And this time, she’s joined by her actress-come-chef daughter, Hannah Lederer, to help you plan the perfect retro Christmas – Warninks Snowball anyone?
Warninks fans and cocktail enthusiasts, get your cocktail glasses ready, because the iconic Helen Lederer is back! Following her fabulous Warninks debut in the 80s, Helen has returned to our digital screens alongside her talented chef daughter, Hannah Lederer, to help make this Christmas a wonderfully retro celebration like no other.
The delightful mother-daughter-duo have partnered with Warninks to create a new guide on how to host an unforgettable, 80s nostalgic Christmas party – because “retro” is set to be the hottest trend of the season.
Live on Warninks Instagram and Facebook channels, the pair share their treasure trove of party tips. Discussing everything from decoration ideas to elevate your ambiance, to canape concepts to tantalize your taste buds, they’ve got you covered. Most importantly, the duo will share their top tips for festive tipples, including the only yellow snow you’ll want to drink this Christmas…The Warninks Snowball cocktail. To view the video, please see here.
Commenting on the partnership, Helen Lederer said: “When Warninks told me they wanted my help bringing back 80s nostalgia this Christmas, how could I possibly say no! It’s been a staple on my drinks trolley all these years, after all. With a Warninks Snowball in hand, it’s been so special to unite with Hannah, my daughter, who is helping bring Warninks to the forefront of modern mixology and introducing it to a whole new generation. Because after all, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Warninks.”
Alongside the step-by step video guide, Hannah, who currently resides in Ibiza and embraces its vibrant culinary scene, has revealed some extra top tips for hosting the ultimate retro Christmas party – so that you can make sure the food and decorations shine on the night, just as much as the cocktails.
- Retro cocktails, like Warninks Snowballs, deserve a retro canape! I always like to do mine with little modern twists – party sausage rolls with prosciutto, devilled eggs with sriracha and prawn cocktails with crispy chorizo or sliced avocado.
- Deck the halls – forget ‘less is more’ and go big on the decorations. I personally love a retro theme – think gaudy trinkets, glittery tinsel, colourful fairy lights – you name it. You can even pop down to your local toy shop and get yourself a disco ball to really elevate the space.
- Balance the beige – it’s very easy to focus on filling baked goods, crisps, nuts and savoury pastry goodies. Make sure you have plenty of fresh crudités and fruit on offer too, which are perfect for garnishing plates, pairing with dips – and providing leafy cover for your third plate of cheese!
- Perfect playlists – streaming services are awash with fabulous playlists, however I like going a bit old school and playing vintage records on the vinyl player. America’s king of Christmas, Bill Crosby’s Christmas album is as timeless as the classic film that shares the same name. You can’t go wrong with this collection of enduring melodies.
- Log-on – the ultimate cosy Christmas scene isn’t complete without a roaring log fire. However in lieu of a chimney, I find putting a fireplace film on your smart TV does the trick too. Simply search on YouTube or Netflix and enjoy the cracking sounds without any of the fire risk!
- Decide on your dress code – ask your guests to arrive in their best throwback attire- think vintage Christmas jumpers, sequin dresses or a bold pop of colour.
- Preparation is key – make sure you prepare your ingredients the night before so you can relax on the day. Also, don’t underestimate food which requires no prep – breads, cheeses, crackers, chutneys – simply put out a wide selection and let guests prepare to their own tastes and desires.
- Replenish regularly – make sure each tray looks plentiful. Guests can get anxious thinking they are taking the last morsel. And you also don’t want anyone snapping your spread for social media to think you’re a stingy host!
- Don’t be a size queen – it can be tempting to go chunky with canapes, but this runs the risk of droppage, spillages and stains. I suggest you keep them small, bite-sized, but bountiful.
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