It's absurd, but the run-up to Christmas can sometimes feel more stressful than the whole of the rest of the year put together. There are end-of-year work deadlines that just won't go away, groceries to be bought, children that need to be entertained, and numerous presents to buy and wrap.
With all that in the mix, it's understandible if cooking a Michelin star meal is the last thing on your mind. Here's the secret though — the traditional Christmas dinner can be made to feel magical and festive with a quick floral upgrade.
Flowers make the difference
Not all of us are born domestic goddesses, so we've decided to help you out with recipe tips that will give your dinner the edge. For those of us who struggle through a Christmas pudding or slice of fruit cake, we suggest a luxurious Christmas dessert in the form of a festive-coloured red velvet cake. Decorate it with delicious red fruit and opulent red roses*, and it will be the bejewelled centrepiece of any dessert course.
Get conversation flowing
A cocktail will get even the most Scrooge-like amongst us feeling festive. This delicious version, made with gin, cranberry, lavender and rose petals* is a proper Christmas cracker. Serve it on Christmas Eve: the anecdotes and tall tales will soon be pouring out. Read the recipe here and get mixing.
*One more thing: never just eat any old flower or plant; only use edible flowers from specialist suppliers that have been grown for human consumption.
Inspired to make your own floral-themed festive dinner? Share the results with us on social media using the hashtag #funnyhowflowersdothat – we're excited to see your dishes all plated up!