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Hello and welcome to December! It’s Chrissstttmaaas! (nearly)
While I don’t have an advent calender this year (a decision I’m sure I will regret very imminently), I am already feeling exceedingly festive, even (whisper it) through November!
Now that December has hit there is truly no stopping me. I have already started listening to Christmas music and have even wrapped one present. In fact, I was inspired to try to get all of my gift buying out of the way in November in order to have more time to enjoy the decorating and wrapping (plus all of the opportunities for festive socialising!).
What’s more – I did it! I have bought every single present I need to! (I think)
Now before you track me down and kill me – bear in mind that I don’t have to buy for many people – I don’t (sadly) have legions of nieces and nephews that I buy for, and I have a secret Santa system set up with friends to stop us buying each other too much.
(the only thing I do still need to do is prepare a few food gifts!)
So now that I’ve got the biggest Christmas chore out of the way, I’m planning on spending all of my free hours actually enjoying the festive season!
I’m hosting a Christmas party on the 13th and for food I’m thinking cheese, cheese and more cheese, plus a festive cocktail or too (if I add some cranberry juice to a gin & tonic that’s basically Christmassy, right?).
Then for dessert, I want to make a fabulous alternative to mince pies (which I detest!) – chocolate pastry, with a mixture of cooked apple, pear and cranberry in a salted caramel/chocolate sauce. Plus, there’ll be some white chocolate Christmas fudge and perhaps some festive bark too!
That’s why it was so perfect when Homesense got in touch to ask me to write about styling a Christmas table. If you haven’t been into Homesense or TKMaxx recently, let me tell you that they have some amazing stuff – especially in the Nottingham store! Candles, plates, cake stands, sprinkles, decorations – I was literally like a kid in a candy store!
(yes the sprinkles above are all from Homesense too! The snowflakes were £1.99 and the trees and hundreds and thousands were both £2.49)
So what did I buy?
The aisles filled with food gifts in Homesense always call my name and I picked up some delicious chocolate fudge (£2.49) and these cute white chocolate stars (£1.99) which I’ll use to decorate my fudge. They would be great stocking fillers too.
I also couldn’t resist this hot chocolate with marshmallow mix (£2.49) and a Little Red Dot mug to serve it in (£3.99).
I picked up this adorable red serving platter too – it will look perfect with my chocolate star topped not-mince-pies in a tower on top! And although it says Merry Christmas and has an faint outline of a Christmas tree, I think it’s something I’ll use all year round.
For Christmas cocktails, this glass and silver cocktail shaker was an insane bargain – just £7.99! It is so beautiful and looked like something from The Great Gatsby! I got up these two pretty glasses too to serve my festive gin & tonics in.
Candles and light are a massively important part of any Christmas table – you really can’t have enough in my view! Homesense have a great selection of scented candles – I got a Christmas tree scented one £2.99) which has a really subtle fragrance. I also got a two pack of pretty silver house candle holders, which you could also hang from your tree or elsewhere from the little hook on top.
Finally, this beautiful holly and berry plate was £4.99 and I love it! They had dinner plates too so you could get a whole set but I just picked up this one – it’ll be perfect for serving up Christmas cookies on!
Have you found any Christmas homeware finds or bargains lately? Share in the comments!