How To Get Ready For A Party

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!

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