I was at a beautiful party the other night. It had everything a wonderful party should have. Delicious food, sparkling conversation and flutes of champagne. There were comfortable seats, shimmering decorations, graceful table settings, twinkling lights and intimate conversation.
Plates of sublime chocolates, glasses of red or white, prosecco crisps, and wow oh wow truffle cashew nuts. There were groups of Christmas trees with lights and decorations, selfie sticks and cameras.
This was the sort of party we all wish we could have. But the thing is we can have it because this was a Marks and Spencer party.
Life for me has been incredible frenzied lately - not my favourite way to live - but there we are, we all have a but of madness in the smooth. Christmas is always a busy time, and I while I love being busy look for ways to make that busyness easier because I want to enjoy life, not live it as a slave.
However I want it all. Are you surprised, it was me after all? I love to have my cake and eat it too. Therefore I want to have wonderful parties, and run 27/7/365 at 100 miles per hour. I want to have these parties in my home, where I can share my joy in offering hospitality to friends and strangers. That's the thing with strangers you never know when they are angels in disguise. And with Marks and Spencer - I can do it, because I am not trying to do it alone.
I love how with a little help from Marks and Spencer, I can come in from a mad day of work, fix my lippy, and then serve on some of my favourite platters and plates bite sized pieces of mac and cheese, breadcrumbed mozzerella balls, smoked salmon and wheaten bread, carmelised onion and brie tartlets.
You my dear readers who have read and listened to my words for so long, know how much I love to cook, and have people in my home. But you also know that gathering people around my table is much more important to me than tying myself to the stove all day. I love to cook, I will say it again, I love to cook, but I am not precious nor do I pretend that sometimes I need a little help, and my favourite tpe of help comes at Christmas from my friends at Marks and Spencers. Where I know I can buy and serve products that have been carefully thought through, that have been made using great, and often local ingredients, where farmers are paid a fair wage, and the money I spend not only helps them but helps the economy of my country.
This Christmas may you cook and enjoy it, may your home be filled with laughter and joy, the sound of carols and the giggles of children, may light light your way and fill your home with warmth, may you feel the peace that comes after advent and may you all know how deeply you are loved.
That's it for now ...
Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable
MERRY CHRISTMAS ...