Top tips for hosting your first family Christmas
By Interior Design
If this is the first year in your new home and you have volunteered to host the whole family, then here are some top tips that will guarantee you don’t find yourself in a festive fluster.
Less is more
We hear this little phrase time after time in the design world, but it’s a fact – Less is more! Really think about what space you have and remember it’s not about filling every available nook and cranny with Christmas jumble. Instead try incorporating themes that complement the overall look and feel of your home. After all you will need as much space to spare when the family are all gathered around.
If your interior look is contemporary then think about using warm metallic textures in your decs. Try filling a large brushed metal or stoneware vase with luscious green firs, pine cones and cow parsley for a festive feature. If traditional is more your thing, you can’t go wrong with a wintery front door scene. Fill up oversized lanterns with fairy lights on a bed of moss, sprays of Silver Birch and fir cones for a forest themed wonderland at your front door. This is a sure fire way of getting your guests in the festive mood before they have even crossed the threshold.
What dinner party is complete without a good selection of music tinkling away in the background? Everyone loves Christmas music, so a well varied playlist is a must. Whether it’s the silky tones of a Nat King Cole classic or the rugged vocals of The Pogues, there is a melody to delight everyone’s ears this time of year.
Make a real impact here; if you are going to invest anywhere make sure it’s in the table as you will spend most of your time gathered around on the big day. Start with a well thought out centre piece, using all things natural. There’s something magical about the combination of sliced wooden slabs adorned with candles and intertwined with ivy or luscious firs, this look is guaranteed to set the festive scene as well as filling the air with delightful, Christmassy scents.
If candles aren’t your thing (too many little hands about perhaps) then fill hurricane jars with twinkling fairy lights along with rich red berries and a winter greenery of your choice. Opt for an alternative to the standard silver cutlery and go for a luxurious gold finish this will make a great statement as well as being bang on trend.
Christmas dinner is the most important food fuelled day of the year so make it one to remember – start your dinner with a bang and have a go at making your own crackers. This way you can include impressive presents tailored to every guest (in place of the standard pack of mini cards and pen) as well as being able to use some interesting patterns and textured papers that will complement your table design. Don’t leave all the cooking to be done on the day; preparation is most important at Christmas than any other. Par-boil veggies a couple of weeks in advance and freeze, take out the night before and keep refrigerated until ready to cook until steaming hot and ready. This will reduce cooking times and give you more time to be with the family.
Don’t miss out on the day’s festivities and that all important family time. With some good planning and great delegation skills (people always want to help) your first Christmas as host will run smoothly and be enjoyable for all of the family.