Whether you like a pine-coned sweet-smelling fir, or a non-dropping vacuum-friendly artificial tree, you can make it look extra special by choosing a colour theme. Red, gold, silver and green are traditional colours, but blue and purple are popular modern alternatives. Choose two colours and stick with them throughout the house. It’s a good idea to pick up decorations in the January sales and pack them away for next year, but for now you can make it special with your children’s decorations or family baubles that your granny treasured. However you choose to decorate your tree, it should be special to you.
Shedding pine needles are a never-ending Christmas battle! To keep real trees alive buy a stand that holds water. You wouldn’t put cut flowers in a dry vase and expect them to live, so extend your tree’s life by positioning it away from radiators and watering it each day.
Mulled wine is a classic that never goes out of fashion. Heat some on the hob when visitors are due - it’s guaranteed to make you appear polished and professional, even if you still haven’t wrapped any presents or posted your cards yet.
A Well-Dressed Table
A good quality table-covering will always attract attention. Try a red or blue cloth and dress it with gold and green. A centre-piece is essential, but keep it small otherwise you won’t see your dinner guests and it’ll end up the floor. A stylish candlestick works well with green taper candles, or a small florist’s oasis with holly leaves pushed in.
If you don’t want a table centrepiece why not invest in a fabulous over-table light from the Pirce Artemide range? They’re conversation piece should auntie start ranting inappropriately. And of course, don’t forget your Christmas crackers!
A small vase of mistletoe or holly on the fireplace is so festive and looks lovely. Of course you can tie up them up too - make bunches and put the over your doorways just in case the Amazon delivery man is good-looking!
Poinsettias give a lovely splash of red and paper-whites or amaryllis set the festive tone. Place your plant under a softly glowing low-light from Lampcommerce to give it centre-stage - it will make a change from all the gaudy flashing reindeer and grinning snowmen that abound in stores this time of year.
If you don’t want real plants then artificial pieces have vastly improved in recent times, plus they’re environmentally friendly year on year.
A Door Decoration
Nothing says Merry Christmas like a welcoming door decoration. Wreaths are popular whether you hang them on your door or garage door, but you can break the mould if you like! A basket of holly, ivy and sparkly cones on the doorstep looks wonderfully naive.
And speaking of visitors, there are plenty of unexpected door knockers at this time of year. Your home needs some festive snacks to keep them satisfied. Buy or make some Christmas cakes, stollen, mince pies or festive cookies and don’t snack on them until the New Year!
Enjoy your Christmas folks!
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