The silly season has hit us right between the eyeballs and
the world it speeding up to crazy.
I love the fact that the hols are within reach and I can’t
wait to go overboard with my boys this year. I recently decided to suck
the marrow out of life (a bit more) and so I’m going to go bonkers with
Christmas and all things festive.
This is all going to cost a bit isn’t it? And there’s no money
is there? …. Nope.
SO, in the spirit of festivity and happiness, I have put
together a list of great gifts and party ideas that are cost-effective,
simple and pretty darn gorgeous.
Homemade foodie gifts:
Gingerbread men – they’re super easy to make and delight
young and old. Wrap them in cellophane bags with some colourful sweets and a
bright festive ribbon.
Chocolate – make truffles or brownies and place them in little boxes with
colourful paper, truly indulgent gifts.
Jams – this onion, chilli and ginger jam is seriously delicious and is great
with cheese and meat platters. Buy a gold marker, write a note on the bottle and tie with a gold ribbon – beautiful.
Have an outdoor party – everyone brings a platter of goodies
and a bottle. Throw some sand into brown paper bags and place a cheap long
candle into it, you’ve got instant lanterns. Lay out some cushions and a couple
of throws and you’ve got an awesome instant evening picnic party.
Mexican theme – this always goes down well and is really
festive and fun. Get people to dress up (bright colours and big hats) and you
can make huge jugs of Mojitos, which is a refreshing and tasty budget cocktail as rum is very
Mexican-style food is also very easy on the pocket, try these great
cheesy bean and sweetcorn nachos and these tasty Mexican sausages that you
could pop in a wrap. This caramelised pinapple and chilli dessert is also fantastic, serve it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream in a sugar cone. Hey, you don’t even need to dirty any plates, it’s
hand-held all the way.
Pizza parties – this is a great one for a long lazy lunch
party with kids. Make homemade bases (much cheaper and very simple to make)
and get each family to bring a different topping (check out our top 10 pizza toppings for inspiration). The pizzas get made over time
and the kids have a ball with their own creations.
Here's to a corker of a festive season!