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Tuesday, 27 December 2011
CHRISTMAS TABLE DECORATIONS
There is nothing
more exciting and more fun than Christmas Day with the family and loved ones, is there? Let’s
be honest, we all love it. The decorations, the food, giving presents or
getting together with the family, one thing that I love the most, being an
event planner is the decorating part! Over the holidays I have found many
bargains which made our Christmas table decorations look great.
Me setting up the room
One of my most
favourite parts of Christmas in Manchester, is the Manchester Christmas
Markets. I adore them. The food stands are unbelievable, such as the pancake
stands made in seconds in front of your eyes, with lashings of honey, whip
cream, chocolate sauce; or the German sausages, or the mulled wine, you really
can’t beat it!
But the best part of all is the Christmas decorations on offer here,
all hand made from different parts of Europe, from hanging decorations for your door, tree or fireplace or gifts and special sweet treats to give as presents,
or stunning table decorations. If you want something really unique then at the
Albert Square section sells beautiful handmade centerpieces of wicker baskets
filled with plants, and Christmas decorations of red, gold and green looking
very festive, with plenty of designs to choose from. We picked one up for a
fiver! And it went down a treat, with everyone commenting on how beautiful it was.
Centerpiece from the Manchester Christmas Markets
There are several
other stands as well selling reindeer's and penguins made out of wicker and
twine which would compliment any Christmas setting or table centerpiece.
However, when I saw these, I pictured them in the front garden, covered in
snow, which put me off getting any this year due to the fact that there was no
chance of a white Christmas. L
So when it comes to
your table centerpieces, there are plenty of ways to make your table look
beautiful without it costing the earth.
Firstly you need to
start looking for decorations around early to mid November, as once you get
to mid December all the good decorations are gone. Think of what colour scheme
or theme you want to go for then your theme will fall into place. Common Christmas themes could be traditional Christmas such as gold, red and
green colour's with Christmas crackers and matching colour decorations, or
winter wonderland using different cool shades of blues, whites and creams, with
white tree’s as centerpieces, branches in vases attached with lights, or a white theme so many
possibilities, you don’t always have to go for traditional!
I searched many
shops, especially during times when the shops were less quiet so I could search
the shelves properly to concentrate properly on my theme.
We chose a traditional theme using red and gold as our main colours. The main centerpiece was from the
Manchester Christmas Markets which looked beautiful on top of a gold table
runner and red table cloth. We even splashed out on some gold plates, and
little trinkets on the table such as snow globes, mini topiary tree’s, red ceramic tealight
holders, shaped like a cottage which in low lighting looked stunning; and were
bought for £2.00 each in the sale.
Though the best time
to get your decorations is Christmas Eve or the few days after Christmas,
that way for Christmas 2012 you will have great decorations done and dusted, that cost you next
to nothing. On Boxing day I picked up lots of decorations for next year, some
stunning little pieces which would brighten up any table and only cost me as little as
45p for some! I spend less that 6.00 on expensive decorations which would have cost in excess
of more than 100.00 a few weeks earlier, so hit the shops after Christmas, and stock up for next
year. You would be amazed at the bargains you can find, I know I was!