Be the hostess with the most this Christmas!

GET yourself ready first or you’ll be that person with the red face and hair in a pony-tail when your guests arrive; appoint a helper to answer the door’ and have lip gloss stashed around the place to retouch.

These are just some of the invaluable nuggets of advice shared by Claire Nash of Nash 19 who is renowned for her hosting skills.

It’s an obvious one, but she stresses that preparation for Christmas is essential, adding that she wrote her Christmas cards several weeks back, as otherwise they wouldn’t get done.

This post originally appeared in the Evening Echo. Read the complete text here.