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Poppy Delevingne's Tips on Planning a Holiday Bash

How to be the hostess with the mostess in this season of merry making.
Poppy Delevingne's Tips on Planning a Holiday Bash How to be the hostess with the mostess in this season of merry making.

Chestnuts are roasting, children are filling the air with cheery carols, and soon you’ll be caught smooching under the mistletoe. But before that all goes down along with that 7th glass of champagne, you’ll first need to get started on setting the ambiance for your holiday feast. So you’ve probably confirmed with the caterer and you’re almost done putting up all the decorations, yet still there’s just something missing. To give you a little helping hand, allow Poppy Delevingne to shed some light on how you can make your Christmas soiree a jingle bell-rockin' one. “The fun is in the detail. Prepare…then party on.”

TWO DAYS BEFORE: “Uncork a diffuser and let it work its magic on your party space. This is the fabulous foundation of your party mood.”

A DAY BEFORE: “Prep the playlist, people! It’s Christmas, make it joyful. Put on the Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé for starters. Call me cheesy—I don’t care. Then take a giant candle, one of those enormous ones, and put it in the middle of the room or on a mantelpiece. Weave the winter foliage all around it and people will marvel at your creativity (even though it only takes five minutes and an armful of Eucalyptus). After all, why be subtle when you can be spectacular?”

THREE HOURS BEFORE: “My house isn’t the only thing that needs some prep. It’s time get myself spruced. I’ll have a long hot bath with a big splash of Jo Malone’s Red Roses Bath Oil and a candle lit—the calm before the storm. Then I’ll smother myself in my Body Crème in Red Roses too, it helps my scent last all night. Finally I’ll use my Tuberose Angelica Cologne for a hot, evening mood. Spritz where you want to be kissed.”

TWO HOURS BEFORE: “Cluster candles around your front door and all around the house. Light them early so the scent has time to diffuse and admire the theatrical glow. (Now you’re a set designer, who knew?)”

AT THE PARTY: “Make an entrance. Waft down the stairs smelling amazing after a quick spritz. Then keep a little 30ml Cologne on hand—you never know when you might need it. Have a few Ultimate Christmas Crackers lying around for pulling when things (and people) start to get merry, they’re madly oversized and festive.”

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MY LAST THOUGHTS: “Don’t forget to hang the mistletoe and make it a #HappyKissmas.” 

Images courtesy of Jo Malone

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