Poppy's December Hot List

4 December 2013

It’s officially Christmas Month and that means somehow cramming in time to shop, party, decorate, repent, catch up with everyone you haven’t seen since, errr, last Christmas and still hold down the day job.

Of course, this must all be done with a manic smile (IT’S CHRISTMAS!), a splattering of glitter and an extra 3000 calories per day.

Aside from the obvious things to do this month like “visit relatives”, this is what we’re recommending for December 2013…


Celebrate Christmas Jumper Day on December 13th

Everyone seems to ruddy love a Christmas jumper these days, with high street stores competing to create the ugliest ones possible from October onwards. Obvs we suggest you don a festive knit for the big day itself, but make sure you wear one on December 13th to support Save the Children. Get the office involved and make sure you donate a pound or more to their crucial work – your donation really will help save lives. Details here.

Get your hair did for £25
Party season is the perfect excuse to spoil yourself with a fancy updo for the evening, espesh when money is tight and an entirely new outfit is out of the question but a new ‘do can be stretched to. If you want to look more fashion than prom queen, opt for one of TONI&GUY’s “Fashion Fix” styles. The ‘menu’ is based off of catwalk looks so nobody will think you’re off to a pageant or dance recital. They only take 30 mins too, perfect for girls in a hurry. Details here.

Brave the rides of Winter Wonderland
The great thing about Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is that it doesn’t cost anything to walk around it. Of course, we recommend you DO brave the rides and this year there’s more for thrill seekers than ever before. Maybe leave the XXXL bratwurst for after the ‘Power Tower’, yeah? Details here.


Instagram marshmallows


Yes, ‘Instagram marshmallows’ are a real thing. London based start-up Boomf will print your Instagram pics on to amazing edible marshmallows. Eat your favourite memories! Toast your best mate’s face! Dunk your dog! £12 for nine. Order here.

Party like it’s 1989
If your office Christmas party sounds pretty sophisticated this year and you fancy going to something a little more retro, may we suggest you gatecrash the Bolingbroke Franking Machines Ltd party, back in 1989?! It’s a one night only affair (December 16th) and you’ll be treated to a 3 course meal from Shuttlecock’s legendary Ollie Templeton. The food will be amazing and the entertainment will be exceptional. Details here.

Gourmet popcorn by Joe & Seph
Mince pie flavoured popcorn is a real thing – and it’s truly very good. It’s hard to imagine being sick of mince pies but by the end of the month you’ll be looking for different ways to eat the famed December food group, and mince pie popcorn is a great way to get inventive. Other flavours by Joe & Seph include gin and tonic (great for cocktail pairing) and cheese on toast (great for the morning after). Buy here.


‘Big Peanuts’ cocktail at Foundation
Nuts about nuts? (Sorry, couldn’t help it). You need the ‘Big Peanuts’ cocktail in your life. It’s a generous helping of creamy peanut butter mixed with Baileys, Butterscotch Schnapps and a hell of a lot of vodka, served with a salty rim smeared with peanut butter. Erm, wow?! Details here.

Drinking fudge

The arrival of ‘red cups’ and flavoured hot chocolates gets everyone in a spin, but there’s something better than a rich hot chocolate and that’s DRINKING FUDGE. Melt into warm milk for the fudgiest, richest, naughtiest indulgent treat. £9.99 for six fudgey sachets. Rum optional. Buy here.

‘Breakfast of Champions’ cocktail at Foundation

Sorry, but we’re going to have to send you to Foundation again! This time, it’s for a naughty evening breakfast. This beast of a cocktail features Fruit Loops, honey, blackberries, jam, Smirnoff Apple and Yoghurt Liquor. Beats toast. Details here.


Greg Davies live at Southbank

Following a sold-out 2012 tour, Greg's critically acclaimed show, ‘The Back of My Mum's Head’ is headed for Southbank Centre. This show is HILARIOUS, which is to be expected as The Times have hailed Greg as “one of the country’s best comedians”. The show runs from 16th-20th of December and tickets are £25. Details here.

American Psycho – the musical version

It’s been nigh on impossible to get tickets for American Psycho since the announcement that Matt Smith is playing Patrick Bateman, but more tickets go on sale on December 5th at 10am. So mark your diaries! It’s the world premiere of the musical and it will run at The Almeida from Tuesday 3rd December to Saturday 25th January 2014. Details here.

Anchorman 2

It’s quite literally an ‘all star cast’ that have come together for the hotly anticipated Anchorman sequel. Will it live up to the original? Only time will tell. But we’re def going to see it. Opens December 18th. Tickets and trailer here.


Haim – live at The Forum

Haim are the firm fash pack favourite when it comes to girl bands – The Saturdays they most certainly are not. The girls are over from LA and touring our fair island, so make sure you nab tickets to see them in London (9th and 10th December) whilst you can. Details here.

Now That’s What I Call Christmas
You didn’t think we’d mention music in December and NOT mention a Christmas compilation album, did you?! This box set has all the hits, whether you’re after Mariah, Slade, Wham! or good old East 17. Buy it here.

The Big Reunion Christmas Party
Yeah it’s a massive cheese fest, but that’s what Christmas is all about! Watch 5ive, Liberty X, Honeyz, 911, Atomic Kitten and B*Witched take on the O2. This time it REALLY could be the last opportunity to see them. Tickets here.

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