95, Stupid Egg Interiors range, Notonthehighstreet. com. Forest votive, £4; snow scene tealight holder, £9; both The Contemporary Home. Bell decorations, £4 for 12; baubles, from a selection; all Sainsbury’s. Faux flowers with vase, £12, Matalan. Noel sign, £60, The White Company. Fret tealight holders, £2.99 for six, Gisela Graham. For a similar brass planter, try the Oli, £38, Royal Design

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Stag family doormat, £49.95, Turtle Mat. Tärnö chair, £10, Ikea. Copper lantern, £20, George Home. For a similar brass planter, try the Oli, £38, Royal Design. Aloe Eco lambswool throw, £69; waxed backpack, £189; Uashmama metallic paper bag, £20; all The Future Kept. Scarf, £40; beanie, £32; both Ruby & Ed


SAYING ‘THANKS’ Show your appreciation to hosts with a beautiful bouquet Snowy Days bouquetta, £25, Marks & Spencer

Wreath made from Decorate Your Home Shimmer foliage, £3 per bunch, Marks & Spencer. Sledge, £55; crate, from a selection; both Vintage Crates range, Notonthehighstreet. com. Christmas trees; box tree; both from a selection, Homebase. For a similar dustbin planter, try the cute

mini metal bin, £23.90, The Farthing. Copper watering can, £49, The Future Kept. For a similar glass lantern, try the large glass candle, Lights4fun. Baubles, from a selection, Sainsbury’s. Giftwrap, from a selection, Cutture. Alpine boots, £175, Celtic & Co. All other items, as before

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MAKING A TOAST Serve fizz or cocktails in elegant gold-rimmed coupe glasses Sylvie glasses, £9.95 each, Parlane International

£34 for four, Maison Sabatier range, Creative Tops. Cutting board, £49.99, Skandivis. Slate cheeseboard, £18, The Forest & Co. White jug, £40, Burleigh. Bread bin, £25, Typhoon. ON ISLAND Ciara side plate, £9; Ciara dinner plate, £12; both Mikasa range, Creative Tops. Mugs, as before. Bell bauble, £6 for 12, The Contemporary Home. Planter, £23.95, Stupid Egg Interiors range, Notonthehighstreet.com. Star decorations, £11.99 for 24, Gisela Graham. Mince pies, £12.50 for 12; cake, £22.95; both Bettys. Knife, as before

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a selection, Sainsbury’s. Cedar leaf garlands, £40, The White Company. Mugs, as before. Star lights, £25.99, Gisela Graham. Copper-lid storage jars, £6.50 each, Typhoon. Copper coffee grinder, £26, Le Cafetiere Origins range, Creative Tops. Star decorations, £16.50 for six, Cox & Cox. ON WORKTOP Copper-clip storage jars; £2.95 for small; £3.95 for medium; both Parlane International. Acorn baubles, £10 for 10, The White Company. Biscuits, £17.95 for 570g, Bettys. Copper jug, £52; kettle, £36; both The Forest & Co. Knives,

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Window frame painted in Railings Estate Eggshell, £60 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Blind made in Seriphium 120623, £49 per m, Lilaea collection, Harlequin. Stenstorp island, £250, Ikea. Hamble bar stool, £175, Garden Trading. ON SHELVING (from top left) Gourmet Basics mugs, £6 each; Ciara side plates, £9 each; both Mikasa range, Creative Tops. Mercury tealight, £8, The White Company. Copper measuring spoons, £18; tumblers, £8.50 each; all The Forest & Co. Copper-clip storage jar, £4.95, Parlane International. Baubles, from


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Fill your home with the enticing spice-filled scent of festive baking

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Add an element of fun to open shelving with copper cookie cutters used as decorations Copper cookie cutters, £10 for three, Croft Collection range, John Lewis. All other items, as before

Get rid of the usual shopping list over the winter season and decorate your noticeboard with snowflakes and Christmassy words Chalkboard, £14.34, Chalkboards UK. Snowflake stencils, £1.44 for three designs, The Little Crafty Bugs Company. Chalk pen, £2.70, Hobbycraft. All other items, as before

SUSPENDED STARS Repurpose kitchen storage – this herb dryer makes a great hanger for decorations Herb hanger, £14.52, Good Thymes. Jul star decorations, £12 for four small; £14 for two large; all Also Home. Copper stars, £16.50 for six, Cox & Cox. Wooden star and tree decorations, £11.99 for 24, Gisela Graham

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Beautify the Christmas table with fresh flowers, gorgeous glasses and twinkling candlelight Curtain made in Hikari Fossil NNEO132065, £35 per m, Scion. For similar shutters, try the Woodlux Silk White, from £39 for 50cm x 50cm, ShuttersDirect. Enkel rug, £425, Cox & Cox. Chester extending table, £749; Highgrove chair, £150; both The Cotswold Company. Arundel bench, £600, Neptune. Tree, from a selection, Homebase. Fairy lights, £7.99 for 40, Lights4fun. ON/NEAR TABLE Emily tablecloth, £77; Bowlsey cake stand, £29; Highbury glass candlestick,

£40; Blyton blue candle, from £6; Neve tealights (as planters), £39 for three; all Neptune. Rustic runner, £16.99, LinenMe. Geese crackers, £35 for six, Nancy & Betty. Masamba star tealight holders, £44.95 each, Nkuku. Bloomingville cutlery, £34 for four pieces; Bach wine glasses, £25 for four; all Cult Furniture. Flowers and vase, from a selection, Bloomon. Platter, £30, Hotel Collection range, House of Fraser. Ciara dinner plates, £12, Mikasa range, Creative Tops. Oslo

dinner plates, £3.75 each; Oslo side plates, £3.25 each; Confetti side plates, £3.50 each; all Sainsbury’s. Grey plates, £10 for a 12-piece set, George Home. Cheers glasses, £45 for four, Mikasa range, Creative Tops. White napkins, £25 for four; Snowflake napkin rings, £20 for four; all The White Company. Deer, from a selection, Hobbycraft. Other candles, from a selection, Bolsius and House of Fraser. Cloche hurricane, £25, Cox & Cox. ON BENCH Fur throw,

£45, Matalan. Marka cushion £70, Villa Nova. Silver velvet cushion, £45, Also Home. Giftwrap, from a selection, Cutture. Ribbon, from a selection, Jane Means. ON CHAIR Multistripe cushion, £45, Melin Tregwynt. ON TREE Irid wire snowflake tree topper, £16.99, Gisela Graham. Bells, £6 for 12, The Contemporary Home. Alba tree decorations, £10 for two, Also Home. Little house decorations, £6 each, The White Company. Giftwrap; ribbons; as before


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LAYERED TABLEWARE Mix and match china to add interest to the table look, then add a simple finishing touch, such as the glittery pear Plates, from top: ‘Yummy’ side, £10 for four, Matalan; Confetti side, £3.50; Oslo side, £3.25; all Sainsbury’s; Ciara dinner, £12, Mikasa range, Creative Tops; Grey, £10 for a 12-piece set, George Home; Oslo dinner, £3.75, Sainsbury’s

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Dress up a table setting by going for copper cutlery and detailed glassware

CAKE DISPLAY

NATURE’S FINEST

Don’t just lay your cakes and mince pies out on simple plates. Create a tempting display with different stands and platters, then add festive toppers and edible glitter for some shimmer and sparkle Wreath, £50, The White Company. Wood platter, £16 (part of dome set); Highbury candle stick, £16; Blyton candle, from £6; all Neptune. Winter cake toppers, £12.50, Modo Creative range, Notonthehighstreet.com. White cake plate, £52.50, Sophie Conran. ‘It’s Christmas’ cake topper, £24, The Letter Loft range, Etsy. Biscuits, price on request, Biscuiteers. Serving platter, £65, The Forest & Co. Ciara side plates, £9 each, Mikasa range, Creative Tops. Pine tree, £6 for two, The Contemporary Home. Oslo pasta dish, £3.75, Sainsbury’s. Fret porcelain tealight holders, £2.99 for six, Gisela Graham. Nut wreath cake, from a selection, Fortnum & Mason. Wreath cake, £60; mince pies, £12.50 for 12; all Bettys

Mini fir trees will add a rustic twist to a festive table setting and they complement the pine-cone crackers Mini fir tree, £20 for three, The White Company

PRETTY PEARS Quick, simple and cheap to make, these painted glittery pears help make a striking centrepiece Copper spray paint, £8.99 for 400ml, Rust-Oleum. Glitter, £1 for six tubes; washi tape, £2; both Hobbycraft

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Give guests an extra gift to take home by wrapping chocolate bars in beautiful fabric and ribbon, then lay on top of their place settings

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Chocolate bars wrapped in Seriphium 120622, £49 per m; Espinillo 132468, £89 per m; both Lilaea collection, Harlequin. Ribbons, from a selection, Jane Means. Card feather, £2 for 20; glitter, £1 for six; both Hobbycraft


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DECORATED TAGS Add a personal touch to gifts with stamped tags Merry Christmas stag crystal stamp, £5, Little Stamp Store range, Notonthehighstreet.com. Tags, £2.50 for 30, Hobbycraft

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Invest in stylish storage for desk accessories and festive trimmings Wire basket, from a selection, Sainsbury’s. Clip, £7 for six, Papermash. Notebooks, £10.95 for three; Christmas cards, £15 for six, all Jen Rowland. All other items, as before

Why should a workspace be denied the holiday treatment? Paper decs, lighting and a mini tree will boost creativity Rost 215-51 wallpaper, £60 per roll, Sandberg. Bobble rug, £345; Rudyard desk, £545; both Loaf. For a similar chair, try the sheesham and metal high desk chair, £187, Maisons du Monde. For a similar elm stool, try the Shanxi antique, £95, Lombok. ON WALL Gold noticeboard, £56, Rose & Grey. Gold berry garland, £20, The Contemporary Home. Paper staghead and star, £3.99 as part of a garland set; snowflakes, from a selection; all Talking Tables. Ribbons, from a selection, Jane Means.

Washi tape, £2.50 for three rolls; clips, £7 for six; safety pin, £5.75 (medium); all Papermash. Stag card, £15 for six; Botanical card, £8 for three; Christmas card, £15 for six; notebooks, £10.95 for three; all Jen Rowland. Paper tag, £2.50 for 30, Hobbycraft. Bauble, from a selection, Sainsbury’s. ON/ NEAR DESK Durham house tealight holders; £14.95 (small); £19.95 (large); both Parlane International. Safety pin, £20 (large), Papermash. Tall copper planter, £23.95, Stupid Egg Interiors range,

Notonthehighstreet.com. For a similar glass inkwell, try The Packhouse. Bibi vases, £19.95 for six, Nkuku. Gold glass LED tealights, £4.99 each, Lights4fun. Isabelle vase, £16, House of Fraser. Flowers, from a selection, Bloomon. Copper Moscow Mule mug, £14.95, Stuff For The Kitchen. Light, £45, Matalan. Journals, £26.95, Nkuku. Black notebook, £32; stamp, from £16.95; both Papermash. Desk fountain pen, inkwell and box set, £165; black fountain pen, £145; all Ystudio range, Quill London.

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Confetti coaster, £8 for four, Sainsbury’s. Mince pie, £8 for six, Gail’s. For a similar dustbin, try the cute mini metal dustbin, £23.90, The Farthing. Micro lights, £2.99 for 20, Light4fun. Blush geometric bauble, £16.50 for six, Cox & Cox. Pearl bauble, £4.95 Parlane international. ON FLOOR For a similar planter, try D Byford & Sons. Copper crackers, £40 for six, Cox & Cox. ON CHAIR Cushion made in Formation Copper HMOE132216, £49 per m, Momentum collection, Harlequin


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TIME TO RELAX

SWEET DREAMS Keep the Christmassy feel going in the bedroom with a few decorations at the end of the bed Tree, £12, The Contemporary Home. Grey velvet throw, £195; Husky throw, £80; both The French Bedroom Company. Buds & Butterflies stocking, £20, Lorna Syson. Silver stocking, £42, Catherine Tough. Paper decoration £34.95, Nkuku. Bauble, from a selection, Sainsbury’s. Stag, £15 for a set, Crafty Wood Decorations. Donkey slipper booties, £24; Flynn puppy comforter, £25; both Ruby & Ed

Leave guests a pampering care package Trug, £39, Also Home. Leaf Trail towel, from £8 for a hand towel, Next. Shower gels, £10 for 250ml each, Hogwash Soap. Wheat bag, £12, Jen Rowland. Pouch, £12, Rose Agar Designs range, Etsy. Candle, £10, Botanical Candle Company. For a similar brass pot, try Etsy. Soaps, from top: Artisan, £32 for a set, Southsea Bathing Hut range, Etsy; Earl Grey tea, £5, London Fields Soap; Orange Neroli, £5, Hogwash Soap. Salty sea scrub, £12, Southsea Bathing Hut range, Etsy

FESTIVE LOOK Use mirrors to reflect strings of baubles and fairy lights For a similar mirror, try the Perrine, £115; for a similar chest of drawers, try the distressed mango wood, £481; both Maisons du Monde. Twinkle leaf garland, £42, Rowen & Wren. Papel garland, £34.95, Nkuku. Cloche light, £23.99, Lights4fun. Triple mini trees, £19.99, Gisela Graham. Glass dome, £20, The Contemporary Home. Baubles, from a selection, Sainsbury’s. Clio glass, £19.95 for a set, Parlane International

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FEATURE & STYLING SARA BIRD PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON WHITMORE STYLE ASSISTANTS PAULA MAY EVANS, CHANTELLE VILLETTE, CHARLOTTE ROWLANDS

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STACKED CUSHIONS Add a hotel-chic touch to the bed with a mix of cushions Cushions, from top: made in Grain 132237, £45 per m, Harlequin; Velvet, £29, Also Home; Plushious, £42, The French Bedroom Company

Curtains made in Formation 132217, £49 per m, Momentum collection, Harlequin. Headboard, from £730 plus 4m of fabric (shown here in Hopsack 12); Tuvan bench, £490; for a similar table, try the occasional bedside table, £215; all The Dormy House. ON/OVER BED Halston duvet cover, £89, House of Fraser. Diamond stitch white housewife pillowcases, from £69 each, Volga Linen. Cushions, from left: made in Marit Carbon V3243/04, £35 per m, Norrland collection, Villa Nova; Velvet Deva orange

cover, £56; pad, £4.50; both Luma; made in Espinillo Velvet 132467, £89 per m, Lilaea collection, Harlequin; large velvet, £45; small velvet, £29; both Also Home; Velvet Allora orange cover, £56; pad, £4.50; both Luma; made in Grain 132237, £45 per m, Momentum collection, Harlequin. Plain throw, £179, Melin Tregwynt. Bobble throw, £15, Matalan. Husky throw, £80, The French Bedroom Company. Leaf garland; paper feathers and glitter, as before. ON SIDE TABLE Faux flowers in jug, £10,

Matalan. Clio night drinking set, £19.95, Parlane International. Charlie clock, £25, Cult Furniture. ON BENCH Sheepskin rug, £75; cable-knit throw, £395; both Celtic & Co. Reclaimed wood tray, £49, Also Home. Candle, £6, Matalan. Cream Christmas rose wreath, £35, The Contemporary Home. ON FLOOR Sheepskin rug, £155, Celtic & Co. Dawn bow ballerinas slippers, £39.95, Ruby & Ed. Present sack, £8, Matalan. Giftwrap; tags; all from a selection, Cutture. Ribbon, from a selection, Jane Means


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Bring a nostalgic feel to your home with a traditional look

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ecking out rooms in the classic Christmas combo of red and green is always going to be a style winner. Not only does it look good in most schemes, it’s also a simple, surefire way of creating an inviting atmosphere that will get guests in the festive mood as soon as they step inside out of the cold, ready to start the celebrations. DRESS THE TABLE This year, Matalan has introduced inspiration from north of the border with tartan print crockery and table linen. A perfect complement to the classic red and green look, the collection looks great teamed with the charming Robin range of china and glassware. All you need to finish off the perfect Christmas lunch setting is some foliage, pine cones and red and white candles run down the centre of the table.

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ADD GORGEOUS DECORATIONS When it comes to transforming the rest of the room, go for berry-laden garlands and simple white fairy lights. Finish off with the vintage decorations you bring out each year, then add in a few extras that are bound to become favourites.

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Hang a few at the top of your tree Bird filled tree decoration, Matalan

Brilliantly British Robin tree decoration, Matalan

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PROMOTION

CLASSIC CHOICE

FAB FOLIAGE

Create a heart-warming, traditional, festive look with red and green Red berries heart wreath, £10; Tartan and Robin crockery, £3 per item; Robin glasses, £4 each; candles, from £6 each; all Matalan

Fake it so it lasts Wreath, £25; garland, £25; both Matalan

SOFT TOUCH

One for the grown-ups Faux-fur stocking, £12, Matalan

CHRISTMAS CUPPA Even teatime can be given a festive twist Robin Christmas mug, £3, Matalan

LIGHT UP

Add a gentle festive glow LED wooden house, £8, Matalan

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THE SHOW SANTA’S COMING

Use year after year Nutcracker decoration, £15, Matalan

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CHEEKY CHAPPIES

Santa and snowman baubles, Tesco

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Looking to update your decs? Here’s what the best-dressed trees and homes will be decked out in

Rattan pre-lit wreath, Homebase

RED, WHITE & BLUE

Decorations, from £2 each; stockings, £15 each; Advent calendar, £30; jug, £15; Christmas wall canvas, £14; all The Contemporary Home

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Blue snowflake baubles, Debenhams

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FELT FIGURE

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Nordic angel, The Contemporary Home

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SIMPLE STYLE

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Teal snowflake decoration, Debenhams

Nordic Country metal LED light-up tree (H40cm), Wilko

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Red glitter topper, Homebase

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

Classic Scandi style gets a fresh look with accents of duck egg and teal blue TRAD KNIT

Knitted stocking, Poundland

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WOOLLY JUMPER

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Wooden moose tabletop decoration, Sainsbury’s

MIX ‘N’ MATCH

Luxury Nordic Country crackers, Wilko

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Red and white toadstools, Tesco

£2

FOR FOUR


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SEASON’S GREETINGS Gold and spot bunting, Tesco

SOFA SPECIAL

Gold Ikat cushion, Very

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SHARP DESIGN

Large gold tree objet, Sainsbury’s

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Adorn your tree in gold this year for a look that’s full-on luxe

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STAR OF WONDER

MIDAS TOUCH

Gold starburst, The Contemporary Home

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Les Deux Alpes tree (H7.5ft), £140; decorations, from £6 each; topper, £16; feathers, £12 each; all House of Fraser

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WINGED DELIGHT

Gold filled baubles, Matalan

Angel wings decoration, B&Q

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FANCY FEATHERS

SOFT TOUCH

Helen Moore luxury faux-fur stocking, Black By Design

Gold feathers, Sainsbury’s

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Feathers are big this year, so tuck a few into your tree’s branches

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Antique gold standing bird ornament, Dobbies Garden Centres

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Gold eucalyptus wreath, Sainsbury’s

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ALL SQUARED

Gold stripe and spot square crackers, Tesco


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FLIGHT OF FANCY

PILE ON PATTERN

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Tassel pompom cushion, John Lewis

Mouth-blown glass bird ornament, Sisters Guild

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Brass star topper, Decorator’s Notebook

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TRIO FOR A TABLE INDIAN OFFERING

Vintage sari stockings, Decorator’s Notebook

Meri Meri wooden reindeer decorations, Berry Red

ALL THE COLOURS

£18.50 FOR THREE

Peruvian pine Christmas tree (H7ft), £195; decorations, from £2 each; llama cushion, £30; star hanger, £20; all John Lewis

£24.95 EACH

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LLAMA LOVE

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FLOWER POWER

Mouth-blown vintage-style Christmas bauble, Sisters Guild

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TONAL LAYERS

Lima Llama felt wreath, John Lewis

Bring colour and fun designs from further afield home with this trend

£7.50

£10 FOR SIX

Christmas tree candle, B&Q

Mini bell garland, The Contemporary Home

BRIGHT BANGERS

COLOUR POP

£2.50 FOR SIX

Coloured Swirl bells, Tesco

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Luxury 12 Days Of Christmas crackers, Sainsbury’s

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Sparkly gold reindeer head decoration, Debenhams

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Fine cedar leaf garland, The White Company

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Stag luxury crackers, Homebase

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FAIRY MAGIC

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Step into a winter wonderland with this shimmering woodland look

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Fairy decoration, Dobbies Garden Centres

FROSTY FOREST

STAR HIT

Snowy potted tree (H7ft), £200; decorations, from £2 each; Champagne vintage-style lights, £25; reindeer, from £7.50 each; all Marks & Spencer

Silver star tree topper, Debenhams

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KISS ME QUICK

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Reindeer decorations, The Contemporary Home

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Mistletoe dome, Homebase

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HYGGE ME

Faux-fur stocking, Marks & Spencer

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Deer and other woodland friends get a sprinkle of glitter this year

Rose and berry faux floral arrangement, Sainsbury’s

Silver reindeer cushion, Debenhams

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Silver gllitter snowflake, Tesco

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Star decorations, Poundland


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Black and gold metallic garland, Candle & Cake

WALL ART

£11.99

FANCY FLAKE

Starry Night LED canvas, Wilko

Blue star tree topper, Poundland

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MIDNIGHT

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FOLIAGE ALTERNATIVE

GLITTER DESIGN

Blue and gold snowflake bauble, Matalan

Peacock feather wreath, The Contemporary Home

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Black pin needle tree with LED lights (H6ft), £100; decoratiions, from £2 each; gold bead garland, £2; large gold ceramic plate, £20; all Dunelm

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Metallic Navy bauble, Debenhams

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Peacock fairy, The Contemporary Home

A by Amara velvet embroidered stocking, Amara

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Mix the inky blues with copper to give the look extra sophistication

COPPER & NAVY

Navy and gold marble crackers, House of Fraser

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SIMPLY SILVER

Cushion, Matalan

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WATERY DROPLETS

Teardrop blue decorations, B&Q

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MULTI FACETED Geo blue vase, Very

£9.99


FESTIVE WISH

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‘Let it Snow’ rectangular cushion, Debenhams

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White floral wreath, Marks & Spencer

Clear holly bauble, Dobbies Garden Centres

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NOSTALGIC CHARM

Berry tree (H6ft), £35; tree skirt, £10; decorations, from £1 each; stag, £15; wreath, £8; all George Home

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TOP DOG

Ski Scene Christmas sack, Oliver Bonas

Dog decoration, Matalan

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FAB FAWNS

Retro Bambi tree decorations, The Contemporary Home

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TREE TAKEAWAY

Red camper bauble, George Home

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Fun with a retro feel, you’ll love this look for its cute charm and fun accessories

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Elf clothes line garland, Debenhams

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CHRISTMAS

living Enjoy a COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, try out some easy FINISHING TOUCHES to transform your home and discover this year’s top SEASONAL EVENTS


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A classic country

C H R I ST MAS Sarah Norton gives her rural cottage a magical makeover for the holiday season using festive trimmings, foliage and flowers

RED & WHITE Sarah’s classic Christmas colour scheme of red and white is made extra special with hand-painted, heart-shaped baubles hung from ribbon bows Wooden painted baubles, from a selection, Sarah Norton Interiors

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As a florist, Sarah always creates fresh garlands and wreaths for her home. Take a tip from her and pop your wreath on a cake plate for extra height For a similar wreath base, try the oasis floral foam ring, £6, Hobbycraft


PICTURE PERFECT

‘The thing I love best about our home is the view of the garden from the house – it looks beautiful even in winter,’ says Sarah

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ith its low thatched roof, beautiful beamwork and living-room wood burner, Sarah and Paul Norton’s country cottage in a hamlet in Hampshire is the perfect rural idyll in which to celebrate Christmas. For the couple and their children, Ella, 14, and Violet, 10, its gentle cream interior is the ideal backdrop for the traditional festive decorating they love. Hand-made decorations and candle arrangements can be found in every room, and the advantage of the cottage’s relaxed colour palette and simple style means it’s quick and easy to transform to reflect the holiday season. Sarah, who is an interior designer and florist, decorates using wreaths, garlands, hand-painted baubles and hearts, and favourite pieces, such as a Jan Constantine star in pride of place on the top of the tree. However, while the cottage may be chocolate-box perfect inside and out now, it took a lot of hard work to make it happen. ‘It’s one of the oldest houses in the village,’ says Sarah. ‘When we viewed it, we could see it had potential as a family home, with a spacious kitchen-diner, a really good-sized living room and a beautiful garden, but we were in for a few surprises when it came to redecorating.’ The cottage had been the former owner’s weekend bolthole, and had suffered a series of botched repair jobs over the years, the most challenging of which was its external rendering with cement, which had caused the 17th-century walls to become impregnated with damp. ‘The cob (a natural building material made from horsehair) was so damp, much of it just fell away,’ says

‘The girls and I love to dress the tree while Paul bakes mince pies’

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SET THE SCENE For her Christmas table, Sarah goes for a duck-egg blue cloth and white and silver accessories Duck-egg cotton fabric, £32 per m, Susie Watson Designs


LIVING Real home WINDOW DRESSING

UTILITY AREA Sarah has dressed up a simple heart garland to give a practical space a seasonal touch For a similar heart, try the natural twig, £7.95, Live Laugh Love

Each year, local villagers come and look at Sarah’s window displays For similar hanging snowflakes, try Party Delights

CLOCHES COLLECTION Don’t just use cloches for cakes and mince pies, follow Sarah’s lead and use to arrange an eye-catching festive display For similar cloches, try the Paron, £45, India Jane

Sarah. After engaging a specialist builder to re-render the property inside and out with horsehair and lime, as appropriate for a building of this age, new windows were made and set with hand-blown single-glazing to comply with the cottage’s Grade II listing. Other major work included laying oak flooring on the ground floor, adding a new bathroom and shower upstairs, and giving the kitchen a makeover. ‘All the cabinets had to be made by hand and fitted individually because none of the walls are even,’ says Sarah. Putting right the money-draining essentials ate into the couple’s budget, but it enabled Sarah to use her skills to the full when it came to decorating. By painting the interior in soft neutral shades, and using layering techniques to add warmth and texture, she has brought a sense of modern comfort and style to the interior, while never letting it stray far from its period roots. Customisation is one of Sarah’s much-used decorating tricks. ‘To give an example, I chose an oak cabinet for the new bathroom, but I didn’t like the handles, so I swapped them for hand-crafted ones by a specialist maker. It’s not a complicated thing to do, but it can make the difference when you’re trying to bring a sense of individuality and personality to your home.’ One of her smartest decorating solutions was in the kitchen, where she commissioned glass splashbacks to lay over a favourite wallpaper for a bespoke look. These

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tip tip Keep kids busy during the holidays in the run-up to Christmas by helping them make a felt bunting to hang in the living-room window

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Perfect for an alcove or hall table, this display is simple to make. Put berry stems, holly and Christmas tree offcuts in a vase, then add red and white decs For similar decorations, try the bell baubles, ÂŁ3.60 for nine, Home Collection range, Amazon

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TIME FOR BED

‘It’s a traditional country Christmas through and through’

STAIRWAY A garland wrapped around the banister stands out against the cream décor For a similar garland, try the berry & leaf, £18.60, DZD

thoughtful touches, coupled with a neutral colour scheme used throughout, help ensure a calm feel. ‘A harmonious feeling is important in a house that has so many different levels, nooks and crannies,’ she says. ‘I know from other projects that the best way to create harmony is to use a similar palette of colours and to ensure there are no harsh distinctions between rooms.’ This ethos also rings true at Christmas, where Sarah makes sure each decorating scheme leads harmoniously from one room to the next. While this is always a special time of year, for Sarah it’s also her busiest professionally. As the festive season approaches, she’s to be found creating bespoke garlands of fresh and silk flowers, and festive displays – in fact, her display in the dining-area window has become something of a village institution. ‘I have a stall at the local Christmas fair, so people will often come and peek in this window to see what’s going to be on offer!’ she laughs. ‘I love people looking at my window display, but I do draw the line if we’re all sitting here eating Sunday lunch.’ When Sarah has dispatched all the orders and decorated her home, it’s time for the family to enjoy a few Yuletide traditions. ‘The girls and I love to dress the tree and Paul bakes mince pies on Christmas Eve,’ she says. ‘Then, on Christmas morning, we join the rest of the village for a drink in the pub before we have lunch and finally open presents. It’s a traditional English country Christmas through and through.’ Turn the page to get Sarah’s look

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Even the bedroom has been given the festive treatment, while under the bed is the perfect place to hide secret gifts For similar giftwrap try the white and silver stars, £3 per roll, Sainsbury’s


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STRING IT UP

Christmas characters bunting, B&Q

HART OF THE HOME

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SARAH’S STYLE At Christmas, it’s red and white for Sarah, with lots of foliage and flowers

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WATCH THE BIRDIES

DRESS THE MANTEL

Poinsettia berry garland (L1m), Tesco

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Robin decorations, Debenhams

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KISS ME QUICK

Trapped mistletoe clear baubles, Marks & Spencer

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HANDY FOR EXTRA SEATING Les Milles footstool, My Furniture

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Gift box, Poundland

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POP ON THE SOFA

Mistletoe tabletop tree, The Contemporary Home

Herringbone throw in rich red and grey, The British Blanket Company

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Out &

ABOUT Looking for a holiday treat? Try our favourite festive and fun things to do

GET CRAFTY Go on a sewing course to make this stylish must-have (who can be adorned with a few extra baubles come Christmas time) at The Makery, Bath, Somerset (on Friday 3 November and Saturday 2 December). The Sew a Fabric Stag Head three-hour course costs ÂŁ40, including all materials. Find out more about this and other courses at themakery. co.uk. If you book the December date, enjoy the Christmas Market which is also on then (bathchristmas market.co.uk).


SING-ALONG-A CAROL It wouldn’t be Christmas without singing your favourite carol, and where better to do it than at London’s Royal Albert Hall? Leading you through his most-loved carols and Christmas hits, showman Jonathan Cohen will be joined by special guest, actress and singer Louise Dearman. There are singalongs at 12:20pm and 4:15pm on Saturday 16 December, plus a special candlelit performance at 8pm. Also look out for Jingle Bell Christmas and Christmas with Katherine Jenkins. For more details, visit royalalberthall.com.

WATCH A PANTO From Shane Richie as Robin Hood in the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, to Gok Wan in Cinderella at Milton Keynes Theatre (bet the dresses are going to be fab-u-lous!), there’s plenty of pantos with Ambassador Theatre Group for 2017, starting early December through to the first or second week of January. Find out more at atgtickets.com.

3 ICE RINKS LONDON SKATE at Somerset House, London, with Fortnum & Mason (from Wednesday 15 November to Thursday 14 January) The courtyard at Somerset House is once again hosting skating, along with festive music, shopping, food and drink. There’s even Skate School and The Polar Club for newbies. Go to somersethouse.org.uk/skate.

EDINBURGH An ice rink, late-night shopping and the European Christmas market at East Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh (from Friday 17 November to Thursday 7 January) You’ll also find the Scottish Market at George Street from Sunday 26 November to 24 December. Go to edinburghchristmas.com.

CARDIFF

ENJOY A CORNISH CHRISTMAS

Shopping and skating galore at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland with Admiral Ice Rink (from Thursday 10 November to Tuesday 3 January) After last year’s wet winter, the organisers have covered the rink with a clear span roof and fairy lights – magical! Book tickets at cardiffwinterwonderland.com.

Visit one of Henry VIII’s fortresses, Pendennis Castle, Cornwall. Spend time at the keep for carol singing, fireside tales, dancing, mulled wine and crafts. Visit english-heritage.org.uk/events.

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LIVING Events

MAKE A WREATH

Visit Father Christmas – check out your local newspaper or Facebook group to find out when the man himself will be visiting your town or city

VISIT HOGWARTS Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter’s winter feature, Hogwarts in the Snow, returns (from Friday 18 November to Thursday 28 January 2018) , See Christmas trees line the Great Hall and a blanket of film-making snow covering the Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the types of ‘snow’ used during production. Book at wbstudiotour.co.uk.

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Go on a wreath-making workshop, £55, at Audley End House and Gardens in Essex (on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December) Create a beautiful wreath from a range of natural materials sourced from the estate, then enjoy a buffet lunch at this Jacobean mansion. Ticket price includes entry, as well as tea, coffee, buffet lunch and wreath materials. To find out more, visit English-heritage.org.uk/events.


Simple finishing

TOUCHES Get ready for Christmas with our roundup of the easiest, most effective ways to dress your home – even if you’ve left everything until the last minute

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PLAN YOUR PRESENT OPENING Create the perfect spot by arranging floor cushions, pouffes or stools around the tree or near a wood burner or fire. Stack big presents in piles for each recipient, or mix them up to prolong the excitement. And make sure your phone or camera is charged, ready to capture precious moments For a similar pouffe, try the knitted, £59, Ideal Home range, Very

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Glitter-frosted foliage and a string of battery-operated fairy lights are all you need to adda spot of sparkle to an existing arrangement of treasured finds. Weave the fairy lights in and out, concealing the battery pack behind an ornament, then add in some pine cones and a few sprigs of seasonal foliage For a wide selection of batteryoperated fairy lights, try Lights4fun

GET READY TO WRAP Make life easier this year and stick to just one wrapping paper and ribbon. A double-sided design will still give you choice, but you won’t have to juggle different rolls Gold Star/Gold paper; ribbon; both £12.50 each, Cox & Cox

MAKE A CARD HOLDER Don’t leave Christmas cards sitting in a pile or, worse, lying wherever you opened them – plan ahead and turn them into a feature. Make a ribbon star and attach cards with mini pegs, pop them over a length of butcher’s string tied to two hooks or buy a card hanger Satin ribbon, from a selection; mini wooden pegs, £1.20 for 50; both Hobbycraft

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Place a few scented candles around to get you in the mood and provide a subtle festive fragrance

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STEAL FROM THE TREE Need a last-minute something for your table? Pick a few decorations from the back of your tree and pop on guests’ plates with paper stars as place cards Fillable bauble, £2; natural luxury feathers, £3.80 per pack; both Hobbycraft


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Place a simple chalkboard with a welcoming message on it where everyone will see it, such as on a makeshift drinks trolley in the hall. If you don’t have a board, it’s easy to make one by painting a piece of MDF with blackboard paint Black matt chalkboard paint, £12 for 750ml, Rust-Oleum range, B&Q

ARRANGE A CLUSTER OF CANDLES It’s the perfect time of year to light lots of candles to create a feeling of cosiness. Coloured-glass bottles and vases, especially in metallic finishes, are perfect for dinner candles. Add mini baubles and that’s one festive display sorted For similar dinner candles, try 10inch Venetian in gold and silver, £2.35 for two, Price’s

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DRESS A GUEST ROOM Snowflake-print bed linen, a soft throw and a cushion with pompoms will turneven the most unloved junk room into a cosy retreat. Head to the supermarket to find inexpensive festive bedding Snowflake bed linen, £21 for a double set; striped throw, £34; cushion, £14; polar bears, from £7 each; mini lit cloches, £4 each; tealight holder, £6; all Sainsbury’s

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Stock up on batteryoperated LED tealights to add plenty of twinkle to even a simple jam jar

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SET UP A LIGHT SHOW Want the best lights on the street? Plug an outdoor projector into an external waterproof socket and cast snowflakes onto the front of your house or onto the driveway for a magical welcome Christmas Snowflake projector light, £38.99, Lights4fun


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GO FROSTY ENJOY THE FINISHING FLURRY Set your table on Christmas Eve, but leave some small styling touches to do on the big day when the turkey is in the oven, such as putting out crackers and adding place names – then give yourself a few minutes to take in how gorgeous your home looks For a range of crackers, try Marks & Spencer

A beautifully flocked or snow-covered tree needs no decorations. You can always spray an old artificial tree with fake snow to get the same effect For a similar tree, try the 5ft snow white fir, £54.99, Christmas Tree World

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Use stick-on window decals and good-old-fashioned home-made paper snowflakes to create a stunning display. Hang the paper ones from branches popped in a tall vase Snowflake window stickers, £5.50, Cox & Cox

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Looking to create impact? Fold-out paper decorations are perfect for hallways and dining rooms – be brave and hang several together for maximum impact, popping in a surprise coloured among a few white ones. Use a paperclip to secure them rather than tape, so you can hang them again next year Honeycomb ball mix in white, £5.99 for three; Royal Blue honeycomb paper ball, £1.99; all Decadent Decorations range, Party Pieces

16 DISH UP IN STYLE Sort out serveware ahead of the big day, working out what will go in each item. Do you have enough small bowls for snacks and nibbles? If not, use tall glasses for things like cheese straws, and soup bowls for crisps. Give everything a wash, especially if it’s not used daily, then stack in a cabinet or pop on your sideboard, ready to use Fabrikor cabinet, £129; Vinter 2017 Series stoneware, from £1.50 for a mug; all Ikea

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Spend an hour stamping some simple gift tags for that special home-made touch that we all love

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HANG UP FRESH HERBS AND FOLIAGE Introduce a lovely aroma into your home by bundling up scented herbs and foliage, then securing with an elastic band and ribbon. You can fix it to door handles or tie to the banisters Ribbon, from a selection, Berisfords

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COUNT DOWN TO THE CELEBRATIONS Make your own Advent calendar by stamping or writing numbers 1-24 on envelopes with gold pen, then use Blu-Tack to stick them on the wall in a tree formation. Inside include tickets to see Father Christmas, an activity to do that day, such as choosing the tree, or little gifts or sweets Coloured envelopes, from 45p each, Hobbycraft

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KEEP IT SIMPLER Use a towel ladder to display a few select baubles and wreaths, hanging from lengths of coloured satin ribbon that co-ordinate with your Christmas scheme. It makes a great tree alternative, especially for dining areas where space might be tight For a similar ladder, try the oak towel ladder, ÂŁ110, Cox & Cox

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Snuggle up on chilly evenings Fluffy hot water bottle, Matalan

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PROMOTION

WINTRY WOODLAND

ADD SOME MAGIC

Pick your favourite creatures Unicorn, £8; owl, £8; both Matalan

Keep things simple yet sparkly Mistletoe garland; wreath; both £25 each; wooden LED Christmas tree, £12; decorations, from £2 each; Countdown to Christmas nutcracker, £20; all Matalan

SUPER SPARKLE

Perfect for catching the light Snowflake tree decoration, £3, Matalan

LOVELY LIGHT

Pop on a child’s bedside table LED house light, £3, Matalan

PARTY PIECE

Perfect for nibbles Yummy plate, £10 for set of four, Matalan

presents

THE SHOW HANG IT UP

Get one for each family member Knitted alphabet stocking, £8, Matalan

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CHRISTMAS

finds Get busy with fab FESTIVE MAKES, from wreaths to giftwrap and tags, plus discover all the SEASONAL BUYS you need to add to your shopping list


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calendars Let the excitment commence with a stylish Advent treat – be it shop bought or made by hand

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Looking for gift ideas for the sections? Try sweets, nail polish, lip balm and hair clips, or notes with treats, such as days out, written on them

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Paint the outside and some inner sections blue. Once dry, paint the front edges of the house with metallic bronze paint. Cut wallpaper to fit onto the backs of the other sections and glue in place. Stick gold numbers to each section, then pop wrapped gifts inside Wooden advent house, £5; numbers, £2 for 90; mini trees, £3 each; all Hobbycraft. Hicks Blue emulsion, £4.50 for 60ml, Little Greene. Artiste Metallic Bronze acrylic paint, £1.99 for 59ml, The Range. Wallpaper samples, Harlequin


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Celebrate baby’s first Christmas with this gorgeous countdown print My Personalised A3 Christmas countdown advent calendar, £17.95 (excluding wooden hanger), Notonthehighstreet.com

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Buy little gifts early to avoid a last-minute panic

WINTER FRIENDS Assemble these cute cardboard boxes, pop a chocolate coin or treat in each and hang from a branch – easy! Vinter 2017 Advent calendar, £7.50 for 24 boxes, Ikea

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FIND THE DATE

Cut two star shapes from kraft paper, sandwich a gift between them, then stitch around to seal. Tie a numbered tag to each and pop in a basket with some sheets of tissue paper Advent calendar tags, £4.50, Papermash

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Fill mini envelopes, number them, seal with wax and twine, then hang from a greenery branch Envelopes, £5.50 for 30; twine, £5 for three balls; number stamps, £4.50; all Hobbycraft. Sealing wax gun, £16.95; wax sticks, £7.50; seal, from a selection; all Notonthe highstreet.com. Faux-fir branches, £15 each, Fox Flowers


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Christmas excitment really starts when you dress the tree, but which will you choose this year?

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INTO THE WOODS Forest-themed decorations suit a real Christmas tree beautifully – go for a few white decs to keep it modern Nordmann fir tree (H4-8ft), from £29.99; decorations, from £1.49 each; firwood stars, £44.99 for three; all Dobbies Garden Centres


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CONTEMPORARY COOL

Draw a star on a piece of paper, then place on the transparent ‘carrier’ layer of some iron-on metallic vinyl. Draw around and cut out. Place the star in the middle of a white pillowcase and lay greaseproof paper on top. Gently iron (set to ‘wool’) for a few minutes until the vinyl has bonded to the pillowcase. Leave to cool before peeling off the carrier layer Iron-on metallic vinyl, £1 per sheet, Cloud Craft. White housewife pillowcase, £6.99, Dunelm

Fancy a modern look? This pre-lit tree looks fabulous when trimmed sparingly with baubles – you can put it outside, too Frosted pine indoor/outdoor light-up tree (H2.1m), £250, Cox & Cox

REAL TREES

Short of space? Try a skinny design or go for a tabletop one with mini decs

Nordmann fir A classic shape with dark, glossy needles that don’t drop, as long as it’s watered, and it’s not spiky either

HALF MEASURE Perfect for a hallway, dining room or anywhere floor space is tight, this nifty half-tree backs onto the wall (and you only need half the amount of decorations and lights needed for a full tree!) Half tree (H6ft), £25, Wilko

Norway spruce With lighter needles than the Nordmann, this classic tree tends to drop needles more heavily, so keep it well watered

Fraser fir A dense tree with short, broad, flat needles that stay well throughout the festive season Trees, from a selection, Dobbies Garden Centres

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baubles From home-decorated designs to statement buys, here are the latest and best bauble ideas

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Jazz up your display box by draping foliage, either real or fake, over it and adding small sprigs or leaves to some of the sections

SHOW OFF Create a lovely display by hanging your favourite baubles or ones matching a theme – like vintage style – in a divided frame or display box painted in a chic shade of grey Glass baubles, from £8 each, Sophie Allport

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Dip the bottom half of a plain bauble into metallic paint, then hang up over a tub to dry.

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Paint the outside of a cubed decoration dark green. Once it is dry, stamp on the letters XOXO in gold ink, then leave to dry again.

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Paint a bauble dark green. Once dry, brush gilding paste over half the painted area and leave until tacky. Apply copper foil, then smooth with a dry brush, removing any excess.

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Cut a photo to fit onto the back of a plain flattish bauble. Brush glue over the photo and stick in place. Remove the bauble hook, add some small stars, then pop the hook back.

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Remove the base from a dome bauble. Glue a mini Christmas tree and reindeer to the base, then leave to dry completely. Sprinkle some snow into the base, then replace the dome.

70mm glass baubles, £6.24 for three; 80mm clear-glass open-front bauble, £14.36 for six; 45mm cube glass bauble, £7.80 for eight; 66mm flat clear-glass bauble, £9.43 for six; copper foil, £10.92 for 25 sheets; all The Little Crafty Bugs Company. Artiste Metallic Copper and Gold paint, both £1.59 for 59ml; Artiste Forest Green paint, £1.25 for 59ml; all The Range. Obsidian Green matt emulsion sample pot, £4.50 for 60ml, Little Greene. Pebeo gilding paste, £5 for 75ml; Heritage Copper glitter, £4 for four colours; grey moss, £3 for 50g; Alphabet stamps, £5; gold ink pad, £1.50; stars, £1 for a pack; cloche bauble, £2; mini tree, £1 for four; mini deer, £1; fake snow, £13 for a bag; all Hobbycraft

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A couple of beautiful etched baubles tied together with a bow of ribbon and tied to a knocker makes a great alternative to a front-door wreath For similar baubles, try Dobbies Garden Centres

FROSTED WINDOWS

Mask off circles on a window pane, then spray around them with frost spray. Leave to dry, then peel off, before adding ribbon and gift bows. To remove, soak the glass, then gently scrape* White Matt frosted gass spray, £9 for 400ml, Rust-Oleum range, B&Q

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Dress your staircase with fabulous flowery spheres for a striking look. Buy festive mixed bouquets and foliage. Soak a few foam spheres, then cover with the flowers and foliage from the bouquets Oasis foam spheres, £6.24 each, Easy Florist Supplies. For festive flowers and sparkly foliage, try Marks & Spencer

DRAMA QUEEN If you have a chandelier or fancy light fitting, go to town and add extra sparkle by dressing your chandelier with baubles, beaded garlands and sparkling droplets For similar baubles, droplets and beading, try B&Q and The White Company


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DELICATE DESIGN

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Antiqued ribbed glass, The White Company

HERO HERO BAUBLES BAUBLES

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Update your tree with this year’s statement decoration designs

CAPITAL CHOICE

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SHIMMERING PURPLE Mauve and silver, Matalan

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Glitter hexagon, House of Fraser

ORNAMENTAL ORIGAMI Paper flower, George Home

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CHEEKY CHAPPY Polar bear with snow, Tesco

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Hang on a door, above a mantelpiece or on a wall for an instant festive feel

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Make a loop of ribbon behind a section of wire star, pass the ribbon reel through from the front and pull. Repeat to cover. Tie on foliage Wire star, £2; Sage 7mm ribbon, from a selection; both Hobbycraft

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n GO FAUX If you invest in fake foliage, you can bring it out to use each year Blue Spruce wreath, £23.99; Frosted fir half wreath, £24.99; Finland moss wreath, £23.99; Mistletoe wreath, £19.99; all Lights4fun

WINTER MAGIC Simple with twinkles Star wreath with lights, £35, Waitrose

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For something really special, go for your favourite fresh flowers Designed to order star wreath, £240, Interflora

SEEING STARS Hot-glue stars onto wire, then wrap around the wreath Silver stars, £1 for 25; rattan wreath, £3; both Hobbycraft

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NATURAL VIBE Pick pine cones and faux mistletoe for a look that’s fresh from an enchanted forest Pine cone heart wreath, £15; Mistletoe wreath; matching garland, both £25 each; all Matalan


TRADITIONAL TOUCHES Mix cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices and pine cones for a classic, natural look Spicy chocolate orange wreath, £25, Wyevale Garden Centres

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Modern twist White pine cone, Marks & Spencer

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HERB OPTION

Trim herbs and foliage to around 7cm in length, removing bottom leaves. Soak foam wreath, then add in quarter sections Floral foam wreath, £4, Hobbycraft


wrapping CREATIVE

Transform inexpensive kraft paper with a few easy additions to make pretty personalised parcels

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Create the ultimate wrapping station by using a lightweight chest of drawers for storing your paper, sticky tape, tags and trims

CREATION STATION Being organised with your wrapping will save time and stress – set it up by 1 December and you can wrap gifts easily as and when you buy them Vassad unit, £95; Stala LED lamp, £18; Santa Claus, £19; giftwrap and ribbons, from a selection; all Ikea


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Cut out trees from white paper, then stick to the surface of a wrapped gift. With a black pen, draw on snow falling.

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Stamp kraft paper with stars. Once dry, wrap the gift. Print a photo, cut it out and tie it on.

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9 Alphabet stencil, £2; Posca 5M white pen, £3.50; red yarn, £3; pompom maker, £6 for two; A4 red paper, £1.50 per pack; small star punch, £2.50; star stamp, from a selection; black ink pad, £2.50; twine, £2 per roll; ‘Happy Christmas’ stamp, £2.50; all Hobbycraft. White raffia; felt snowflake; small gift tag, all £4.99 as part of a set; pompom trimming, £1.75 for L3m; large white tag, £1.75 for 20; wooden letters, £3.50 for 26; all Docrafts. Gloss photo paper, £1 per pack, Poundland. Ribbon, from a selection, Jane Means. Washi tape, from £2.95 per roll, Stonegift

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Draw fir trees onto kraft paper in black. Stamp a gift tag with a greeting, then wrap the gift and attach the tag with twine.

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Dip the rubber end of a pencil in white paint and print onto kraft paper. When dry, wrap t he gift. Stick wooden letters to a tag and tie on with ribbon.

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displays You don’t need armfuls of flowers and foliage for a striking arrangement – just a few sprigs or pot plants can work, too

tip tip Strip the bottom off of any stem to help keep flowers and foliage fresher for longer and change the water in the vase every two days

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IN FULL BLOOM Fill your home with seasonal plants and bulbs in magical wintry whites Snowflake pot, £7; spathiphyllum in silver pot, £12; hyacinth in stag pot, £4; phalaenopsis in silver pot, £30; snowflake arrangement, £15; kalanchoe in jug, £8; dendrobium in gold pot, £20; all Wyevale Garden Centres

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Pad socks with tissue paper, then peg them together onto a ribbon loop. Pop in foliage, then tuck in fairy lights before adding a few gifts Fair Isle socks, £20, Catherine Tough. 20 LED copper micro fairy lights, £6.99, Lights4fun. Ribbons and giftwrap, from a selection, Hobbycraft

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Great to give to hosts Festive woodland gift, Interflora

Simple centrepiece Christmas tulip jar, Waitrose

Windowsill fun Kalanchoe in Santa’s boots, Marks & Spencer

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Take the hassle out of flower shopping Large bouquet (available for delivery weekly, monthly or fortnightly nationwide), £31.95, Bloomon

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Stick two glittery bracelets around the base of a tumbler, then tuck in offcuts from your tree. Add a candle and paper star Christmas paper pack, £6, Hobbycraft


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lights Add magic inside and out with the latest light buys, clever touches and stylish solutions

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h STAG PARTY Add wow to a painted wall with this illuminated spun stag, which gives out a warm white glow Stag head silhouette Christmas light, ÂŁ54.99, Lights4fun


FINDS Lights STARRY NIGHTS Dress a branch with decorative star and pine-cone lights, adding extra sparkle with an illuminated vase Star lights, £5; pine-cone lights, £10; wooden house scene, £3; vase, from a selection; pearl garland lights, £8; dome light, £3; all George Home

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STAR BRIGHT Highlight a tabletop tree by placing a large star wound with fairy lights on the wall behind it Ultimate beaded star, £65; compact wire silver lights, £60; Nordic spruce (H3ft), £68; all The White Company

GET THE GLOW Fill a vintage crate with pine cones, logs and fir branches, then twist in a set of fairy lights 20 warm white LED micro battery lights, £6.99, Lights4fun

Stock up on batteries for your strings of microLED fairy lights – most sets take 3AA batteries

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DEER STALKING Give your front garden a touch of winter magic Spun spakling stag, £180; doe, £99.99; both Lights4fun

CHRISTMAS CANOPY

tip Put your Christmas tree and other festive lights on a timer and set to come on at dusk, so you don't have to go and turn them on every night

E GLASS DOME Cloches are perfect for creating lighting displays – or cheat and buy a cloche that’s already filled! Small domes, £3 each; large dome with flower lights, £10; deer dome, £8; all Matalan

TOP TREE ‘Plant’ a magical LED-lit tree by your front door, creating a wonderful welcome for guests visiting your home LED Moena berry tree, £120, B&Q

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Weave fir branches into a gazebo, then hang festoon lights to create an illuminated seating area – or you could hang lights on your fencing or shed Festoon 20-bulb lights, £90, Garden Trading


STYLISH

tableware

Whether your scheme is red and white or full-on gold and glam, here’s what will be on the best-dressed tables

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Bold colours and classic tartan make for a welcoming, traditional Christmas table Tartan dinnerware, £20 for a 12-piece set; red dinnerware; blue dinnerware; both £10 for a 12-piece set; reindeer with bow, £5; wooden tree, £8; baubles, from £1 each; candles, £4.50 for two; throw, £30; all George Home


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Lay a rustic table with pale grey crockery and use a berry garland as a centrepiece Stone dinnerware, from £8, Grey & Willow range; Star decoration, £8; Luxury Hotel Collection 44-piece cutlery set, £130, Linea range; red berry and pine garland, £32; all House of Fraser


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Use organza ribbon to tie a place setting together with a bauble for guests to keep Plates and bowls, from £4 each; glasses, from £15 for four; whisky glasses, £20 for four; all Fox & Ivy range, Tesco

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Smart shade with a sculptural base Table lamp, Matalan

Gives out a gentle diffused light Table lamp, Matalan

Trad task lighting, ideal for a desk Task lamp, Matalan

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PROMOTION

GOING RETRO

Give a room a Sixties feel with a graduated pendant and some geometric pieces Multi pendant, £130; geometric table light, £40; large table lamp, £70; table light, £50; all Matalan

FINE LINE-UP

Mix your lighting for a striking look Gold pendant, £60; large glass pendant, £100; glass pendant, £50; all Matalan

TEMPTING TRIO

Line them up or split them up Table lights, £50, Matalan

COOL CLUSTER Tapping into the bare bulb trend Bulb pendant, £130, Matalan

HIGH SHINE

Hang above a kitchen island Metal pendant, £80, Matalan

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Place it by the sofa Floor lamp, £150, Matalan

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CHRISTMAS

baking From a tempting tea with MINI CAKES and fun MERINGUE SNOWMEN that the kids will love to CHOCOLATEY TREATS and festive SHOW STOPPERS to wow guests. On your marks, get set, bake!


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Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and invite friends over for an afternoon tea with a festive twist

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MINI SALT BEEF BAGELS TAKES 10MIN MAKES 12 3 mini bagels, cut into quarters and sliced in half 2tbsp mayonnaise 1tbsp Dijon mustard 2tsp chopped chives 3-4 gherkins, thinly sliced 6 slices of salt beef, cut in half

1 Place the bagel pieces cut-side up on a baking tray and lightly toast them under the grill. 2 Mix together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and chopped chives with a little bit of salt and pepper.

2 Arrange the bagel bottoms on a serving plate and spread them with a little of the mayonnaise mix, then add a slice of gherkin and a piece of rolled-up salt beef. Pop on the bagel tops and secure with canapé sticks.


BAKING Afternoon tea

MENU To start… Mini Salt Beef Bagels Pea & Paneer Fritters

Something sweet… Meringue Snowmen Snow Scene Cookies Mini Christmas Cakes Prosecco Pink Jellies

And to drink… Christmas Teas

PEA & PANEER FRITTERS TAKES 10MIN MAKES 20 1 egg Squeeze of fresh lemon juice 3tbsp plain flour 1/4tsp baking powder 1/4tsp garam masala 100g peas, half puréed 75g paneer cheese, diced 1tsp sunflower oil 4 fresh kaffir lime leaves (optional), sliced into 10 strips Handful of mini poppadoms 2-3tbsp Greek yoghurt 1-2tbsp mango chutney

1 In a bowl, whisk together the egg, lemon juice, flour, baking powder and garam masala. Stir in the pea purée, remaining peas and paneer. 2 Fry teaspoonfuls of the mixture in a little oil for 2min until golden, then add the lime leaves to crisp them up. Serve each fritter topped with yoghurt, a piece of poppadum, mango chutney and the lime leaves.

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BAKING Afternoon tea

Tip These pretty cookies can be kept for up to five days in an airtight container – dust with the icing sugar just before serving them

SNOW SCENE COOKIES TAKES 1HR, PLUS CHILLING TIME MAKES 12 60g caster sugar 115g butter, softened 170g plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting 1tbsp milk, if needed Blue and green food-colouring gel 30g white chocolate, broken into pieces Gold sugar star sprinkles Icing sugar, for dusting Mini tree cutter

1 Beat together the sugar and butter, then add the flour. Beat again, adding milk if needed, until it all comes together in a soft dough. Split in half and colour one half with blue food colouring. Roll the blue dough into a 15cm-long

sausage. Take two-thirds of the uncoloured dough and make into a 15cm-diameter semicircle. Press the two doughs together and roll on a flour-dusted surface, so the doughs come together and you have a sausage that is mainly blue with a white part at the bottom. Wrap in clingfilm and roll into a cylinder shape. Colour the rest of the dough green and wrap in clingfilm. Chill for an hour. 2 Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas 4. 3 Using a sharp knife, slice the blue and white dough sausage into 12 rounds. Arrange on a baking sheet with a gap between

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each. On a floured surface, roll out the green dough thinly. Cut out trees and place on the rounds of cookie dough, placing them so the tree bases are in the white ‘snow’ and the tops are in the blue ‘sky’. Press down the trees lightly. 4 Bake for 10-12min, then remove from the oven and cool on a rack. 5 Melt the white chocolate, then leave it to cool for a few min. Using a cocktail stick, put small dots on the blue sky. Add the sugar stars onto the sky, too. Leave the cookies somewhere cool for the chocolate to set, then store in an airtight container. Dust with icing sugar before serving.


MERINGUE SNOWMEN COOKIES TAKES 30MIN, PLUS 1HR 15MIN IN THE OVEN AND COOLING TIME MAKES 14 FOR THE SNOWMEN 1 egg white 60g caster sugar FOR THE COOKIES 115g butter, softened 130g caster sugar 60g cream cheese 60g Lotus Biscoff spread or peanut butter 170g self-raising flour 100g white chocolate chips TO DECORATE 140g white chocolate, melted 3tbsp icing sugar, sifted Orange and black food-colouring gel

1 Preheat the oven to its lowest possible setting, around 130°C/ 100°C fan/Gas 1. 2 Whisk the egg white to stiff peaks. Add the sugar, a spoonful at a time, whisking constantly until the meringue is glossy. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large round nozzle. Pipe 14 circles of meringue about diameter 3cm on a baking sheet. On top of each of these, pipe a smaller ball for the snowman’s body, then a third slightly smaller one on top for the head. Bake for 45min-1hr until the meringue is crisp. Cool on the baking sheet. 3 Increase the oven temperature to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas 4. 4 Whisk together the butter, sugar, cheese and biscuit spread. Sift in

the flour and whisk in with the white chocolate chips. On a second baking sheet, place 14 spoonfuls of dough a small distance apart. Bake for 10-15min until the cookies are lightly golden brown. Cool for a few min on the baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. 5 Spoon a little melted chocolate onto each cookie. Place a meringue snowman in the centre of each. 6 Mix the icing sugar with a little water and colour with orange food colouring. Use a cocktail stick to draw noses on each snowman. Add a few drops of black food colouring to the orange icing, then use a second cocktail stick to add eyes, mouths, buttons and arms. Leave for the icing and chocolate to set.

Tip Although these meringue snowmen cookies will keep for up to three days, they’re best eaten on the day that they’re made

BOOK EXTRACT

For more cookie recipes, see Cute Christmas Cookies by Hannah Miles and Steve Painter (£9.99, Ryland Peters & Small)


Tip Store in an airtight container and use within a month. If storing for longer than a few days, keep them in the silicon cases so they don’t dry out

MINI CHRISTMAS CAKES TAKES 40MIN, PLUS SOAKING TIME AND 45MIN IN THE OVEN MAKES 12 375g mixed dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, chopped apricots and chopped dates) 5tbsp brandy, whiskey or rum 80g butter 75g light muscovado sugar 2 medium eggs Zest of 1 orange 1/2tsp mixed spice 90g plain flour 1/2tsp baking powder 200g marzipan Apricot glaze, to brush Writing icing, to decorate

1 Mix the fruit and the alcohol, cover, then leave overnight. 2 Preheat the oven to 150°C/130°C fan/Gas 2. Whisk the butter and sugar together until pale and creamy. Mix in the soaked fruit, eggs, orange zest and mixed spice. Sift in the flour and baking powder, then stir well so it’s all combined. 3 Spoon into 12 silicon cupcake moulds or a muffin tin double lined with cupcase cases. Bake for about

45min, until just firm and slightly springy to the touch. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack. 4 Meanwhile, roll out the marzipan to the thickness of a £1 coin and cut out 12 circles that are slightly smaller than cakes. 5 Remove the cakes from the silicon cases. Brush each one with the glaze, then top with a marzipan circle. Using the writing icing, draw a holly leaf or other festive pic on top.


BAKING Afternoon tea

PROSECCO PINK JELLIES TAKES 20MIN, PLUS 5HR CHILLING TIME SERVES 8 300g caster sugar 1/2tsp vanilla essence 10 leaf gelatine sheets 750ml bottle of pink Prosecco, chilled 1/2tsp edible glitter

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Go for Scandi trad Nordic cake stand, The Contemporary Home

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These jellies are quite boozy – if you’d like a nonalcoholic version, swap the Prosecco for Shlöer rosé sparkling grape juice drink

1 Gently heat 250ml water and the caster sugar, stirring to help it dissolve. Bring to the boil and bubble for 2min, then add the vanilla essence. Cool for 5min. 2 Put the gelatine leaves in cold water to soak for 3min. Squeeze out the water, then add to the warm syrup and stir until the leaves have completely dissolved. 3 Pour the Prosecco and the edible glitter into the pan, and stir to combine, then pour into eight glasses or Champagne saucers. Chill for 5hr until set.


BAKE A SPECIAL

CA K E

Choose one or all of our creations to make and fill your home with the gorgeous aroma of fresh baking

BEE’S BAKERY CHRISTMAS CAKE See page 98 for the recipe

BOOK EXTRACT

See Bee’s Adventures in Cake Decorating by Bee Berrie (£12.99, Pavilion Books) for more delicious cakes.


BAKING Cakes

CHRISTMAS RING See page 98 for the recipe

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In the unlikely event you have any of this cake left, it’s lovely lightly toasted – perfect for serving with a cup of Christmas tea

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BAKING Cakes

FROSTED GINGER WINE CAKE See page 99 for the recipe

Tip To make a less gingery version of this cake, replace the slices of stem ginger on the top with grated chocolate

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WINTER SPICE CAKE See page 99 for the recipe

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Gorgeous gift Panatone al Prosecco (900g), Carluccio’s

Woodland vibe Red velvet yule log (979g), Waitrose


BAKING Cakes

BEE’S BAKERY CHRISTMAS CAKE

CHRISTMAS RING TAKES 30MIN, PLUS RISING TIME AND 45MIN IN THE OVEN SERVES 12-14

TAKES 40MIN, PLUS SOAKING TIME AND 2HR 30MIN IN THE OVEN SERVES 12-14

FOR THE DOUGH 250g strong plain flour 60g caster sugar 7g fast-action dried yeast 6tbsp warm milk 60g butter, melted 1 egg, beaten FOR THE FILLING 250g mixed dried fruit 50g blanched almonds, chopped 50g caster sugar 1tsp each of mixed spice and ground cinnamon 25g butter, melted 6tbsp icing sugar, to serve

FOR SOAKING 8-10tbsp liquid made up of the juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon, plus some orange and cranberry juices, black Earl Grey tea and brandy 900g mixed dried fruits, chopped into smallish pieces 500g dried vine fruits Zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon FOR THE CAKE 350g butter, softened 300g soft brown sugar 5 large eggs 100g ground almonds 350g plain flour 1tsp baking powder 150g roughly chopped pecans, hazelnuts or almonds FOR THE DECORATION Icing sugar 1 kg marzipan

1 Put the flour, sugar, yeast and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Combine the milk, butter and egg, then pour into the flour. Mix well and knead for around 10min, until smooth and elastic. Roll out onto a floured surface to create a 30cm x 20cm rectangle. 2 To make the filling, mix the dried fruit, almonds, sugar and spices. Brush the melted butter over the dough, leaving a 2cm area of one of the long edges unbuttered. Spread the dried-fruit mixture over the buttered area. Brush a line of water along the uncovered edge. Roll up the dough tightly, towards the edge with the water, which will seal the dough. 3 Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Shape the dough into a ring and place on the baking sheet with the join underneath. Slash the dough a few times, cutting halfway through, then cover with oiled clingfilm. Leave in a warm place until doubled in size. 4 Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180º fan/Gas 6. Bake the ring for 35-40min until it is golden and sounds hollow when tapped underneath. 5 Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Mix the icing sugar and enough water to give it a drizzling consistency. Fill a piping bag and cut off the end, then pipe over the ring. Leave to set before serving.

1 The day before you want to bake the cake, warm your liquid in a pan. Put the dried fruit and zest in a bowl, and pour in the warm liquid. Mix, then leave overnight. 2 Preheat your oven to 160°C/140°C fan/Gas 4. Double line a 20cm or 23cm-round cake tin with baking paper, leaving 2cm sticking out of the top. Whisk the butter and sugar together until pale and creamy. 3 Add in the eggs, a couple at a time, with a spoonful of almonds in between to stop the mixture curdling. Next, add in the flour, baking powder and remaining almonds, plus the nuts, and mix. Add the soaked fruit. Mix well. 4 Pour the mixture into your cake tin and flatten the top. Place two circles of parchment on top of the cake to stop it getting too dark in the oven. 5 Bake for 1hr, then turn the cake around, reduce the temperature to 150°C/130°F/Gas 3, and bake for 1hr-1hr 30min more. After the second hour, insert a skewer into the middle – a couple of crumbs may stick, but there should be no raw mixture. Leave the cake to cool inside the tin, then remove it and either dust icing sugar on top or cover in marzipan and decorate.

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BAKING Cakes

FROSTED GINGER WINE CAKE

WINTER SPICE CAKE TAKES 25MIN, PLUS 1HR 15MIN IN THE OVEN AND COOLING TIME SERVES 10-12

TAKES 30MIN, PLUS 55MIN IN THE OVEN SERVES 10-12

FOR THE CAKE 225g slightly salted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 4 whole star anise 225g caster sugar 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 2tsp vanilla extract 4 medium eggs, beaten 350g self-raising flour 150g white chocolate, melted 4tbsp milk FOR THE DECORATION Icing sugar and a doily

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FOR THE CAKE 125g unsalted butter, chopped, plus extra for greasing 125g light muscovado sugar 2 medium eggs 200g plain wholemeal flour 2tbsp baking powder 150ml milk 4tbsp ginger marmalade 5 knobs of stem ginger, chopped 2tbsp golden syrup 2tbsp green ginger wine FOR THE ICING 50g butter, softened 100g golden icing sugar 50g light muscovado sugar 1tbsp ginger wine 1 knob of stem ginger, thinly sliced, to decorate

1 Preheat the oven to 160ºC/140º/Gas 3. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin. Grease the paper. Break the star anise into pieces and, using a coffee or spice grinder, grind to a powder with 25g of the sugar. Tip into a bowl. 2 Add the remaining sugar, cinnamon, butter and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric whisk until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a spoonful of the flour if the mixture starts to curdle. Add the remaining flour and stir in gently until almost combined, then add the chocolate and milk, and stir again until just combined. 3 Pour into the tin and level the top. Bake for 1hr 15min or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 15min, then transfer to a wire rack. To serve, dust with icing sugar using a doily as a stencil, adding a cutout star if you like.

1 Preheat the oven to 190ºC/170ºC fan/Gas 5. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin with baking paper. 2 Put the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl, then beat until pale and creamy. Using an electric whisk, gradually beat in the eggs until smooth, adding a little flour if the mixture curdles. Beat in the remaining ingredients until smooth. Spoon into the cake tin and bake for 50-55min or until firm to the touch. Turn the cake out and leave to cool. 3 To make the icing, beat the butter, icing sugar, muscovado sugar and ginger wine until smooth, then spread evenly on top of the cool cake and decorate with the slices of stem ginger. This cake will keep for up to two weeks in an airtight tin.

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GIFT SOMETHING

SWEET

From the perfect present to a yummy little something for yourself, these creations will be hard to resist

SALTED PEANUT MILLIONAIRE’S SHORTBREAD TAKES 40MIN, PLUS 30MIN IN THE OVEN AND COOLING TIME MAKES 12-16 SQUARES FOR THE BASE 250g plain flour 75g light soft brown sugar 175g unsalted butter, melted FOR THE CARAMEL 100g golden syrup 125g butter, chopped into pieces 794g tinned condensed milk 100g salted peanuts FOR THE TOPPING 300g milk chocolate (at least 35 per cent cocoa content) ¼tsp sunflower oil

1 Preheat the oven to 170ºC/ 150ºC fan/Gas 3 and line a 30cm x 20cm roasting tin with foil. Mix the flour and sugar together, pour in the butter and stir to combine. Press into the tin and bake for 20-30min, until golden. Leave to cool while you make the caramel. 2 Place all the ingredients except the peanuts in a heavy-bottomed pan, then heat gently, stirring constantly, until the butter has

melted. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-10min, stirring all the time until the caramel is pale golden. Stir in the peanuts and pour on top of the biscuit base. Leave to cool. 3 Melt the milk chocolate with the sunflower oil over a pan of hot but not simmering water, and pour on top of the caramel. Cool in the fridge for a few hours, then take out of the fridge 10-15min before slicing with a hot knife.


BAKING Tasty treats

SPICED CRANBERRY COOKIES TAKES 30MIN, PLUS COOLING TIME MAKES 25 85g light muscovado sugar 85g golden caster sugar 225g self-raising flour, sifted 1tsp allspice 85g sultanas 85g dried cranberries 1 large egg, beaten 250g unsalted butter, softened

1 Preheat the oven to 170ºC/ 150ºC fan/Gas 3. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon. 2 Lightly oil two baking sheets. Divide the cookie dough into 25 balls the size of a large conker onto the sheets, leaving space in between each one as the cookies will spread in the oven. Flatten them down slightly to form thick discs – you can make this up the day before. 3 Bake for 12-15min until slightly firm and golden at the edges. Leave to harden briefly on the sheets before placing the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.

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BAKING Tasty treats

To gift these, place them in a Christmas cake tin lined with a pretty paper napkin – they’ll keep for up to a week in an airtight container

GOOEY TRUFFLE SQUARES TAKES 20MIN, PLUS 24HR CHILLING MAKES 60 MINI SQUARES 250g dark chocolate, chopped 250g unsalted butter, cubed 2 large eggs 4tbsp maple syrup

1 Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/Gas 6. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of hot but not simmering water. In another bowl set over a pan of hot water, whisk the eggs until warm. Remove from the heat and whisk for around 5min until thick. 2 Using a large metal spoon, fold the chocolate mixture into the eggs, then stir in the maple syrup and 3/4 tsp salt. Pour the mixture

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into a foil-lined 20cm-square tin, then place in the middle of a deep roasting tin. Pour in enough water to come just over halfway up the side of the cake tin, so that the water surrounding the cake tin is just above the line of the cake filling. Bake for 20min. 3 Leave the truffle to cool to room temperature, then chill for 24hr before removing from the tin and slicing with a hot knife.

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UBER-CHOCOLATE BROWNIES TAKES 20MIN, PLUS 40MIN IN THE OVEN MAKES 16 300g dark chocolate 250g unsalted butter, cubed 400g caster sugar 5 large eggs, lightly beaten 200g plain flour 150g milk chocolate, chopped into chunks

1 Preheat the oven to 170ºC/ 150ºC fan/Gas 3 and line a deepsided 20cm-square tin with foil. 2 Melt the dark chocolate and butter very gently in a heavy-based pan. Stir, cool briefly, then mix in the eggs – if the mixture curdles, keep stirring and it will come back together. When combined, fold in the flour with a large pinch of sea salt and add the chocolate chunks. 3 Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40min. Cool slightly before transferring to the fridge to harden, then cut into squares using a hot, dry knife.

Tip Stack the brownies onto a keepsake plate, wrap with cellophane and tie with ribbon for a lovely gift – they’ll keep for a week

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CHRISTMAS

entertaining Take the stress out of festive cooking with TRADITIONAL LUNCH recipes, delicious DESSERTS, brilliant BUFFET ideas and the perfect DRINKS & NIBBLES. Let the feasting begin!


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PA R T Y

Looking for quick and easy canapés to serve? These tasty favourites mean you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen

Tip Tip For fish seasoning, try Schwartz’s, £1.50, Ocado, or Dunn’s River, 95p, Sainsbury’s, for a Caribbean twist

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ENTERTAINING Nibbles

TASTE OF INDIA CURRIED CHICKEN DIPPERS

TAKES 20MIN SERVES 8

8 mini chicken breast fillets 1tbsp sunflower oil 2tbsp Rogan josh curry paste 1 small red onion, finely diced Juice of ½ lemon Sprigs of dill, chopped 200g Greek yoghurt 1 Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/Gas 6. Soak eight skewers in water for 20min. Fry the chicken in the oil for 2min on each side. Cover in the paste, leave to cool for a few min, then skewer each one. 2 Line a baking sheet with nonstick baking paper, put the chicken skewers on it and cook in the oven for 12-15min until cooked through. 3 Mix the onion and juice with 1/2tsp salt, then set aside for 1min. Rinse and dry on kitchen paper. 4 Mix in the dill and yoghurt. Serve with the chicken dippers.

BABY BOMBAY BITES TAKES 40MIN SERVES 8

500g baby new potatoes, halved 2tbsp sunflower oil Spice mix of 1tsp each of cumin and mustard seeds, and ½tsp each turmeric, paprika and mild chilli powder 1 Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/Gas 6. Boil the potatoes for 10min until just tender, then drain. 2 Toss with the spice mix. Place them on a baking tray and roast for 20-25min until golden.

BEST OF BRITISH BANGERS & MASH TAKES 25MIN SERVES 8

750g mixed sausages 1tbsp honey 1tbsp mustard 400g mashed potatoes 100ml milk 75g butter 2tbsp wholegrain mustard 200g tomato chutney 1 Cook the sausages according to the packet instructions. Toss with honey and mustard. Keep warm. 2 Heat the mash, then stir in the milk, butter and mustard until

smooth. Serve the sausages with the mash and chutney.

MINI FISH ‘N’ CHIPS TAKES 30MIN SERVES 8

500g oven chips 16 frozen scampi in breadcrumbs 2tsp fish seasoning 1tbsp oil Knob of butter 125g frozen petit pois 1tbsp capers Flat-leaf parsley, chopped 75g crème fraîche 8 lemon wedges 1 On a baking tray, toss the chips and scampi with the fish seasoning

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and oil. Preheat the oven according to the scampi instructions. Cook the scampi and chips. 2 Melt the butter in a pan, add the petit pois and heat them through. When cooked, whizz in a food processor with the capers, parsley and crème fraîche, then transfer back to the pan to heat through. 3 Divide the chips, scampi and peas between eight warmed dishes and serve each with a lemon wedge.


ENTERTAINING Nibbles

ASIAN BITES CRISPY CRUMBED PRAWNS TAKES 15MIN SERVES 8

300g large raw peeled prawns 2tbsp sweet chilli sauce 40g Panko or dry white breadcrumbs 1 Preheat the oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan/Gas 7. Pat the prawns on kitchen paper, coat with the chilli sauce, then dip into breadcrumbs. 2 Lay out on a nonstick baking tray and bake for 6-8min.

DUCK PUFFS 410g tinned duck confit, legs removed and fat, skin and bones discarded 8tbsp sweet chilli sauce 4 spring onions, finely shredded 320g puff pastry 1 egg, beaten Coriander leaves Juice of 1 lime 1 Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/Gas 6. Shred the duck into a bowl. Mix with 3tbsp chilli sauce and the spring onions. 2 Roll the pastry into a rectangle and cut lengthways into two long strips. Brush egg along the long edges, then spoon half the duck mixture in a line down the middle of each strip, pressing to compress. Roll the pastry from one long edge to the next to make two ‘sausages’. 3 With the seams underneath, cut each ‘sausage’ on the diagonal to make 12 rolls, trimming the square ends. Place on a nonstick baking tray. Brush each with egg, press on a coriander leaf and brush again to seal. Bake for 15-20min. 3 Mix the chilli sauce with the lime juice. Serve with the duck puffs.

A LITTLE SWEET SOMETHING… BOOZY BERRY MERINGUES

DOUGHNUT DUNKERS

180ml Baileys extra-thick cream 16 mini meringues 150g fresh mixed berries 1 Spoon a small blob of the flavoured cream onto each meringue and top with a few of the mixed berries. Serve within 1hr.

30g butter 60g light muscovado sugar 5tbsp double cream 2tbsp rum 100g Toblerone 6tbsp single cream 24 mini sugared doughnuts 1 Melt the butter and sugar over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat, bubble

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for 1min, then pour in the double cream. Bubble for 1min. Remove from the heat. Stir in the rum. 2 Next, warm the Toblerone in the single cream set over a pan of simmering water until soft. Stir. 3 Warm the doughnuts in a low oven for a few min, then serve with the two warm sauces.

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Festive berry juice ‘Dashing Through the Sloe’ juice (250ml), Sainsbury’s


Serve a splendid

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Take your pick from elegant yet surprisingly easy starters, a choice of show-stopping mains, including turkey with all the trimmings, and a selection of special sides… all you need for the perfect celebration meal

MENU Select a starter… Carpaccio of Salmon with Herbs & Lime Prawn Mousse with Orange & Watercress Celeriac, Camembert & Truffle Soup Smoked Salmon with Beetroot & Capers

Choose your main… Turkey with Pancetta & Chorizo Stuffing Pork Loin with Wild Rice & Apricot Stuffing Venison with Cranberry, Cherry & Herb Stuffing Goat’s Curd Wellington

Add some sides… Glazed Baby Turnips, Carrots & Shallots Sprouts with Pancetta & Parmesan Mini Roasties with Garlic & Thyme Braised Parsnips with Wine & Chestnuts


ENTERTAINING Christmas lunch

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TURKEY WITH PANCETTA & CHORIZO STUFFING TAKES 20MIN, PLUS AROUND 2HR IN THE OVEN AND RESTING TIME SERVES 6-8 WITH LEFTOVERS FOR THE TURKEY 1 large bunch made up of half fresh thyme sprigs and half rosemary sprigs 1 lemon, cut into quarters 4kg free-range turkey 75g butter, softened FOR THE STUFFING 75g pancetta or smoked lardons 2 shallots, finely chopped 2tsp olive oil 450g cooking chorizo, skin removed 2 rosemary sprigs, leaves removed and chopped 2tbsp breadcrumbs 2tbsp amontillado sherry FOR THE GRAVY 600ml rich turkey stock 300ml amontillado sherry 2tsp cornflour

1 Preheat the oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan/Gas 7. Put the herb bunch and lemon into the turkey’s body cavity, then rub the butter over the skin and season well with salt and pepper. 2 Put the turkey in a roasting tin, cover loosely with a tent of foil and cook for 30min. Turn down the oven temperature to 180ºC/160ºC fan/Gas 4, remove the foil and roast the turkey for a further 1hr. 3 Meanwhile, to make the stuffing, fry the pancetta until crisp and remove from the pan. Next, fry the shallots in the oil until softened, then leave to cool. Mix all the

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stuffing ingredients together. Form into balls and set aside. 4 Check the bird’s temperature with a meat thermometer – it should read over 72ºC. If it’s not cooked, return it to the oven and roast for another 30min. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 45min. 5 Put the stuffing in the oven and cook for 45min. Meanwhile, bring the stock and sherry to the boil with any pan juices, and bubble until the alcohol has burned off. Mix the cornflour with a little cold water and add to the gravy to thicken. Reheat when you’re ready to serve.


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ENTERTAINING Christmas lunch

1 CARPACCIO OF SALMON WITH HERBS & LIME

2 PRAWN MOUSSE WITH ORANGE & WATERCRESS

TAKES 25MIN SERVES 6

TAKES 40MIN, PLUS CHILLING TIME SERVES 6

300g skinless salmon fillet 1tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2tsp finely snipped chives 2tsp finely chopped tarragon 2tsp finely chopped parsley Zest and juice of 2 limes, plus 2 limes, cheeks cut off 2tbsp salmon roe 3 slices of wholemeal bread Butter, softened

700g large raw prawns (peeled weight) 5 large egg whites Tabasco sauce Juice of 1 lemon 300ml double cream Butter, for greasing Brown shrimps, watercress and orange segments, to serve 1 Put the prawns in a food processor and pulse to a purée, then add the egg whites, a good few shakes of Tabasco sauce, the lemon juice and a large pinch of sea salt. Put in a bowl, cover and chill in the fridge for at least 1hr or overnight. 2 Preheat the oven to 150ºC/130ºC fan/Gas 2. Stir the cream into the prawn mixture. Divide it between six buttered ramekin dishes and cover each one with a buttered circle of baking parchment. 3 Put the dishes into a roasting tin and pour in enough hot water to come two thirds of the way up the dishes. Bake for 20min. Remove the parchment paper and invert onto a large plate. Cool, then chill for 2hr or overnight. To serve, top with the shrimps and serve with the watercress and orange on the side.

1 Working at an angle with a really sharp, long knife, cut thin slices from the piece of salmon. If you don’t have the knife skills to cut it really thin, lay the slices on a chopping board, cover with clingfilm, then go over with a rolling pin to flatten them. You can do this the day before, then leave the slices in the fridge. 2 To serve, divide the salmon between six plates. Drizzle over the olive oil, then sprinkle over the herbs and lime zest and juice. Top with the salmon roe and add a lime cheek to the side of the plate. 3 Toast the bread, cut each piece into quarters and spread with butter. Serve with the salmon.

3 CELERIAC, CAMEMBERT & TRUFFLE SOUP

4 SMOKED SALMON WITH BEETROOT & CAPERS

TAKES 1HR 15MIN SERVES 6

TAKES 30MIN SERVES 6

25g butter 1 large onion, chopped 300g King Edward or Desiree potatoes, peeled and chopped 2 celeriac, weighing around 1kg in total, peeled and chopped 1ltr chicken or vegetable stock 250g ripe Camembert 1 small black truffle, thinly sliced

400g raw beetroot, peeled then grated 1tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1tbsp balsamic glaze 4tbsp capers, drained, rinsed and dried Olive oil, for frying 300g smoked salmon Large handful of rocket 1 Sauté the beetroot in the extra-virgin olive oil and toss through for a few min. Stir in the glaze. Season. 2 Deep-fry the capers in the olive oil until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Divide the salmon between six plates, top with the capers and serve with the beetroot on the rocket.

1 Melt the butter in a pan and cook the onion very gently for around 10min, until soft. Add the potatoes and celeriac with plenty of salt and pepper, mix in well and cook for 5min. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil, then simmer for around 45min, until the vegetables are soft and cooked through. 2 Blend to a smooth purée. At this stage, you can freeze the soup or it will keep, covered up in the fridge, for up to two days before serving. 3 Cut the Camembert into wedges. Reheat the soup and divide between six bowls, then top each one with a cheese wedge, a few slices of truffle and some freshly ground black pepper.

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TAKES 25MIN, PLUS 3HR 30MIN IN THE OVEN AND RESTING TIME SERVES 6-8 WITH LEFTOVERS

FOR THE STUFFING 4 shallots, chopped 30g butter Small handful of fresh sage, chopped 75g dried apricots, chopped 30g hazelnuts, toasted and chopped 2 egg yolks 75g wild rice 300ml chicken stock FOR THE PORK 2.5kg boned free-range pork loin, skin scored Olive oil and sea salt, to rub into the skin 1 Cook the shallots in the butter for 5min, then add the garlic and cook for 1min. Cool before adding the sage, apricots, hazelnuts and egg yolks. Meanwhile, cook the rice in the stock until tender, drain, then add to the remaining stuffing ingredients and season. 2 Lay out the pork loin, skin-side down. Starting and finishing about 2cm from each end, cut a pocket around two-thirds of the way through and fill with half the stuffing – microwave the remaining stuffing for 2min and serve on the side. Roll the loin around the stuffing and secure at intervals with butcher’s string. 3 Preheat the oven to 240ºC/220ºC fan/Gas 9. Oil and salt the skin, then put on a rack in a roasting tin and roast until the skin starts to crackle. Turn the heat down to 150ºC/130ºC fan/Gas 2, cover with foil and roast for 3hr – when cooked, the internal temperature should be 71ºC. Rest for 20min. If the crackling isn’t crunchy, remove from the pork and give it another blast at 240ºC/220ºC fan/Gas 9.

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VENISON WITH CRANBERRY, CHERRY & HERB STUFFING TAKES 30MIN, PLUS 45MIN IN THE OVEN AND RESTING TIME SERVES 6-8 FOR THE STUFFING 1 onion, finely chopped 1tbsp butter 50g fresh cranberries 75g pancetta, cubed 450g sausage meat 1 egg yolk 2tbsp breadcrumbs 2tbsp Madeira 30g each of dried cranberries and cherries 1tbsp each of chopped sage and thyme FOR THE VENISON 1.5kg venison joint 50g garlic butter 1 Cook the onion in the butter until soft. Add the fresh cranberries and stir until they soften. Cool, then mix with all the other stuffing ingredients. Form into balls and chill. Cook in with the venison for the last 15min. 2 Preheat the oven to 190ºC/170ºC fan/Gas 5. Smear half the garlic butter over the venison and season well. 3 Put the venison in a roasting tin, season and roast for 30min per kg. The internal temperature should be 55ºC for rare and 58ºC for medium rare. Rest for 10min. To serve, melt the remaining butter and spoon over.

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ENTERTAINING Christmas lunch

GOAT’S CURD WELLINGTON TAKES 25MIN, PLUS 1HR 5MIN IN THE OVEN AND CHILLING AND RESTING TIME SERVES 6-8

650g squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into small chunks 2tbsp olive oil 2-3 sprigs of lemon thyme 75g sultanas 375g goat’s curd 50g pine nuts, toasted 400g all-butter puff pastry 2tbsp polenta 1 egg, beaten to glaze Cranberry sauce or onion marmalade, to serve

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1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/Gas 4. Put the squash in a roasting tin and toss in the olive oil with a little seasoning and a sprig of lemon thyme. Roast for 30min or until tender. Meanwhile, soak the sultanas in enough boiling water to just cover them for 15min, then drain. 2 In a large bowl, mix the squash, sultanas, goat’s curd and pine nuts. Remove the leaves from the remaining thyme sprigs, add to the bowl, season well and mix. 3 Roll out the pastry to a rectangle, sprinkle on the polenta, then put

the filling down the middle in a log shape. You want to encase the filling with the pastry, but trim off any excess so that you don’t end up with thick wedges of pastry – keep the trimmings for decoration. 4 Stick the edges together with the egg, then turn it over so the join is on the bottom. Glaze the pastry, then cut out shapes, glaze them and put on top. Chill in the fridge. 5 Bake at 220ºC/200ºC fan/Gas 7 for 35min, or until browned and piping hot. Rest for 15min before slicing. Serve with cranberry sauce or onion marmalade.


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1 GLAZED BABY TURNIPS, CARROTS & SHALLOTS

2 SPROUTS WITH PANCETTA & PARMESAN

TAKES 40MIN SERVES 6

TAKES 20MIN SERVES 6

500g baby turnips, trimmed 750g baby Chantenay carrots, trimmed 200g shallots, peeled 75g butter 1tbsp olive oil 4tsp sugar 350ml hot strong chicken or vegetable stock 3tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 In a frying pan, cook the diced pancetta over a medium heat until crispy. Leave it in the pan until you have cooked the Brussels sprouts. 2 Steam the sprouts for 6-8min until tender, then toss in the pan with the cooked pancetta. 3 To serve, put the sprouts and pancetta in a dish, season with freshly ground pepper and sprinkle over the Parmesan to serve.

3 MINI ROASTIES WITH GARLIC & THYME

4 BRAISED PARSNIPS WITH WINE & CHESTNUTS

TAKES 20MIN, PLUS 1HR IN THE OVEN SERVES 6

TAKES 10MIN, PLUS 55MIN IN THE OVEN SERVES 6

1.5kg King Edward or Desiree potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks 250g goose fat, lard, beef dripping or olive oil, plus 1tbsp olive oil 2-3tbsp seasoned flour 4 heads of garlic Few sprigs of thyme, leaves picked A little oil for the garlic

1kg parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks 200ml chicken stock 200ml white wine 200g peeled chestnuts 3tbsp maple syrup 1 Preheat the oven to 190ºC/170ºC fan/Gas 5. Put the parsnips into a buttered ovenproof gratin dish and add the stock and white wine. Put in the oven uncovered until the liquid is well reduced and the vegetables are tender – it will take around 45min. 2 Add the chestnuts and cook for a further 10min. Shake them all together, stir through the maple syrup and season well before serving.

1 Preheat the oven to 190ºC/170ºC fan/Gas 5. Steam the potatoes until they are just cooked – steaming them will create a crisper roast potato – then give them a shake to rough up the edges. Place a tea towel over the pan to absorb the steam and set them aside. 2 Heat up your chosen fat in a large (or two smaller) roasting tin in the oven. Drizzle each head of garlic with a little oil and wrap in foil. Shake the potatoes in the flour, then put them into the hot fat, turning them to coat. Add plenty of sea salt and tuck the garlic into the potatoes. Sprinkle over the thyme. 3 Roast for about 1hr until they are golden and crispy. Serve the garlic with the roast potatoes for guests to squeeze out the purée.

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1 Blanch the turnips, carrots and shallots in boiling salted water for 2min, then drain them. Melt the butter with the oil in a large pan, add the sugar and stir until it’s gone a golden caramel colour. 2 Add the vegetables and coat well. Gradually add the chicken or vegetable stock, then simmer and cover for 10min, shaking the pan slightly from time to time – you can prepare them ahead to this stage. 3 Turn up the heat and gently shake the pan, so the remaining stock reduces to a sticky glaze that coats all the vegetables. To serve, transfer to a bowl and top with the chopped parsley.

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Indulge in a delicious

D E SS E RT Make sure you leave a bit of room for the final course – there’s something here to suit all tastes, whether you’re a chocolate fan or a traditional Christmas-pudding lover

Tip When rolling up a roulade, use the sheet of baking paper beneath it to help you or place it on a damp tea towel first, then roll it

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NOUGAT CHEESECAKE TAKES 35MIN, PLUS SETTING TIME SERVES 12-15 FOR THE BASE 100g butter 225g digestive biscuits, crushed 4 gelatine leaves 400g cream cheese 1kg mascarpone 150g icing sugar, sifted 125g mixed toasted nuts, chopped 75g nougat pieces, chopped 1tsp vanilla extract FOR THE DECORATION Shards of nut brittle Handful of pistachios, finely chopped Nougat cubes Edible white glitter Reindeer cupcake toppers Mini sparklers 1 For the base, melt the butter, add the crushed biscuits and mix well. Press into the base of a 20cm-round, nonstick, loosebottom cake tin and chill to firm up. 2 For the filling, soften the gelatine in cold water, then dissolve it in 50ml water in a pan over a very gentle heat. Set aside to cool. 3 In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, mascarpone and sugar until smooth. Stir in the gelatine mixture, nuts and nougat pieces until combined. 4 Spoon half the mixture into the tin and spread to create a smooth top, then repeat with the remaining mixture. Return to the fridge to set for at least 4hr or overnight. 5 Decorate with the nut brittle, pistachios, nougat cubes, glitter, reindeer toppers and sparklers.

SNOWY CHOCOLATE YULE LOG TAKES 45MIN, PLUS COOLING TIME SERVES 10 3 medium eggs 100g caster sugar 55g plain flour, sifted 55g ground almonds 1/2tsp baking powder 150ml double cream 200g plain chocolate, melted 2tbsp liqueur (try Cointreau or Baileys Irish Cream) 2tsp vanilla paste 125g Marshmallow Fluff 150g cream cheese Icing sugar and cocoa, for dusting

1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/Gas 4. Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm Swiss roll tin. 2 In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric hand whisk until pale and creamy. Fold in the flour, ground almonds and baking powder. Spoon into the tin and smooth the surface. 3 Bake for 12-15min, until golden and springy to the touch. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to cool. 4 Whip the double cream until it forms soft peaks, then add the melted chocolate, liqueur and 1tsp vanilla paste, and whisk to

combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the Marshmallow Fluff, cream cheese and remaining vanilla. 5 Dust a sheet of baking paper with icing sugar. Turn the cake out onto it and peel off the cooking paper. Spread with the chocolate cream, leaving a 3cm margin along one of the short edges, then roll up from the opposite edge. 6 Transfer the yule log to a serving plate. Top with the icing, smooth it with a knife, then use to create a bark effect on the surface. Dust with cocoa powder and serve, or chill for up to 24hr.


JASMINE RICE PUDDING WITH FESTIVE FRUIT TAKES 40MIN, PLUS COOLING TIME SERVES 4 FOR THE RICE PUDDING 600ml semi-skimmed milk 25g caster sugar 60g jasmine rice or pudding rice Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime 1tbsp pistachio nuts, chopped FOR THE FRUIT BASE 100g cranberries 100ml cranberry juice 1 ripe apple or pear, peeled and chopped 2 knobs of stem ginger, finely chopped 2tbsp ginger syrup (from the ginger jar) Knob of butter 1 Cook the milk, sugar and rice in a pan over a medium heat for around 30min, stirring every few minutes, until the rice is tender. Pour into a bowl and stir in the lime zest and juice to taste. Cover with clingfilm and leave to cool. 2 For the fruit base, simmer the cranberries with the juice in a pan for 5min. Add the apple or pear, and simmer for another 5min, then stir in the ginger, syrup and butter to make a thick sauce. Leave to cool. 3 Spoon the festive fruit into four small glasses, add the rice and top with the chopped pistachios.

WHITE CHOCOLATE & ALMOND BLACK FOREST CAKE TAKES 50MIN, PLUS 45MIN IN THE OVEN SERVES 15 FOR THE CAKE 350g unsalted butter, softened 350g golden caster sugar 6 large eggs 400g self-raising flour 100g ground almonds 200g white chocolate, grated 150ml soured cream FOR THE TOPPING 300g white cooking chocolate, broken into squares 1tsp vegetable oil 1tbsp edible glitter Fresh cherries FOR THE FILLING 600ml double cream 500g Greek yoghurt 1tbsp vanilla paste 50g icing sugar, sifted 4tbsp kirsch 850g tinned pitted black cherries, drained

1 Preheat the oven to 170ºC/140ºC fan/Gas 3, then grease and line two 23cm-round cake tins. 2 Whisk together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Slowly whisk in the eggs, then fold in the flour, almonds, white chocolate and soured cream. Divide the mixture between the tins. Spread level and bake for 45min, until risen and firm to the touch. Remove from the tins and leave to cool on a wire rack. 3 Make the chocolate curls by melting the white chocolate with the oil in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir, then pour into an airtight container and chill for 1hr until firm. Remove the

chocolate from the container and place it on some baking paper. Drag a cheese slicer over it to create the chocolate curls, then set aside. 4 For the filling, whip the cream until it’s just thick enough to form soft peaks. Fold in the Greek yoghurt, vanilla paste and icing sugar. Cut the cakes in half horizontally. Place one layer on a cake stand or plate, drizzle over 1tbsp kirsch, spread with a quarter of the vanilla cream, then add a third of the cherries across the top. 5 Repeat, layering up the sponges. Place the final layer on top and spread with cream. Finish with the chocolate curls, glitter and cherries.


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ICE CREAM PANDORO TAKES 30MIN, PLUS FREEZING TIME SERVES 12 FOR THE PANDORO 1 x 750g Italian pandoro 300ml espresso ice cream 400ml vanilla ice cream 500ml chocolate ice cream FOR THE TOPPING 100g plain chocolate 50ml double cream, warmed 6 candied chocolate-orange segments 1tsp edible silver glitter stars

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1 Cut a 3cm-deep, 10cm-diameter disc out of the base of the pandoro, then remove most of the dough from the middle, leaving a shell. Let each of the ice creams soften slightly, then spoon in the espresso flavour, followed by the vanilla and then the chocolate. 2 Press the reserved disc of pandoro on top of the ice cream. Put the cake upside down into the bag it came in, then freeze for up to one month. 3 To serve, melt the chocolate and stir in the warm cream. Pour it over the pandoro, then top the cake with the orange slices and stars.

EXTRA-FRUITY CHRISTMAS PUDDING TAKES 40MIN, PLUS OVERNIGHT SOAKING AND 8HR COOKING TIME SERVES 12 FOR THE PUDDING 200g each of raisins and sultanas 200g each of dried apricots and pitted prunes or figs, chopped Grated zest and juice of 1 large orange 1 eating apple, grated 1tsp each of mixed spice and cinnamon 3tbsp finely cut orange marmalade 6tbsp sweet sherry 5tbsp brandy 3tbsp melted butter 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 50g flaked almonds 100g ground almonds 125g white breadcrumbs FOR SERVING Small handful of cranberries Icing sugar, to dust

1 Place all the dried fruit, the orange zest and juice, apple, spices and marmalade in a large bowl. Pour in the sherry and brandy, then stir well. Cover and leave in a cool place (not the fridge) overnight. 2 The next day, grease a 1.2ltr pudding basin and place a disc of baking paper at the bottom of it. Stir in the melted butter, eggs, flaked and ground almonds, and breadcrumbs until well combined. Spoon the mixture into the basin, pressing down well. 3 Cut a large square of baking paper and one of foil, then pleat them together in the middle. Use to cover the pudding, foil uppermost, and secure tightly with string. Cook over boiling water in a steamer

with a tight-fitting lid for 5-6hr. Regularly check that the pan doesn’t boil dry and top up with boiling water when necessary. 4 When the time is up, take the pudding out of the steamer and allow to cool completely. Replace the foil with clingfilm, then store the pudding in a cool, dark place for up to three months. 5 To reheat the pudding on the day, remove the clingfilm and old baking paper, then replace with fresh baking paper and foil tied in place as before. Steam as above for 2hr until piping hot. Leave the pudding to rest for 20min before turning out. To serve, dust the cranberries with icing sugar and place on top of the pudding.


Put on a lavish

BUFFET Invite a crowd over for a delicious feast that will have them queuing up at the table for more

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GLAZED HAM WITH BOURBON & MAPLE TAKES 25MIN, PLUS 4HR 10MIN IN THE OVEN AND RESTING TIME SERVES AROUND 20 WITH LEFTOVERS

5kg off-the-bone ham 300ml dry cider Cloves 57g English mustard powder 4tbsp maple syrup 3tbsp bourbon

1 Preheat the oven to 170ºC/150ºC fan/Gas 3. Put a double layer of wide foil in a roasting tin large enough to fit the ham, hanging plenty over the sides as you’ll be making a tent of foil. Place another double piece across the other side. 2 Put the ham into the roasting tin, then make a tent with the foil, scrunching it up so that there’s plenty of air to circulate. Bake for 3hr. Add the cider and 4 cloves inside the foil parcel, then return to the oven for 1hr 10min (in total

you will need to calculate 50min of cooking per 1kg of ham). 3 Leave the ham until cool enough to handle, then remove the outer skin, leaving the fat intact. Score the fat in diamond shapes, then push a clove into each diamond. Mix the mustard, syrup and bourbon to make a paste. Brush it over the fat. 4 Increase the oven temperature to 170ºC/150ºC fan/Gas 3 and bake the ham until the fat has browned, brushing a couple of times with the glaze. Rest for 20min, then carve.


ENTERTAINING Buffet

FRIED CHICKEN SALAD PLATTER TAKES 15MIN, PLUS MARINATING TIME AND 45MIN IN THE OVEN SERVES 8

8 skin-on chicken pieces 570ml buttermilk 50g self-raising flour 50g rice flour 2tsp garlic salt 1¼tsp ground white pepper 1½tbsp sweet smoked paprika Pinch of chilli flakes 1½tsp Chinese five spice 1tsp each of dried oregano and dried thyme 500g baby vine tomatoes 1tbsp oil ½tbsp cider vinegar ¾tsp Dijon mustard ¾tsp runny honey 3 gem lettuces, torn Watercress leaves

1 Mix the chicken with almost all of the buttermilk – reserving 75ml for the dressing – and chill for at least 3hr or overnight. 2 To cook, preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/Gas 6. Remove the chicken from the fridge. 3 Mix the flours, garlic salt, pepper, spices and dried herbs together. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, pat dry and

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toss in the spice mix. Place on a baking tray and bake for 40min. Toss the baby vine tomatoes in oil, then add to the baking tray and roast for a further 5min. 4 Meanwhile, mix the vinegar, mustard and honey with the reserved buttermilk, and season. Arrange the salad leaves in a dish, top with chicken and tomatoes, and drizzle over the dressing.


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TAKES 30MIN, PLUS CHILLING AND 35MIN IN THE OVEN SERVES AROUND 12

2 PORK & JALAPENO SALSA VERDE POTATO SALAD TAKES 25MIN SERVES 8-10

3 shallots, finely chopped 2tsp oil 200g brown cap mushrooms, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 500g puff pastry 1 egg yolk, to glaze 8 pork sausages, skins removed 1tbsp mustard seeds, crushed Rocket and tomatoes, to serve

900g baby potatoes 5tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2tbsp red wine vinegar 1 garlic clove, crushed 1tbsp capers 2tsp Dijon mustard 2 fresh jalapeno chillies, sliced, or 2tbsp of jarred jalapenos 25g fresh basil 25g fresh mint 25g bunch parsley 450g leftover pork, pulled or cut into chunks (you can also use cooked and sliced pork chops) 150g soft Agen prunes, halved 75g rocket or watercress

1 Fry the shallots in the oil until soft, then set aside. Fry off the mushrooms until cooked, stir in the garlic for a few min, mix with the shallots and leave to cool. 2 Roll out the pastry to a rectangle around 90cm x 20cm. Brush the edges with egg yolk, then put the skinless sausages in a long line in the centre. Spoon the mushroom mixture on top. 3 Roll the pastry around the sausage, then shape into a circle using a little glaze to stick the two ends together. Place on a baking tray. Glaze and decorate with pastry trimmings, then chill for at least 30min. 4 Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/Gas 6. Glaze the pastry again, top with the mustard seeds, then bake on an oiled tray for 35min or until browned. Serve with a rocket and tomato salad in the centre.

1 Bring the potatoes to the boil, then simmer until tender. Drain and set aside. 2 In a food processor, blitz the oil, vinegar, garlic, capers, mustard, half the jalapenos and the herbs to form a paste – you can add a little splash of water if the salsa verde is too thick. 3 In a large serving bowl, mix the potatoes with a few tablespoons of the salsa verde. Warm the pork through, then mix into the potatoes along with the halved prunes. Stir in the rocket, top with remaining jalapenos and drizzle over some more dressing, serving the rest on the side.

3 COCONUT RICE PILAF WITH BABY AUBERGINES

4 LEEK & BLUE CHEESE PIZZA

TAKES 40MIN SERVES 12

TAKES 25MIN SERVES 10

2tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 4 whole cloves 6 cardamom pods, bruised 400g basmati rice, rinsed in cold water 300ml vegetable stock 200ml coconut milk 1tsp honey Pinch of ground coriander 400g baby aubergines, quartered lengthways Good squeeze of lime juice 20g cashews 20g toasted flaked almonds 35g coconut, finely sliced 50g pomegranate seeds Handful of coriander leaves, chopped

1tbsp vegetable oil 25g unsalted butter 8 baby shallots, finely sliced 3 small leeks, trimmed and sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 220g ready-made pizza dough 1tbsp polenta or semolina 150g dolcelatte cheese 10 sage leaves, chopped Small handful of walnuts, chopped 1 Preheat the oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan/Gas 7. Heat the vegetable oil and butter in a frying pan, then add the finely slice shallots and cook over a mediumlow heat for 5-7min until they are soft and golden, then set aside. Using the same frying pan, turn the heat up slightly, add the leeks and cook for a few min until softened. Stir in the crushed garlic and cook for 1min. Leave to cool. 2 Roll out your dough to make a 30cm x 23cm pizza base. Sprinkle the polenta or semolina onto a baking tray, then place the dough on top. Add the cooked shallots and leeks, dot over the dolcelatte cheese and finish with the chopped sage leaves and walnuts. Bake for 8-10min, until the base is crisp and golden, and the cheese is melted.

1 Heat half the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Cook the onion, garlic, cloves and cardamom for 4-5min. Add the rice and mix well. Pour in the stock and coconut milk, bring to the boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 15min, remove from the heat and keep the lid on. 2 Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/Gas 6. Mix the rest of the oil with the honey and ground coriander, and brush the flesh of the aubergines. Roast for 15min or until lightly browned and cooked through. Stir the aubergines and lime juice into the rice, and season well. Sprinkle over the nuts, coconut, pomegranate seeds and coriander.

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Gold & Platinum Champagne flutes, £20 for four; Jardin Champagne flutes, £15 for four; Jardin Champagne coupe glass, £15 for four; Gold & Platinium wine glass, £20 for four; all Fox & Ivy range, Tesco


SOLUTIONS Make it easy Tartan crockery, from £3 per item, Matalan

‘Choose your own take on woodland, either rich and warm or enchanted and magical’ Nicola Dean, buyer, Matalan

Foliage garland, from £20 per m; wreath, from £45; both Wildabout

CENTREPIECE IDEAS Cluster baubles on a cake stand, then pop a cloche over the top. Lay a wreath flat on your table, put a plate in the middle and sit a pillar candle on it. Run fairy lights along the length of the table, taping the battery pack underneath. Add in some foliage, pine cones and candles.

Wrap small boxes and place on a cake stand – each one could have a small gift for diners, rather than a traditional cracker. Place a pair of mini faux Christmas trees in the middle of the table and hang sweets, such as candy canes, from the branches – the children will love it!

FOLIAGE SURVIVAL Make fresh foliage last with tips from Wildabout

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1 When you’ve bought fresh foliage or picked it from your garden, cut the stems at a 45º angle and leave in a bucket of cold water for a good drink before arranging.

Keep the kids amused with a Christmas Eve box, filled with new PJs, festive film night goodies, such as a ‘voucher’ for a new film download, popcorn and a few sweets, or craft materials for a Christmas project. This will hopefully give you time to give each room a quick tidy or wrap last-minute gifts. Try Poundland’s Christmas Eve box (left).

2 Flora wilts at different times, so if some bits of your wreath or garland start to dry out or droop, add some fresh elements. 3 Soaking your florist’s foam well before you start and misting an arrangement with a water spray every few days helps keep foliage fresh.

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Cut 3cm off your tree’s base before putting it up, so it can soak up water

CARVING TIPS

It’s easier to joint the turkey, then slice the meat off of it than to carve it whole. Take the legs off and cut into thighs and drumsticks. Ease the breasts off with a sharp knife, starting at the breastbone and working down, then slice them, too.

DON’T FORGET FATHER CHRISTMAS! Everyone knows he loves his goodies, so plate up a mince pie, pour a sneaky sherry and a glass of milk, plus save a carrot or two for the reindeer.

CRAFT WITH THE KIDS If they’re getting bored in the run-up to Christmas, how about this cute bauble idea? Stock up with a few blank ceramic baubles, £1.50 each, Hobbycraft, and decorate using ceramic paints, then draw on facial features with marker pens.

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Personalised Family in the Forest cake topper, Notonthehighstreet.com

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Make a pair of antlers out of icing to stick into your Christmas cake Renshaw white flower and modelling paste, £2.50 for 250g, Hobbycraft

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BIG FOOD & DRINK TRENDS 1 BUY A HAM We’re not just talking about that ham that you usually do for Boxing Day – there’s actually a rise in the popularity of Serrano whole-leg hams, and they look (and taste) amazing. Try the 6.5kg one available through customer ordering at Sainsbury’s (right), which comes with its own stand, providing that all-important ‘wow’ factor. 2 PICK A FLAVOUR-PACKED GIN Fruity gins are big news, with even British jam brand Tiptree offering English Rhubarb, English Damson, English Raspberry and Little Scarlet Strawberry Fruit Gin Liqueurs (right). Enjoy over ice,with tonic water or mixed with fizz.

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3 MAKE IT A PROSECCO CHRISTMAS OK, so we all love bubbles at Christmas time, but Prosecco is the drink that’s… well popping up on everything from make-up bags to coasters. Try Matalan for a fun range of stocking fillers, including the Prosecco bathing set (right) and the ‘Hand me the Prosecco’ make-up bag, while Lakeland’s rose gold shimmer Popaball for Prosecco, £7.49, gives your fizz a swirly, glittery effect.

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WORK OUT A SLEEPING PLAN If you’ve lots of guests staying at yours over the festive period, then plan ahead Grey bed with coral, Bundle Bed

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MAKE A LIST of who you’re expecting to stay and where you are going to put them to sleep – it’s easy to lose track if you don’t and it’s not great ending up a duvet short.

HAVE A CONTINGENCY PLAN, such as a sleeping bag on the sofa if needs be, for if you have any unexpected guests. POP THE KIDS TOGETHER as they will love it and it might free up more room for adults to have

the beds – children love a sleepover vibe (although they might take a while to settle). CHECK OUT LOCAL HOTELS in plenty of time if you just don’t have the space. Book as early as you can, but check any cancellation policies in case guests

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can’t travel because of illness or snow. GET A BED IN A BAG The Bundle bed is a self-contained bed, with self-inflating 5cm-thick mattress, fitted sheet, pillow and 15-tog duvet cover, all ready to unroll (bundlebed.co.uk).


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5 TIPS FOR BUYING A REAL TREE Avoid being left with a scraggy Christmas tree with our tips 1 Before you head to the garden centre, think about where your tree will go, then check the maximum height and width to fit the space. Pop a tape measure in your pocket, so you can check any possibles.

‘Pick a pattern for your decorations – from tartan to folk, it’s the perfect tree update’ Mags Milliken, homeware design manager, Matalan

2 Leave buying a cut tree until after the 1 December, as it will look tired by Christmas Day if you buy one before then. Try not to buy one already netted, as you want to see it from all sides. 3 If a tree feels surprisingly light when you pick it up and its needles look dull, then it has started to dry out, so pick another that feels heavier. Vibrant needles are a good sign of a fresh tree. 4 If you’re short of time, see if your local tree seller delivers. Some also offer a paid disposal service. Visit British Christmas Tree Growers Association (bctg.co.uk) for details.

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To reheat the bread sauce, put it in a pan on the hob and cook on low for 5min. Stir in 30g butter until melted, then serve in a bowl with a spoon

TURKEY GRAVY Remove the bird from the tin and strain off the fat, leaving 4tbsp turkey juices. Place the tin on a low heat, stir in 2bsp plain flour and cook gently until it is light brown in colour. Blend in 1/2tsp garlic pepper, 1/2tsp onion salt and 600ml hot turkey stock. Simmer for 2-3min until thickened.

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BREAD SAUCE Pour 600ml milk into a pan, then add 1 chopped onion, 2 bay leaves and 2-3 cloves. Bring to the boil, then remove the pan from the heat and leave to infuse. Strain into a clean pan. Add 175g white breadcrumbs, then cook the sauce over a low heat for about 8min, until it thickens. Season.

CRANBERRY SAUCE Put 250g fresh cranberries, 100g caster sugar and the zest and juice of 1 orange in a pan. Stir over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10min until the cranberries are soft. Remove from the heat. Stir in 4tbsp port. Cool, then refrigerate until needed.

APPLE GRAVY Pour 450ml chicken stock into a pan, then add a slug of brandy. Bubble off the alcohol and reduce to 300ml. Stir in 5tbsp apple jelly and season.

RICH RED WINE GRAVY Cook 250g sliced shallots in butter until soft, then add 1 sprig of rosemary and 5tbsp balsamic vinegar. Bubble until about 2tbsp left. Add 500ml red wine. Reduce by half, then add 500ml beef stock. Reduce by half. Season, then strain before serving.

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FUN & GAMES Brilliant entertainment for all the family

CHRISTMAS CAKE TIPS Baker Bee Berrie shares her secrets for a fantastic fruit cake Choose fruits that you and your family and friends really love, as the final cake will end up a cracker.

You don’t need to feed your cake with alcohol – by presoaking the fruit in juice or tea, and choosing lighter fruits, there’s no real need to add in the booze – just keep the cake well wrapped.

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STOCK UP YOUR BAR Hosting a drinks party this Christmas? Here’s what you’ll need… SPIRITS The base of most cocktails will be either whisky, rum, vodka or gin, so get a bottle of each of them in. LIQUEURS Cointreau or peach schnapps will add a fruity kick. MIXERS You don’t want to forget the ‘T’ for your gin, so stock up on tonics, soda water, lemonade, cola and juices (pop in a few diet varieties, too). FLAVOURINGS Pick up limes, lemons, oranges, olives and cocktail cherries. You could also get Worcestershire sauce for Bloody Maries and syrups, such as sugar and raspberry. BUBBLES Champagne, Prosecco or Cava – everyone loves a glass of fizz at Christmas, so stock up and get chilling.

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Webster cabinet, £599; Ava table, £199; hammered urn, £39.50; Bellagio glasses, £19.50 for two; copper mini cocktail shaker, £10; travel shot glasses, £10; Manhattan cocktail stand, £39.50; all Marks & Spencer


SOLUTIONS Make it easy

DINNER FOR TWO

If the thought of cooking lunch is just too much (or you are a couple spending Christmas just the two of you), then Tesco has the answer with its Finest* range’s Christmas Dinner Box for Two, which contains all you need – a turkey breast, veggies and sides, gravy, cranberry sauce, pudding and a 37.5cl bottle of Champagne, all for just £35.

Ask guests to wear something sparkly for an alternative to a hot Christmas jumper!

POST & PARCELS A PROPER CHEESE CAKE Pile up your favourites for a cheese and wine party – a great alternative to canapés. This Cheese Celebration Cake includes creamy Cornish St Endellion brie, Wensleydale swirled with cranberries and blueberries, traditional mature Stilton, mature farmhouse red Leicester and crunchy Coastal Bite Cheddar from the Finest* range, £30, Festive Food to Order, Tesco

ROYAL MAIL For Second Class, it’s Tuesday 19 December, with First Class on Wednesday 20. Special Delivery needs to go by Thursday 21 December, but there’s a Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed for items posted on Friday 22 December. SHOP DROP If you know that someone’s going to be out, then you could take advantage of one of the many local shops that recipients can pick up from when they are free – check out

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DPD’s Pickup Shop Finder (dpd.co.uk) for more details. IN THE LOCKER Amazon’s One-Day Delivery service to an Amazon Locker costs £1.99 for all eligible items for non-Prime members. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, then most things can be received the next day, with even same-day evening delivery for selected postcodes in the United Kingdom at no extra cost (there’s a £9.99 charge if not).

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Christmas Wishes. Christmas mugs make beautiful & useful presents for Adults & Children alike. For an extra special gift why not add your own wording. See more designs at: www. jennybell.co.uk Tel: 01388 665 757

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SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE 12% PLUS FREE DELIVERY! Send festive love and best wishes with a beautiful Flying Flowers bouquet this Christmas! Our excellent quality bouquets always make such a welcome gift and with our special offer they’re now even better value for money.

Our best-selling and feature bouquet ‘Festive Carnation Joy’ combines fragrant, snowy white freesias with deep velvety red carnations, it’s sure to make a stylish addition to the Christmas theme in any home.

Exquisite Fine Bone China Baubles are the ultimate Christmas gift for a dog owner. Part of a unique collection of Labrador and Spaniel gifts, home accessories and stationery. Beautifully designed and made in England. Visit www.inspiredbydarcy.co.uk or call 01823 740004

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As well as a 12% saving and free delivery, our offer also includes a FREE Pop-Up Vase too! To claim your discount simply use code IHC2709 when you place your order. Our offer also applies to other bouquets you’ll find online at flyingflowers.co.uk so you’re sure to find something for everyone! You can order online at flyingflowers.co.uk or call 0333 003 0861. Please hurry! Offer closes 31 January 2018. (Offer applies to Flying Flowers bouquets and excludes other floral gifts. See full terms and conditions online.)

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Pullman Editions designs striking original limited-edition posters which capture the enduring appeal of Art Deco. Their posters feature glamorous winter sports, summer resorts & historic automobiles. Over 100 designs at £395 each. Call 020 7730 0547 or view & buy online at www.pullmaneditions.com

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From the Workshop. A beautifully crafted box featuring an engraved map of your chosen place. Choose from our maps or your own personalised design. A thoughtful gift for a map owner to treasure. www.fromtheworkshop.co.uk Tel: 0114 438 9239

Eaton Hampers & Basketware are a family run business selling a range of contemporary, innovative and affordable picnic hampers and accessories made from high quality materials. Find them at www.eatonhampers.co.uk or contact email: info@eatonhampers.co.uk Tel: 01205 280858

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The Footstool & Accessory Company. Create a warm cosy look this Christmas! Footstool table and cushions in Hunter fabric £270. Metal tray £45. Stocking £35 all available at The Footstool & Accessory Company. Visit www.thefootstoolandacccessorycompany.co.uk 01842 860727

FelinFach an independent Welsh company producing blankets, throws & wool fabric handwoven in local mills using traditional methods & looms. Available in a range of designs, colours & natural yarns. Wool, Alpaca, Rare Breed & Organic Wool. Hand dyed yarns using natural dyes - coming soon. Woven in limited numbers, a rare thing to be treasured! Visit www.felinfach.com

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Secret Messages Interiors Multi Award winning shop in Buckingham prides itself in stocking Bespoke, Quirky & Unique Home Interiors & Gifts. www.scrtmsgs.com Tel. 01208 814 409

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Hashtag House. These beautiful handmade 3D wooden baubles, made from Cherry, Maple, Walnut and Bamboo, combine festive scenes with the alpine wilderness. They can be personalised with a laser engraved message on the reverse. Available online at www. hashtaghouse.co.uk for £11 each. www.hashtaghouse.co.uk

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Celebrate baby’s first Christmas. Personalised and beautifully wrapped, perfect gifts for babies and children. Next working day UK delivery. Worldwide service. www.babyblooms.co.uk Tel: 01454 272 474

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Fernsby Hall Tapestries Kits are all original designs painted by Catriona Hall. Her quirky style and earthy colours make them instantly recognisable and great fun. www.fernsbyhall.com Tel: 01279 777 795

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St Eval Candle Company is the home of beautiful, quality candles. Handmade in Cornwall, their Christmas range will make the perfect gift for candle lovers.Lovingly decorated by hand with gold detailing, these candles capture the true magic of Christmas. Tel: 01841 540 850 www. stevalcandlecompany.co.uk

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at sarah’s designs and creates contemporary, bespoke textiles. Unique baby quilts, full size quilts, cushions and runners to personalise your home. Call 07852 378 860 or visit www.atsarahs.com

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Tartan bed linen set, from £23; cable-knit throw, £30; matching cushion, £10; faux-fur cushion, £6; decorations, from £2 each; all Matalan

WIN £250 TO SPEND AT MATALAN Make this an extra-stylish Christmas with a voucher to spend in store and online

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nown for its quality, great style and value for money, Matalan has been Britain’s go-to store for family fashion and homeware for more than 30 years. Now, you can get even more ideas online at Matalan The Show – a talk show hosted by Denise van Outen, with experts discussing autumn/ winter and Christmas trends. Ideal Home’s Complete Guide to Christmas is offering the exclusive chance to win £250 to spend at Matalan. Great for Christmas shopping or for spoiling yourself!

HOW TO ENTER

For your chance to win this great prize, go to comps.idealhome.co.uk/ competition/atMatalan_ idealhome and answer the following question:

Q: Which female presenter hosts Matalan The Show? a) Denise van Outen b) Sara Cox c) Holly Willoughby

Cushions, from £8 each; throw, £15; decorations, from £2 each; all Matalan

The closing date for this competition is 7 January 2018

TERMS AND CONDITIONS One winner will receive a £250 voucher to spend in Matalan stores. The competition is open from midnight on 22 September 2017 to midnight on 7 January 2018. Entry to this competition is free and online only. The promoter of this competition is Ideal Home. The prize is supplied by Matalan. Prize is as stated, is not transferable and no cash or other alternative will be offered. This competition is open to readers aged over 18, who are resident in the UK mainland only, other than the employees (and their families) of Matalan, Time Inc (UK) Ltd, the reproduction house and printer of Ideal Home, and participating sponsors and their agents. Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification. All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition. No bulk or third party entries accepted. The winner will be notified by email or phone from Ideal Home after the closing date. Failure to respond within two weeks and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements, may result in forfeiture of the prize. If the winner cannot be contacted, or is unable to comply with these terms and conditions, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random. The prize voucher will be sent out by Matalan, explaining any exclusions. In the event of a competition prize being unavailable, Ideal Home reserves the right to offer a prize of greater or equal value. All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, upgrades, cash or otherwise. Only one entry per household. The decision of the Editor is final. Entry implies acceptance of these rules. The winner must be prepared to co-operate with publicity arising as a result of winning the competition.

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IDEAL HOME’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS 2017 EDITOR Jennifer Morgan ART DIRECTOR Heather Thomas CHIEF SUB-EDITOR Tara Elarte IDEAL HOME EDITOR Vanessa Richmond CREATIVE DIRECTOR Georgia Hibberdine DEPUTY EDITOR Jane Akers ACTING CHIEF SUB-EDITOR/ PRODUCTION EDITOR Sarah Farley EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sally Dominic PRODUCTION ACTING EDITORIAL PRODUCTION MANAGER Clare Willets PRODUCTION MANAGER John Botten ADVERTISING PUBLISHER AND HEAD OF HOMES NETWORK Joanne O’Hara ADVERTISING MANAGER Sharon Goode CLASSIFIED SALES MANAGER Emma Van Der Veen MARKETING MARKETING MANAGER Yasmin Christofi SUBSCRIPTIONS SUBSCRIPTIONS MARKETING MANAGER Diane Hornby PUBLISHING PUBLISHER Tom Smith MANAGING DIRECTOR Roger Cummings CONTACT US Ideal Home, 161 Marsh Wall, London E14 9AP Tel 020 3148 7357 Fax 020 3148 8121 Email ideal.home@timeinc.com Some material has been previously published in Ideal Home magazine

BE CANDLE SAFE Enjoy candles in your home, but take care to use them safely: Always place lit candles well away from foliage, furniture, curtains and soft furnishings, and always out of draughts ● Keep candles out of reach of children and pets ● Never leave a burning candle unattended ● Keep candles away from hair and clothing ● Always place candles upright in suitable holders that can’t easily fall over ● Always be sure that candles are properly extinguished EDITORIAL COMPLAINTS We work very hard to achieve the highest standards of editorial content, and we are committed to complying with the Editors’ Code of Practice (ipso.co.uk/IPSO/cop.html) as enforced by IPSO. If you have a complaint about our editorial content, email us at complaints@timeinc.com or write to Complaints Manager, Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Legal Department, 161 Marsh Wall, London E14 9AP. Provide details of the material you are complaining about and explain your complaint by reference to the Editors’ Code. We will endeavour to acknowledge your complaint within five working days and aim to correct substantial errors as soon as possible.


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