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Duchess Meghan's tips for hosting the perfect Christmas dinner

From festive table settings to cocktail recipes, Meghan is the hostess with the mostess.

2019 has been a big year for the Duchess of Sussex.
After wedding her prince last year at Windsor Castle followed by her first overseas tour and of course the exciting news she was expecting her first child with Prince Harry, this year has been just as monumental for the former actress.
The highlight of the year has no doubt been the birth of her first child with Prince Harry on May 6th, an adorable son who they named Archie Harrison Mounbatten-Windsor.
Along with a move to her and Harry's first family home in Windsor and a separation from the Kensington household (the office of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), Meghan has also been bestowed a handful of patronages, undertaken more international royal tours and has made her mark as a royal who isn't afraid to try new things to help those in need.
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This year Meghan will be spending her second Christmas as a member of the Royal Family, however this year the Sussexes will not being joining the rest of the royal family at Sandringham, instead spending the festive season with her mother Doria Ragland, which has us wondering whether she'll turning to her festive routine of yesteryear, which was very different - although arguably no less aspirational.
Back when she was starring in Suits, Meghan ran a lifestyle website called The TIG. In amongst the travel guides (including her campervan trip around New Zealand), interviews with her favourite movers and shakers, summer reading lists and fitness blogs, she shared her top tips for hosting the perfect Christmas with friends.
For Meghan's tips - including her recipe for a festive cocktail - scroll below.

Trim with a twist

Meghan says: Traditionally garland or magnolia branches are used to adorn a stairwell banister or mantle. Take this concept and trim the outline of a mirror or beautiful piece of artwork that is centrally located in your entry hallway or living room.

Simple 'scapes

Meghan says: When creating a table-scape, keep it simple and crisp with an all white tablecloth, runner and napkins. Accent with gilded plates and napkin rings and use a stylish set of cutlery. All white flowers placed in the low vases are the perfect centrepiece.

Fake fancy

Meghan says: Purchase silver serving trays, platters, nut bowls from flea markets or Etsy to add formality to hors d'ouevres passing.

Serve a festive cocktail

Meghan's recipe: Almond Milk Spiced Holiday Cocktail
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk (you can make your own by blending raw almonds with milk and straining it)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon + 1 tsp cardamom + 1tsp of powdered ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of clove
  • 6-8 dried dates soaked in water
  • your favourite bourbon
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish
Blend all ingredients (except the alcohol) in a powerful blender and then move to a small saucepan. Heat at a low temperature until heated and then add 4 -6oz into the pot depending on your friends' palates. Pour each drink and garnish with a cinnamon stick. If you prefer this drink cold, then omit the heating and shake it hard in a cocktail shaker and serve in champagne glasses with a cinnamon/sugar rim on the glass. Super pretty and equally delicious!

Friends buffet

Meghan says: Holidays with your friends allows you to break the family traditions and avoid Aunt Julie's fruit cake! Have each of your friends bring a dish or cook together in the kitchen. If you do not have a proper set-up, use your dining room table or kitchen counter as a buffet.

Put a twist on Christmas dinner side dishes

Meghan says: If you're like me, you end up buying way too much of everything for holiday meals. So whether you have leftover sweet potatoes or simply want to revamp the classic holiday side, these maple glazed potato wedges are crave-worthy. With the slight kick from cayenne and the brightness of the added lemon, they will be a crowd favourite:
  • two medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • himalayan sea salt
  • handful of pepitas
Slice the potatoes into wedges and coat with the mixture of oil, lemon juice and maple. Toss and then coat with the sprinkle of cayenne and salt to your liking. Lay onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for a half hour at 425 farenheit for 30 minutes. At the 15-minute mark, toss the potatoes and add the handful of pepitas for crunch and texture. They will be beautiful, browned and crisp and read to devour.
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