Ju­lia Anas­ta­sopou­los,

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TV per­son­al­ity, author of new cook­book, Recipes by Suzelle DIY, and South Africa’s favourite queen of life hacks, gives us her favourite tips for throw­ing the best Christ­mas party, and be­lieves you can al­ways rely on a good G&T to get the party started!

For the last few years, Ju­lia has been mak­ing South African au­di­ences roll on the floor with laugh­ter with her hi­lar­i­ous skits on life hacks as Suzelle. Lit­tle do peo­ple know that even when she spends down­time at home, she still has the best tricks on throw­ing a fab­u­lous Christ­mas party. ‘I like to have a fun theme for the day, as this makes plan­ning the menu, decor and ac­tiv­i­ties much eas­ier. Be re­source­ful and use things you have around the house: pick flow­ers from your own gar­den, up­cy­cle jars and tins for the dec­o­ra­tions, and why not paint a branch and be­daz­zle it in­stead of buy­ing a tra­di­tional Christ­mas tree?’

Grow­ing up, Ju­lia’s fam­ily would al­ways spend the fes­tive sea­son at their hol­i­day house in Sh­effield Beach on the north coast of Kwazulu-na­tal. These days the whole fam­ily usu­ally gath­ers in Cape Town where all Ju­lia’s sis­ters live. But this Christ­mas will be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent – it’ll be spent at the fam­ily home in Joburg, where Ju­lia’s par­ents have lived for 40 years. It’s go­ing to be a very spe­cial day and Ju­lia’s look­ing for­ward to a quiet Joburg Christ­mas.

‘My younger sis­ter, Stephanie, is the foodie of the fam­ily, so she’s al­ways in charge of the menu and or­ches­trates the food de­part­ment. Usu­ally, each of us brings a dish or two we’ve made our­selves.’ Ju­lia’s cook­book fea­tures a range of tra­di­tional South African recipes with her own unique twist. For her Christ­mas lunch con­tri­bu­tion this year, she’ll be in­clud­ing some in­spi­ra­tion from her book. ‘I love a bread and but­ter pud­ding. In the book we used crois­sants in­stead of bread, and it’s ab­so­lutely to die for! So I think that will be my go-to dish. And there’s noth­ing like a fancy G&T to get the party started!’

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