15 December 2012

I have been much teased for my book, Celebrate: A Year Of British Festivities For Families And Friends. Lots of journalists are saying that my advice is glaringly obvious. A spoof twitter account called @pippatips offers such pearls as: ‘Enjoy a glass of water by getting a clean glass and pouring in water from a tap or bottle.’ It’s all good fun, I know, and I realise that authors ought to take criticism on the chin. But in my defence, let me say this: Celebrate is meant to be a guide to party planning and, as such, it has to cover the basics. If I were to write a cookery book, for instance, I would be compelled to say that, to make an omelette, you have to break at least one egg. Actually, that’s not a bad idea…. Or maybe I should write a sequel and call it Bottoms Up? Now that could be a bestseller.

One subject I decided not to cover in Celebrate was the dreaded office Christmas party, perhaps because it would have undermined the joyful mood my publishers wanted. But never fear: here, as a seasonal treat for Spectator readers and inspired by @pippatips, are my excruciatingly self-evident tips for festive entertaining in the workplace.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684221341 Trevor Ashman

    Hi Pippa, it will be wonderful to see you in New Zealand next year …..Happy Christmas :)

  • Daan Jimmink

    Make sure you visit the New Zealand Kayak School before the Coast to Coast. They will have you rolling in no time so that you will be ready for the kayaking leg of the Coast to Coast.

  • Steve Johnson

    First of all she might want to learn where Sumner is. Going from the South Island to Sumner is not really possible, Sumner is on the East Coast of the South Island. Hopefully she means going from Kumara on the West Coast of the South Island to Sumner on the East Coast of the South Island

  • Nevil Norbet, Drury

    Noi Zouland yus we ur un teh neows ugin, wilcum Puppa we wull moike yor stuy xciting and thunks for munchunung us but uf you downt find us mowst xciting ploice in world woi wull moan

  • Victoria Cat

    Good on you!

    New Zealand is a beautiful country and the C2C is a great way to see some of the most stunning and undisturbed countryside.

    If I plan to do the C2C for the first time in 2013, you can most definatly do it. I’m sure you have it sussed already, but you need your Grade 2 kayak certificate and rolling skills in freezing water might help. Just don’t attract TOO much attention to the C2C as already slightly nervous without the added media attention.

    Don’t listen to any critics (@Steve Johnson – DON’T BE SUCH AN EGG!) as I’m sure you will do NZ a huge favor by just being here.
    Go hard and go girl!

  • Kevin Middleton

    Good time to do anything outdoors here, Southland is awesome in the scenery & the people are just ….cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/diane.white.1675 Diane White

    You will be very welcome in N Z particularly Christchurch where the Coast to Coast ends. Wishing you a happy festive season.

  • Fluffy

    Pippa in bike shorts = win.

  • Till im gone’

    Whats the families plans for the new 5th age and the New World Order, should come to New Zealand hide out with James Cameron and Bill Gates coz things about to get Radio Active in the Northern Hemisphere, illuminati looking forward to the return of ‘kukulkan’ , keep it real guys.

  • http://www.stevegurney.co.nz/ steve gunrey

    Kia ora Pippa. We hope the reports are true and that you do come to challenge yourself in the splendour of the NZ mountains and the Coast to Coast race. Juddy (the organiser) has an entry saved for you and I, along with others can help you out with some last minute skills training. You’d benefit greatly from a bit of advice from us now (ASAP), on the sort of prep to do for the event, (in addition, of course to the joys of Christmas feasting!) There are also a few options for which part or whole, of the event you want to race. It’s difficult to establish contact with you, and this blog is all i can think of just now, (hope word gets back to you somehow) but you can email Juddy and I through the coasttocoast or stevegurney websites for more info. Of course it’s tricky with all the celebrity hype surrounding you nowadays, but we’d do our best to help make your race the challenging/balancing experience you mentioned that you were after. Have a Cool Yule. Steve Gurney (multiple C2C winner) and Robin Judkins (event organiser)

  • Mr Key

    Pippa we would love to have you come to New Zealand, me and my Hollywood friends would even film a movie about you all for free, 100% Pure NZ. We have mutual mogul friends :) Our mutual friends our Prince Charles among other Freemasonic talented illuminated Hobbit individuals. Goldman SACHS doesnt rule the world Pippa, middle-earth does we are the Lords of the Rings, Muah hahahahah

  • Kiwi girl

    Hi Pippa – Coast to Coast is a brilliant event and it is fabulous to see a celebrity doing something so insipirational for women. I did the one day Coast to Coast about 10 years ago – it should be on everyone’s bucket list! Steve Gurney is a local legend – totally recommend getting his advice. Happy training!
    PS – leave some time post race for R&R in Queenstown – lovely wee town with loads to do.

  • Amina65

    Oh ignore the critics…most criticism comes from a starting place of misery anyway. I bought the book for a friend. It was fun, great photography. The recipes may or may not be tried – we’re American and the truly great laughs came from the names of the recipes…. but all y’all over there need to take responsibility for calling food by such silly names. I LIKE the book.

  • Nevil Norbet, Drury

    Puppa woi ur mussung yoooo, yoi downt naow wut you are mussungg, downt boi scairud

  • jesus rogelio rubio siqueiros

    para pipa middleton ,,, eesstee…ammm…..mmm..no me animo bueno pues ahi va esque no es para tanto
    pero si hay mucho a que darle la bienbenida y ms saber ue quiere decir PIPA middleton con las siguientes palabras,,,his article first appeared in the print edition of The Spectator magazine, dated 15 December 2012

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