The latest BundleBerry by Amanda Holden collection launched earlier in the month and features on-trend furniture and accessories perfect for when you’re next hosting friends. From the Tassel Wine Charms for glasses to the Wooden Cocktail Chest, these new designs have us all excited for the party season.
We know Amanda is a celebrity social butterfly, so we had to find out her partywear essentials and hosting tips.
I cannot tell you how many lies I’ve told on the back of wearing her jewellery. Complete lies. ‘Oh… this? Yes darling, it’s real!’ I was on holiday in Italy wearing a dazzling simulated diamond ring and people were oohing and aahing once they saw it wafting around. Someone even said they’d want it as an engagement ring – whenever I wear Diamonique it always gets the most amazing reaction. I let her try it on and then it went through my head to lie, but I told her it wasn’t real and she couldn’t believe it. Michelle’s got such great taste.
What’s your go-to cocktail?
My girlfriends and I love a cocktail. After being massive Sex and the City fans, we always choose cosmos, the show actually introduced us to them. My champagne glasses look gorgeous when enjoying bubbles or cocktails. Then as the evening goes on, I’d probably have an espresso martini…. and not sleep for three days.
What are your best hosting tips?
A couple immediately spring to mind, both from a party we held this summer.
1) Self-serving mason jars
You know those big jars with taps, you normally put water in? I bought a few of them and put different mixed drinks in them. I had one with gin and tonic, and loads of cucumber slices. It was great, because I didn’t have to keep asking everybody if they wanted a drink.
I think you could use them with anything. The jars take heat too, so you could serve mulled wine over Christmas. Plus, the tap stops you from getting a load of fruit when you pour your drink, but you still get all of the flavour. It was an amazing discovery, because then the hostess gets to rest!
2) Wear flats, or at least take them
It’s honorable to plan to wear heels, but I don’t see anything wrong with changing to comfy shoes to save your feet. As long as a handful of guests see the full outfit, you should then be comfortable under your own roof. I wouldn’t take a pair of flats to a meal out, but if I was going to someone’s house, I’d have my sheepskin boots or slippers with me.
What do you enjoy about hosting?
Whenever our friends plan an event, I always volunteer to host. Always. It’s mainly because we’ve got a bar in our house (which sounds terribly Only Fools and Horses) and it’s really cool.
I much prefer house parties to going out anyway, and even more so at my own home. You can really relax and let your hair down. My friends all live in north London and I live west, so it doesn’t really make sense for me to host, but I’m always really lazy so just persuade them to come to me. It would be much fairer if we went to them!