Here are six impending words you need to get crazy excited about an imminent road closure…The annual Stones Corner Christmas Market. Big, big yes! This year, on the 3rd day of Christmas you can expect just as much charm and entertainment as last year’s dazzling twilight street markets. Foodie friends, you have been notified. Come with your stomachs bare and your pockets fully lined!
Christmas is creeping up in a few short days and if you’re anything like me, you like to give it your best and go all out – decorating up a storm, true Pinterest style but you may have left it to the last minute. Whether you’re on a tight budget, have a little more to spend or want a theme, we’ve got you covered. Happy decorating, may your guests be impressed and your photos be re-pinned for the world to see.
You’re on a budget, but it doesn’t mean your set-up can’t be effective. Think Australiana for a simple way to save some dollars but keep it stylish.
The following ideas are a great way to stick to your budget but pack a punch:
If you’re having Christmas dinner and want some mood lighting, rescue a few glass jars from the recycling bin. Wrap them in a simple strip of burlap (or hessian) and pop some sand and a tea-light candle inside. You should be able to pick up some recycled hessian sacks from local the fruit shop for a few dollars. This is such an effective way to make an impact. Not only this – but in the dark of night it makes it look like you put more work in then you did. And that’s what decorating should be all about, right?
My all time favourite thing to do in the lead-up to my Christmas day is traipse around the garden (or even a cheeky walk around the neighbourhood) gathering anything that I can turn into a table display or wreath to go around jars and candles.
If you’re getting greens and flowers, make sure you leave this as late as possible. Brisbane heat will wilt those babies before too long!
Cut remaining hessian into ribbon strips or just use some simple kitchen twine. Wrap each person’s cutlery up threading a simple hand-written name tag on brown card and bow it sweetly by their plate like a little parcel.
Cheap and cheerful baby’s breath or general bush-style scrub from the florist (or the actual bush!) will go a long way in recycled jars as filler. Go crazy with this for a great impact.
Approximate Budget: $6 (recycled hessian sacks) + $3 brown card for name tags from Office Works + $11 babies breath (from market or local florist) = $20
You’re still on a bit of a budget but you do have a little more money to play with. When you’re limited financially, sticking to the ‘Straliana theme is still ideal. It adds character and allows a lot of DIY elements that aren’t costly.
You’ve got a little more money to play with so let’s think about the details:
Buy some off-cuts of timber from the local hardware store, or even use a fallen branch in the back yard! Hardware shops can usually cut these up for you for a small fee if you don’t have the tools. You want to saw a slight indent in the top and centre so that a name card can easily slot in (as pictured above).
Invest in a few bold natives from the local florist. You can fill them in with backyard scrub, they will make an impact as a centrepiece and will last for weeks afterwards.
Take a visit down to the local op-shop and see if you can find any vintage tins or wide mouthed bowls or vases. Because you’re getting natives which have thick stems, you’ll need a little room.
Approximate Budget: $20 (timber and timber prep) + $20 native flowers (from market or local florist) + vases $10 = $50
You’ve got a decent budget, so let’s think grand and bold. Try a white Christmas theme with hints of colour. To keep it classy but with a twist of something different, pair the white with a Tiffany blue for a grand affair. You have a little more money to play with so let’s get the most out of it:
Head to Spotlight or your local fabric store and buy some plain white fabric for a crisp table cloth. The beauty of making a table cloth is that all you have to be able to do is sew in a relatively straight line around the edges – but you still get to claim handmade! Make sure you head to the furnishings part of the fabric store and get a heavy duty linen that will last you for Christmas’ to come! Measure up your table and add a good 50-60cm to the width and length for some over-hang. Any left over? Turn it into napkins!
Keep an eye out for some tiffany blue baubles, tumblers, small-medium sized vases and jars. If you have plain white plates, this combined with a pure white table cloth will look striking with some blue centrepieces.
Fill your jars and vases with baubles and some with plain white flowers from the local florist and get some baby’s breath for filler.
Pop down to Office Works or the craft shop and buy some slightly textured white card. Simply cut into rectangles, fold in half and use as individual place cards.
Approximate total: $60 fabric + $50 baubles, tumblers and blue décor + $30 flowers + $6 place cards native flowers = $146
No matter what your budget is, you can still create a beautiful table setting with a little creativity and time. Have a good look deep into the kitchen cupboards or garage and see what you can use that you already have on hand, and work around that. The Australian theme is perfect for a tight budget because you can make the most of your natural surroundings.
Have you got a theme in mind for Christmas this year? Do you plan to decorate your table and get into the Christmas spirit?