Thursday, 13 December 2012

Deck the halls with.....whatever you fancy!

Whether your tendency is towards the traditional or you have more of a modern mindset, there’s no disputing the fact that Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without decorations. You know it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas once you spot a sparkling spruce!

You may like to settle on a colour scheme, get back to basics with a minimalist motif or go all out with your festive finery, trimming the house from top to toe. Whatever your particular persuasion, take a peek at for some seasonal inspiration.

You could always bring the outside indoors and decorate your home with berry reds and holly greens. Deck the halls with traditional trimmings, such as garlands, swags and wreaths. Cinnamon sticks, baked orange slices and pinecones can all be used to decorate your tree and create a natural and nostalgic nod to the traditional and timeless.

If this all seems a little too antiquated for your taste, why not opt for a more opulent effect? Metallics, mixed with modern colour palettes can combine to create a luxurious yet elegant festive feel. An alternative to the green and gold of yesteryear is plush purple. Rather than the traditional red and white of candy sticks, why not experiment with wintry whites and shimmering silvers?

Perhaps such designer decoration is all a little too disingenuous for your taste? Maybe you fit comfortably in the ‘more the merrier’ mindset and prefer your festive finery to be colourful, careless and full of fun? Lavish lights, singing snowmen and rocking reindeer may all play their part in your playful appreciation of the party season. Throw caution to the wind and embrace Christmas in all its festive glory.

Whatever theme you are planning to embrace, you can transform your Christmas table as well. A centrepiece and candles can add to the ambience and make your meal all the more magical. Why not create pretty place settings and add sparkle to your seating arrangements with a generous handful of glitter?

You could even make your own crackers and add an alternative and thoughtful gift for each guest. Your children will love being involved with the preparations, so enlist their help. Wrap up warm for a winter walk and pick holly together to adorn your home. Your children can channel their excitement into card or decoration-making and enjoy playing their part in the preparations.