COME UP WITH YOUR OWN WAY OF CHRISTMAS
Do what suits you for Christmas, it's hard to keep up with every new trend each year. Instead make your own traditions, this will mean your home will be filled with what you know and love. You can still be on the lookout for new things, and consider incorporating them into your own theme.
BRING OUT THE BEST CROCKERY, CUTLERY AND GLASSWARE
For the Christmas feast, make sure your collection of pieces is one that will want to use every year. A simple theme, such as a white linen tablecloth and napkins, blue and white crockery, silver cutlery and clear glass is timeless, yet gorgeous.
DECORATE YOUR TREE IN A SIMPLE WAY
There is no need to buy a brand new bauble collection every Christmas. Look at basing your scheme around clear glass baubles and special inherited/hand-made decorations, only adding one or two new items each year. Stick to natural finishes such as wood or accents of silver, which blend in seamlessly.
TRIMMINGS FOR YOUR TABLE
This is one of the easiest ways to update your scheme year after year. Natural greenery, twigs, leaves and pine cones, tubs of lavender or herbs such as rosemary and mint work really well. For the finishing touch, tie ribbons round napkins and add an eye-catching table runner.
WRAP PRESENTS IN BEAUTIFUL PAPER, RIBBON AND GIFT TAGS
Using unexpected materials such as fabric, string, brown paper, wallpaper or newspaper gives presents an original look and feel. Making your own gift tags is easy - simply stick old magazine images to card or cut up last year's Christmas cards, then hole punch the corners and tie with pretty ribbon.