Entertaining this Christmas with DOMU

Christmas is my favourite time of year. I love it, the decorations, buying beautiful gifts for people but most of all I love to socialise with family and friends. We have Christmas day at home, I cook a traditional Christmas dinner for the family, I drink a bit too much and eat too much, but I love it. It’s a real family day, full of love and laugher.

For the last few years we host a turkey curry night between Christmas and New Year, it’s always lots of fun. We have a few drinks and eat a lot of curry. One of my favourite things about the run up the Christmas is the Christmas drinks night we host at our house each year, at some point in December. We have quite a close group of friends we generally have the same people around each time we have a gathering.

Entertaining this Christmas with DOMU

This year I have decided on a Gin and Whiskey night, along with nibbles. I do love a gin, I have been sent a couple of fabulous items for my Christmas gift guides that I cannot wait to try. Cocktails are something I love, I like to make them and especially drink them.

Entertaining This Christmas with DOMU

To help me out with my Gin and Whiskey night, DOMU have sent me some beautiful copper items. A cocktail making kit, a cheese board and a cafeterias that will help the following morning with the sore head.

Cocktails

The Parisian cocktail making kit exudes glamor, it’s cooper in colour and comes with everything you could possibly need to make amazing cocktails, other than the liquids. The kit comes with a muddler, twisted bar spoon/fork, strainer, bottle pourers, double ended shot measurer not forgetting the cocktail shaker and arecipe guide. All packaged up in a lovely geometric patterned gift box.

Cheese lovers

The herringbone cheese board, is gorgeous. It comes complete with 3 specialised knives perfect for cutting all of your cheeses. The knives sit beautifully within the back of the board, to keep them safe, each one has its own little magnetic space so they are secure while not in use. The board is made from bamboo and comes with a hanging loop to allow for it to be stored hanging. I love the herringbone finish to this board, it looks really classy and I cannot wait to use it for my Christmas drinks night. Plus it arrived boxed in love geometric black and gold box.

Morning Coffee

The copper French press is another beautiful VonSuf product. It is the fashionable copper colour that is making it’s way into kitchens everywhere. It has a 1L capacity and makes the perfect coffee and apparently it can be used for tea as well, which is something I hadn’t even thought about until I read about it on the box. The press is easy to clean and I just love it. Another product that is beautifully packaged. It’s going to be perfect for the sore heads the morning after my Gin and Whiskey night.

The VonShef items, are all of fabulous quality, they not only look stylish they are also well made, high end products. As Christmas is coming these would make for perfect gifts, they are affordable, stunning and beautifully packaged.

Thank you VonShef for sending me out these beautiful items, I love them all.

 

The perfect tea and cake with Maxwell and Williams

I love nothing more than a cup of tea. I even take a travel mug of tea with me on the school run. But it’s just not the same as drinking loose leaf tea from a tea pot in a lovely mug and with a slice of cake. What could be better?

I always think that loose leaf tea tastes so much better than that in a bag, however it’s not often that I have a pot of tea. I’m normally so busy it goes cold so I normally stick to a bag and a mug.

Tea and cake with Maxwell and Williams

Maxwell and Williams have recently launched their autumn/winter collection and were kind enough to send me a couple of gorgeous items from the collection. Including a cute little pink teapot, with a matching mug from their gorgeous Tint stoneware range and a serving platter from the Artisan collection. Perfect for having tea and cake.

The teapot in Rose has a build in loose leaf tea infuser, plus it works as a leaf strainer so you do not have to worry about having one of those as well. I love the shade of pink, it’s a pastel dusky pink shade. It is also light weight, even though it is stoneware, and very easy to take apart for cleaning and easy to load with your tea leaf of choice. Although it is not the normal vintage style china tea pot with a little lid that no doubt I would drop and break, I actually love the modern style and yet it feels traditional to be using a tea pot.

The matching snug mug also in Rose, really is snug as it sits beautifully within your hand. It the perfect mug for cuddling on a cold winters day in front of the fire. Both hands fit around curves, plus it also has that beautiful dusky pink shade that I love so much.

The Artisan serving platter is a gorgeous bespoke item. It has a lovely pink shade to it, so although it is not part of the Tint collection I actually think the items sit beautifully together. The platter has a crackle glaze finish, which looks beautiful and very unique, using the crackle glaze technique it means that each item within the Artisan collection is unique. I love it. As the platter is also not a traditional circle or oval shape, it is more of a tear drop. It means I can add cake and still have space to place the knife or add a pot of hummus if I was using it as a bread board.

I am going to make sure that I incorporate my cute little Tint tea pot and mug into my everyday life. It will be my companion while sat at my desk working from home each day. Do you use a tea pot or do you just go for a bag in a mug?

 

*Thank you Maxwell and Williams for gifting me this stunning items, they are now a firm favourite in my house.*

Luxury travel for all with Niche Retreats

I love a little bit of luxury in my life, but for so many people they hear the word luxury and think expensive. Adding luxury to your life doesn’t always have to be expensive. Heading away on holiday or a weekend break for me is about finding a a beautiful place to stay. Sometimes you just need to get away from everyday life and relax with a little bit of luxury.

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Finding a holiday that is not only luxurious but also affordable for all, really isn’t as difficult as people think. Niche Retreats is the perfect place to start looking for that luxury break that is affordable. It could be you are looking for a romantic break away or organising something for the whole extended family or a large group of friends. Niche Retreats offers it all. From a couple to a group of 50 people.

A couple of years ago I was tasked with finding a property that was big enough to house all of the Hubby’s family including all four of his step brothers, sister, partners, children and dog. In total their was 17 of us going and at the time 4 dogs, it was really difficult to find somewhere within the school holidays that was affordable for everyone but also big enough and would take the dogs.

I started to look about 18 months before we were going and although I booked it just over 12 months before the holiday it was a struggle. We ended up a place that was large enough for us all, a good location to a beach however it wasn’t really a luxury property. Now the family has extended even more, we have more children, more partners and we have 9 dogs between us all. Not that we would now take that many dogs away.

Luxury for larger families or groups

I thought finding something that would be suitable for everyone almost impossible. However, with Niche Retreats they had many luxurious yet affordable options for us. I thought I would share my favourite with you.

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Tregoninny Farmhouse and Barns is located near the beautiful village of Tresillian, Cornwall. Set in it’s own private woodland and farm and only 2 miles from Truro. The farmhouse and barns sleep 22 people, 11 in the farm house and 11 in the barn and welcomes 5 dogs. Not only would Tregoninny be more than large enough for my Hubby’s family it has that luxurious feel that I look for. Believe me, spending a week away with his family needs a bit of luxury and a lot of gin to help me get through it.

The farmhouse and barns has large dinning areas, beautiful sitting rooms, so much outdoor space for the children and the dogs. 7 bathrooms, 11 bedrooms, parking for numerous cars, woodlands to walk around and log burners to keep you toasty and warm.

Tregoninny farmhouse and barns really is the perfect venue for a large group of friends or a large family gathering.

Finding a luxury holiday for a large party can be affordable for all. Do you go on big family holidays? Do you have any tips or coping with so many people?

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*