#RSGSTYLE: 5 OF THE BEST CHEATS FOR CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINING

One of our favourite parts of Christmas has to be (hands down) the food and drink! If you’re anything like us, then you’ll prefer eating and drinking rather than slaving over a hot stove too.

As the saying goes, it is actually possible to have your cake and eat it, so, we called upon our co-founder Jane, who has to be one of the worst cooks, but best stylists we know and is famous for whipping up incredible feasts that you would think has taken hours.  She has put together 6 fabulous insta-worthy Christmas Classics for all the family – the cheat way! Let us help you impress your friends and family without the stress with our top styling tips.


1. Mulled Wine – smells and colours

 

No need to blend herbs and spices when all the supermarkets do mouth-watering off the shelf Mulled Wine (my favourite is the one from Waitrose).  Heat gently over a stove being careful not to boil.  This will fill your home with clouds of gorgeous Christmas smells as friends and family gravitate to the kitchen to find out where the smells are coming from start slicing oranges which will not only impress but adds to the sensory delights.  The styling is all about the colours, here I have used pretty glasses rather than boring old wine glasses.  I have sliced oranges and added a few physalis which looks impressive bobbing around in the glass and taste delicious when soaked in the warm mulled wine.   I have chosen a marble and gold tray which blends with the ruby reds and warm orange colours plus a quirky star spoon completely my look.  Time to serve your guests with a smile.

Ingredients:

Off the shelf Mulled Wine

Oranges

Physalis

Props:

Round Marble Effect Tray £25.00

Etched Stars Glass Tumbler £7.00

Brass Spoon – Star £7.00


2. Party Food – It’s all about the breadboards

 

    

Forget spending hours filling your vol au vents and just buy all you need.  Unless you are a super cook it will taste better, you will definitely have time to enjoy yourself whilst keeping stress levels to a minimum.

My top tip is to use breadboards to present your party food.  In these images, I have used some really pretty ones which have just arrived at Rockett St George (they will be going home with me).

I bought the koftas ready to heat up and complete with sticks – perfect! I then wrapped some parchment paper into a cone and stuck a cocktail stick through to keep in place.  The tzatziki is emptied into a pretty earthenware bowl and the mint used as a garnish.  I also added the mint in a little earthenware espresso cup which not only looks lovely but adds to the scent of the dish.

The use of the earthenware cups for the snacks looks unique and stylish.  Remember to add sprigs of herbs to add scent and style to the look.

Ingredients:

Selection of Party Snacks and Nibbles

Herbs for garnish and colour

Accessories:

Set Of 4 Earthenware Bowls £30.00

Set Of 6 Earthenware Tumblers – Style 2 £36.00

Set Of 4 Earthenware Espresso Mugs – Style 2 £20.00

Mango Wood Mandala Chopping Board £40.00

Frosted Mango Wood Mandala Chopping Board £46.00


3. Entertaining the Kids

 

   

This crate of bottles is the perfect kitchen accessory for kids treats.  I have bought some little chocolate brownies but this also works with cookies.  Just fill your bottle with milk, hot chocolate or whatever drink you prefer and slide the brownie over a straw …. Then serve.

Alternatively, for the adults, you can serve a cocktail this way with a piece of fruit on the straw… the uses are endless.

Ingredients:

Mini Brownie Muffins

Milk / Milkshake

Accessories:

Wooden Box Crate With 12 Clear Glass Bottles £24.00

Pack of Straws, similar available here £2.95


4. Desert to die for

 

I have been using this cheat for years and it always looks spectacular.  Simply buy a chocolate cake, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and any other berries you can get your hands on.  Simply pile them as high as you can and sieve icing sugar over the top.  I have used a black marble cake stand, a black plate together with gold cutlery to create drama and contrast.

Ingredients:

Shop Bought Chocolate Gateau

Blackberries & Raspberries

Icing Sugar for Dusting

Accessories:

Marble Cake Stand – Black  £42.00

Faria Dinner Service Collection – Black from £12.00

Set Of 4 Piece Gold Cutlery £26.00

Gold Metal Sieve – Set Of 3 £49.00


5. Send Them Home Happy


Everybody likes to finish off the evening with something warm and comforting at Christmas and what better way to make your guests feel truly spoilt than a cosy hot drink! You can use Hot Chocolate or Chai Latte and why not add some liqueur for something a little more naughty!

Ingredients:

Favourite Hot Drink of Choice (plus a little liqueur if preferred)

Mini Star Biscuits

Accessories:

Handmade Black & White Dolly Coffee Mug £11.00

Faria Dinner Service Collection – Black from £12.00

Handmade Ceramic Plate – Wings £12.00

Brass Spoon – Star £7.50


WIN: Chocolate & Orange Wreath Cake

With so much talk about food, we can’t wait to start planning our Christmas spread and what better addition to the table than this utterly divine Chocolate & Orange Wreath Cake – winner of another Great Taste Awards Gold Star! We’ve teamed up with the Meg Rivers Artisan Bakery who are offering the Chocolate & Orange Wreath Cake to one lucky winner, with delivery before Christmas! The Rich chocolate and orange flavoured sponge with a creamy ganache filling, baked in a wreath shape, enrobed in sumptuous chocolate fondant then finished with gold sugar paste stars make this cake a  true show stopper!

To be in with a chance of winning simply click the link above to be redirected to the competition page where you will be asked for your name and email address. The competition will close at midnight on Monday the 11th of December. The winner will be chosen at random and will receive delivery of the cake before Christmas (delivery between the 14th and 21st of December 2017). Good Luck!

*Terms & Conditions Apply. Competition not open to Meg Rivers and RSG staff and their families Prize consists of a Meg Rivers Chocolate & Orange Wreath Cake. If due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to provide the stated prize, we reserve the right to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value. Competition only open to residents in the UK aged 18 or over. Due to short shelf life, the cake will be delivered between 14th & 21st December.

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