Gaff Guide: All The Entertaining Essentials You’ll Need For the Perfect Christmas With Friends And Family

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … If you’re into that sort of thing. The best part about Christmas in 2018 is that it’s exactly how you want it to be. If you’re a traditionalist, you’ll be gathering baubles since October, ready to dress the 8ft tree (real, of course), while the more alternative celebrators among you will be looking to host a minimalist affair, with nods to festive cheer. In any case, we can all agree that the spirit of the holiday is found in the parties and feasts with the ones you love. With that in mind, we’ve gone ahead and scoured the floors of Homesense for everything from the everyday to the extraordinary essentials you’ll need to meet all your entertaining demands this Christmas.

Tipple Tips

Honestly, no matter who or where you are in the world this Christmas, this little beauty never ever fails to please. Load up a drinks trolley with something for everyone – hot chocolate and marshmallow skewers, gin and tonics (we love Bertha’s Revenge), Elderflower cordials, jellies and mince pies underneath for little ones. Let the trolley be the centrepiece at a party or the showstopper at the end of your Christmas feast. This is our number one top investment for entertaining with pizzazz. Can’t get your hands on a drinks trolley? This geo wood side table works just as well – set up your tipples and treats here and serve away.

Wood chest, €179.99 at Homesense

Cocktail shaker, €9.99 at Homesense

Set the Mood

Creating that cosy, festive setting is vital. Light candles (festive scented are best), string up fairy lights, add cushions and throws to sofas and armchairs and get that cosy feeling just right for your guests. A warning though – they might not want to leave.

Copper candle, €6.99 at Homesense

Pink candle, €9.99 at Homesense

Candle dome, €16.99 at Homesense

Wine and grey cushion, €16.99 at Homesense

White and grey geo cushion, €34.99 at Homesense

Orange armchair, €269.99 at Homesense

Mongolian fur cushion, €39.99 at Homesense

Festive Finishes

Small touches can make all the difference. Use these wire stars with a couple of false stem flowers to create bespoke table settings. Sit your Christmas cake on a marble tray (see below), or sit it into a wreath (a GAFF favourite). These small decorations and festive extras can be used on the main dining table or dotted around your serving area for that extra bit of magic.

Wire stars, €5.99 each at Homesense

Festive plate, €9.99 at Homesense

Wreath, €16.99 at Homesense

Reindeer head, €26.99 at Homesense

Peanut tray, €19.99 at Homesense

Marble tray, €26.99 at Homesense

Seconds saucer and All Done saucer, €5.99 each at Homesense

Servers, €16.99 at Homesense

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