Yvonne Connolly plans cosy Christmas with the kids and partner John
Yvonne Connolly will be showing off her culinary skills as she plans a Christmas feast for her children and her partner John Conroy.
The 41-year-old is mum to Jack (16), Missy (14) and 10-year-old Ali with her ex-husband Ronan Keating.
The blonde beauty will also host a casual drinks party for family and close pals on Christmas Eve and she's counting on John to help her in the kitchen.
"I'm at home this Christmas with the kids so I'm really looking forward to it because it's my first Christmas in the new house," she told the Herald.
"It's a lovely time and I'm really looking forward to it.
"John's a great cook too. Sometimes I end up having 20 people in the house, but this year we only have 10, so there'll be enough to have a bit of energy, but not too much either.
"I usually have a relaxed get-together on Christmas Eve too and that's become a nice tradition.
"Family and neighbours call in for a tipple, so it's nice to see everyone," she added.
While the former model is known for her svelte figure, Yvonne won't be avoiding the mince pies this festive season.
"I indulge, you have to. If Christmas isn't a cheat day, then there's never a cheat day," she said.
'The atmosphere is wonderful, everyone is soaking that up.
"It's that manic few weeks leading up to it, too, that make the day because you just stop, and it's the best feeling ever.
"Having family around is lovely," she added.
Yvonne was speaking at the annual festive lunch in aid of the Cari foundation.
Cari provides a professional child therapy and counselling service to children and families who have been affected by child sexual abuse.
The glamorous lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge was attended by Cari patron Miriam Ahern as well as a host of well-known faces.
Miriam's daughters Cecelia and Georgina were in attendance as were Gillian Filan and Lisa Duffy.
"This is the best event ever because none of us are young, but we feel young," Yvonne said.
"The doors close, everyone has a few drinks, there's Jingle Bells playing, and we can make a show of ourselves. It's very fun and obviously for a good cause.
"We're all here to support Miriam and all the hard work the team do," she added.
Organisers are hoping to raise €20,000 from the annual event.
One hundred children are currently on their waiting list for therapy and they have responded by launching a Sponsor a Child campaign.