Christmas party décor: Easy-peasy DIY tips to jazz up your house party this festive season


Christmas parties are fun to plan, but they come with their share of worries. While seasoned hosts and hostesses may be splitting hair about what to do differently this year, first-time party planners may be fretting over the finer details.

But whether you’re a novice or an expert at throwing parties, there’s one thing everyone will agree on: the best parties are the ones with a personal touch!

So unleash your inner artist and let your imagination run wild this Christmas. Anything from a paper cup to a Totoro soft toy can be an inspiration. We visited artist and socialite Monica Mok’s three-storied plush pad in Deep Water Bay to get ideas for Christmas party décor and were blown away by her creativity in turning everyday knickknacks into festive accessories. Check out some of the easy DIY tips that she shared with us.

Photos: Gigi Ip

Reel Deal: What to watch in theatres this December

The most festive month of the year is nearly here and there’s a whole bunch of big releases to add to the celebrations. Here’s our list of the top movies that we are eagerly waiting for this Christmas season.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The latest release from the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is set to hit the theatres on 14 December. In this movie, Rey develops her newly discovered abilities and continues the epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for a battle with the First Order.

Releasing on 14 December

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Two decades after the first film, the havoc-wreaking board game has resurfaced again as a video game in a school’s basement. Four teenagers lay their hands on it and get sucked into a dangerous jungle setting. This is a game they must win at all costs!

 Releasing on 21 December

The Greatest Showman

Inspired by the life of American showman, P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of showbiz. Watch out for Hugh Jackman in his portrayal of the visionary who started from nothing and went on to become a worldwide phenomenon.  

Releasing on 21 December

Mary and The Witch’s Flower

Good news for anime fans! The new Japanese anime movie is almost here and it tells the engaging story of a young girl who chances upon a flower in the woods, which changes her life forever. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Mary and The Witch’s Flower is loosely based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart.

Releasing on 21 December

Text: Suchetana Mukhopadhyay


Our favourite DIY activities for your child this holiday season

With winter holidays coming up, it’s again time for parents to put on their thinking caps and come up with new ideas to keep their kids entertained. While Christmas provides plenty of distractions outdoors, what do you do when the trips to Disneyland and Ocean Park are over, and all the Christmas gifts have been unwrapped? Instead of turning to iPads and Playstations, why not try these simple and creative ideas!

Stamped Shirt

All you need is a clean white shirt, some cut veggies, colourful non-toxic paints and an artistic streak. Encourage your child to experiment with geometric shapes using okra, bell peppers, potatoes, lemons and whatnots. Try a pastel palette for a flowery shirt!

Stardust Garden

Bring out the budding gardener in your child by encouraging them to plant mini-gardens in a small flower pot. Jazz up the pots with colourful paints and sprinkle glitter. It’s a good way to teach your child about environment conservation through a hands-on method.

Race Course

Use colourful tapes and create a customisable racing track for your kids’ toy cars. Make sure to use an easily-removable brand to avoid leaving some unsightly marks on the floor.

Little People

Give your child some simple flour dough and let them create mini figurines of people or animals or whatever else they like. It is one of the most uncomplicated ways of keeping your kid busy and the best part is that they won’t hurt themselves on rough edges while playing with dough.

Foamy Art

You’ll need some shaving cream, glue and food colour for this one. Mix everything together in a sealed bag and cut off a little corner at the bottom to use like a piping bag. The foam solidifies overnight to become super-cool, colourful, puffed-up masterpieces.

Christmas Cookies

Buy a batch of cookies from the bakery of your choice. Create your own icing by mixing icing sugar, a couple drops of vanilla extract and water. Separate into separate batches and add different food colours. Stuff into a sealed bag and cut off the corner, and get your kids piping their favourite festive designs. Voila, home-made Christmas cookies!

Text: Suchetana Mukhopadhyay and Tenzing Thondup