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Pre-Christmas party food day

As I've mentioned on here previously, this year we are spending Christmas Day with Tom's parents before going to mine on Boxing Day.  Since the house is looking so lovely and Christmassy, and I had a couple of early Christmas presents to give them, I invited my parents round for a little pre-Christmas celebration today.

I love inviting people round for food and celebrations, it feels so special to be able to welcome people into our home, especially when it's looking so cosy! (Are you bored of photos of my lounge yet?)

Christmas room

I was excited to give them a couple of presents from Treat Republic, who do great personalised gifts and other really special presents.  They kindly recently gave me a £30 voucher and I thought my parents both deserved a little treat. These two were nestled under the rather overflowing pile of presents under the tree.

Presents Presents

But when my parents arrived, the first order of the day was cocktails! (Never mind that it was only half 11, it's Christmas!) A couple of years ago, Tom went surfing at Kimmeridge and came upon a sloe berry bush on the way back to the van.  He picked them and has been brewing it in gin to make sloe gin for quite some time! Today it was time for the sloe gin to make its grand entrance, and it did so in a delicious cocktail with tonic, fresh mint and blackberries.

Sloe Bramble Gin

And then it was present time! For my Mum, a beautiful baby piglet watering can (£15.75*) and for my Dad, a personalised beer tankard (£14.95*).  I think both of them are excellent value, and both of my parents were thrilled with their gifts.  Thankyou Treat Republic!

Pig and glass

Of course it's not a proper Christmas celebration without some party foods.  These M&S mini Christmas tree pizza bites were pretty special....

Christmas tree snacks

Tom also made some amazing sweet potato, feta and spring onion bites which were divine.  As well as mini Croque Monsieurs, oozing with bechamel sauce.

Croque Monsieur Bites

After some pork and cranberry sausage rolls and lots of crisps, I made a festive twist on Eton Mess, Cranberry Mess, made with cranberries and oranges.  That was also delicious (if I do say so myself!)

Cranberry Mess

We played games (I bought a celebrity name game thing from M&S), watched YouTube videos on TV, listened to Christmas music, drank cocktails and Bucks' Fizz and generally had a wonderful day.  Then we loaded up their car with all of the presents to take to their house for Boxing Day.  There is an awful lot of presents! It was such a perfect day and I'm definitely feeling very festive now.  After the house was cleaned and tidied this morning I had a long shower and hopped out of the shower feeling really happy and content. I'm really excited to have a nice amount of time off work and be able to share it with amazing friends and family.  It's such a nice feeling to be nearly on top of the to-do list and be able to go away for Christmas feeling like everything is sorted and balanced.  I am feeling like a very lucky and grateful little lady at the moment. Life is good.

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17 comments

  1. Love the look of the Christmas tree bites!

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  2. I love the robin wrapping paper, the food look so tasty x
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  3. Aw wow, it sounds like you, Tom and your lovely parents had a lovely day! I absolutely love the presents you picked up for them both! And your lounge looks so perfect and cosy! :) xx

    Celine from Vintage Teapot

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  4. Glad you are happy! The food looks good..those Christmas tree pizza bites are so cute! And your cranberry mess looks yummy :) Sounds like a lovely day! And I'll never be bored of your lounge - it looks so cosy. x

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful day. Your living room looks amazing and I love that watering can!

    Hannah
    x

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  6. The drink you made looks so yummy! Sounds like you had a wonderful time

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  7. You room looks lovely, definitely not fed up of seeing photos of it. Feeling so rotten, I'm not looking forward to Christmas at all.

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  8. Everything looks wonderful, and what pretty wrapping paper! Christmas in our household is always what feels like a weeks event, so many people to visit and presents to open and give! Hope you have a lovely Christmas :) xx

    The Little Things

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  10. Your house looks wonderful and festive!! I love how cosy homes are during the festive season!
    glad you had a wonderful time x x

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  11. I'm definitely going to check out Treat Republic now - those gifts you picked out are lovely, really unique and such great value! x x

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  12. Sounds like such a gorgeous, festive memorable day :D it's making me excited for Christmas! Your house looks so cosy and I love how you wrapped the presents! Great post xx

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  13. Aww you call your mum Mumsy too, I thought I was the only one! Sounds like you and your parents had a lovely time. I cannot wait to have a lovely house to welcome people into, our 2 bed flat is just not cutting it for being welcoming and cosy! x

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  14. Your house is so lovely and what cute presents, have a good christmas!

    Julia x

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  15. Love your photographs...the presents look so cute wrapped and your food ideas sound (and look) yummy!

    Katie x
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  16. Mmm that cocktail sounds lovely :)

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