With Halloween out of the way, it’s time to pack away the skeletons and start planning for the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas! If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with it all and haven’t a clue where to start, or if you’re not usually a planner and want to get organised this year, fear not. We’re here to help you plan the perfect Christmas.

Set the budget

When it comes to planning for Christmas, your budget is crucial to getting it right and making sure you don’t overspend. Start by making a list of all the things you need to buy, from gifts to Christmas décor. Set a budget for each gift and decoration and stick to it. If you like to head out to the shops to buy your goods, instead of shopping online, a good way to stop yourself overspending is to go out with just cash, leaving the bank cards at home.

Choose a theme

Before you buy your Christmas tree and decorations, it’s nice to have a theme to make your home look extra special. This theme can span from your decorations, right through to your wrapping paper. Choosing a theme is all about making Christmas your own, so choose colours and textures that you love. Think rustic with warming autumnal colours or frosted with twinkling fairy lights. Perhaps you like the traditional vintage theme? The choice is yours. Take a look at our four fabulous Christmas themes for inspiration. When it comes to decorations, the list really can be endless, so here are a few of the essentials:

Buy everything you need for presents

Whether you go for the quick gift bag option or love decorating your presents with Christmas wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, make sure you have everything you need to wrap your presents well in advance, especially if you leave it to Christmas Eve to get it done!

Plan the Christmas dinner table

Once you’ve tackled the presents, it’s time to think about the Christmas dining table. And this can be tied in with your overall Christmas theme. Take a look at the essentials below, but if you want to create a table setting with a difference then check out our blog on how to make your own centrepiece.

If you’re cooking for a lot of people, then why not create place names? Some white card and a gold pen will sort that. You can choose colours to fit with your festive theme.

Create a food and drinks list

If you love your food you’ll already know the essentials for your Christmas dinner, but if you’re new to hosting and are feeling a little apprehensive about cooking Christmas dinner, here’s a checklist to make sure you don’t miss the essentials:

  • Turkey or vegetarian alternative
  • Pigs in blankets
  • Sprouts
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Onions
  • Red cabbage
  • Bread sauce
  • Potatoes
  • Alcohol/soft drinks/mixers/lemons and limes
  • Foil and cling film
  • Extra roasting dishes

With a bit of effort put into planning Christmas, your day should go ahead without a glitch. But remember, if you burn the turkey, have mismatched glasses or forget to take the pigs in blankets out of the freezer, it’s definitely not the end of the world. What matters most is that you enjoy spending time and having fun with your nearest and dearest.

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