Have you ever looked at tv shows, magazines and YouTube videos where people put on high end luxurious Christmas celebrations ? They look so pretty and glamourous don't they ? Bet they spent a fortune too.
If you are after a similar look but don't have the extra dollars to splash around, here are a few ideas for you to try. I've personally used most of these tricks in our home to make it look extra special.
* Is your tree a little on the small side ? Make a timber riser to stand your tree on. Use a stack of books as a platform to lift the tree up. This is a great way to add more room under the tree for presents as well as giving extra height.
* If you have old tinsel that looks thin, wrap two strands together for a fuller look.
* A magazine worthy table decoration doesn't need to cost any money. Place odd, tired looking baubles into a clear glass bowl for a high end look. Add a candle each side to complete the look.
* Not enough decorations for the tree ? Don't decorate the back of the tree if you can't see it.
* Frame a Christmas card for your mantle, buffet or lamp table.
* Cut greenery from your garden to fill a vase. Tie a Christmas ribbon around the vase to finish it off.
* White bedsheets make great table cloths. Add a Christmas tea towel to the centre if you don't have a table runner.
* Op shops can be a great place to buy new or near new kitchenware, books, toys and homeware. Sometimes the item just needs a quick wipe over. A wonderful place to stretch your dollars for presents or to update your tableware.
* Get more bang for your buck by cooking and baking your Christmas meal from scratch. For example, sticky date puddings are expensive to buy. Make them from scratch in muffin size and you'll get a whole lot more for less.
* Candles can be expensive to buy. Pop a tealight candle into a small glass.
* Fairy lights add glamour and sparkle to a home. The cheapest battery operated ones cost $6 in Kmart or you can wait until Boxing Day to buy them half price. These lights can be added to a glass vase, bowl, table, mantle, bookcase or greenery for a simple luxurious look.
* Christmas cushion covers are super easy and cheap to make. If you can't sew, use a Christmas pillowcase and fold the extra material over the back.
* Choose a Christmas dinner / lunch to suit your budget and plan how you'll serve it for the ' WOW ' factor Serve it on your special platters and crockery. If you don't have any special occasion tableware, they can be picked up quite cheap at op shops. Classic white platters never date and can be used for years.
* Pick a color theme and repeat it throughout your home. For example - if you pick red, add red bows to your tree, red serviettes to your table and red wrapping paper on the presents.
Here are some of the color themes from years gone by -
|Wrapping everything in the same paper|
|A simple yet festive table|
|Christmas lunch on a budget|
|The tree riser box underneath|
|Handmade bows to decorate a garland|
|Fairy lights in a Kmart garland|
|More table decorations|
|Our tree colors this year.|