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!

Candy canes

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!

Kumquats

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.

Triangle trees

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.

Xmas tree confetti

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.

Bauble chandelier

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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#FlavoursofXmas

#FlavoursofXmas

18th November 2016

It may still be November, but we know that some of you are already starting to get in the mood for Christmas. There's only 36 days left until the big day, after all (maybe even less depending on when you read this).

You might just be enjoying a wintery hint of cinnamon, or going all in and starting to get the decorations out. However excited you are, those flavours of Xmas are just irresistible. 

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.

Here at HQ we made our very own #FlavoursofXmas with these fun DIY Snow Globes. Learn how to make yours in 5 easy steps!

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Maybe your expecting guests this season?! Beat them to asking for the wi-fi password with our free print out! Simply re-size and pop in a photo frame, perfect for any room: PRINT HERE

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Why not add some Christmas sparkle to the table this year - with our fun Christmas tree napkins! Watch our step by step to discover how to create yours:

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

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DIY: Homemade Snow Globe

DIY: Homemade Snow Globe

14th November 2016

Christmas is just around the corner and one of our favourite things to do in the run up to the big day is some DIY festive crafting! We wanted to share with you one of our cutest Christmas hacks from our latest shoots... the snow globe!

We all love the festive sparkle a snow globe brings! We couldn't believe how easy these beautiful keepsakes were to make until we had a go here at HQ! It really is simple - follow our 5 step instructions to create your very own snow globe.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Mason jar - or any jar with a lid (even a jam jar... just make sure you wash it first)
  • Plastic animal, trees, snowman... in fact anything you want to put inside your snow globe
  • Waterproof glue
  • Glitter
  • Glycerin
  • Ribbon and string of bells to finish the jar (optional)

snow globe

 

Instructions:

  1. Using waterproof glue, glue your snowman (or chosen accessory) to the inside of the Mason jar lid. Leave to dry completely. Depending on the glue this could take up to 24 hours - please check! TIP: try glue-ing your accessory to a small block or platform if there is small details you may not be able to see them when the lid is secured!
  2. Fill your Mason jar with water, glitter of your choice and a few drops of glycerin. TIP: the glycerin will help to create a slow swirling effect when the snow globe is shaken.
  3. Assemble your snow globe by placing the lid on the jar and then screwing the cap on. TIP: always make sure the lid is secure before turning the snow globe upside down! Glue-ing the lid on is always an option to avoid any possible leaks!
  4. Add a string of bells to the lid of the jar to create a festive sound when the jar is shaken! TIP: add a ribbon and bow and give your homemade snow globe to a friend or relative as a gift.
  5. Turn your Mason jar over... shake and enjoy!

Our favourite uses for the snow globe:

  • Give them to friends and family as a homemade gift - you could even add your snow globe to a hamper filled with their favourite treats!
  • Add to the mantlepiece for a super cute festive decoration
  • Make mini snow globes and place one in each guests table place setting on Christmas day - personalise to each guests favourite colour or character
  • Personalise your snow globe with names and initials for an extra special surprise

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For more Christmas inspiration check out our #FlavoursofXmas Pinterest board.

Follow us on #FlavoursofChristmas on Twitter & Instagram for competitions and more festive fun!

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