Tired of jostling with large crowds? Read our guide on spending a cosy festive season in the comfort of your home – without missing out on any fun.
Now that the holidays are right around the corner, it’s high time to dream up the perfect way to sleigh through the season. If you’re thinking of skipping the crowds this year, how about holding an intimate celebration with the ones who matter most? And the perfect gathering won’t have to take much work – we’ve got just the guide to transform your home into a holiday haven. Here are our top tips on planning the cosiest stay-in night this Christmas.
1. Create the ultimate holiday ambience
First things first, start by ramping up the festivities in your home – and we can’t think of a better way than with quintessential Christmas decorations. Think classic trees adorned with charming baubles, fresh pine wreaths and garlands, as well as candles that emit alluring holiday scents like crisp peppermint and fresh cinnamon.
Wanna grab all your festive decor at one go? Check out one-stop supermarket Cold Storage for a plethora of offerings, including a range of live Christmas trees that stand between five and ten feet, adorable stuffed bears, classic advent calendars and delightful sweet treats.
And don’t forget to dress the part, too. Our go-to outfits for a home party? Comfy holiday pyjamas and ugly Christmas sweaters, no doubt.
2. Get your festive feast sorted with no fuss
No celebration’s complete without a tantalising spread. Here’s our pro tip: spare yourself the hassle of cooking and indulge in an exquisite feast from Cold Storage. From hearty mains to delectable sides and decadent desserts, its extensive menu ticks all the boxes for an all-in-one gourmet spread.
Starting with a show-stopping centrepiece for your dining table: go for the divine butterball roasted turkey ($85), Spanish Iberico jumbo ribs in barbecue sauce ($60), or pork ham with shiitake ($50). These hearty mains go heavenly with its array of sides, including beef cheek bourguignon with mashed potatoes ($55), slow-cooked lamb shank with roasted baby vegetables ($60), and Spanish garlic shrimp with crisp garlic bread ($45). To cap off the indulgence on a sweet note, choose from the Zephyr caramel chocolate log cake ($75), gingerbread cream cake ($85) and French puff pastry cake, Galette des Rois ($55).
If you fancy an all-inclusive feast, Cold Storage’s specially curated bundles have got you covered. Priced at $110, the Supreme and Delectable Christmas Feasts are ideal for cosy parties of six to eight. Vegetarians aren’t left out either. Try the plant-based bundles (from $74.90), boasting the likes of ‘beef’ wellington made with sweet jackfruit and shiitake mushrooms, shepherd’s pie with Impossible meat, and vegan raspberry cake.
3. Turn up the nostalgia with wholesome holiday activities
Now, you can’t miss the fun when you’re throwing a Christmas bash. In the spirit of getting snug and comfy, how about bringing on some wholesome activities for a huge dose of nostalgia? Bust out the colourful markers and postcards to pen down sweet notes for your loved ones; or warm one another’s hearts with a classic game of Secret Santa. Oh, and feel-good Christmas movies are always a fool-proof way to keep everyone entertained – just don’t forget the tissue boxes!
If you’re thinking of snagging your party essentials at Cold Storage, here’s some good news: bring home a free cooler bag with every online pre-order of the supermarket’s Christmas collection before 20 December, while stocks last!
What’s more, spend a minimum of $120 for a chance to win an exclusive private dining experience for two (worth $900), courtesy of MasterChef Asia finalist, chef Lennard Yeong. We hear there’ll be five lucky winners, so start ordering, stat.
Ready to host the cosiest festive get-together? Let Cold Storage be the trusty go-to for your festive essentials – all that’s left for you is to sit back, relax and welcome your guests!
This post is in partnership with Cold Storage.