BEST CHRISTMAS PARTY DECOR IF YOU’RE HOSTING
So, it’s your turn to host the annual Christmas party? Where do you start to make sure that all your guests are rocking around the tree and not crying into their Eggnog about last Christmas?
Choose a theme
First and foremost, you need to decide on a theme as this will pull the whole thing together. It doesn’t matter if there are 5 or 55 people coming to your party, once you’ve decided on a theme you can create a really Christmassy feel with the décor. This can be anything from a white Christmas, to a traditional red and green celebration. Then, once you’ve decided on the theme, you can start to decorate. And do be afraid include costumes in your theme if you think you can pull it off.
Start with the centre table
Christmas is all about coming together with your loved ones. And a big part of that is feasting on a wonderful Christmas dinner. So, make the table a focal point for your decoration and use it to dictate how the rest of your home looks i.e. choose your main colours by setting your table and emulate that through the rest of the house. Whether that’s woodland wonder or a white wonderland, when you start with the table the rest of the house – and even the menu – will follow.
Cover the ceiling
Create an illusion of a winter wonderland by covering the ceiling in paper snowflakes. And if you can’t remember how to make them, the good news is they’re easy. In fact, here’s a quick 6-step guide.
Give up the cold
In the Southern Hemisphere, our Christmases are a little warmer than our northern friends. So, why not bite the bullet and decorate accordingly? Instead of trying to create cold, winter wonderland, have a beach-themed, sand-surfing Santa kind of Christmas party? Complete with an unconventional Christmas tree, mojitos, pineapples, beach balls and thongs.
Appeal to all the senses
Don’t just think about how things look, taste or feel, think about how they smell too – by creating scented ornaments to hang around the house. Like this cinnamon stick ornament Christmas craft or star anise-studded oranges in mesh fruit bags to hang on the back of chairs. With scents of cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, not only will your house smell amazing, even the scrooges amongst you will instantly be pulled into a Christmas mood.
Light up the candles
There’s something so festive about the naked flame of candle light. So, make sure you put as many of them as you can around the house. Light up the mantel piece, or scatter through your table decoration, you could even have them lighting the stairs – not recommended if you have children or animals.
Create your own fireplace
Even if it’s impossible for Santa to get stuck up your chimney, you can create the illusion of having one with this cardboard brick fireplace. It also creates a great place to place the stockings and will be sure to get everyone at the party – and in your family – into the Christmas spirit.