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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

'Lazy Hostess' Babe Scott: Christmas Parties

Christmas party entertaining...

If the very words send you into a spin, and straight for the gin, this author is determined to help you out.

Self-described 'Lazy Hostess' Babe Scott (yes, that's her name!) gives her top five tips for hosting a stress-free soiree on a scrooge budget.

1) The best way to kick off a Santa-inspired shindig is with a festive cocktail. Serve a delicious red or green libation like a cosmopolitan or an apple martini. Another easy option is Babe Scott’s “Bad Santa” cocktail. Simply mix a half an ounce of Midori with 2 ounces of vodka, half an ounce of fresh lime juice and garnish with a candy cane and maybe even some red sugar around the rim. This libation will put even the Grinch in a good mood. Make sure you get friends
to bring extra booze so you don’t end up in the “pour house.”


Babe's 'Kiss Me Quick' cocktail


2) Ask your guests to dress in the Christmas spirit. They can simply wear red or green or go all out and dress up as Santa helpers or impish elves. This dress code will ensure your party is as colorful as a Christmas tree. It also means you will have great photos for Facebook and your wall of infamy later. Give a prize for the best outfit. This can be as simple as a kiss from the host or the promise of a framed photograph of the winners in their Christmas regalia.

3) Create a Christmas atmosphere with splashes of red and green. Cover your couch in red
fabric and hang last year’s Christmas decorations from the ceiling. Or garland the walls with
Christmas lights. One cheap and chic idea is to replace your light covers with Chinese paper
lanterns in red or green or use red light bulbs. Find some embarrassing Christmas pics of
family and friends (or find funny ones on the internet) to blow up and laminate to adorn your
platters and walls.

4) Ask your friends to bring a present to regift. This way all your guests will receive something
from Santa. These often-scary present selections are great conversation starters. The
exchange will give everyone a chance to share their family histories and funny stories. And
everyone likes a surprise present. Even the swirls of leftover giftwrapping will add to
atmosphere.

5) Repurpose as many leftovers as you can to create easy Christmas hors d’oeuvre ideas
such as turkey and cranberry crostinis, ham and cheese in puff pastry, and pumpkin dip.
Create a “trailer trash mix” of any leftover snacks all mixed together in one big, lucky dip bowl.
It’s nice to end on a hint of sweet, so make a red velvet cake cake mix topped with white
frosting. Add red sprinkles to your tiny treats and put them in Christmas themed wrappers for a
festive touch. Trust me, these cutesy cupcakes will disappear as fast as Rudolph on Ritalin.
The only other things you need for a sizzling evening is a celebratory playlist and a sense of
humor. If you follow these tips, you are guaranteed a great night.




More about Babe Scott... Her mission? "To put the flirt back into food."

She recently launched The Lazy Hostess, the "ultimate entertaining guide" for the domestically challenged, in the UK, which is slated for release in the US in late 2014. This "stovetop siren" is also widely regarded as a dating expert and ‘card carrying manthropologist’, having previously self-published 'Delicious Dating'. This "martini-loving minx" is also a talented mixologist who has created yummy concotions for the likes of Glamour, Bridefinds.com and MSN Glo.

Babe blogs for The Huffington Post and has written for CNNLiving.com and numerous other lifestyle websites. Babe lives in New York with her daughter and two dogs, Sweetie and Darling.

'The Lazy Hostess' (hardback) is available in UK bookstores (RRP£12.99) and in
Australian bookstores (RRP $29.95).

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