Get your Home Ready for Christmas


I don’t know how about you, but I am freaking excited for Christmas! I already have  started preparing and planning my way!


I know, a little early but I want to have everything organised so when I have my guest at home, I am ready without rushing and sweating ( gross I know). I like doing things this way, so I can relax and enjoy my champagne and chocolates while chatting to my family and friends!



To decorate my table, I have hit Debenhams Home online. I have picked up the home catalogue first and marked all my favorite pieces! Debenhams have made it so easy this year, adding super cute #foundit stickers! Forget the tags or sticky notes. They have been defined with colours and you have a little space for writing as well, so you can easily determine what you need from the catalogue and mark all your home accessories along with husband/not husband yet and all that! Smart! I have little sneak-peak of the catalogue for you, but head toward the website to order yours today!




Once I browsed through the catalogue, I have chosen my items and ordered with super easy next day delivery to start my challenge. It was really enjoyable and it really put me on a Christmas mode! I have played my Maria Carey ‘’All I want for Christmas’’ song, driving my boyfriend crazy #sorrynotsorry and singing along giving him the worst headache, (she smiled with that evil eyes) !
First, I’ve ordered my Titanium 6.5liter Slow Cooker by Morphy Richards. I have chosen this because I do struggle with cooking! Well, let’s say I just don’t have time for it. This will save me so much time, as all I need to do is throw all my ingredients, set the temperature and have a fab dish few hours later! Easy peasy! Next, I have chosen this snowflake tablecloth which is amazingly discounted at the moment (grab that bargain girl!)£20 Last year, I have bought a paper table cloth last minute from supermarket, that lasted literally few minutes after my little monsters played hide and seek including their sharp claws! Below is an example of how they get entertained by table clothes! This one is amazing quality so hey ho, it will survive!

I was desperate for good wine glasses as mine magically keep disappearing! I bet my not-husband yet keep throwing them away instead of washing- lazy boy! I totally adore the Panto etched one! So elegant! Only £19.80 for box of 6! Along with wine glasses I needed to get myself proper flutes and I fell in love with these BettyJackson black graded ones! It works so well with the wine glasses ( and no one can see that I keep topping up my flute) Winner! What Christmas table is without candles or Christmas crackers? It’s a must! I have picked that cute reindeer candle  with amazing Christmasy scent with luxury Christmas Crackers! Once I have all my items I could start my challenge!



I have created several sets. I kept changing it until I was completely happy with it! I am as always skint and not much money left in the budget so I have come up with few solutions I wanted to share with you.
1.       Instead of buying expensive table decorations, re-use your Christmas tree decorations! I always have tones left in a box, so I actually picked these. Invest in good quality once so they will last years! Check Debenhams website as you can find there tones of great quality Xmas decorations that you can hang on your xmas tree but also use on your table! Winner!
2.       Add some into your soup bowls or main plate. I have added paper diamond shaped xmas tree decorations into my soup bowl, but easily you can download origami template and make these yourself!
3.       To save your table cloth use any small plate or other candle holder. Once you start manoeuvring with food is very easy to knock things down!
4.       If you don't have nice wine glasses you still can keep them. Just simply add some napkins inside! It will hide any scratches or decolourisations! Alternatively, you can add some feathers! I totally loved my feathers! I think this was my favourite choice! As I could still see the beautiful etching, and add interest to my glasses.
5.       Add your Christmas tree lighting on the table! It will create really nice ambiance! Just opt for the battery operated ones, for your and other people safety ( in this case my cats who would bite any cable on their way)
6.       Keep things simple! It’s very easy to overdue. Once you put too much, where is the food going to go? Huh? Use the dishes you would eventually place to your table and create yourself a ‘’layout’’. Did you managed to squeeze everything? Great! Not? Take off some decorations or at least prepare a space to quickly remove them. You don’t want to do that in front of your guests.
7.       Have a spare table seat for an unexpected guest! You never know! In my country we have tradition that we always prepare a special guest extra seat. Initially it is for a Jesus that will come in a form of a homeless or so, and you shouldn’t turn anyone away on Xmas dinner. Be prepared ;) You never know, if your guest may bring that person who is in need. You will be the most amazing host if you already have that prepared and all you do is just pass extra roast potatoes! Awesome!
8.       Last. Turn off the light, switch off the TV (or keep on xmas music) GET OFF THE PHONE! This is time to spend with family & friends and you don’t want to ruin that or missed in important conversation! Enjoy!








 How do you like my Christmas table style challenge? Is your home ready for Christmas? 
Debenhmas currently have amazing prices especially for tomorrow so hit the website for 
great Black Friday deals!

                                                              

disclaimer;  I have collaborated with Debenhams to create this xmas post for you :) 

23 comments

  1. You will love your slow cooker! I love doing Mexican style dishes in mine, lots of beans and flavour and spices. The house smells lush. I love the silver theme you've gone for with your decorations, and your cats are babes!
    Kitty
    www.kittyramblesalot.com

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  2. I love the etched wine glasses they're lovely, although I do really need to get a slow cooker myself x

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  3. QThe table settings look fabulous Anna. I use spare baubles and odds and ends on my table too!
    I love my slow cooker, hope you have fun using it. (I have some recipes on my blog)

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  4. All the decorations look amazing! I can't wait to get my home ready for Christmas.

    Sophie
    xx
    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  5. Those black champagne flutes are gorgeous! #xmaswishlist ; )

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  6. Loving all these table decorations and especially the ornate etched wine glasses;-)

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  7. I loved your challenge it is perfect for Xmas especially the table setting! x

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  8. Ooohh, I love the tablecloth and the etched wine glass. Also love the photos of the kitties. That cat doesn't seem at all bothered by Christmss. LOL.

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  9. Wow you have taken the challenge and ran with it! Your Christmas table looks absolutely stunning xxxx

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  10. I love my slow cooker, it is fab! You won't believe how easy it is to create healthy tasty meals in a slow cooker. Lovely table decorations. I am a big fan of Debenhams myself.

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  11. I love all I see. Debenhams is my go to shop for home stuff store. Great post.

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  12. We are putting all out decorations up this weekend and I am SO excited. This really is my favourite time of the year and I can't wait until my house looks all festive.

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  13. I love Christmas and am so excited! I fantasise about my house looking like something in a magazine - but the reality is WAY different! I am with my most treasured loved ones though, so that is all that matters. Kaz x

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  14. Sure love Christmas most of ours is done already so not much left to do. Is lots of nice items around.

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  15. Oh I love this post and I do need a new slow cooker, maybe Santa will read this and ensure I get one x

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  16. I haven't through about getting the home ready at all yet eek!! need to get some pieces together I think. x

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  17. Everything looks amazing, I love the candles. Oh I am so excited about Christmas!

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  18. Such a lovely post. I love your table layout and all the candles. Your cat pictures are so cute! x

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  19. hahaha I love that the cat is also ready for Christmas. What pretty pictures! x

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  20. I'm really into christmas too this year - this all looks beautiful and so festive!

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  21. I miss my cat. I know my tree and decorations will be better off but I loved watching her try to catch the baubles! x

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  22. I love some of the stuff debenhams have in this year! We've just had one open in my home town too so I think I'll be doing most of my shopping there

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  23. I really need some new wine glasses. I don't drink wine as a rule, but on special occasions, we can only ever find 1 or 2. These look so lush x

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