Whether you’re hosting sophisticated parties with friends or cosy celebrations with family, make every event special with these top-five hosting tips from Amanda Thomson, Founder of Thomson & Scott, the guilt-free drinks brand behind Skinny Champagne and Skinny Prosecco. What’s more, to be in with a change of winning a hamper of their delicious fizz for your party, simply enter the competition at the end of this post.
Amanda Thomson’s top hosting tips:
1. Create an ambient glow
“I’m a low-lighting perfectionist. It’s lovely to give even a tiny room hidden areas to retreat to – every party needs a bit of mystery.” Amanda Thomson
To create a relaxed and welcoming party atmosphere, Amanda always opts for soft lighting. Fill your room with flickering candles, sparkling wreaths, Christmas lights and elegant table lamps to effortlessly transform your setting.
2, Serve extra-special drinks
“When you can enjoy Grand Cru Champagne with no added sugar, what’s not to like? My champagne and prosecco cuts sugar where it’s not needed, so you can drink better and cleaner.” Amanda Thomson
Amanda recommends keeping drinks as simple – but as special – as possible. Opt for classic champagne served in elegant flutes or fill coupes with sparkling champagne-cocktails and place them on Round Mirrored Trays so guests can help themselves.
If you’re looking for cocktail-recipe inspiration, try this favourite of Amanda’s:
3. Stock up on ice
“Champagne and prosecco need to be served chilled. When you’re passing the bottle around, the contents can start to quickly warm up, so have more ice reserves than you think you’ll need.” Amanda Thomson
Try placing your glasses in the freezer for half an hour before guests arrive to provide extra-chilled welcome drinks. Sit opened bottles in ice buckets for refreshing refills throughout the night.
4. Scent the moment
“An hotelier once told me that the smell of a lobby can make or break a first impression.” Amanda Thomson
5. Save time with simple snacks
“Perfect canapés should be one-bite pieces of deliciousness and, if you don’t have professional caterers, don’t stress about making them too fancy.” Amanda Thomson
We recommend styling simple nibbles on our striking Rectangular Mirror Chargers or creating effortless cheese boards with our Slate Chargers and Radford Cheese Knife Set (available in store only, find your nearest here).
6. Don’t forget the non-drinkers
“It’s really important to spoil everyone at your party. My favourite non-alcoholic drink to serve is sparkling water mixed with pomegranate seeds, sliced limes, lemons, ice and a touch of edible glitter.” Amanda Thomson
To make your drinks party a spectacular affair, discover everything you need here, from sparkling glassware, table accessories and home fragrance to luxury Christmas crackers, confetti rockets, party games and more.
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