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NEWS IN: Christmas Decorating Believed to Make You Happier

Did you know there are LESS than 5 weeks til Christmas? If you are anything like me, hearing that fact gives you a little pang in your belly, aware of all the things you need to do and organise.  Despite knowing that I am so far completely unprepared, even coming up with a list seems to premature. How could it be almost the end of another year???!!

I’ve always grown up in a house that does not begin Christmas decorating until December 1st. My mother’s birthday is in the last week of November, so she feels incredibly put out if there are any reference to Christmas before we have celebrated her day. Much to her annoyance, the shopping centres begin Christmas decorating usually sometime in October. Is it just me, or does it seem to be happening earlier every year?

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WELL, according to new research by psychologist Steve McKeown, people who begin decorating for Christmas earlier are happier. McKeown says; “In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood,”

Ever heard that saying ‘like a kid on Christmas’? Well, according to McKeown, decorating for Christmas stirs up all those warm and fuzzy feelings we felt as children….all those wonderful feelings of anticipation and excitement. Christmas decorations work as visual cues, creating a nostalgic pathway back to those feelings.

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It is not all happy news though- according to McKeown, hanging up the decorations early can be to relive happy memories from your past, BUT it can also be to over compensate for past neglect. Decorating the house early is also a tool that people use to appear more friendly or social. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, suggests there is a link between decorating your home for the festive season and seeming more open and social to your neighbours.

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So what kind of festive activities does your family undertake? Do you bake gingerbread houses or shortbread? Do you create your own wreaths for the door or table? Do you create interesting advent calendars for the family? There is tonnes of inspiration on Facebook craft pages, Instagram and Pinterest if you fancy trying something new. And family favourite Kmart brings the goods at affordable prices if you fancy getting creative.

As always, Florist with Flowers offer a gorgeous array of Christmas themed decorative items for your home-check them out here. Fresh floral wreath arrangements can be ordered for your door or table. Poinsettia plants and miniature Christmas trees are sure to make an appearance in store in the coming weeks.

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Christmas tends to be a very busy time socially and it is often difficult to choose gifts for people who you only know professionally, or perhaps for people who really seem to have everything they need. Fresh flowers or plants are always well received, and we can create an arrangement to suit any colour scheme or styling.

So on that note, I encourage you to start decorating now even if it goes against your whole being…after all, apparently it is good for you!

Fwf x

 

 

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Festive Facelift- Transforming your Home for the Silly Season!

With less than two weeks to go, getting your home Christmas ready will now be in the fore front of your mind. If you are anything like me, that means getting busy with some DIY projects and I have been scouring the net for some gems for you to be inspired by.

Sure, a full floral arrangement in the centre of the table is gorgeous (and Florist with Flowers can certainly help you achieve that, you can check out our Christmas range here), but if you are wishing to do something a little different this year, you may find some interesting alternatives below.

Creating street appeal for your property is always important, not just when it is for sale. I’d cringe with embarrassment if I knew my house was the worst looking one in the street ordinarily, but more so at Christmas time. Imagine being the equivalent of the Christmas Grinch of houses when the festive season rolls around!

Decorating the outside of your house is entirely personal- some people love lights, others don’t. So for those of you looking for a different way to decorate your home, consider these ideas. They will certainly dress up the front of your home, add a touch of fun and festivity, and as an added bonus, people won’t grumble at you when you don’t get involved in street dressing.

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Add to that the current trend of up-cycling, and you are sure to be onto a winner. These pieces are a novel way of creating large eye catching displays for your front lawn.

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There really is nothing better than walking into a home to smell the sweet scents of something baking. Here, we showcase some inspirational gingerbread pieces, when the ordinary old gingerbread house just won’t do. Why not create a Christmas garland made of gorgeous gingerbread like this one by Donna Hay.

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Or if you fancy the gingerbread featuring on your table instead, you can bake the pieces for individual tree place settings.

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Or instead of a snow covered gingerbread house, why not make it a Aussie farm tractor!

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Many people say that the smell of a fresh tree IS Christmas for them; they simply cannot resist the smell, and if this is you, I have some alternatives for you! Whether you want to try something new, or perhaps do not have space for a real tree, you can still get that special smell of pine indoors with these alternatives. Why not try a fresh floral garland like these or a wreath for your door or your table?

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With a little over a week to go before Christmas, next week’s blog will be on quick Christmas decorating. We’ll have 10 decorations that can be made in 10 minutes or less!

Fwf x

 

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Up in Lights- Christmas displays and activities

For those who managed to find time last week (at this crazy time of year) to read our blog, you would have seen that my family and I fill the whole month of December with a range of Christmas themed activities. It makes for a fun and interactive way to spend some quality time together. Obviously at this point in my life, much of my week is spent at home with wee ones, and my husband certainly doesn’t get a chance to enjoy many of these activities with us (I bet you he is counting his lucky stars!) BUT some of the outdoor activities and outings we make around the City of Sydney we accomplish as a family unit.

The Sydney City has a tonne of cool things to keep you and the family busy over the silly season by way of organised/sponsored events and also must-sees through the suburbs. There are heaps of fun things to do on a family day out, and lots of lights to swing by and see once the sun has gone down.

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Local to Carlingford there are a few recommended light displays. According to Christmas Light Search you should check out:

Juniper Place, Baulkham Hills

Juniper Place features 4 out of 6 houses decorated in the street, so is well worth the trip. The homes are full of magnificent light displays.

Brush Road and Victoria Road, West Ryde

Located near the Marsden Road end of Victoria Road, Brush Road features a baby Jesus, Mary and Three Wise Men. Also featured is a moving musical Santa, reindeer lights, a sleigh, a snowman, roof decorations and a very friendly owner who pops out to give candy canes to the children. Awwww.

5 Dorset Ave, Northmead

If Northmead is close by, this home is worth a look with an interactive playground full of lights, Christmas characters and tunnels that you are able to walk through.

For help finding other Christmas light displays in your local areas head here.

Many of these activities form part of our Christmas advent calendar which featured in last weeks blog, and provide little outings for the family to spend quality time together. It is a nice way to get out into the city in which you live and have an opportunity to absorb the infectious energy of this time of year.

The City of Sydney has many displays throughout the heart of the CBD which are well worth the look, particularly if you have a young family, but there are many things that couples or singles alike will enjoy also, or at least they can provide a starting point for a fun night out anyhow! Check out some of these:

Martin Place Christmas Tree

The 21 metre high tree in the City’s centre is on display from Nov 26- Dec 24, and will be lit each night with a range of choirs/singing groups performing each night beside the tree in the lead up to Christmas.

You can also send your own personalised message to 048 SYD XMAS and watch your message appear up in lights across the boards on site.

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David Jones Elizabeth Street Christmas Windows

Much like the David Jones Flower Show which marks the start of Spring in September, the window displays at the Elizabeth Street Flagship store are certainly worth a look.

This year’s display features Santa with a team of snow white Polar bears preparing the presents in the sleigh for delivery.

The display is on display NOW and is a free event.

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Lego Christmas Sleigh display

The kids will LOVE this one, whether they are the little ones, or the big kids! The Lego display captures the attention and imagination of everyone and this years life size sleigh provides the ultimate backdrop for your Christmas snaps! Use it in your selfie, or jump on in- the sleigh is open everyday in the late afternoon/evenings for your to take your pictures. You will find this display in Martin Place, just near the Christmas Tree so you can check them out at the same time :-)

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QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree

This year the QVB buildings Christmas display is quite the eye catcher. Sparkling with 82,000 Swarovski crystals and 65,000 twinkling lights, the tree towers 24 metres and fills the central void under the dome between the three floors. Adorning the top of the tree is a spectacular 2.2 metre wide gilded star.

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St Mary’s Cathedral Christmas Lights

Kicking off today December 8th and continuing through until December 25th, St Mary’s Cathedral will play host to an amazing light display featuring an animated depiction of The Nutcracker Suite, as well as images of Madonna and Child.

Each night will begin at 7.30pm with a choir performance, the lights will begin at 8.30pm and continue until midnight.

This years theme is ‘ Joy to the World’, and is presented by PAYCE.

For more information on any of these events and more head to City of Sydney’s Website here

For more information on the City of Sydney events head here.

Til next time,

Fwf x

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Counting Down til Christmas- Creating a Family Advent Calendar Tradition

Growing up, you really think that being a kid on Christmas, is the best thing EVER! And it is…But the joy you get watching your own kids on Christmas is beyond anything you could ever have imagined.

You bring some of the things you enjoyed from your own upbringing into your annual Christmas rituals, along with your partner’s family traditions as well, and somewhere in between all of that, you start to form your own traditions as well.

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Something we have really enjoyed doing as a family is creating a family activity advent calendar. Not only does it provide ideas of seasonal activities, but it also helps young ones pace themselves throughout the silly season. I don’t know about you, but my kids, particularly Miss 4, always wants to know what is next, what is happening tomorrow etc…. As a parent I have learnt the hard way that if you say you are going to do something, you better be intending to really do it, because your kids will not let you forget it!

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The Christmas advent calendar is a novel way to limit activities to one a day, and the beauty of being the adult in the house, means that you can rifle through the activity options the night before and swap them to something you are up for!

Creating your own Christmas activity advent calendar is easy, and it can be customised to suit your own family’s preferences and interests. Don’t go to church? No problem, leave anything out with a religious significance. Don’t like craft? No problem, think about more physical activities you can do.

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advent-4Some of the activities you may wish to consider including are;

  1. Decorate your Christmas Tree
  2. Write and post your Christmas cards
  3. Watch your favourite Christmas movies together. Let each family member choose one for a weekend movie marathon!
  4. Sing Christmas carols- find your local carol night, pack a picnic and make it an evening of fun with friends
  5. Read a Christmas story together
  6. Attend a Christmas Church service
  7. Choose a Christmas present for the less fortunate
  8. Make a donation to your preferred charity
  9. Make a handmade decoration for the tree
  10. Make Christmas wrapping paper
  11. Help choose and wrap up presents for special friends
  12. Bake gingerbread cookies, or if you are feeling particularly ambitious, bake pieces to construct a gingerbread house!
  13. Do Christmas themed craft- paint paper plates into giant Christmas baubles, or make your own bonbons

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  14. Bake Christmas shortbread
  15. Write a letter to Santa
  16. Make a garland, table arrangement or Christmas wreath with fresh flowers and foliage
  17. Visit Santa- and if you are feeling brave, have a picture with him! If your family includes pets, try a pet Santa or check out the outdoor beach Santa displays for something truly Australian! Santa in BOARDSHORTS!!!
  18. Take a trip into the City to see the Christmas displays
  19. Visit the neighbourhood houses decorated with lights
  20. Catch up with friends for a Christmas get together or party
  21. Help mummy choose a special present for daddy
  22. Help daddy choose a special present for mummy

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  23. Wear Santa hats/reindeer ears and other Christmas themed fancy-dress
  24. Open one present together. Leave a plate of snacks for Santa and his reindeer.
  25. Have an indoor picnic around the Christmas tree
  26. Order fresh flower gifts, hampers and living plants- click here if you need some help!
  27. Have a BBQ dinner outdoors, enjoying the summer balmy weather and extended daylight
  28. Donate food items to the Salvation army or other charity
  29. Volunteer at the soup kitchen
  30. Listen to a Christmas CD- who does the ultimate Christmas album? Mariah for the WIN!!! Or maybe Michael Buble!!??
  31. Take a family trip to the farmer’s market to choose fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables.
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Certainly if you are handy with a sewing machine, a needle and thread you can get busy and create your own fabric calendar to fill, but if not there are many crafters out there who are creating unique pieces for you to purchase.

For some an advent calendar full of activities will be too hard to juggle with full time work and other commitments, so you can also alternate the pocket fillings with candy, chocolate or decorations that can be added to the tree throughout the month.

Fwf x

 

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So this is Christmas….

Its hard to believe that Christmas is a mere 7 days away, and love it or hate it, unless you literally live under a rock, it is pretty impossible to avoid it.  Come the 1st of December, walk into most malls, and you will here renditions of carols blaring over the PA system, and tinsel and baubles adorning every available space.

I suppose for those who loathe Christmas, the same songs each year may become tedious and the reruns of the same movies could be grating. But for most, it is easy to get in the ‘Christmas Spirit’ and embrace the season and all it brings.

Have a little look through our 20 pieces of Christmas trivia and test yourself.

Did you know….?

1. The most popular Christmas Song of all time is “A White Christmas” by Bing Crosby

2. Santa checks his ‘naughty or nice’ list TWICE

3. Santa has 8 reindeers named:  Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Rudolph was only added in the 20th-century.

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4. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, is the only reindeer able to help Santa navigate his sleigh on that ‘one foggy Christmas Eve’.

5. Although most of Santa’s reindeers have fairly masculine names, male reindeer actually shed their antlers around Christmas each year. This means that it’s most likely Santa’s sleigh is pulled by female or castrated reindeer!

6. Santa Claus is also known as : Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Santa, Santy, Kris Kringle, Kristingle and Christingle.

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7. Santa lives at the North Pole where Elves produce all the presents in Santa’s workshop.

8. Santa gets back up a chimney by ‘laying his finger aside his nose, and giving a nod up the chimney he rose’.

9. Eggnog originates from England.

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10. The Grinch is rumoured to have stolen Christmas.

11. An angel is the most popular item to place at the top of a Christmas tree.

12. Although in modern day nativity there are Three Wise Men, the bible does not actually specify the number.

13. If you received all the gifts listed in the 12 Days of Christmas, you would receive 364 presents!

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14. Traditionally you stand under Mistletoe to give and receive a kiss, but did you know that the translation of Mistletoe is ‘Dung on a Twig”. Sadly, a few centuries back, people apparently observed that mistletoe tended to take root where birds had left their droppings.  Charming…..makes me feel romantic, how about you!?

15. Charles Dickens’ most famous Christmas tale is ‘The Christmas Carol’, however did you know that he wrote other Christmas themed stories annually, but they never received the acclaim of his first.

16. It is still believed in England that eating a mince pie on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas will bring 12 months of happiness. Now that’s something worth trying I say!

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17.  The Pointsettia is the most common Christmas flower in the U.S.A, Mexico and Central America. Pointsettias are available in white, pink and red.

18. On average it takes approximately 7 years for a Christmas Tree to grow to size, although it can take up to 15 years!!

19. The first artificial Christmas tree was made from dyed goose feathers by the Germans.

20. In Greek, X means Christ and that is where the abbreviation for Christmas as “Xmas” comes from!

 

As the Christmas countdown begins, the team at Florist with Flowers wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Stay safe

Fwf x

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That’s a Wrap

For us creative types, Christmas wrapping can become just another avenue in which we can express ourselves. Rather than be limited by the variety of papers available at your local department store, with a little extra effort, your presents can look too good to unwrap! And lets be honest, there is nothing more enticing than a beautifully wrapped and decorated present taunting you from underneath the tree…..

It is important that you decide on a style or a theme, and stick with it. This will cut down on costs as you will not need to purchase too many variables. Now that is not to say that there cannot be variations within this,  so this allows you to make each present look individual and unique, BUT when they all sit together, they look like they belong together. This way the presents will look more finished and cohesive.

I personally am a little behind schedule with my Christmas shopping. Stupidly, I thought I may be able to squeeze in some shopping on my half hour break each day I worked in the shop, but I tried that once, last Sunday, and will not attempt it again! The last Mr Potatohead was sitting there on the shelf, and feeling accomplished, I grabbed it, thrilled that third time was the charm, and I finally had what I was looking for, but unfortunately, my excitement was short lived. As I made my way to the counter I could see that the remainder of my break (all 25 mins of it) would be used waiting in the horrendous lines….that is, if it didn’t take even longer.

This obviously puts a bit of a delay on my wrapping as well, because lets face it, you have to have your presents first, but, in the meantime, I have got my wrapping ingredients and materials ready and waiting.

Today the kids also got involved and have created their own ‘range’ of wrapping paper. We do this every year and use it for the presents for their little friends. It is a nice way for them to get involved, and keep them occupied whilst I am being creative too.

Here I’ll show you some of my favourite wrapping ideas this year,  that will take your presents from ordinary, to extraordinary.

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I love using both brown craft paper and brown card as it just seems to fit with a simpler, more handmade and organic feel. By simply gluing paper lace doilies onto cards, tags or paper, you can add a delicate, decorative, vintage feel in seconds.

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Again featuring brown craft or brown butchers paper, with simple twine, these presents are understated and elegant. I love adding spruce, holly, or pine to the gifts for an extra bit of festivity. Why not experiment with pinecones, or cinnamon sticks for a more earthy look. Or what about seashells if you are going for a beach feel?

Simple ink stamps can add personal touches, like Christmas greetings, or the gift recipients name. You can change the colour of the twine to suit your theme. These days coloured twines are available as well as natural jute.

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Want something different to the brown paper? Why not try black? Choose white textas or pencils to personalise each gift with a series of greetings and drawings. For something different choose silver or gold ink pens, or add splashes of colour!

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Try using a basic brown wrap  for all your gifts and then accessorise and personalise by adding a strip of a colourful paper, or fabric around the centre. This can then be personalised further by adding monogrammed gift tags and coordinating ribbons. I love the layered effect as it makes it look more intricate. It is a simple way of making it look like you have made a really special effort.

Why not try using hessian strips with frayed edges, and gingham ribbon- SUPER CUTE!

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Got some time on you hands or some handy craft assistants? You’ll need brown butchers paper, chocolate card, white dot stickers, a red marker and a black marker. With these tools and your time and patience, you can turn ordinary brown covered boxes into crazy reindeer companions.

With only 2 weeks to go til Christmas and with so much still left to do, we best get busy!

If you are time poor and need some last minute pressies ordered and delivered, check out our Christmas range.

Fwf x

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Creating a Christmas Theme- “Seas and Greetings”

Each and every year, those powers that be create irresistible colour schemes that differ enough from the previous year, that you almost have to throw everything away and start afresh.

Thankfully things have been made at affordable prices as well, and are not made in the same quality that they used to be, so you don’t feel quite so bad….

Still every year, my husband is flabbergasted that again,  I have decorations, and bits and bobs in the trolley- things I can only assume he thinks are unnecessary.

Given that Australia is just one huge island, it seems fitting to many that their Christmas has a decidedly ‘beachy’ feel. And why not? We do after all have a hot and balmy Christmas, void of snowflakes, and snowmen, and many more images so often associated with a great (Northern) white Christmas.

Whilst away recently, I found a gorgeous starfish in a home wares store and I guess that is where my inspiration for this themed piece began. Initially, I had hoped to find enough driftwood to create the display, but unfortunately, had no luck.

I created a beach inspired Christmas tree, with space-poor families with small children in mind. Like us, many young families live in apartments, so giving up floor space is hard when it is such a valuable commodity. And, anyone with young children knows that a traditional Christmas tree with all those sparkly things at toddler height spells disaster.

Creating something like this is fun, and relatively quick and easy, and it can easily be tailored to match any colour scheme.

What you will need:

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3 x 1.2m lenths of raw pine (I chose varying widths to give a greater visual weight at the base)

A hand saw

Sandpaper

Ruler, pencil and rubber

Tape measure

String/jute/nylon twine

Selection of decorations

 

What to do:

1. Start by measuring out the lengths of each of the pieces along the wood. I chose to increase the lengths of each layer by 5cm so I measured out 20cm, 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, 40cm, 45cm, 50cm and 55cm.

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2. Use the hand saw to cut the lengths required.

3. Lightly sand the edges of the wood to remove any rough surfaces and rub out any pencil marks you made.

4. Lay the pieces out on a flat surface to get an idea of how it will look, spacing the pieces out to see how large you should make the intervals.

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5. Begin by lying the largest piece of wood over your string on one end, with equal amounts of the lose string either side. Tie a double knot on one end of the largest piece. Do the same on the other side of the same piece of wood.

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7. Repeat step 5 and 6 until you have secured all pieces of wood. If your string runs out, simply tie another piece of sting on and continue.

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8. Add a large loop to the top to be able to attach to a hook. Add your star or centrepiece to the top.
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9. Decorate!

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Christmas theming can be a whole lot of fun when you get to personalise it, so for an extra special touch, I added wooden initials for each of our names to finish it off :-)

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Choose other items for your home that coordinate with your chosen colours and further strengthen you theme. I have found this fantastic table setting that matches this weeks theme, as well as some awesome accessories.

There is no limit to the possibilities!

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Stay tuned for more decorating ideas and Christmas themes in the coming weeks.

Fwf x

 

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CELEBRATE!!! Why? It’s Christmas in July

Can you believe more than half the year has already passed us by? I for one, can’t. And while I busily attempt to press pause on my life, over and over again, the days turn into weeks, weeks into months, and before we know it we’ll be ringing in the new year again. Really? Already?

So before we get there, let’s take some time out, reach out to family and friends again, and throw a party. Why? Because it’s Christmas in July. And, really, who needs an excuse to crack out their Michael Buble orMariah Carey Christmas CD?

Unlike the northern hemisphere, its winter here, so when we think about throwing a Christmas in July celebration, all the traditional elements of a Northern Hemisphere Christmas come into play- images of snow, snowmen, holly, warm meals…..The polar opposite of our traditional sun kissed, bbq/beach celebrations.

What does your perfect Christmas party look like?

Beach or Snow?

Turkey or Ham?

Trifle or Pudding? But I’m not talking about serving the same tired old plum pudding, or fruit cake, if you are looking for something different to impress your guests with, why not try this fantastic Red Velvet pudding.

Homemade Red Velvet Pudding– A twist on the traditional

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You can find the full recipe and method at Taste of Lizzy T’s. You will need about an hour and a half to get the whole pudding together and it makes approx 4-5 cups.
Now I would change the decoration from pink and red hearts to red and green star sprinkles, or perhaps broken pieces of Flake, but get creative and see what you can come up with!
  • Red Velvet Pudding:
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup Basic Pudding Mix
    • 1/2 C Cornstarch
    • 1 C flour
    • 1 1/2 C white sugar
    • 1 t salt
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons LorAnn red velvet bakery emulsion (Red Velvet Flavouring)

Mulled Wine – A super simple recipe

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I’ll admit I have never had mulled wine, but only this week another retailer (a Frenchman from a small wine boutique no less) offered me my first taste, presumably to get into the festive spirit! Mulled wine is a classic hot beverage best enjoyed beside a glowing fire with family and friends and perfectly suited to Christmas in July celebrations in the Southern Hemisphere.
Ingredients:
  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 1 apple, stuck with 6 cloves
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 litre apple juice

This looks like the easiest recipe ever and I’m determined to give it a go! Simply mix all ingredients together in saucepan and heat gently over a low flame. Serve in pre-warmed cups.

 Wreath– A Gorgeous decoration suited for either your door or table
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No house should go unadorned for Christmas, and for July celebrations I love this wreath made with a combination of Leucadendron Argentum and Pink Proteas.

Winter is a great time for Native flowers, and whilst neither of these flowers are native to Australia, but rather, South Africa, our climate is perfect for them, so they grown in abundance here on our shores. I also like that it is play on the traditional red, white and green, utilising the silver green foliage of the Leucadendron teamed with the red of the Protea. If you like something that is unique and textured talk to one of our wonderful florists about creating something special for you. Fresh flowers truly do make your house feel alive, and can be tailored to your individual tastes or Christmas theme.

Gift Giving On a Budget– Making presents and keeping costs down

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Are you loving this gift idea as much as I am??? Create simple, sentimental gifts for family and friends that freeze a precious moment in time. These could literally be the talking point at any dinner party. As you can see in the above image, they look amazing clustered together, and whilst they look great in daylight hours, the real magic happens when the lights are low and the flame is flickering.

Full instructions can be found at Our Best Bits

So there you have it, something to drink, something to eat, something for decoration and something to give…..

Now, time to start that Christmas shopping list….it seems I have a lot to organise!

Fwf x

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