Christmas is the perfect time to be thankful for all the blessings in your life. It’s also the perfect time to overindulge and deck your house out in the most decadent Christmas decorations you can lay your hands on. Gold, silver, red and green are the usual palette of choice, but as much as I love the traditional Christmas aesthetic, I also like to opt for something a bit more modern and streamlined. Greys, whites and chestnut browns, despite being more subdued still manage to convey the holiday spirit. Don’t hesitate to inject touches of silver for some added festive sparkle: it will enhance your decorations and as long as everything isn’t doused in glitter, won’t look garish at all.
I recommend including as many natural elements as possible to your décor, making it serene and cosy. The Christmas tree is an obvious one, but also add cinnamon sticks, leaves, dried orange slices, branches and even though you can’t include real snowflakes, do substitute those with iced biscuits with intricate flake patterns.
On the topic of food, my key word is: comfort. Take all the yummy things you love and bring them together, with the only difference being how you would present them. Change up your hot chocolate with snowman marshmallows or snowflake marshmallows; ice your gingerbread men more intricately; create a faux Christmas pudding with Maltesers drizzled with white chocolate, complete with glacé cherries instead of holly berries. The possibilities are endless.
Your Christmas atmosphere will also be hugely impacted by your lighting choices, which is why I’d recommend lanterns, candles and fairy lights. If you have a room with a dimmer switch at home, capitalise on that and throw your Xmas party in there (provided it’s big enough to hold your guests!).
One of the most fun parts of Christmas is the present giving and you can never go wrong with Secret Santa. To wrap your gift, and to stay within the aforementioned colour scheme, use brown paper and accessorise it. Brown paper can look a bit “post office”, so make sure to add silver ribbon, even holly and a failsafe way of dressing up your package is adding a tag bearing the receiver’s initial. You can find these covered in glitter or patterned with festive drawings. You could always make your own with a stencil in a particular card/backed fabric you like.
No matter how you choose to decorate, what you choose to eat or whichever religion you may be, the festive season is all about spending time with loved ones and creating memories. I wish each and every one a wonderful holiday and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for all of you.