#MyHappyPlace

#MyHappyPlace

28th December 2016

Has all the fun (and excess!) of Christmas left you feeling blue?

Don't worry we have the perfect idea to help you through your January blues.......

As Christmas joys become another memory for 2016, we remember that it isn't all about the presents under the tree and that it's the little things that really matter! Why don't you take some time out and spend it doing the small things in life that mean the most to you? We call these places our 'Happy Places'!

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What is your 'happy place'? Is it....

  • Sofa snuggles with the family
  • Getting cosy after winter walks
  • Sitting down with a cup of tea ☕
  • Hiding under the duvet (away from any jobs that need doing)

It doesn't matter where your #MyHappyPlace may be, we want to see it! We will be sharing some of our favourite #MyHappyPlace ideas over the next couple of week to help you to think about the moments that make you the happiest!

Why not be part of the conversation and enter our competition! Share yours on #MyHappyPlace on Twitter or Instagram for your chance to win a fantastic £500 to spend at dfs and Sky Q with Sky Cinema for a year. This could be the set up to your new happy place - it sounds perfect to us! Full T&Cs can be found HERE.

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Have yourself a cosy little Christmas

Have yourself a cosy little Christmas

14th December 2016

Christmas means full-on family and friends time, so we’re here to help you make the most of it with some hilarious games, must-watch DVDs and boredom-busting activities. So snuggle up on the sofa and prepare to get your Christmas cosy on, fun style.

Christmas. The chestnuts are roasting, the fire is roaring… and we’re all looking forward to a couple of days of festive family fun. So here are just a few ideas for the best new games, DVDs and activities to keep you entertained through to New Year and beyond. What are you waiting for? Grab a comfy seat on the sofa and let the festivities begin…

1 The best new family board games

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a brilliant board game or two. We’ve picked out three Christmas crackers of games for you, all guaranteed to get everyone (yes, even your grumpy granddad) in the holiday spirit.

  • Obaba Llama Charades for the 21st century, you win this game by finding the rhyme in time. It might be Piglet eating a Twiglet, Angelina Jolie making ravioli or soon-to-be-ex-president Obama riding that llama – go on, you know you want it!
  • Say it, Don’t Spray It Admit it, you’ve always wanted to shut your sister up on Christmas Day. Now you can. Everyone pops in a mouth guard (yup, like at the dentist) then your teammates have to decipher the phrase you’re mangling. As much fun as Pie Face but a lot less mess.
  • Simon Swipe The 1980s classic Simon game (link here for those too young to remember!) updated for the tablet generation with touch screen technology. Keep up with the flashing lights and noise combos if you can.

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The best seat in the house?

Team board games mean players sitting together, so we’d recommend a couple of extra-large sofas around a coffee table for maximum comfort while thrashing your opponents! The Louvre, with its button back and wide cushions, would be ideal.

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2 The best new family-friendly DVDs

You’re all podged out from your Christmas lunch – so now’s the perfect time to pop on a DVD and relax on the sofa with a big box of Quality Street (save the purple ones for us please!).

  • The BFG Voiced by über-actor Mark Rylance, the BFG is another Roald Dahl triumph in film form. Follow Sophie’s adventures in Giant Country as she battles to stop nasty child-eating giants (it’s not as scary as it sounds, honest). PG rating
  • The Jungle Book Live-action version of the classic animated movie that retains all the charm of the original while ladling on the adventure, excitement and fun of Mowgli’s jungle adventures. PG rating
  • The Best of Strictly Come Dancing – Len’s Grand Finale Celebrate the end of Len Goodman’s reign as king of the Strictly studio with this feature-length DVD of his best (and worst) bits of the top dance show. Definitely one to watch when Nana starts demanding another sherry! U rating

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The best seat in the house?

Family movie time means everyone cosied up together with a big bowl of popcorn, so corner or modular sofas are the film fan’s way forward. Choose one with a chaise or, better still, a recliner like the Carmelo, and you’ll never want to get up again. Thank goodness for remotes, eh?

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3 The best family fun activities

So you’ve watched a film and played a game but you still want more? Here are three Christmas-tastic activities to keep the whole family amused (and that won’t break the bank).

  • Pin the nose… on the reindeer How lucky that Rudolph has a nose just perfect for pinning. Channel your inner Picasso and create a picture of Rudy (without his snout, natch), then cut out a few circles from card and paint them red. Add some Blue Peter style double-sided sticky tape to the back of each ‘nose’, pop a blindfold on the first player, give ‘em a spin and away you go. The kids will love this version of the classic party game.
  • Christmas quiz Everyone loves a festive quiz and challengethebrain.com has lots of Christmassy ones you can print out, including Christmas movie trivia (don’t worry, you can download the answers too!).
  • Christmas karaoke Give your lungs a workout with the Christmas-inspired song list from YouTube channel Sing King Karaoke. Yell along to classics such as Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, Wham’s Last Christmas or Justin Bieber’s Mistletoe (sorry, we said classics, didn’t we!), as the words bounce over your screen in true karaoke fashion.

The best seat in the house?

If you’re going to be singing about mistletoe (and wine, don’t forget the wine!) then you’re going to want to be cosy with your loved one… so a cuddler chair or sofa could be just what Santa ordered. And for singing superstars, the Starlet (apt name or what?) ticks all the boxes.

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#FlavoursofXmas

We've been sharing our favourite Christmas flavours over the last few weeks, but we want to see some of your festive touches that you love to add to the home this time of year. It could be:

  • Your favourite candles 
  • Your snuggly blankets 
  • Your Xmas tips 'n' tricks 
  • Your DIY Christmas decorations

However you're getting festive at home, we want to hear from you. To get involved, share your image using #FlavoursofXmas on Instagram or Twitter. Our favourite festive image will win a HUGE £1,000 to spend at dfs. Now that would be a nice Christmas present! But be quick you will need to upload your ideas and #FlavoursofXmas on social by 22nd December to be entered into the draw. Full T&Cs can be found HERE.

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Fun and festive table ideas for Christmas wow!

Fun and festive table ideas for Christmas wow!

2nd December 2016

Just in case Santa didn’t leave quite enough presents, here are some fab Christmas table ideas you can make to surprise and delight your guests when they sit down for the festive feast!

Christmas is certainly the season to be jolly, and there’s nothing jollier than sitting down to a beautifully laid Christmas table and finding an extra little present waiting for you. Usually associated with weddings, where the bride and groom give them out as a thank you/souvenir of the big day, favours are now finding their way on to the Christmas table too. So if you want to be on the nice list this year, here are a few fabulous favours you can try for yourself… wow factor guaranteed!

Candy cane placeholders

Simple yet effective, tie two candy canes together with some sparkly ribbon, hand-write your guest’s name on some matching card and pop one at each seat. Super sweet!

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Homemade crackers

The original table favour, it wouldn’t be a proper Christmas without pulling a cracker or two! All you’ll need are some toilet roll tubes, wrapping paper and matching ribbon – cracking idea, or what? Personalise the gifts inside to match your guests for a special surprise! 

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Citrus scented table centre

For an eye-catching and nose-pleasing centerpiece, simply pile kumquats or clementines in to a glass trifle bow and add a few sprigs of pine. Add a festive candle for some ambience!

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Scandi-style Christmas trees

Simplicity is the essence of Scandi style and Christmas table decorations don’t come much simpler than these. All you need are some pieces of craft card –patterned to match your Christmas scheme or plain for you to decorate yourself – and a pair of scissors (told you they were easy!). Cut out pairs of triangles, and then make a slit from the bottom of one triangle to the middle (make sure to get it central or you’ll end up with a wonky tree) and from the top point of the other triangle to the middle, then slot the two together.

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Christmas tree ‘confetti’

Got a load of paint swatch cards from when you redecorated the lounge that you don’t know what to do with? If not grab some coloured card and get crafty! Grab yourself a Christmas-tree-shaped craft punch (other seasonally shaped punches are also acceptable!) and stamp out a load of Chrimble confetti to scatter over your table. Works with last year’s Christmas cards too.

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Bauble ‘chandelier’

For the full 360° gorgeous Christmas table effect, make sure your guest have something lovely to look up to… literally! Hang a selection of pretty Christmas baubles on lengths of coordinating satin ribbon and drape them from the light fitting over the table. Perfect way to re-purpose old Christmas decorations into something beautiful.

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We'll be sharing our favourite Xmas flavours over the next few weeks, but we also want to see some of your festive touches. It could be:

  • Your favourite candles 
  • Your snuggly blankets 
  • Your Xmas tips 'n' tricks 
  • Your DIY Christmas decorations

However you're getting festive at home, we want to hear from you. To get involved, share your image using #FlavoursofXmas on Instagram or Twitter. Our favourite festive image will win a HUGE £1,000 to spend at dfs. Now that would be a nice Christmas present! You need to upload your images by 22nd December to be entered into the draw. Full T&Cs can be found HERE.

Discover all of our favourite #FlavoursofXmas on our latest Pinterest board!

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