My mom always hosts family for Christmas. Unless, we’re away (like last year) there’s usually some festivities going on at our household. Watching her cook, get booze together and generally just make our place look super nice is enough to make me tired. But she does it anyway because all our family and friends has the most amazing time. I’ve tried to help her make the Christmas dinner a few times, but I’m God awful at it.
The decorating stuff I have down to a T after years of taking charge of doing the Christmas tree. Plus, begging my dad to get every single possible decoration we have down from the attic. I love making things look Christmassy and I’d do it in the middle of June if I could. With a new apartment coming up decorating is something I’ve had on my mind for a little while now (you may have noticed an increase in interiors posts of late!) and since I won’t be moving in for X-Mas I thought I’d create a little guide on how I would be decorating my own place if I were moving in sooner. Christmas 2018 at mine is going to be huge btw.
Get Yourself a Real X-Mas Tree
Yes, I know the artificial ones are in the perfect triangular shape and yes they don’t create a mess of pine needles but they’re just not the same. I tolerated an artificial one for a couple of years before putting my foot down. There’s something about the pine smell that’s so innate to Christmas that it just doesn’t feel right without it. If you want to get everything out of X-mas (and to avoid burning your Jo Malone candles constantly) grab a real x-mas tree. You won’t need candles to make your place smell amazing.
Novelty Homeware for X-Mas Dinner
Christmas dinner is without a doubt the best part of the day. You can eat as much as you want and there’s always way too much at my table to be finished in one sitting (that’s what Boxing Day is for!). I love having everything about the dinner to be Christmassy, including the plates I’m eating off. I’ve seen some adorable seasonal kitchenware in places like ASDA and Next. Both are really affordable and I think it adds a really nice touch to the dinner. And don’t have anyone tell you that you can’t eat off a reindeer themed plate any other day of the year!
You can always go all out by getting X-mas themed bedding / chairs / throws etc. Having guests round for Christmas time is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some new homeware. For example, some Tarten dining chairs won’t look amiss at other times of year but definitely fit in well with the festive season.
Go For a Theme with Your Decorations
Whether that’s going for a Disney themed Christmas tree or decorating your interiors with just the colour red, having a theme makes it easy to make your place look like it has a lot of cohesion. Not to mention it’s great for an Instagram theme. I’d love to do a red or reindeer theme next year because I always think that reindeer themes X-mas homeware looks amazing year in, year out!
Light It Up!
Christmas is all about those fairy lights. Whether you’re into the colourful kind or the plain white kind, have some up for x-mas. It looks so cute on the exterior of a house and gives the interior a warm and cosy feeling. I’ve seen a lot of people in my new building have them on the balcony and they look so cute when I spot them from the Tube!
Grab a Deal for Something Your Home Needs
Buying things that we need is often less fun that buying thing that we want. But when it comes to homeware there really is no compromising. If you’ve been putting off buying new carpet, cheap tumble dryers, new kettle, whatever it is for your home then now is the time to get it sorted. It will take the weight off your shoulders when you have guests round if you’re already worrying about things in the house not working as they should be!
Get Inventive With Table Decorations
Decorating a table can be quite difficult. What do you put there that won’t accidentally get knocked off any go flying? When I was little my mom and dad used to take me and my brother up to our local national park. We’d pay for a wooden log, and decorate it with holly and gorgeous red ribbon. Then we’d pop a small tea light in the middle of the log and it’d sit on our dining table. It was so nice to have something that we made make it to the table (unlike all the macaroni art I made!).
You can get some amazing inspo from Pinterest and I think I’ll be creating my childhood wooden centrepiece again soon!
How do you decorate your place for Christmas? Are you having people over this year? Let me know down below!
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