6 TIPS FOR PLANNING A LAST-MINUTE CHRISTMAS PARTY

How To Plan A Christmas Party: The Joey Journal Checklist

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It’s never too late to kick off your Christmas party celebrations since the yuletide season isn’t over yet. This year will see an increase in parties at home, as recent studies show that visits to pubs and restaurants will fall by 4.5%, no thanks to the current cost of living. So, more people will prefer to turn their homes into party zones, even on short notice. Understandably, hosting a last-minute Christmas party can sound very stressful, as you don’t have enough time to prepare. But “stressful” does not mean impossible. The following tips can help you pull off a great Christmas party with little time.  

Stay calm

Almost every party expert will advise planning early to give yourself enough preparation time, but that’s almost impossible at the last minute. Yet, don’t let this small window you have for planning be the reason you pull your hair out. Instead, calm yourself and think through the things you need to do right away. The calmer and more collected you are, the better you’ll be able to organise your thoughts and decide how to go about things. Allowing yourself to worry too much will only waste time, and you might end up bailing on an opportunity to host the party. 

Pick a convenient date for everyone

Choose a date and time that will work for everyone without going back and forth on making changes. Instead of using emails, reach out ot the attendees by calling them directly on their phones so you can get quick responses. Instant chats and internet calls can also do the trick, but since not everyone replies instantly to chats, try calling first. Ideally, a weekday evening will be best for a last-minute party, as most people will have their weekends already packed, especially during the festive season. So, pick a weekday evening and call the attendees to find out how suitable it is for them. 

Order all your drinks from one location

The last thing you want to do is run around from store to store buying drinks. Instead, order all of them from one place where possible. For example, if your guests prefer liquor or spirits, look for a store (whether online or brick-and-mortar) that offers various types, whether it’s tequila, liqueur, or bacanora. But double-check how long the delivery will take before ordering online. Use the same principle for juices, wine, and champagne. You can even find stores that sell different types of drinks, whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic. One huge advantage of ordering from one place is that you might enjoy some discounts. 

Let a party service handle the food

Good food is at the heart of any party. Unfortunately, good food can also take a lot of time to make, especially when you’re expecting quite a turn-up. One of the most convenient ways to wash your hands off this demanding responsibility is to order from a party service. Most restaurants and food businesses offer special menus for parties and large gatherings usually at lesser costs per person. Alternatively, you can ask your attendees to prepare their preferred dishes and bring them along. That’s like killing two birds with one stone – they’ll have the dishes they want, and you’ll ease the pressure on yourself. But if you still want to make something on your own, consider the next tip. 

 

Go for simple recipes 

This point should sound obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Go for simple but delicious recipes to save you time and effort if you want to handle the cooking by yourself. Also, don’t worry; your guests will probably understand, especially when they know you planned everything on short notice. Often, there’s a huge burden to impress guests with the food choices, forcing many party hosts to try exotic and complicated recipes. But don’t put yourself under such pressure. Plus, there are several easy-to-make dishes you can try that your guests will love and will take no time at all to make. You can also ask friends and family to help a little with the cooking to save time. 

Plan for entertainment

The food might be good, but people expect to have fun when they attend a Christmas party, so plan for entertainment as well. Again, you want to keep things simple without losing the fun factor. Consider adding some games to the party experience. Whether it’s card games, board games, charades, or karaoke, think of games everyone will love and be willing to participate in. If you’re short on ideas, consider sorting opinions from your list of invitees. The more games you can add, the better, as that will keep your attendees occupied and prevent boredom. You can also consider hiring entertainers, but look for those who can be available on short notice.




 

FEELING AT HOME THIS LUNAR NEW YEAR WITH RALPH LAUREN HOME

A Time for Celebration to Bring Good Luck and Prosperity

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Aside from red envelopes and parades one of the most important Lunar New Year Traditions is that its essential to de-clutter and refresh your home which symbolises good fortune and prosperity ~ “out with old and in with the new” is most common practice before celebrations even begins.

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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF RALPH LAUREN HOME

Did you know Ralph Lauren Home has been defining Style since 1967
 

 

Experience the World of Ralph Lauren and Home Decor

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Feeling Inspired? Start by brightening up your home with a few fresh touches such as updating your home furnishings, you’ll find a new colour scheme can really work wonders. There are some really great options out there for inspiration such as Ralph Lauren Home Collection which has been defining timeless style since 1967.

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You can experience the World of Ralph Lauren through their international stores world-wide, retail website and online social media platforms for ideas on how to furnish your home with elegance.

“Ralph Lauren celebrates the season with a presentation of signature fabrics and wall coverings featuring archival florals, classic ticking stripes, and elegant paisleys”

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Artfully layered, the exquisite details and rich fabrics evoke the grandeur of a Milanese Palazzo. One of my favourites must be The Nortonbury Throw Pillow with a hand embroidered stag crest rests on the silk foulard print of the Anston Throw Pillow and woven herringbone of the Bretford Sham.

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”This is also a good time to observe at the small details like photo frames removing the ones that just create more clutter and replace with clean lines and simple colours.”

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VISIT THE RALPH LAUREN FLAGSHIP STORES WORLDWIDE

Don’t forget you can virtually step into the elegant world of Ralph Laurens most iconic flagship stores along Madison Avenue and explore the festively dressed interiors and seasonal collections from the comfort of your own home. 

You’d be very surprised this is all you need to brighten up the house rather than getting out the paintbrushes or calling in the Interior designer wouldn’t you agree?

Discover the RL Virtual Experience and shop the latest Ralph Lauren Holiday collection online and their website.

 

NEED INSPIRATION TO GIVE YOUR HOME INTERIOR A LUXURY MAKE OVER THIS NEW YEAR?

Have You Ever Considered Luxury vinyl flooring for your Home

Vinyl Flooring Perfect for the Party

If you like to entertain crowds at home or are the person to throw parties but fear the clean-up, there is an option that will greatly benefit you in choosing luxury vinyl flooring for your property.

Over the past two decades, interior designers and specialists recommend vinyl tiles and planks as a preferred option. The vinyl option has many benefits for those with limited time for cleaning and maintaining the home. This is much the same as with MDF skirting boards. They are so easy to clean and maintain – plus, they are built to last and are very cost effective too. 

Quick Install

In browsing the many brands within the vinyl flooring marketplace, you may be surprised to learn what makes it a high appeal to homeowners looking for a change.

Why it is a preferred option for the home is because of the relative ease to install yourself without the cost of a professional fitter. Whether it is an option of glue down or click together, vinyl tiles are a fun project to get into on your own time and, due to the ability to have pieces cut to size to fit – you are seldom left with frustration.

Vinyl is comfortable underfoot and has plenty of styles to choose from to match your influence.

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Stain and Scratch Fighter

If you are keen to throw parties for every occasion under the sun, then luxury vinyl flooring is a lifelong option due to its durability and resilience to hard stepping, heels and the odd spilt drink or food.

Come the morning after, you may have a clean-up on your hands, but your flooring will not take long due to its liquid resistance and anti-stain design. You won’t be dealing with nightmares of scratches across your floor due to vinyl’s anti-scratch implementation.

A simple clean with a warm soapy sponge or mop and your floor retains its glossy finish again and again. It is a perfect product for homes with heavy foot traffic.

 

Kitchen Connoisseur

If you like cooking for a crowd, then vinyl tiles in your kitchen are the perfect assistant – no matter how messy things get.

Easy to clean no matter if making spaghetti, curry, pizza or salad, vinyl has your floor safe and stainless from any dropped jars or sauces that typically mark flooring no matter how many times you wash it.

One spill, one wipe and it’s back to its usual look taking no time out of your meal preparations and time to mingle with your guests.

Finding your Style

With vinyl floor tiles and planks you are not limited in selection. Some brands offer popular as well as more diverse styles to choose from and can showcase how they would fit the current feel of the room- as well as match your room fittings or furniture.

No matter what you set out your home to achieve, luxury vinyl flooring provides extra life to your party and gives peace of mind for the morning after.

A SUSTAINABLE SUMMER STAYCATION AT HOME WITH TROPILEX

Give yourself a little Holiday because Mind and Body deserve a little vacation sometimes…

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This summer I told myself if I don’t go anywhere for vacation due to travel restrictions amidst the pandemic the idea of relaxing at home isn’t something I had considered until now. With that said, a summer staycation at home has been the most sensible option this year but don’t let that spoil your fun because there are ways to make the most of your open space including the back garden too.

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When it came to choosing the ultimate summer accessory to transform the vibe of my back garden I was momentarily inspired by the idea of hammocking to transport me to the beach and just watch a lazy afternoon go by. I can’t think of anything more pleasant than lying in a hammock to re-create those summer memories and great feeling of being on holiday. Somewhere exotic or shores closer to home to watch the sunset go down. Which is your favourite British Beach?

At least this summer I can save on the air miles and adopt a more sustainable approach to travelling less which seems like somewhat a great idea than previously intended. So, I thought instead of missing out on a vacation why not bring the beach culture to me and set up with a hammock in my back garden sounds like the ideal summer situation.

After all, summer is all about re-living memories and making some new ones. I’m always up for being spontaneous and trying something new especially if its good fun like hammocking the act of setting up and subsequently chilling in a hammock with a view.

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Tired of winter already? Get some summer vibes today with a nice siesta in a Tropilex hammock. Vice versa, why always hammock outdoors when you can hammock indoors as well. You can get comfy in a hammock during the cold wintery days too. The best feeling is that satisfaction when you put your feet up after a long day…

Did you know Tropilex is a proud member of  1% for the planet. As a member of 1% For The Planet, Tropilex donates a minimum 1% of yearly sales to support environmental non-profit organisations which is a great cause to make a difference for a greener planet. Their hammocks and hanging chairs are woven and repelled by traditional hammock weavers in Columbia and India which is unique by local artisans.

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Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Tropilex Press Team with permission in writing

 

A suggestion for today during a sunny day would be go offline: less scrolling, indulge in more relaxing and enjoy is the most productive thing you can do this summer. Just – Be Free. Be Happy! Good Vibes Only.

Wanna hang-out in a hammock with all your friends? Tropilex has supper big family sized hammocks! Which one is your favourite? I recommend the Travel Hammock Majolia range made from super light but strong fabric your perfect travel companion at the beach and beyond. The hammocks are made to handle even a rain shower where the polyester yarns ensure that the cotton does not get too stretched too much. Ideal for British weather too given the unpredictable change in forecast rain or shine.

The beautiful wooden standard wood in other ranges would look great in every garden home made with 1005 FSC certified pinewood. They even deliver their products CO2-neutral.

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air with Tropilex and make it a summer to remember.

Cheers to the weekend!

 

Editorial Disclaimer: #AD Sponsored Post. All opinions are my own and I only give positive feedback on products I am genuinely interested in or would otherwise purchase myself so I can give an honest review of brands I love and show my support for at all times.

THE DUNELM HOME CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 2019 | REVIEW

HOME DECOR INSPIRATION TO CELEBRATE THIS FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON

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After all it is the season of giving and about spending time with your loved ones, family and friends which means it’s time to start thinking about finding the perfect gifts come Christmas Day. Sometimes I often find  I am leaving my Christmas shopping til the last minute but this year I’m going to start early and be well organised.

Just recently I was invited to attend the Press Day for Dunelm Home Christmas Collection in London to have a preview of their new collection range from home interiors to unique Christmas gift ideas. I also got to try and sample some delicious Christmas Inspired Cocktails and sumptuous Canapé’s during the event too while I had the pleasure of browsing my favourite items to add to my Christmas Wish list.

DID YOU KNOW? 37% of people do their Christmas Shopping in November, while 12% wait until the week before Christmas!

Dunelm Home prides itself as being one of Britain’s most beloved well known brands and it’s the first time I’ve come across this retailer that produces some really fantastic products to furnish your home.

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I’m feeling really inspired for Chrismas just by looking at all the wonderful things which surround me because I really love this festive time of year and the thought of dressing up the mantle piece, hanging stockings up and having a Tree and decorations to light up the room. The feeling of being elated inside with joy is how it should be during this special time of year so decorating your home in preparation for the big day can be fun too. I reminisce those days growing up as a child and putting up the tree just me, Mum, siblings and not forgetting the dogs being present would not feel complete.

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All the items on display during the press day were fantastic and make ideal presents such as handmade arts and crafts including the Christmas Crackers looked quirky and fun too.

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Top image: Christmas Lantern Decoration This image: Unique selection of Christmas Gifts on display

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Even the advent calendars were imaginative in the form of a 3-D model village to food gift sets, board games and more i deas for present choice was a great opportunity to window shop before these items hit the shelves in the store.

With comparison to other Christmas home collections Dunelm did not disappoint as there were lots to choose from to help you decide on gift ideas to spoil your loved ones and make sure you celebrate in style at home this festive season.

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I had the most wonderful time exploring and taking note of all the things I want to include in my Christmas Wish list so I can start my Christmas Shopping early before the big rush kicks in on the high street. It’s the beginning of October already, so the time is ticking in the countdown to Christmas before we all head off and enjoy our planned festivities for the holidays.

Feeling inspired yet?  Discover the wide range of Decor available to buy today at Dunelm, the UK’s largest homewares and soft furnishing store from accessories, bedding, ornaments, ideas for new home decor to furniture and home collections.

To find out more about Dunelm Home please visit their website and social media handles below;

https://www.dunelm.com/

IG @dunelmuk @dunelm_insiders

Disclaimer; Many Thanks to Dunelm Home for inviting me along to their preview of the 2019 Christmas Collection. All opinions expressed will be my own and I would never promote something I otherwise would not choose for myself or use as I want to give my honest feedback on brands I review.