eBay elf-ette, who loves a Christmas party. If it's sparkly I want it :) Making toys between 9am-6pm.
Glitter, glitz and plenty of glamour – Christmas really is the most magical time of the year. But, I don’t want to be still paying off all that festive fun when Christmas 2016 comes around! That’s why I rely on a few inexpensive tricks and little touches to make Christmas extra special for my guests. Here are my top tips for adding a little extra seasonal sparkle to your celebrations without breaking the bank…
Go for Gold
No matter what your budget this year, a colour scheme brings everything together. Why not give proceedings the Midas touch by opting for an all-gold theme? Ask guests to bring a gold decoration for the tree, brighten up the dining table by spray painting candlesticks or spread a little joy with shabby chic metallic wooden letters.
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Embellish Your Gifts
Take your wrapping to the next level by adding feathers, sequins, jewels, baubles or sprigs of holly and ivy to make even the smallest gift sparkle under the tree. It’s the little touches that will make your guests smile!
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Hang Decorations From Light Fixtures
Make sparkly snowflakes and eye-catching baubles the centre of attention by using ribbon and twine to hang from light fixtures. Keep the look chic by sticking to muted tones like silver and pastel shades.
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Decorate Your Door
Set the mood at the door with a stunning wreath. No time to create your own? Opt for a stylish, pre-lit design complete with frosted pinecones, green holly leaves and metallic baubles to welcome guests with a flourish.
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Make Your Fireplace the Centerpiece
Sometimes the most elegant touches are oh-so-simple to create! Decorate your mantelpiece with fresh festive greenery (holly and ivy looks and smells divine), cinnamon sticks, pine cones and cloves then nestle white pillar candles in the gaps. Gorgeous!
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DIY Cocktails All Round!
Mason jars filled with a miniature bottle of your guest’s favourite spirit and a can of mixer will keep them busy at the table while you’re serving up the starter. Little people to look after? Fill their jar with crayons and a mini colouring book.
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Glam Up Your Table
While the turkey is in the oven, turn your attention to the table. Give your chairs some seasonal cheer with red ribbon bows, then fill clear square vases with cranberries, water and mistletoe for a seasonal centerpiece. Tealights in glass votives provide the perfect finishing touch.
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Sew Your Own Christmas Stockings
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a little nostalgia. For me, that means stockings hanging from the fireplace on Christmas morning – and they’re so easy to make. Simply pick up a pattern, cut out your fabric and start sewing! Fill with baubles, sweets or little treats.
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Pull a Real Christmas Cracker
Forget paper hats and plastic toys! These are the only crackers the girls and I will be pulling this Christmas – they’re filled with nail polish and lip gloss from one of my favourite beauty brands.
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Fill Your House With Seasonal Smells
Christmas candles can be expensive, so why not make the house smell magical with homemade pot pourri? Bring water to the boil in a large saucepan before adding slices of orange, cranberries, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, vanilla and apple cider. Leave to gently simmer all day.
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