From getting ready in 15 minutes to dancing around to Queen, five famous faces share their secrets for a great celebration.
From getting ready in 15 minutes to dancing around to Queen, five famous faces share their secrets for a great celebration…
Actress Natasha Little, 46, lives in Essex with her husband and fellow actor Bo Poraj, 42. They have two sons, Gabriel, 11 and Joel, six.
I love parties, but although we often have up to 20 people over for lunch, we haven’t had a “real” party at our house for ages. when you have kids though, opening a packet of crisps and putting on some music is a party! When the boys were younger we’d often put on Survivor’s Eye Of The Tiger or some Queen and have a bop.
I’m a secret party animal. Before a party I often feel tired and tell myself that I won’t stay long, but then actually be the last to leave. I’ll have had one glass to many and be grabbing people’s ankles begging them to stay!
On Christmas Day I’de rather have a lovely time than waste it worrying that everything’s perfect. We’ll be spending this year as we always do – at ours with my mother-in-law , aunts and uncles and various friends. Bo is a terrific cook, so he’s in control in the kitchen whiles I’m a great sous chef. We play charades and heads up!, a phone app game. I’ll put out flowers and try to make the table look good, but in the past when I’ve tried too hard, things have tended to fall apart. Now I’m more relaxed and polishing the silver takes a back seat.
For me, getting ready to go out is a mad scramble to get the kids settled and us out the door. I’de love to say I spend hours in a luxurious bath then cover myself in expensive body lotion before spending ages on my make-up, but sometimes I just have time to shave my legs! I rarely wear nail varnish, so if I do have time to paint my nails I always feel more elegant. I painted them red the other day and felt very vampy!
Singer Kim Wilde, 55, lives with her husband, actor Hal Fowler, and their two children Rose, 15, and Harry, 17 in Hertfordshire.
People might think I'm a party animal because of a Youtube video of me and Ricky from a while back having a tipsy singalong on the train home! In fact my idea of a great party these days is quite sedate, with very close friends, some nice food and wine and lovely music. That's why I love New Year's Eve when we invite a handful of our closest friends over and enjoy being together.
Christmas is also a chance to reflect on where you are in life. Have you made up with that person you fell out with? I'm not very good with New Years's resolutions - just like I'm not very good with diets, but recently I did a girls' trip to France with four friends I've known since I was about eight, which is something I want to do more of.
Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton, 39, is a DJ on Heart Radio. She lives in Heartfordshire with her with her fiancee musician Jade Jones, and their sons, Beau, eight and Tate, four.
Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year. We're very family orientated - we all get together on Christmas Eve, put on our pyjamas and play games. My whole family will stay with my - my mum, two brothers, nieces and nephews. On Christmas Day itself we like to stay indoors, just veg out and listen to Micheal Buble. Jade does all the cooking, thank goodness. My job is to open the wine. Then I'll be with my Dad on boxing day.
When it comes to instant glamour, I'll either do dramatic lashes or a bright lip - on or the other. I do like dresses and I'll wear a dress in the evening if I have an event, but for lunch I like skinny jeans, a very high heel and a leather jacket.
Disney On Ice has become something we do every year; it kick-starts our Christmas. I've grown up with Disney and now my children love it too. This year the characters from Frozen are taking part - my youngest is obsessed with the film, so he'll be very exited.
Actress Joan Collins lives in London and the South of France with her husband, Percy. She has three children and three grandchildren.
I started making baubles for my tree when my children were babies, and every Christmas I would make seven or eight balls, so now there are hundreds. They're quite beautiful, made with sequins, and ribbons and lace. I just gave a whole bunch to Tara, my daughter; that's one of our traditions. I'll be spending the season with Percy, my brother, his children - and hopefully my daughter Katy will be around too. My perfect Christmas is in London because it's more suited to the weather to have a real fir tree, a big one. Percy does the cooking - he likes it! I do the laying of the table though.
The best present I've ever received is from Percy. He bought me a beautiful diamond heart with an arrow through it and a "PG" and "JC". I wear it a lot. For parties my favourite designer is me! I've designed a great many of my clothes - I can never find anything that I really like to wear at night so I design my own. Luckily I have great couturier who makes me things.
If I really have to I can get ready very quickly. Normally I can do daytime make-up in less than 10 minutes, night time 20-25 minutes. It depends if I wear eyelashes, which I hate.
Actress Kim Cattrall, 59, is best known for her role as Samantha in Sex And The City. She is single and lives in New York.
I'm currently performing in a play, Linda, over here, so I'm spending Christmas in London. I'm going to relax, go for walks and listen to music. I will have a tree in the little flat I'm staying in close to the theatre. I will probably spend Christmas Day with friends, going over a midday.
I love to go to parties for maybe an hour. I prefer intimate parties, otherwise it can go on to long - when someone who's maybe not your closest friend wants just another drink!