Decorating the table for Christmas dinner is one of the last things I do decorating wise and today on the blog I’m going to share with you how I decorate my table for the day.
I took these photos a few days ago, Sam came round for Christmas dinner as he will be spending the day with his family and I will be with mine. We decided to have our own Christmas dinner celebration before the day itself… our “Merry Not Christmas” celebration.
This is the view of my dining table from the living room.
As there were only 2 of us eating Christmas dinner I chose to seat us opposite each other, the big space between us would be utilised with dishes of veg and the condiments.
I chose to decorate the table with my glittered deer ornaments, a cute little Christmas tree from Asda, pompom fairy lights, tiny baubles and these lovely vintage glass mushroom and pine cone decorations that were given to me by my Mum.
I used old beer bottles as candle holders either side of the deer and Christmas tree.
The crockery and cutlery are from Asda and I really love how festive they look together.
For our dinner I cooked roast parsnips, roast potatoes, carrots, peas, mashed potato, sprouts, stuffing and a mediterranean nut roast which I served with gravy and mint sauce. For dessert we had toffee pecan roulade.
I like to have a check list of things that I run through around a week before the big day – it gives me time to re-assess what needs doing, what has been done and anything that may have been overlooked.
Here’s how my list normally looks
Presents and Cards
All cards written and sent (the last day for UK mail to be sent in time for Christmas is 18/12/18)
Presents bought (list names)
Wrapped (cross through names)
Presents still to buy (List Names and items next to names)
Check if you need more paper, sellotape or tags
All decorations put up
Clean and mop floors
Hoover – especially under the tree (live or fake, both shed!)
Damp wipe surfaces and dust
Tidy all main rooms guests will use
Keep sink and kitchen sides clean and clear
Make sure there are crackers for the table
Check candles and candle holders if you are using candles as part of the table decoration
Check that you have a lighter or matches that work!
Create a Christmas song playlist – I use Spotify.
Food and Drink
Run through menu and write a list of items needed (regardless of whether you think you have them!)
Go through list and check items you have got and cross off what you already have
Check drink levels – wines, spirits, beer, pop, juice, non alcoholic drinks (buy more if needed)
Check party food (crisps, nuts, nibbles, cheese, crackers, chocolates and buy if needed)
Make sure you have basic food (salad, bread, butter, soup, beans etc, again buy if needed)
Check toilet roll supply
Washing Up Liquid
If you have a pet, make sure you have enough food for them
Stock up on batteries
If I think of any more then I will be sure to add them to this list!
In all the years I have been putting up my tree and decorations there is always something I have forgotten to do, whether it be to check the lights work or having to take all the decorations off because I havent added them to the tree, so today I’m going to share a guide on how to decorate the tree. Unfortunately there are no pics as I was having too much fun and totally forgot about taking any…
Choose where your tree will be placed, check that there is a power socket near by for the lights to run off or add an extension cable to the nearest socket and make sure that it reaches where your tree will be placed.
Assemble the Christmas tree if you are using a fake tree or bring in the real one and make sure it is acclimatised to the indoors temperature and watered before starting.
Get out all the decorations, lights, tinsel and bead strings you want to use, sort into piles – big baubles, small baubles, accent decorations, tinsel, bead strings, lights.
Check that the lights work.
Place lights on the tree, I find it easiest to work top down. Plug lights in and switch on to check placement, it’s easier to move the lights around and spread them out evenly without other decorations getting in the way! Turn lights off before continuing to the next step.
Add any tinsel or bead strings and check placement.
Now to add baubles, start with the bigger, most plain ones and add to the bottom 2/3 of the tree. Again check placement is fairly even and spread out.
Add the smaller, more plain baubles to the top 2/3 of the tree, checking placement as you go.
Now you can add the accent decorations, make sure these are evenly spread out with smaller ones to the top of the tree and larger ones to the bottom part.
Pour your favorite tipple, gather around friends and family and hold a “Switch on event” then stand back and admire your hard work!
Today on the blog I’m going to share with you instructions on how to make some simple Christmas Decorations. These decorations can be made by adults or children and will add a fun element to your interior decor for the season!
The first decoration I am going to show you how to make is a 3D Snowflake
For this project you will need…
6 sheets of white paper (or any colour of your choice) I used white A4 printer paper
Double sided tape or stapler
A hole punch
Cotton or string to hang
If you are starting with rectangular paper (like I am) the first step is to cut it into a square. To do this I folded the paper diagonally then used the straight edge as a guide and trimmed off the excess. You will need to do this to all 6 sheets of paper.
You can save the cut off piece and use it to make paper chains later!
The next step is to take your square of paper and fold it along the crease you initially made then fold the triangle in half again. Again, this needs to be done to all 6 pieces of paper.
Once you have done this you can now begin to make the cuts in the paper. Using the longest side as a guide, cut straight lines up the paper leaving about 1 cm uncut. I work from the double edge fold to the single edge fold but it doesn’t matter which way you cut the paper. Aim to make 5 or 6 cuts of equal width.
When all 6 pieces of paper have been cut in the same way you can then open the paper out.
Now we can start to construct the snowflake.
Place the paper as in the picture above (with the spine that is uncut running vertical), start in the middle and apply a piece of double-sided tape to one of the points of the triangle, roll it over and attach to the opposite side point so that it forms a tube.
Flip the paper over and then do the same to the next triangle point, then flip and repeat. Do this for all the triangle points.
You should end up with something looking like the above picture. Repeat for the other 5 pieces of paper.
Once all of the snowflake segments have been made lay them out. You will notice that one side has a bigger length than the other, make sure they all face the same way. You then want to attach them together using either double-sided tape or a stapler, big side on one to small side on the other, attach at the crossed part (like in the middle picture above). Once you have done this and attached all of them together you will then want to secure the centre points, I stapled 3 points together, then the other 3 then stapled the whole lot together (see the last picture above). Once you have done this you can then attach the last snowflake segment to the first, making the completed snowflake.
The last thing to do is punch a hole in one of the outer edges of the snowflake and add a piece of cotton or string so that it can be hung. You can make bigger or smaller versions of this by varying the size of the square of paper that you start with.
Using the same method as above you can create teardrop spinners to hang.
Just take one piece of paper, fold as above and trim excess (if starting with a rectangle), then cut the paper as before but aim to make the width between cuts around 0.5cm or narrower, open the paper out and, like before, start in the centre and attach point to point, flip and attach the next one, flip back and attach the next until you have attached all points, hole punch at one end and attach cotton or string and hang.
The next decoration I’m going to show you how to make is one that you can make with children and is really simple…
Toilet Roll Snowflakes
For this decoration you will need
empty toilet toll tubes
glue (PVA works best)
string or cotton to hang
(hover your mouse over the photos for the instructions!)
1. First you will need to get the scissors and a toilet roll tube
2. Squash the tube to make it easier to cut
3. Cut the tube into 6 or 8 equal sized pieces
4. Use glue dots, double sided tape or glue and place near the fold of the cut pieces
5. Attach to another piece of cut tube
6. Keep going until the shape is fully formed
7. I used white acrylic paint to paint my snowflake but you could use any paint and any colour
8. Make sure to cover the whole shape
9. Check for any missed parts
10. I used this glue
11. Squeese out glue into a flat dish
12. Lay the snowflake in it and wiggle it about to cover all of the edges touching the surface
13. Sprinkle your choice of glitter onto another flat surface
14. Press the snowflake, glue side down, into the glitter
15. Give the snowflake a wiggle in the glitter so it adheres to all the glue
16. Leave to dry then punch a hole and hang wherever you choose
What decorations do you make for the festive season?
My style can be described as being bright, fun, non-traditionalist, hippy and boho, and my Christmas decorations really embrace my style. I’m not a huge fan of tinsel or traditional Christmas decorations, though I do add elements of the traditional into my decor.
I have Christmas trees, fairy lights and stags,but not in traditional colourways, I prefer white or black trees, my stag decorations are bright pink and glittery, instead of tinsel I choose bead ropes, marabou feathers and pom-pom trim. I have really bright baubles on my black tree and have chosen little dinosaurs to hang from my other, scroll down to see the photos that I have taken of my non-traditionalist, seasonal decor!
I didn’t want to hang my wreath on the front door because, well, its Wales and it rains! Not just that but I really didn’t want to get him all dirty either. I hung my wreath on the next available door – the door to my downstairs living room.
Joy lights which I have placed on the shelving unit opposite the door to my living room. This is the first thing people see when coming into my home.
My small tree that I have decorated with multi-colour fairy lights, pom-pom trim, marabou feather trim and tiny plastic dinosaurs!
Here’s a close up of the dinosaurs!
My second tree which is decorated with beaded ropes and baubles.
A close up of one of the decorations on my black Christmas tree – my initial!
Pink stars, green stars and purple stars also adorn the tree.
Skull and Crossbone upcycled tree which I’m thinking of having as my table piece for Christmas dinner.
My pink glitter stags, my mini Christmas Tree and its pom-pom decorations (which are also lights!) on my back windowsill.
Here’s a close up of one of the stags! I’m really liking the effect the rain on the window has!
And lastly, my santa card peg fairy light garland.
How have you decorated your house for christmas? Do you have a theme or colour palette that you use?
There are so many different Christmas decorations available now, from cute, retro funky baubles to minimalistic metallic ones. With the array that is on sale its easy to get overwhelmed so I’m here today to give you some ideas with your Christmas decorations!
I think the easiest thing to do when deciding which decorations to choose is to first come up with a theme and colour palette before actually purchasing any decorations. Here are a few that I really love….
Traditional – Green, red, gold.
Minimalistic – Metallic silver and one colour.
Bright – Pink, blue, yellow, orange, lime green.
Pastel – Baby pink, baby blue, lemon and soft green.
Jewel – Red, gold, green, blue, purple.
Galaxy – Metallic blue, green, purple and pink.
Retro – Bronze, gold and metallic brown.
Elegant – Black, white and silver.
Once you have chosen your theme and colour palette you can then choose the colour of your tree, and with so many different colours and styles to choose from sometimes it can be hard to know which colour to go for.
Once you have decided on the best tree for your theme the next thing to decide upon is the lights for your tree. There are 4 main ones to choose from – coloured, cool white, warm white and bright white. Coloured are the more traditional sort of fairy lights with bulb colours of red, green, blue and yellow, cool white give off a blue tinged light, warm white lights are yellow toned and bright white lights give off a brilliant white light.
I would choose Coloured lights for the Bright and Retro Theme
Cool White lights work well with the Pastel and Galaxy Theme
Warm White lights work well with the Traditional Theme
Bright White lights work well with the Minimalistic, Jewel and Elegant Themes.
Now that you have chosen your theme, tree and lights we can now look at the fun stuff – all the shiny baubles and other decorations to hang on the tree!!!! First though, you should decide whether you want tinsel on the tree or not? I personally dislike tinsel, having Aspergers means I can be hyper-sensitive to certain smells and tinsel is one of those things that I don’t do well with smell wise so I choose not to use it at all. However, there are alternatives to tinsel including beaded ropes which come in many different colours, marabou feather trim, ribbons and other haberdashery trims works well too and you can buy that in many fabric or craft shops. Whatever you decide on pick out one colour from your colour palette so as not to overwhelm the other decorations.
Choose big baubles in one colour from your palette and add smaller ones in either the same colour or another from your colour scheme, mix up finishes to add interest (choose shiny ones, matte ones, glitter finish, dimpled etc) and if you want, mix up the shapes of the baubles – tear drop ones work really well for the bottom of the tree where as I find round ones work well for the middle.
Select smaller baubles in differing colours (that match the colour palette of your chosen theme), again you can choose different finishes and textures. Smaller baubles work well for the middle of the tree and top. Most of the large and small baubles can be bought in multi packs and are fairly cheap to buy so you can add as many or as few as you wish to your tree!
Now for the extra fun bit, choosing the eye-catching elements! These elements are things like bows, shaped baubles, clear baubles, and baubles with special finishes. Most of this type of decoration are the ones that are sold as single decorations (and are a bit more expensive than the regular baubles) and are designed so that you only add one or 2 of the same one to the tree, this means that the eye will be drawn to them, add a fun element and are a way to really personalise your theme. Most places that sell trees will sell this type of decoration, I have found Asda and B&Q to be good places to have a look as they carry a good range! Whatever you choose, have fun with these decorations and add as many or as few as you wish!
What sort of theme are you choosing for your decorations?