Deck the halls: How to bring Christmas to life at home
This year we are all doing things a little differently so a little bit of extra thought and inspiration can go a long way to make your home the perfect place to entertain family and friends this Christmas without spending a fortune.
Home décor is all about the details and it should engage all the senses, especially at this time of year – sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.
If you need new Christmas decorations, or if you need to replace a few baubles this year, complement your current collection and build on what you have. If you usually go all-out, go even further!
Use lighting to create a festive feel – try twinkly fairy lights, festoon lights and lots of candles.
Don’t forget your Christmas playlist! From good old Bing Crosby and Mariah Carey, right through to the Jonas Brothers. If you are having a large celebration, don’t forget to pick up an extra Bluetooth speaker and pair them for surround sound.
As many of our new social distancing practices are designed to avoid touching, make sure that your surfaces in your common areas, especially in the kitchen and bathroom are pristine. Displaying good quality surface sprays and handwashes, as well as hand sanitisers will reassure your guests that you care about their health and well-being. Try Surfers Paradise Chempro Pharmacy for a great selection to choose from.
Christmas in Australia and New Zealand is all about taste. It’s not just about the traditional festive fare we may only have once a year, but also the incredible fresh produce we are blessed with during our long, lazy Summers. Think stonefruit, mangoes and our world-renowned seafood, now available at Coles.
Your sense of smell is strongly associated with memories – create some beautiful new ones with your favourite fragrances. Try diffusers and scented room spray, scented candles from Violet & Moss and fresh flowers from Coles.
Set the perfect Christmas table
Be true to your Christmas style – are you obsessed with Australian natives? Laying some festive flora such as eucalyptus leaves and proteas in the centre of the table creates a beautiful organic feel...and is right on trend with this season’s homewares! Team with earthy green and burnt orange napkins and you have created a unique Christmas colour palette.
Dreaming of a white Christmas? A crisp, clean Summer setting can be pulled together with fresh white linen and napkins. Add small accents such as a new set of gold cutlery for a bit of bling.
We recommend polishing your cutlery and setting your table the day before so you can enjoy the process and eliminate any last-minute stress.
Set up a cocktail station near the table so your guests can make their own Christmas spirits. Make sure you have lots of rosemary and grapefruit on hand to create an Instagrammable Christmas gin and tonic!
Personalise everything! There is nothing more special than knowing someone has been thinking about you. Personalised name tags, monogrammed glassware and little individually curated gifts at each place setting are all beautiful, memorable touches.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Boxing Day sales and specials on our website. Purchasing your decorations a year ahead will ensure you have everything ready to go next time!