Giving your home the Christmas wow factor
For me, there is no minimal way to do Christmas - it’s quite simply, go big or go home! My tree is adorned with every chintzy bauble you can imagine (yes, I even have a croissant bauble), my stairs are adorned with pom poms to the point my banister is creaking with the excess and the bay window in our lounge has giant baubles hanging from it, so that you know even from the outside that Christmas is happening in a big way beyond the front door (where of course I also have a wreath - read about how I created that here).
Each year, my sister and I take turns to host the big day and this year, it’s our turn. I love playing host and doing so at Christmas is even more fun as there is twice the amount of excitement to be had when decorating the room and getting it ready for your guests. For Christmas day, I take great pleasure in planning out the menu, cooking, laying the table, designing homemade menus and of course, decorating the room.
Every year, I invest in some new decorations and I was very excited this year, to be sent some paper decorations from party suppliers Party Pieces. They asked me to choose some of my favourite decorations, which was a rather enjoyable task, as they stock some great items from the likes of Meri Meri and Ginger Ray. We’ve just finished painting our dining room pink and I want to enhance the copper and gold already in the room so decided to go for a range of metallic decorations along with a bit of extra pink.
Paper decorations are a great way to add some real wow factor to your festive room without blowing the budget at an already expensive time of year. They also easily pack away to be re-used next year and I personally love getting my decorations out each year and remembering what I have - in twelve months, it’s easy to forget and it’s like seeing an old friend again!
Another addition to your room which isn’t too expensive and will last during the whole festive period is a foliage filled fireplace mantelpiece. I had seen various other bloggers and Instagram accounts create this and I had total fireplace envy so knew I had to have a go myself. It was so much easier than I thought and it honestly looks amazing! It cost me £27.50 for the foliage from a local Florist Classy Blooms and I got the Oasis and trays, which the foliage is fixed into, from Hobbycraft. I also added some old battery powered fairy lights through it for a bit of extra sparkle. Blogger friend Melanie Lissack has a great blog post about how to create your own version here.
So going back to the decorations, here is what I chose. My absolute favourites are the Meri Meri giant pinwheels and I actually shrieked with delight when I opened these and saw how big they were! Party Pieces actually have these in the sale at the moment so get in quick if you want some of your own for a reduced price. They’re totally worth it and I’ve ordered myself some more for even more giant pinwheel fun next year!
And that’s it! Our dining room is all ready for some festive partying and of course, to enjoy Christmas dinner in here on the big day itself!
*This post was in collaboration with Party Pieces and I received the paper decorations as gifts. As always, I only ever work with brands I love and want to showcase on this blog!*