Christmas has come and gone and we are faced with the somewhat grinchy task of disassembling our decorations, throwing out the wrapping paper and finishing off the last of the mince pies. It can be so easy to think that this is the end of all the fun, but darlings the fun has just begun! The end of Christmas is the perfect opportunity to get creative with both your decor and in the kitchen and because most of us are off until the New Year, what better time than now to get your hands dirty?! So to give you a little inspiration we've come up with our top ideas of what to do with your Christmas leftovers...

What to do with leftover Christmas Food...

Let's face it - Christmas is a big eating fest and that's why we love it! With the average person eating around 6,000 calories on Christmas day and then there's still food to be consumed it's fair to say that we love to go overboard! So we headed over to Pinterest to see what leftover recipes we could find and have cherry-picked our favourites...

  1. Yorkshire Pudding Turkey Wrap
 Credit: Sugar Golden Bakes

Umm hello, this one sounds like a winner! A delectable combination of Yorkshire puds and turkey this moorish dish is a bit of a revelation!

You will need:

  • Yorkshire Pudding Mix (basically pancake mix)
  • Leftover turkey, stuffing and any veg that you fancy
  • Any sauces that you would like, e.g. cranberry sauce, gravy, mayo - whatever floats your gravy boat - sorry, couldn't resist! 

To make:

  • Whisk milk, flour and an egg together with a pinch of salt until smooth.
  • Lightly warm the leftover turkey, stuffing and veg to go in the Yorkshire
  • Whilst the leftover turkey is warming fry up the mixture in a pan like you would a pancake.
  • Once cooked wrap the leftover turkey, stuffing and veg in the Yorkshire pud and viola a Yorkshire Pudding Turkey Wrap has been made!

2. Christmas Mac 'n' Cheese

Credit: Love Food

If you haven't devoured your cheese board, then why not turn your leftover cheese into a Christmas Mac 'n' Cheese?! Not only does it use up the rest of your cheese you can also add leftover meat, stuffing, chestnuts and veg - the perfect boxing day dish in our opinion!

You will need:

  • Macaroni
  • Leftover Cheese (Anything you like, e.g. cheddar, edam, brie, stilton - you name it!)
  • Leftover Chestnuts, veggies and meat.
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Flour

To make:

  • Bring a pot of lightly salted water to boil and then add in the macaroni to cook until al dente.
  • In a saucepan melt butter and mix in milk and flour until smooth.
  • Add in grated leftover cheese, vegetables and chestnuts into the saucepan.
  • Fold in macaroni and put entire mix into an ovenproof dish
  • Sprinkle remaining leftover cheese and chestnuts on top of the macaroni dish and bake at 170 degrees for 30 minutes.

... And there we have it - a delicious boxing day treat!

What to do with Leftover Christmas Decorations...

If you're out of storage space, or you simply do not want to hang away your glittering ornaments, accessories and decorations then we've come up with some handy solutions

  1. Create a quirky display
 Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

We love a little glitter in the home! It cheers us to see the sparkle of our decorations against the light and so there's no way that we are storing away our glittery accessories for another year! So to avoid our home looking like a Christmas grotto year round, the key is to add subtle pops of glitter and wow around the room without it becoming the main focal point. So consider creating an army of glittery pigs on your mantlepiece or shelf or hanging your unicorn decoration on cupboard knobs or pin it to the wall. In our opinion the more humorous the display, the more likely that you will get away with repurposing your Christmas decorations!

2. Accessorise what you already have 

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An easy way to incorporate your favourite decorations into your decor is to dress what you already have! So fill lanterns and domes with fairy lights, wrap light chains around table legs and down the staircase and dress your houseplants with your quirky decorations!

For those of you who are really looking to challenge yourself why not line the back of your shelves, drawers or book cabinet with wrapping paper? It's a creative way to update your furniture and will give your home a little facelift to see the new year in! Super simple, all you need to do is measure your surface and mark the wrapping paper with your cutting lines, cut the paper to size and glue it down... and there we have it, a simple update for the home that will look fabulous! 

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3. New Years Party Decorations

Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

And for the decorations that simply scream Christmas that you will simply not be able to get away with in the new year, then we say go all out for your New Years Party and celebrate the end of Christmas in Rockett St George style! So to help you embellish your home with Christmas extravaganza, here are our top tips:

  • Fill bowls with baubles or decorate your quirky lights, such as your Palm Tree Floor Light with bright and cheerful baubles for a Christmas twist!
  • Repurpose your garlands and turn them into streamers.
  • Shred your wrapping paper and gift cards in a standard office shredder and create confetti! You can sprinkle it on your tables to accessorise your new years party table spread.

What to do with Leftover Christmas Booze...

Now, this one was really hard one for us, because no such thing has happened to a member of the RSG team.... ever! But we've heard a rumour that such a thing does actually happen and so we've racked our brains and found a number of boozy cocktail recipes that will help you use up the rest of your liqueur in time for a dry January!

  1. Expresso Martini
Photograph and Recipe Credit: Elle Australia 

Our poison of choice, multiple espresso martini's were consumed at the Rockett St George Christmas party and there were a number of sore heads the next day. Super easy to make, use your leftover vodka and coffee for an oh so sophisticated treat!

You will need...

  • 45ml Leftover Vodka
  • 30ml Coffee
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup (super simple to make, instructions below)
  • 15ml Coffee Liqueur
  • Ice Cubes
  • Cocktail Shaker

To Make...

  • Make the sugar syrup by boiling two parts water to one part sugar on a low heat, until fully dissolved.
  • Combine the leftover vodka, coffee, sugar syrup, coffee liqueur and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake it, baby!
  • Pour it into a martini glass and garnish with coffee beans!

2. Bottled Christmas

Photography and Recipe Credit: Waitrose

Disclaimer: this one is bloody lethal! With a combination of boozy liqueurs, that will have you falling off your chairs!!!

You will need...

  • 300ml Martell VS Cognac
  • 300ml Harveys Signature
  • Sherry
  • 100ml water
  • 3ml Angostura Bitters
  • 3ml Pernos Absinthe
  • Black cherry, plus extra to garnish

To make... 

  • In a large container or jar mix all the ingredients together and transfer into a bottle once mixed.
  • Leave to rest for at least two days and when you are ready to drink pour the drink over ice and enjoy!

And... If you've still got leftover booze then cook with it, baby! Create Red Wine Chocolate Truffles, wine-laden stews and boozy hot chocolates! 

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