The modern man’s guide to party season.
WHAT TO WEAR
Every party is as much a sartorial trial as it is a social one. Look the part for Christmas cocktails with tapered trousers, a roll-neck jumper and a velvet tuxedo jacket. If the event is more laidback than luxe, opt for a chambray shirt with dark denim and black leather loafers.
WHY NOT: treat yourself to the Personal Shopper service at the Village? Sit back and let the professionals select the perfect party pieces for you.
WHAT TO COOK
This is your chance to impress anyone who’s ever doubted your culinary skills. If you’re co-hosting with friends or a partner, insist on taking charge of the canapés. Think BLT sliders, mini tomato tarts and ham and cheese mini toasties – don’t forget some gluten-free goodies too.
WHY NOT: wow them with a seasonal twist on the classic mulled cider while you’re at it? Mulled apple cider with a nip of whisky all around.
WHERE TO GO
Whether you opt to sip champagne in St-Tropez, or take in the Northern Lights with a hot chocolate in hand, you can have Yuletide far, far away from home.
WHY NOT: book a trip for two to Aruba. With its pristine beaches and pastel-coloured streets, it’s the picture-perfect place to ring in the new year.
HOW TO GROOM
There’s a brave new world beyond shampoo and soap, and it involves lotions, potions and serums. Winter skin is prone to dryness and can easily look dull, so before you wash and go, remember that a little grooming can make you look and feel much better.
WHY NOT: book some face time with your local barber before making the social rounds. Ask for a hydrating hot towel treatment and leave feeling like a new man.