Festive favourites

3rd December 2017

It’s finally December! I feel like I’ve been tapping my foot for the last two months because let’s be honest, they are merely part of the large-scale countdown to CHRISTMAS! Have you guessed what I’m talking about this week? Yep, you got it. I’ve decided to begin the month of Christmas by compiling a few festive favourites.

Make no mistake about it, Christmas is basically 50% sweet stuff. And I am so ok with that. Let’s be honest, nobody does chocolate better than Cadburys. Every year I look forward to what their new Christmas releases will be and they certainly haven’t disappointed this year!

New for 2017, you’ve got the Cadbury Heroes Advent Calendar. While Cadbury’s produce advent calendars every year, you get a lot more chocolate with this big boy and seven different types of chocolates are rotated throughout the month for a tasty way to begin your day. It may not be the 1st anymore but there’s still time to get your hands on one! I would so much rather find a Snow Bites Christmas Cracker on the Christmas table rather than your average paper hat/crappy joke cracker. Cadbury’s offering is full of delicious balls of dairy milk chocolate in a crispy white shell dusted with icing sugar. Yes please.

You’ve also got the returns of a few old favourites. We all love dipping into a tub of Cadbury’s Heroes when snuggled up on the sofa at Christmas time but this year Cadburys have gone one better by producing a hefty one-kilogram tin with 65p of each tin being donated to Help for Heroes. These seriously generous tins are expected to raise over £100,000 and if you can grab yourself one, I would really recommend it.

My favourite launch from Cadbury this year has to be the Dairy Milk Classic Collection. The lovely box is filled with four of Cadbury’s classic bars in their original packaging as well as a short history behind each bar. I love the packaging of this product and really think it makes for a lovely gift. I’ll be honest though, I’ve yet to eat any of the bars because I simply don’t want to ruin the packaging! What’s a girl to do eh?

This year we’ve decided to throw at small Christmas party at our house for a few of our friends and since November, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for lovely bits and bobs to make the night special. One of my friends is bloody brilliant at cocktail making but a master needs instruments, no? Step forward Dunelm whose gold barware collection is the stuff of dreams. While we don’t quite have the space for a bar cart, these babies would certainly look at home on one. This 3 piece set comes with a Hawthorne strainer, muddler and cocktail spoon, the perfect accompaniment to the matching cocktail shaker.

I was so impressed with the quality of the barware, made from stainless steel, it’s built to last – though I wouldn’t recommend throwing the cocktail shaker around too enthusiastically. For the finishing touch, I chose these gold rim champagne saucer glasses. They might not be cocktail glasses but I actually prefer the shape to drink from. The gold rim adds just the right amount of elegance and ties in nicely with the rest of the barware. And ok, it helps the collection is completely Instagramable!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll already know how much of a fan I am of Yankee Candles so I was thrilled to receive their Christmas collection, especially at the rate we’ve been getting through candles in my house lately! There’s a real mixture of scents this year and bound to be one to suit everyone.

The Perfect Tree is a fairly obvious one to describe, really accurately replicating the scent of a real Christmas tree with notes of pine needles, white birch and cedar. This is a great candle if you usually have a fake tree so miss out on the gorgeous smell, plus you don’t have to deal with any dropped pine needles. Win-win! Cracking Wood Fire is another fairly self-explanatory one although at first, I wondered if it was really that Christmassy. Then I lit the candle and the top notes of nutmeg, myrrh and warm amber came through and it was easy to see exactly what makes the candle Christmassy. Something I think that would have made the candle even better was if it crackled like a real fire, really bringing the experience together.

Despite being a chocoholic, I’m not really a big fan of hot chocolate. I do, however, love the smell of it. So I was very excited about Spice White Cocoa. This candle is definitely one for those of you who like a sweet scent as there are notes of salted caramel, butterscotch and cream. It gets away with not being too sickly though and I think that’s mostly down to the hint of nutmeg. Last but not least we have Christmas Magic, which couldn’t be more Christmassy if it tried! It’s definitely a much more traditional scent, combining balsam fir and pine with mandarin and eucalyptus, a fine balance of sweet and spicy that will sit proudly on your coffee table this Christmas.

I’d love to know what festive bits you’ve been enjoying or what’s top of your list this December. Let me know in the comments!

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