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Last minute Xmas

Got up this morning and want to throw a Christmas party? No worries, here's how you can do it. Shreya Sethuraman writes. Your guide to Christmas in the city

india Updated: Jan 12, 2012 17:21 IST
Shreya Sethuraman

Tis the season to be jolly!" Christmas is finally here: the tree has been decorated, cake has been made, turkey is in the oven, and the gifts have been placed below the tree. But if you're a late riser, here are some last minute tips on how to throw the perfect party, get in the perfect gear or head for a special meal.

Restaurants across Delhi are offering deals that would be of interest. Last minute shoppers needn't fret, with stores selling Christmas trees, Santa hats and a life-size Santa and sledge made to order. Could this season get any merrier? Head to Kriti Creations in Khan Market for decorative lights, reindeer and of course, Santa Claus. Do up your pad with 3D snowflakes and your hair with a funky hair-band hat from the Party Hunterz store in Kailash Colony. For an elf costume, get one in your size from The Costume Shop in Vasant Kunj. Check out the malls for some serious festivities: Select Citywalk Saket has a 20-feet tall Christmas tree made from over 100 kilos of chocolate, while several 8-feet tall reindeer, accessorised by the city's top designers greet visitors at DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj.

In keeping with the Christmas spirit, Godrej Nature's Basket has offers for shoppers, for the 24-25 weekend. "We have Santa Claus delivering the goods to our customers' homes instead of greeting them at the store," says Mohit Khattar, MD, Godrej Nature's Basket. Whether one is mall-hopping or store-hopping, the restaurant-hoppers will have a tough time deciding where to go. From a brunch at the poolside at the Aman, to wine-soaked turkey at TGIF, to a fire-show at Forgetful Elephant, there's no dearth of places to go indulge in.

For those interested in being Santa's helper for a change, head to the Children's Ward at the Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla Road, on Christmas Eve and read them a bed-time story (check out www.udayfoundationindia.org for details). If it's your green thumb that you wish to indulge in this weekend, a coffee at any Mocha outlet might help. The Mocha TreeHuggers, an offshoot community of Mocha - Coffees & Conversations have partnered with Grow-trees.com (www.grow-trees.com), a website that enables citizens to plant trees. They will plant a tree for your friend and send them a certificate with a special message from you. As co-founder Karan Shah says, "This is a good way of letting corporates approach their customers to plant trees and think green." And it's not much - just Rs 50 per tree.

So, here's to a green, joyous and merry Christmas!

Your guide to Christmas in the city