Christmas, Five weeks until Christmas, Planning, Things to do

Five weeks until Christmas! Things to do.

  • Finalise Christmas day invitation
  • Stock up on party supplies (serviettes, toothpicks, disposable plates etc.)
  • Stock on Xmas pantry items
  • Check food orders (place them as needed)
  • Check that you have sufficient room/tables/seating for Xmas parties
  • Buy wrapping paper, ribbons, embellishments and cards
  • Finalise craft items and present making
  • Take out Christmas decorations and decide what you want to use
  • Test Christmas lights and replace bulbs
  •  Buy additional decorations
  • Donate unwanted items to charity
beverages, Catering, Cocktail, Cosmopolitan

Need a drink? Try a Cosmopolitan


  • 3 scoops ice cubes
  • 60mls (1/4 cup) vodka
  • 15mls (3 teaspoons) cranberry juice
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 thin strips lime rind, to garnish

Place the ice, vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour into cocktail glasses and serve, each garnished with a lime rind strip or slice of fruit. Link to recipe: Taste – Cosmopolitan

Christmas, Planning, Things to do in November, Uncategorized

Things to do in November

Okay, November is a key time to get things organised:

  • Make your Christmas orders in November. Order ham, turkey, chicken, goose or any other special item you may need
  • Get that Advent calendar stocked and ready to roll
  • Buy presents and cards
  • Buy non-perishable food items
  • Present making – it is best to get everything done by the end of the month so that you can work out what you still need to buy or make before December. This way you can avoid last minute dashes to the shops.
  • Decoration making – really get going with the craft tasks. You want to get all of the basics, your table centres and crackers out of the way nice and early.
  • Finalise details of any events you are hosting
  • Send your invitations now, December is a busy month and people need to plan their time carefully
  • Take stock of dishes, glassware, cutlery, serving implements and the like for entertaining
  • Check the pantry – do you have all of the dry goods your need for your Christmas baking and food preparation
  • Make a list of all of the food and drinks you will need to get and start buying a few items every week
  • If you are getting a live tree place your order now
  • Finalise purchases of presents and cards to be sent overseas
  • Check international postage deadlines if you are sending things overseas
  • Do your on-line Christmas shopping now – some things can take 6 weeks to arrive.
  • Check the state of the tree and decoration
  • Organise your Christmas day guest list
  • Firm up your Christmas Day/Party and other events
  • Make jams and preserves so that they are ready for Christmas