Everyone's coming to the 'Smith-ogue' household for Christmas this year. We're in the process of moving into our new house so I'm not sure quite what I was thinking when I suggested it...
Normally I'd have a lie in on Christmas morning, but I'll have to be up and be organising and getting everything ready. It'll be a complete muddle because I'm not prepared, but I'm still looking forward to it. I'm just keeping this thought in the back of my mind: whatever I get ready in time, I get ready, whatever I don't, I don't.
We're really hoping for hot weather. All the boys will just get shoved towards the barbeque; the girls will do the salads and stuff like that. I think that's pretty traditional here in Australia.
It's Kris' second Christmas. The first one, he arrived a week before Christmas, I shoved some tongs in one hand and a beer in the other and said: "You'd better learn how to do the BBQ or it's over!"
Music is also a big part of the Minogue family Christmas – the place will just be pumping. We've put in these new Sonos multi-room speakers that link to an iPad music app called Rhapsody that can pump different tunes into different parts of the house, so there will probably be a lot of me running after Kris hollering: "Turn it down – it's too much for the neighbours!"
Food-wise, Mum and I have worked out a plan of who's bringing what and we'll get there. My sister-in-law's bringing a plate, my mum's bringing the turkey breasts, my uncle marinades the seafood (very important to me because I'm a vegequarian) and my Nana makes the potato salad (it's really yummy).
My family all have their signature Christmas dishes but my specialty is cocktails. We used to go down to the market and get a box of ripe mangos and make mango margaritas with ice. But as a nod to my second home in the UK, where cranberries are easier to come by than mangos at this time of the year, the Cosmopolitan is my cocktail of choice this festive season. Here's how I make them...
(1part = 35ml standard spirits measure)
3 parts citron vodka
1 part Cointreau
1-2 parts cranberry juice (to taste)
A splash of freshly squeezed lime juice
Edible glitter (from the cake decorating section of your local supermarket)
Slices of lemon or lemon peel twists
First of all prepare your glass - it's Christmas so it's all about the decoration! Prepare by running a wedge of lime around the rim of the glass. Then dip it into a mixture of edible glitter (I love a mix of gold and silver) for a touch of Disco Christmas sparkle.
Now combine all the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well before straining into a large cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon slice or a twist of lemon peel.
I'll be nursing Ethan this year so I'll be making those for my family and sticking to this virgin Cosmo recipe myself...
3 parts tonic water (diet tonic, if you like)
1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
1 part cranberry juice
½ part orange juice
Shake it up and serve in a sparkly glass!