Christmas shopping guide: home décor & entertaining

Throwing a party this Christmas? Here are some ideas to make sure your home is primed for entertaining this festive season.

The Christmas period might be known as the ‘silly season’, but for some of us, it’s when entertaining becomes serious business. If you’re throwing a Christmas party, creating the right atmosphere and mood for your party guests – young or old, raucous or reserved – is crucial. Here are some simple ways to ensure your home decor is as festive and welcoming as your mood this yuletide season.

Deck the halls with lights

Nothing signifies a celebration like a swathe of decorative lights. Myer’s Christmas Shop offers a range of options, including LED fairy lights, with tubs of 100 for a garnish of lights, to tubs of 800 if you want to festoon your whole house.

Use stylish tableware

There are times when a special occasion might warrant the good stuff: starched napkins, fancy cutlery, and a formal dining set. Unfortunately, the homewares rabbit hole can be a deep, pricey one. If extravagance isn’t your style, think about jazzing up your existing tableware collection with a few distinct accent pieces.

For instance, this Santa-themed divided platter ($44 from Temple & Webster) is perfect for a chip ‘n’ dip. For a year-round piece, this mango wood bowl & stand ($99) is a gorgeous vessel for fruit or salad.

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Top view of a dining table that’s packed with plates of delicious food, including various salads and bread. There are also Christmas crackers on the table. We see various hands come into shot and start picking up plates and dishing out food. We end on a shot of two hands pulling a Christmas cracker apart.

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When it comes to accessories, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without traditional bonbons on the table as you dig into your Christmas eats. This 6-pack of premium bonbons from Big W for $15 in a holly design will make your table pop with fun and colour.

Add some natural greenery and flowers

Add warmth and authenticity to your decorating scheme with verdant greenery, flowers, and trees. At Target, this exquisite poinsettia wreath ($20) is adorned with red poinsettia flowers, red berries and snow-tipped pinecones – a striking, elegant way of greeting guests to your home.

Decorate for a merry mood

It’s the smaller things that make a party memorable. Dusk’s collection of scented soy candles – from $19.99 – will add a soothing, fragrant touch to any living space or bathroom.

Christmas bunting is an inexpensive and effective touch to your festive décor. String the bunting across a window, the ceiling, or hang it from walls. This bunting from Typo is $14.99 and comes in an elegant lace pattern.

Serve drinks with a classy touch

If you’re serving wine to your guests, swap the bottle for a decanter. This is especially recommended if you’re serving fuller bodied, highly tannic wines – such as cabernet or syrah blends – that benefit from a little breathing room. This suave, curvy number from Zanui ($74.95) is handmade from glass and has a beechwood stopper, which is resistant to wear and tear over time. It also holds 1L of liquid, which makes storing wine or batch cocktails a breeze.

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