Winter Warmer – Home Party Ideas

>candles party

christmas objects

mincemeat palmiers mince pies



christmas lantern

It’s that time of year here in England where we start stepping outside and proclaiming ‘Bloody hell it’s got nippy!” and spend silly amounts of money in gifts to show how much we love and value people. Yet despite the cold and no pennies situations, we’re still filled with excitement and merriment – Well I am anyway! No Bah Humbugging in my house! Last night felt like an opportune moment to start decorating and baking some sugar-enriched treats and we invited over some friends to help warm our evening that little bit more. We scoured the house for every candle we could find and I ‘splashed out’ on a pack of baubauls in our local charity shop. I was happy to stumble across a perfect pack of long, gold Christmas candles which we let trickle down old glass bottles, just like we have at my French Farmhouse. 

It was super cosy with the addition of lots of beautiful paper snowflakes (tracing paper looks best!) and a cloved orange that Carrie made. I set to baking some cute recipies including Mincemeat Palmiers, Peanut butter fudge and Cheese straws all on the BBC Food website and my little brother got set on one heck of a chocolate fudge cake. With two cauldrons of Mulled Wine and Mulled Cider set to heat, the evening was set to be a perfect Winter Warmer!
candles in bottles

mulled wine ingredients


christmas stickers

paper snowflakes

candles bells

Are you decorating and getting into the spirit too?
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  • San December 15, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    >Oh my those pictures are awesome and sooooo cozy. I want to creep into them and stay there till January!!!

    And thanks to you I now have a new favourite sentence "Bloody hell it's got nippy!" haha, love that sentence. To answer your question I've only put up "Marvin" which is gnome with a candle light in it. Don't know why I called him that but to me he looks like a Marvin.

    Happy Holidays and great new year.

  • Lauren//Fashionlooksnorth December 13, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    >This has really got me in the festive spirit! Beautiful photos as always – looks like you've got lots of lovely tasty treats 🙂

  • Lara December 12, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    >oh all the photo's look so cosy and nice, I wasn't really looking forward to christmas, but now I am 🙂 xx

  • Jazzabelle December 12, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    >these pictures are just lovely lucy, the party decorations and little touches were so darn sweet. thanks for inviting me to the party, i had a great time! xxx

  • lucillejoy December 12, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    >Amazing, this has made me so excited, can't wait for lots of nights like this!

  • Jo December 11, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    >It looks so wonderfully Christmassy! <3 I love the candles in bottles especially!

    Lost in the Haze

  • Sasha December 11, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    >Candles always make any home cozier! xo

  • Crafty Nell December 11, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    >Love this! I'm making snowflake paper chains as soon as I get time!

    Penny x

  • Amy December 11, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    >Love the bottle candles! May have to try that myself 🙂

    AMy x

  • Emma C-M December 11, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    >this post was such a delight to read through. made me really think about what matters during this time. defo inpsired me to spend time with friends and baking and chilling out. loved this.