Meghan Markle will spend her first Christmas with adorable baby Archie apart from the royal family's annual affair at Sandringham Estate. Away from that opulent backdrop, she's set her heart on a private affair with Prince Harry and her own mum.
For those of you concerned that Meghan could potentially miss out on the "perfect Christmas," please don't worry. A newly-resurfaced interview from 2015 provides insight into how she will instead achieve perfection within the comfort of her home.
Did you know that before she was the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan helmed a lifestyle blog known as The Tig. And it was then that she blessed us with her hosting tips, which are sure to live on for generations to come. Luckily for us, Meghan saved the majority of her tips exclusively for the holiday table, including not just table-scapes, but also two recipes.
"When creating a table-scape, keep it simple and crisp with an all white tablecloth, runner, and napkins," she recommends: "Accent with gilded plates and napkin rings, and use a stylish set of cutlery. All white flowers placed in the low vases are the perfect centerpiece."
Well, Meghan did bestow upon us what sounds like a very healthy recipe for an adult beverage. A batch of her signature "Almond Milk Spiced Holiday Cocktail" includes four cups of unsweetened almond milk, six-to-eight dried dates soaked in water and a blend of traditional Christmas spices. (Meghan actually recommends that we make our own almond milk, but those of us who don't have a kitchen staff or the necessary strainer may opt for a jug from Trader Joe's.)
When it comes to sides, Meghan kicks traditional sweet potato wedges up a notch by adding half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and the juice of half a lemon. Two trendy ingredients—Himalayan sea salt and a handful of Pepitas—go on top for added crunch and texture. (Both of the recipes are available for your viewing pleasure right here.)
Something tells us, however, that one of Meghan's suggestions from the past no longer applies: She recommends buying silver platters and serving trays on the cheap from Etsy or local flea markets to "add formality to hors d'oeuvres passing." Given that Queen Elizabeth alone has an estimated private wealth of $530 million, perhaps Prince Harry felt comfortable asking his grandma for a family heirloom instead. You, on the other hand, can grab one of these cool essentials from Delish instead.
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