Shabby Chic Christmas

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I really want to make my first Christmas with my little family (got married this year and welcomed our little girl into the world yay) special as we are having both sets of parents around to our new home for dinner on xmas day and staying through boxing day. Now we are looking to go out and buy our tree and decorations etc and I really like the idea of having a shabby chic Christmas. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on how I can best achieve this or just some general cost effective ideas perhaps. Thanks ever so much
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  • what about making Bunting from shabby chic paper or fabric in Christmas colors painted glass jars with tea light candles make small gift bags with sweets to hang on the tree gingerbread shapes for the tree.£ shops have some cardboard cupcake stands fill one with glass baubles or Christmas cupcakes as a table Centerpieces .
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    Hello Suzie1987

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    If you are crafty, you still have time to make your own decorations. You could try salt dough, knitting/crochet etc. I seem able to achieve the shabby look effortlessly but not so sure about the 'chic' .
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    And, treat yourselves to a Christmas Eve hamper, something to enjoy and help you relax before Christmas day itself. Start buying up any bargains you see of things you enjoy, dvd, chocolates, drinks, popcorn, bubble bath or whatever else you enjoy indulging yourselves in. Make a night of it (if little one permits it), so you are all relaxed and ready to make the most of the next couple of days. Take photos to look back on and make a bit of a tradition of it. I always treat my daughter and husband and my son and his wife to a collection of nice (cheap) things on Christmas Eve. New (Primark?) pjs etc. etc.
  • Use lace and doilies. You can decopage baubles and stick lace and bows on. If you go onto Google and type in shabby chic christmas in images tons of cool stuff comes up :)
  • Wow there are some fantastic ideas here. I really appreciate all the suggestions. I read somewhere that getting old china cups and filling them with wax and making your own candles is a really good idea so I defo want to try that. I also want to buy some bits for around the house as well but I went to the usual places like B and Q and there wasn't anything in the style I want. Does anyone have any idea of what sites do the sort of thing I am after? White Satin do you mean create your own xmas hamper, I love the idea of that! That would be a brilliant tradition to start, thanks!
  • Suzie1987 wrote: »
    Wow there are some fantastic ideas here. I really appreciate all the suggestions. I read somewhere that getting old china cups and filling them with wax and making your own candles is a really good idea so I defo want to try that. I also want to buy some bits for around the house as well but I went to the usual places like B and Q and there wasn't anything in the style I want. Does anyone have any idea of what sites do the sort of thing I am after? White Satin do you mean create your own xmas hamper, I love the idea of that! That would be a brilliant tradition to start, thanks!

    Try The Range if you have one near you for ready made decorations and supplies to make your own also try Ebay and Etsy or even car boot sales just think of different ways to use things start with a colour scheme say red green and gold or blue white and silver or what about naturals like wood pine cones cinnamon sticks tied with ribbon make great tree decorations and smell good too as do slices of dried oranges. buy cheap Baubles from £ shops and decorate yourself with fabric paper ribbon lace.
  • I agree the Range was brilliant, we went to the one in Colchester, Essex. I have also found a really good website called Bronte Rose, I am having a Shabby Chic Christmas this year too and found it very interesting.
  • hi does anyone have a link to the range website or the bronte rose website that I can look at?
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