Here are some simple ways to ensure your home decor is as festive and welcoming as your mood this yuletide season.
Once the food has been devoured and wine imbibed, kick-start festivities with the iBright Karaoke Party Machine with LED Display. All you need is a smartphone and you’re set to belt out the classics.
You can also add a little Christmas twinkle to your home with a garnish of fairy lights. Myer’s Giftorium offers a range of options, including 30 LED metal balls that can be strewn around living and dining rooms, and tubs of 300 fairy lights in warm or cool white tones, more suited to festooning a larger outdoor space like a patio or gazebo. Those entertaining outdoors might want to keep an eye on the temperature with an antique-style wall-mounted thermometer, designed to withstand the elements.
Alternatively, some Mirabella fairy lights from Target can be used either indoors and outdoors – they’re particularly great for lending a multi-coloured aura to your Christmas tree.
Add warmth and authenticity to your decorating scheme with verdant greenery, flowers, and trees. At Target, an exquisite poinsettia wreath ($25) is adorned with red glitter berries, snow-tips, pinecones and red baubles – a striking, elegant way of greeting guests to your home.
Zanui offers a twist on the traditional Christmas tree with its eco-friendly, sustainable offering. Ranging from $59.95 to $229.95, its birch log trees are sure to be a talking point. They can be embellished with baubles or left bare for a striking, minimalist aesthetic.
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 jam, think about jazzing up your existing tableware collection with a few distinct accent pieces.
For instance, Laura Ashley’s earthenware platter ($111.30) features a luscious leafy print that’s perfect for charcuterie or cheese courses. (For the completists, there’s also a matching bowl that’s well suited for salads).
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 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 better yet, batch cocktails) a breeze.
There are also the smaller accoutrements that make a party memorable. Scented candles are a soothing, fragrant touch to any living space or bathroom – and they’re handy for neutralising any unwanted odours. This collection of six soy wax candles from Kogan comprises three timeless scents: frangipani, jasmine blossom and lotus and magnolia.
Australia Post lets you customise your parcel delivery locations to suit your needs. If you’re away from home, you can arrange for your parcels to be delivered to a Parcel Locker (accessible 24/7), a PO Box, or a Post Office near you.
Additionally, if you’re planning on an online shopping spree, signing up to Shipster will make things simpler and more affordable. When you purchase items online from select retailers (including Myer, Target, and many more), you’ll get free shipping on eligible orders.