Things are getting very festive in my house at the moment. The tree is up, the cupboards are stocked with tasty treats and the Elf on the Shelf is getting up to lots of mischief. It’s definitely time to start mixing up seasonal cocktails! Eggnog is the ultimate winter cocktail, it takes a little while to make, but the results are definitely worth it. I found this recipe in a 1960s recipe book and I absolutely love it.

Eggnog Recipe

You will need:

2 eggs

2 tbsp sugar

1 part whisky

1 part dark rum

1 part brandy

2 parts milk

2 parts thick cream

A pinch of ground cloves

A pinch of ground nutmeg

Eggnog Recipe

  1. Separate the eggs into two separate bowls
  2. Beat the egg yolks until smooth and add half the sugar.
  3. Add the whisky rum and brandy to the yolks, while stirring continuously.
  4. Set the yolk mixture aside and beat the egg whites until stiff, while adding the rest of the sugar.
  5. Stir the milk and cream into the yolk mixture.
  6. Fold the stiff egg whites into the yolk mixture.
  7. Spoon into glasses and sprinkle with the ground cloves and nutmeg.

What are your favourite winter drinks? Look out for more recipes over the next few days.

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One of the things I have enjoyed most since I got into vintage, would have to be the social side. I love going to new events and meeting new people. There is nothing more fun than immersing myself in times gone by. I adore getting dressed up, curling my hair and putting on my make-up. Choosing an outfit that fits an era from the past, while still being totally me. Vintage themed events are the perfect place to do this. Whether you’re a vintage pro, or new to wearing vintage, or someone who just wants to do something a bit different for a special occasion going vintage is so much fun.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party

For the last few years, there has been one News Years event that has really stood out from the vintage crowd. An event that brings together everything I love about vintage. From retro fashion to learning new dance moves and enjoying a whole range of musical styles.  The ultimate place to see in the new year vintage style would have to be A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party curated by Hemingway Design. For one night only The Royal Festival Hall is transformed into a vintage wonderland with 5 floors of glamour, music and dancing.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyIn recent years the Hemingways have brought us some of the best vintage events on the scene, from the amazing Classic Car Boot Sale to Vintage by the Sea. Their New Years festivities are the ultimate event for those of us with our heads in the past, allowing us to see in the new year across the whole of the 20th Century. I’ve loved other Hemingway events I’ve been to over the years and this one is definitely right up my street, especially because my love of vintage spans across lots of different eras and musical styles.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyThe event includes vintage night clubs, dining, a vintage hair and beauty salon. One of the biggest highlights of the night would have to be the opportunity to have an incredible close up view of London’s spectacular firework display from The Royal Festival Halls terrace.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyFrom past experience of their events, you can expect the very best entertainment and wonderfully organised details. Past reviews of their New Years event have always been excellent. What a fabulous excuse to get completely dressed up in your finest vintage attire and disappear into the past with your friends for a few hours. The event brings you not one party, but several. There is definitely something there for all tastes, whether you love rock n roll or disco, tropical tunes or big band ballads. So what can expect at A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party? 

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyIf your favourite vintage era is the 20s, 30s or 40s The Torch Club is the place to be. The club will feature a big band from Alex Meedham and his 18 piece orchestra. There will also be original vinyl spun by DJ Daddy Rich and for those of you who need to polish up your vintage dance moves Mark & Hoc will be there to talk you through some dance steps. This is the perfect opportunity to bring out your inner flapper in a beaded dress or channel some old Hollywood glamour, don’t forget your red lipstick! 

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party

For fans of the 50, the Tiki Bar will be serving up colourful cocktails. Expect sambas and mambos, alongside hula girls limbo lancing. Tropical is the theme of the night. If you like to dress tiki-tastic and love tropical prints and bamboo jewellery then this is the one for you! 

For a more classic 50s night jive dance teacher Andrew Hall will be on hand to talk you through jive basics in Let it Rock, so there’ll be no excuse not to hit the dance floor. There will be plenty of American and early British rock n roll.

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyBar Bonkers is a throwback to the 80s and 90s, with plenty of pop, rock and dance anthems, so you can party like it’s 1989. To top it off there will be musical bingo and karaoke. As much as I love to 40s and 50s for the fashion, I absolutely love the 80s and 90s for music, so this sounds right up my street! 

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyI am also a huge fan of disco so The Studio sounds amazing too. This area will trace legendary disco club nights from the 70s and 80s, through to modern-day. Expect everything from funk and disco, to electro and Northern Soul. Put on your dancing shoes and show everyone your best moves! 

I think this is such a fabulous line up and an amazing way to see in the new year. The night is an amazing opportunity to put on your favourite vintage style outfit from any era and go back to years gone by without needing a time machine. I’ve enjoyed every Hemingway event I’ve been to. The fabulous organisation and attention to every detail make their events some of the very best. One of my favourite things is checking out what everyone else is wearing, as well as putting on something fabulous myself.  

Tickets for A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party are available here 

*This post was Kindly sponsored by The South Bank Centre. All opinions are my own. 

I don’t blog that much about being a mummy or what I spend my time doing with my daughters. But Christmas is one of those times of year that really is all about them. I love involving them in all my festive planning and its lovely when they get involved with making and baking. There are so many things you can do with your kids at Christmas and here are 5 of the things we’ve done so far.

Writing a Letter to Santa

I love writing letters to Santa, this year me and Lila both wrote one! As well as asking for toys, Lila said she hoped Santa had an amazing Christmas and that her family would all have a happy Christmas too. This is the last week to send yours out if you would like to get a reply. Find out more on the Royal Mail website.

Seeing some Reindeer

Our local garden centre not only has tree, a grotto and lots of lovely Christmas displays, it also has some reindeer for the kids to look at. This definitely adds a little Christmas magic to a simple outing.

Elf on the Shelf

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, we are doing Elf on the Shelf this year. I love this new tradition and so far we have had loads of fun doing it. For kids it really can be a magical time off year and the elf just adds to this. You can pick up your own elf on Amazon.

Baking

I love baking and I love to get my kids involved when they want to. Last weekend Jess entered a bake off at her schools Christmas fair and made this fab cake almost completely on her own. Doesn’t it look good! I was so proud. She even won a prize for it! I’m going to do a separate post on the cake later in the week.

Decorating the Tree

Nothing is more simple or fun, then putting all the decorations on the tree. I just let the kids put them wherever they want and I can always neaten them up later. Every year each of us chooses a new special decoration, so that each year our collection gets even more special.

These are some of the things we’ve done so far. I’ll been blogging about more Christmas stuff as we do it. I’m blogging every day in December, so be sure to follow me or keep checking back for more seasonal posts.

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One of my favourite things about Christmas is giving gifts. Some of these are shop bought and some I’ve made myself. If you have a small budget or want to make something thoughtful, making a gift yourself can be a great option. One really nice gift I like to make is a gingerbread decoration gift set. These are really simple to make and the gift receiver can have fun decorating their gift themselves.

Gingerbread Decoration Kit

This is the perfect gift for children, not only do they get something nice to eat or decorate their tree, it also gives them something creative to do. I included some tubes of icing and a little jar of sprinkles.

You will need:

225g flour

1tsp ground ginger

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

170g butter

How to Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 150ºc
  2. Sieve together the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda. Put aside.
  3. Melt the butter and syrup in a pan on a low heat.
  4. Add to the dry ingredients and ix until it forms a dough.
  5. Roll out on a floured surface and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
  6. Make a hole in each biscuit with a skewer.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes and cool on a wire rack.
  8. Thread each cookie with some ribbon or string and arrange in a gift box with a jar of sprinkles and some tubes of icing.

Please let me know if you give this a try, or if you have any other festive homemade gifts that you’d recommend.

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For the last couple of years, I’ve had the same Christmas decoration theme. It makes sense to reuse decorations, rather than buying a whole new set every year. However this time round, I’m a bit sick of our old red and white theme and want to go for something completely different. Aldi was a great place to start.

Aldi Christmas DecorationsI’m going to use some of our old decorations – the really special ones and ones that have a more neutral colour scheme. But having a new theme, does give me an excuse to pick out lots of new and exciting decorations for our tree.

Aldi Christmas DecorationsLast year I completely missed out on Aldi’s lovely Christmas offering. They always have really pretty glass baubles which remind me of classic vintage ones, but often with a more modern theme. Last year they had everything from a cute robot to a fox. I wasn’t going to miss out this year, so Rob popped into Aldi and picked me us up loads of fabulous baubles.

Aldi Christmas DecorationsThey come in sets of 3 and each box costs £2.99, so they really are a great price. I love the mix of bright colours alongside classic gold and silvers and I think for an eclectic tree, they mix and match really well.

Aldi Christmas DecorationsMy favourite is the super kitsch set which comes with a donut, ice-cream and lolly pop. The colours are lovely and would work well alongside traditional colourful vintage decorations.

Aldi Christmas DecorationsThe more traditional sets include pinecones and this sweet little white fox. Another very kitsch set comes with a car sacked with gifts, a pineapple and even a flamingo.

Aldi Christmas DecorationsI love the set which comes with a teddy, a nutcracker and a vintage style Santa head. These really remind me of original vintage pieces that I’ve seen. Maybe one day I can put the real thing on the tree alongside these.

Aldi Christmas DecorationsI can’t wait to start decorating the tree and sharing the finished result with you. Over the next week, I’m hoping to have all the decorations up around the house.

Aldi Christmas DecorationsWhere are your favourite places to buy Christmas decorations? Have you seen any that would work well with my new Christmas look?

Aldi Christmas DecorationsCheck back every day in December, as I continue to post daily for Blogmas. There will be loads of recipes, cocktails, decorations and festive shenanigans.

Find all things Christmas on the Aldi website.

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