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How to Throw a Christmas Party: The Hambledon Guide to Celebrating in Style

We’ve come over all Studio 54. Here’s our guide to how to celebrate the festive season in disco-tacular style.

 

The Starting Point

We have been very, very extremely tasteful this season. Our wintry Christmas at Green Knowe theme has been all about foraged greenery and candlelight. But a delivery of Meri Meri fringed garlands has encouraged us to embrace the polar (no pun intended as the weather gets frosty, but serendipity is a marvellous thing) opposite of ancient English festivities. This version of Christmas is disco with a hearty dose of kitsch and is absolutely perfect for a proper knees up.

Harriett making her natural wreath chandelier

Decorating the House

We’re back to the fringed garlands. Swag these against a plain wall, layered up in different colours for a really extravagant effect. Use them as a photo back drop (Lord knows, I hope you’re hash tagging your party this year). Hang the fringed chandeliers from the ceiling (again, the more, the merrier). We’ve seen this done on a very large scale for huge events and we’re cribbing the idea for a more domestic setting. You could also use them over low tables and seating areas to create a little more intimacy (and who doesn’t like a bit of intimacy at a party).

Disco Dress Code

Sparkle is absolutely essential. Sequins are most definitely the way forward. Un-Nye is absolutely on point for this occasion. Founded by music industry stylist Lisa Bean Angwin, Un-Nye is all about the romantic, bohemian aesthetic of 70s dressing. Her career at Sony Music and Universal Music Group, led her to create an affordable, luxury, brand to wear on and off stage (perfect for all you budding Florences, Taylors and Lizzos). Custommade are all over the lurex jersey for the season and Stine Goya is bringing a touch of seasonal shimmer to her beautiful prints. Accessorise with a tinsel pom pom hairband or some Stine Goya jewels.You know you want to.

What's for Supper

I don't think this is the place for fancy food. It's party nibbles all the way, preferably with a kitschy note. Could we have cheese and pineapple skewers, dips and crudites? Shall we do mini hamburgers? Bowls of sweets? Meri Meri will be providing the paper partyware, with metallic fringed cups, foiled star napkins and teal paper plates.

Cocktails

1970s. The era of the cocktail. We've stolen a recipe from the brilliant Pig book. Serving suggestion, any of The Vintage List cocktail glasses!

30ml vodka

30ml coffee liqueur

15ml Pedro Ximenez sherry

3 coffee beans to garnish

 

Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with around 6 or 7 ice cubes until most of the ice has melted. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with coffee beans.

The Best Disco Songs of All-Time

This is the word according to Rob Adams, Basement dweller, IC all things menswear at The Hambledon and resident after hours DJ.

Diana Ross singing at Studio 54

Love Hangover - Diana Ross

Standing right Here - Melba moore

Fly Robin Fly - Silver Convention

Lovin is really my game - Brainstorm

Native new yorker - Odyssey

I want your love - Chic

I feel love - Donna Summer

Love is the message - MFSB

Music is my way of life - Patti labelle

Dont leave me this way - Thelma Houston