This post is sponsored by Target.
I need to start this post by saying that I have used the word “Christmassy” quite a lot. Spell check is telling me that Christmassy is not a real word. Spell check is wrong. That is all. 😉
I love decorating our home at this time of year and your typical hand-made, red and white, Scandinavian Christmas is what usually makes my heart sing. This year though, R has finally ground me down and I’ve embraced colour in all its festive glory. We actually have coloured lights on the tree (gasp!) instead of plain white fairy lights. Our home is filled with colour and we are all loving it. As much as I love to make our home look festive, I don’t want to be spending up big on items that will only see the light of day for four weeks of the year. So, I follow two rules when it comes to decorating for Christmas:
TWO TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS DECORATING ON A BUDGET
1. Ornaments are not just for the tree
2. Use regular, non-Christmas homewares and make them feel Christmassy
We’ll be hosting our family’s Christmas lunch this year. There will be the three of us, my mother and sister, and Mark’s parents, so I really want to do something a bit special. Here’s how I’ll be decorating our table. It looks very Christmassy but I’ve only used three specifically Christmas items. Everything else is regular homewares that I can use throughout the whole year, not just during December. All the items you see on the table are available from Target.
To create our bright and happy theme, I chose colourful glass tumblers which come in a set with four different colours – blue, green, purple and pink. I filled a glass hurricane lamp with colourful baubles and placed some glittery reindeer across the table for added sparkle.
The soft blue Target napkins look gorgeous against the neutral placements and they match the blue baubles and glass tumblers perfectly. Target really have some stunning ornaments this year and I couldn’t resist these snowflake ornaments in silver and blue which I’ve used as napkin rings. I will also be giving these ornaments to our guests as a gift when the leave. (Can you believe the blue ones were only two dollars each?) For R’s plate I chose a cute Santa ornament to add a little whimsy.
The finishing touches on the table come from the confetti champagne glasses which add some fun and sparkle and the white ceramic tealight holders. These tealight holders are not specifically a Christmas design so I can use them all year round, but because they are on a table with Christmas decorations they suddenly take on a very Christmassy feel.
Ornaments are not just for the tree
I love garlands and bunting. They make me so happy. I have strands of lights and pom poms and other garlands running across my kitchen window and it makes my heart smile a little to see them. For our Christmas decorating I made a garland using a pack of Target’s glittery stars ornaments. The colours of the stars match the baubles on the table perfectly. I simply threaded the stars on to some twine and hung them across the dining room wall above our buffet. It took about five minutes and looks so cheerful.
Regular household items as Christmas decor
I created the “All is merry and bright” printable in the photos below using Picmonkey. I’ll be sharing here it on the blog next week, along with some other fun (and free!) Christmas printables, so be sure to pop back for those. I used a white picture frame from Target to display the printable.
The Target cake plate with glass dome cover is perfect for Christmas decorating. I’ve filled it with pine cones that we collected on our walks last Winter and some of the same baubles that I used to fill the hurricane lamp. Want a tip for how to arrange it all in there without it falling down before you put the glass dome on top? Hold the glass dome upside down like a bowl. Now fill it with your decorations, pop the cake plate on top like a lid then carefully turn it all right way up again. Voila!
I’ve added a Target tea light holder to this display as well, along with a silver reindeer. All of these are sitting on top of a Target place mat.
So there you have it. Easy Christmas decorating ideas that will look fun and festive at this time of year, using items that can be enjoyed all year round.
What’s your favourite holiday decorating tip?
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