OK guys, now it’s December the countdown to Christmas has officially begun! I must say I’m quite excited about it now, we spent all day yesterday dressing the house with wreaths and greenery, so it’s all going to look gorgeously festive for our Christmas Design Masterclasses this weekend.
I’ve also been thinking about prezzie-buying. We’ve all got those super tricky people to buy for (I’m one of them, apparently!), so I’ve got a fool-proof test to help you figure out the Christmas shopping. Take the quiz below to suss out the perfect gift according to the personality of your friend/relative/loved one/Secret Santa… Then head on over to our Christmas gift guide and voila! Xmas shopping nailed.
TOP CHRISTMAS TIPS
DECORATING WITH FOLIAGE
Be brave and forget flowers altogether. A mass of foliage on their own is modern, bold and best of all – dead easy. The trick to making a foliage arrangement is to stick to one colour scheme! Grey greens look beautiful together as do fiery reds, russets and browns. Check out the full range to find the hue for you!
Christmas is all about adding greenery, twinkling lights and plenty of sparkle. Scatter candles everywhere for magical evenings, and long candelit dinners. Overdose on fairylights too, both inside and out!
Top tip: double the amount of light by draping fairylights over mirrors.
BE THE HOST WITH THE MOST
There is so much to do when hosting, but having a beautifully fragrant home is such a thoughtful touch. Scent is too often overlooked, but it’s definitely something that all houseguests will notice! Make visitors feel extra welcome with the our incense pyres.
A WREATH FOR LIFE . . .
Not just for Christmas! The beauty of faux wreaths is that they can be brought out year after year. Gem made mine for me yonks ago, and I just replenish with a couple of fresh sprigs of pine and rosemary every December, for fragrance. You can get hold of a wreath from our shops, or we also have a selection available at Selfridges. All our wreaths are handmade by our florists and they’re a true labour of love, so very limited edition!
BUT you can still have a go making your own too. All our wreath workshops sold out in double-quick time, but we’re hosting one more in conjunction with Selfridges this weekend. In our hands-on Christmas workshop our florists will guide you through making your own stunning wreath to take away with you!
BEST BUDGET TIP
This is a tip I’ve stolen from Gem, and use every year. Dust flowers with glitter, then spray with hairspray to keep it in place. They’ll sparkle beautifully under the light. Dead simple trick to transform anything from roses to garage carnations! I plump for reds and deep pinks for a dramatic centrepiece.
What would Christmas be without champagne? Garnish yours with a sprig of rosemary for a fragrant, festive twist. Or try topping up the champagne with sparkling elderflower – it’s a delish cocktail and makes the bubbly go further if you’re hosting a lot of guests. Chin chin!