With the festive season fast approaching, our thoughts are naturally turning to entertaining and Christmas parties. And this year, more than any other, we think it's time to go for all-out glamour and glitz. So when we saw what was on offer this year in the Oliver Bonas stores we got super-excited and started planning little get-together's with more than a hint of the tropics.
Nothing will add a hint of sparkle to a party like mixed metals. Brass, copper and silver cocktail shakers, glassware, and carafes will make cocktails extra special and look fantastic in candlelight. Rum optional.
Or go all-out and dress a cocktail trolley for the entire period. You never know when unexpected guests will knock on the door and it won't take long to mix a drink with everything all ready to hand.
But we can't help thinking that once Christmas is over, these little copper goblets will still be adorning our dressing tables filled with baubles, or on the mantlepiece giving our flower displays a bit more oomph.
After all, a cocktail shaker is for life. Not just for Christmas.