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A Boozy Advent Calendar

It’s December, my favourite month (along with August for obvious work-related reasons!) which means advent calendars. Despite requesting a simple chocolate one this year, Ian surprised me with Ciate’s latest offering.


I had a Ciate nail varnish advent calendar last year and, being an absolute addict, loved the daily additions to my collection. This year, the box is a stunning London theme with many recognisable features from the skyline, all in a stylish red, black and grey design.


I will be doing daily Instagrams of what is behind each door and a proper review a bit later in the month but it’s fair to say I had a lot to live up to in the advent calendar stakes. However, I think this year I surpassed myself…

Ian is a huge fan of real ale (and drags me to many ale festivals throughout the summer months) so I wanted to do something a bit special. It took a while, but I managed to buy 25 different ales to create his very own advent calendar!

Here they all are pre-wrapping:

I tried to get a good selection including speciality Christmas ales, a delicious sounding salted caramel one, nearly all from different breweries.


I couldn’t face wrapping 25 bottles with proper wrapping paper (bottles are such a pain!) so opted for the easy yet effective approach of good old tin foil! It took me a matter of minutes to wrap all the bottles and the look on Ian’s face when I revealed my surprise made the weeks of carrying heavy bottles and trying to find hiding places for them all over the house worth it!



About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

One response »

  1. What a great idea for a advent calendar! Love the Ciate one too, wish I got one! Xx


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