Can I just rewind the clock and take it back to Christmas time of 2014? Can I take you back to reminisce about all that overeating and indulgent gift giving we all participated in for this post?
I was meant to do this post nice and close to New Years but then I saw running behind schedule, then I went to the Gold Coast and well… now I think I am on track!
I know it is not going to be a hardship or anything for you to turn back time again! Your Instagrams totally showed me how much fun you all were having!
And maybe… you saw mine?
That’s right, last year (how funny is it saying that!) my best friends from high school and I had a kick-ass christmas party for our group. What does this involve? A giant bunch of Indian-Sri Lankan babes singing random songs while doing the cup song repeatedly for 10 minutes.
And that is being recorded as well cause #memories.
The night also involved a boatload of food and candlelight for a wholesome Christmas almost-eve experience. We like keeping it real you know 🙂
My friend was actually planning this event, but what was even better was that I had the perfect ingredients to officially make it the Christmas Party of the season!
See, a week or two before, I was lucky enough to be contacted by Lel and Khai, an entrepreneurial couple who had only in September of 2014 started their Party Kit business at an online site called The Kit Source (aptly named!).
We met up and over large plates of Thai cuisine, discussed the reason L&K decided to pursue this area of event management and why in this particular way. Not only did I learn a lot from them about their business, but this discussion ebbed and flowed into all sorts of topics till I am pretty sure we had been talking together for 2 1/2 hours.
Woah. That was definitely a good time 🙂
Basically, the whole point for L&K to begin The Kit Source, was so that people could enjoy party planning without the headache of having to buy every little part separately and make sure it matches, make sure there are the right numbers etc. etc.
How many times have you put off having a party because of the hassle and the expense? I know I have, and even if I would look online, there were individual party sets of plates and glasses and it was just too hard to visualise.
Well, basically The Kit Source visualises it so you don’t have to. So you don’t have to spend tiresome hours picking out the right napkin colour to go with green plates and red cups. So you don’t have to remember on the party night that you didn’t get any straws.
It is all bundled up and ready to go!
Another good thing about The Kit Source is that their focus is not on the party. How controversial right? No, yes, ok let me explain it better… their focus is on making the party smoother. So many people go overboard, buying expensive photo booths and real gold glitter for a single shindig, they almost forget that conversation is key as well as the food serving.
I may be exaggerating, but if it isn’t someones birthday and just a saturday night, why the need to go so overboard people?
No one is going to be saying good things about your party if there is a DJ there, but the waiters didn’t provide you with serviettes with your hors d’oeuvres!
The range of kits, depending on the style of party you want, aid in enlivening the simple parts such as through themed plates and cutlery, and fancy banners. And if you are looking more so towards the decoration side, they have decoration kits as well, going one step further than the supplies.
This way you don’t have to save up a fortune for a party, but it can still flow smoother with a few surprise bits and pieces that bring a smile to guests faces 🙂
Generously, L&K provided the Christmas Party Supplies Kit ($55) and Christmas Party Decor Kit ($55). Since these are seasonal items, they are currently unavailable in their themes.
Arming myself with sticky tape and the box of decorations and supplies, I made my way to my friends house (not too much of a trek since its a 2 second drive…) and we started hanging the decorations around and setting out supplies for the night 🙂
I loved that there was such a strong and obvious christmas vibe in all the rooms we touched!
We first up, got out the supplies. Scattering Candy cane confetti all over the table (while making sure her dog didn’t eat any!) and hanging up the felt red and green christmas trees was already getting the party started!
The plates and cups they used, L&K pointed out, were specifically not plastic, and rather, either bamboo or strong paper materials from places such as Indian. They did not skimp on quality at all while being environmentally friendly!
One of my favourite decorations from the box were the felt giant Santa Seat covers! When everyone was gunning to get that seat when dinner rolled around, you could almost have made a game out of it!
Just a note though, they were a touch uncomfortable when the cotton-ball style top fell forward instead of standing upright!
But they looked absolutely gorgeous!
In the Decor pack, there was also an abundance of ruffled ball and christmas tree decorations that really livened up both the house and the backyard (my friend has a backyard literally made for pixie woodland fairy sprite creatures!)
Not only did these come designed with a sticky pad on their underside (though this was not the case on the Christmas tree ones so they were a hassle), but they were easy to hang and didn’t just bounce away with a whistle of the wind (common in our dry Christmas heat!)
My friend had the idea that the miniature white versions of these beautiful decorations should have a sprinkling of blue frost dust and snowflakes on it for an authentic white Christmas feel, but when I see it in our Frangipane trees, I just don’t see it screaming snow 😛
And it didn’t really matter then because when the food was laden out, and the candles were lit, and people started mock-arguing over the Santa seats, it really did feel like the holidays there and then 🙂
General Overview: The Kit Source
- Not overly pricey for the amount of supplies and decor that is provided per kit
- Easy to assemble, took less than an hour
- Matched well and very thematically oriented right down to the last detail
I would definitely recommend giving Lel and Khai’s Kit Source a try for your next party! That way there is no headache for you and only extra fun times ahead 😀
To this amazing party that we are trying to make an annual occurrence, I too, of course, brought an offering besides the decorations.
I decided to go ALL out christmas and make ice cream. Because, regardless of how all out I got, I couldn’t forget that this is christmas in Australia.
Pretty sure it is obvious, but in case, this candy cane white chocolate ice cream had a refreshing but strong minty flavour, cutting down the sweetness from the white chocolate chunks that randomly popped up!
An extra burst of flavour came from the roughly chopped (more like beaten up) pieces of candy cane strewn throughout the dessert as well!
Hope you enjoy this recipe and keep it in the vault for next year…
Or you can depress over the fact that the holidays have ended and make it now… totally not fussed (especially since ALL the candy canes are still on sale :P)
Candy Cane Chocolate Ice Cream
Adapted from: BBC Good Food
- 100g white chocolate chips
- 400ml full cream milk
- 300ml thickened cream
- 1 tsp vanilla essence (I used a vanilla bean, split, but it was too strong)
- 40g fresh mint leaves, washed and dried
- 4 large egg yolks
- 150g caster sugar
- Red or pink food colouring
- 200g candy canes, crushed
- Pour milk, cream and essence in a large saucepan over medium-low heat and bring to simmer. Lower heat slightly, add in 100g candy canes and the mint leaves and leave with a lid on top, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes.
- Strain the liquid, pressing down on the leaves and candy to extract maximum flavour.
- Whisk the yolks and the sugar together until thick, creamy and pale.
- Reheat the milk mixture to simmering point, then pour half the mixture into the egg mix, stirring continuously as to avoid scrambled eggs.
- Add the hot egg liquid mixture to the remaining milk mixture again, stirring continuously, and cook over low heat for 3-4 minutes or till the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon.
- Remove from heat and add in a few drops of food colouring till the custard is a light pink colour.
- Strain the custard into a large cool bowl and leave to cool in the fridge, covered in plastic wrap that is touching the surface and preventing a skin from forming.
- Chill for 3-4 hours or overnight.
- Churn the ice cream in an ice cream machine till creamy and frozen.
- Add in chocolate bits and remaining 100g of crushed candy canes throughout the mixture, spoon into a tub and let freeze for 3-4 hours or overnight.
- Serve in chilled bowls with extra candy cane goodness!
Disclaimer: Go Bake Yourself received both party kit packages courtesy of The Kit Source. However, all opinions expressed are honest and her own.
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