Looking for tips on how to throw a unique Christmas party without any of the holiday stress and hassle?
Celebrating the festive season should be about enjoying quality time with friends and family. It should not be about stressing over the shopping to make the party come together! So here’s one major life hack on how to take the stress out of planning that big festive party…get everything you need in one place, delivered straight to your door. Yes,we are talking about everything! From festive food to Christmas decorations and even gifts, honestbee‘s Fresh supermarket has everything you need to make your Christmas more exciting!
Click through our picks of party essentials, from food (main course and dessert), to décor (Christmas trees, decorations and Christmas crackers), sweet treats (giant versions of your fave chocolates like Hershey’s), and last-minute gifts, hampers and stocking fillers! With one click of a button that Christmas party will come together while you put your feet up and wait for your festive goodies to be delivered straight to your door (the very same day)! Easy peasy, no?
Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Nothing says Christmas better than a Christmas tree – fresh or fake will do! Fresh supermarket on honestbee has the Partyforte Christmas Premium California Pine Christmas Tree (5 feet) at $69 with larger sizes available, too.
Next you’ll need decorations: pick out your colour scheme as there’s plenty of choice on baubles. We are going for the Partyforte Christmas Textured Red Christmas Baubles (24 per pack/$13.90) and you can even get lights at honestbee with the Partyforte 100 Bulbs Multicolor LED Chain Lights (10 m/$12.90).
Tip: Get the kids to help decorate, saving you some time (depending on how old your kids are!) and delegate the Christmas playlist to your other half!
Christmas lunch or dinner is a feast that the whole family looks forward to every year. Traditionally there’s Turkey but in case you don’t have the oven space for that, or if your party is a small family affair our next tip is downsizing with chicken. Look out for the Kee Song Fresh Lacto Organic Chicken (1.2 kg $12.90) from Fresh supermarket on honestbee. Cook one or two chooks up and then have all the festive sides or trimmings (ideas on the next slide), to complete your feast.
The “trimmings’ really make a meal, and the Fresh supermarket on honestbee has a great selection of fresh vegetables: Australian fresh carrots and frozen peas, leeks, and of course the love-them-or-hate-them Brussels sprouts! Roast potatoes are a must, and you’ll need some ready-made stuffing – like Shropshire Spice English Sage and Roast Onion Mix ($5.90) – to keep things traditional. Chicken or Turkey no matter what, ready-to-eat sauces like the Cunliffe Waters Cranberry Sauce ($10.90), and gravy like Atkins & Potts Turkey Gravy ($8.90) just shout Xmas chow!
Leave room for Christmas dessert. Here’s where you can save yourself a lot of prep work and sweating in the kitchen by buying in the desserts – ‘cos you deserve to enjoy the day, too! Fresh supermarket on honestbee has a range of sweet treats from the gluten-free Matthew Walker Christmas Pudding (400 g/$23.50) with a drizzle of Joe & Seph’s Brandy Butter Caramel Sauce (other flavours available) to Hider Ice Top Xmas Fruit Cake ($20.90).
Chocolates are a course all on their own at Christmas time (hey, it isn’t’ called the silly season for no reason!). You’ll need a selection of speciality chocs on hand to serve with coffee after your meal. There’s the tin of Quality Street ($8.90) – the UK’s popular chocolate box with various fillings – or, for the younger crowd, Mars Chocolates – Celebrations Tub ($18.90). “You never know what you’re gonna get!”
Whether your family opens their stockings at the crack of dawn on Christmas Day, or at your Christmas party on Christmas Eve, you’ll need to make sure you have Christmas stockings for the kids. Fresh supermarket on honestbee also stocks these! The Partyforte Christmas Sequined Stocking comes in different designs and sizes (from $6.90). Stocking stuffers/fillers will be your next port of call: Brachs Candy Cane – Peppermint ($14.90) and the little packets of Haribo Giant Christmas Tree ($3.90) will go down a storm.
Looking for a healthy vegan alternative to eggnog to get you into the festive spirit? honestbee stocks dairy-free Good Karma Holiday Nog (946 ml/$7.90) made from omega-3 rich flaxmilk and holiday spices – yum!
For that halal Christmas or if you need some alcohol free wine on hand there’s Belvoir Sparkling Rose Wine ($7.90) with raspberry notes and a hint of orange blossom.
And of course for the boozers: Castell d’Age (run by three generations of women – three cheers to that!). Their Castell d’Age NV Cava Brut Nature Reserva «Anne-Marie»( $37.50) is their driest version available with floral top notes, fresh cream in the middle and a sustained autolytic bassline. In other words, it’s pretty darn drinkable — save us a glass!
That table can look pretty bare until it’s piled with all the food you’ve ordered and cooked, so pretty it up with the Partyforte Christmas Wreath of Berries, Acorns and Ferns ($24.90)! And of course no Christmas meal is complete without Christmas crackers! Fresh supermarket on honestbee has a great selection to choose from, like Giftmaker Christmas Crackers – Fireworks (10 per pack/$12.90) for the adults and for the kiddos Giftmaker Christmas Crackers – Fireworks (9 per pack/$8.90).
Tip: If you have any extra baubles left over you can scatter these on the table for extra colour and lay each setting with a fun Santa hat to get everyone into the festive spirit: Partyforte Christmas Santa Hat (available in Child or adults sizes).
If you’ve left picking up gifts till the last minute — join the club! No worries ‘cos honestbee has some ready-to-go hampers to impress your colleagues (we like their Far East Flora Merry Celebrations Hamper at $106.90), or if you are picking something up for the little ones, delight them with honestbee’s speciality items brought from the US and UK especially for the festive season. The ‘giant snacks’ are sure to impress; pick up the Hershey 3D Giant Kisses Milk Chocolate $29.90 (the biggest Hersey kisses choc we have ever seen!), or if they prefer non-choc sweets, how about a Roses Giant Jelly Baby $21.90 (in assorted colours)?
Now here’s a little Christmas present for you, party planner extraordinaire! Sassy Mama readers get $15 off a minimum spend of $40 on your first Fresh supermarket on honestbee order using code SASSYHB15 (New customers only). Promo codes will expire after 31 Dec 2018.
Merry Christmas and happy shopping!
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