Date : December 19, 2017
Hosting Christmas can be an overwhelming task. There are the lists you have to check twice and the cost of decorating and putting on a grand display can add up. While guests will do their part in helping, we all know it’s the host that has to come up with the theme and execute it to ensure everyone has a picture-perfect, welcoming and relaxing Christmas. If you’re looking for an elegant Christmas theme that is budget friendly, why not consider an Aussie infused Christmas? Hosting an Aussie Christmas couldn’t be easier. Here are some tips to assist you in creating an Australian Christmas to remember.
Bring the indoors out
Location is always an important consideration when organising an Aussie Christmas. The weather will be warm, so an outdoor setting makes sense so everyone can enjoy the best of Aussie landscapes. Whether out in the bush, by the beach or by the pool – alfresco style, the outdoor environment does most of the Christmas ‘decorating’ for you.
Use Australian natives to decorate the table
The dining table is an important feature when hosting Christmas. How will it look and how can you create an elegant setting, without spending a fortune on Christmas décor that will only be put on display for one day? Native Australian plants can add a festive and refreshingly elegant touch to your dining table.
Use a white table cloth base and layer the middle with branches of eucalyptus trees and gumnuts. A sprig of rosemary can be tied to white napkins, and red waratahs and bottle brushes can be displayed in glass vases. The contrast of green and red against the crisp white will visually please your guests while maximising a traditional festive colour scheme.
Replace the artificial tree with an Aussie pine substitute
For an authentic Aussie Christmas, replace the artificial pine tree with an Aussie native tree. The smell alone will exude an Aussie Christmas to remember. Think Norfolk pine or lilly pillies that can be pruned to shape.
Wrap Christmas gifts in brown paper, adorned with herb or natives
We’ve become a little obsessed over the years with the presentation of Christmas wrapping. But you don’t have to break the bank to wrap your presents. Brown paper can be used as your base, then tie white yarn or black ribbon for contrast. Insert a sprig of rosemary with a gift tag for a fragrant, environmentally friendly alternative to tinsel.
Serve the best Australian produce
Delight family and friends with an elegant take on the Aussie classics like a prawn cocktail for entrée and a roast with all the trimmings for lunch. Plum pudding and ice cream makes a spectacular finish. Alternatively, a stacked pavlova, dressed with mangoes, passionfruit and macadamias will satisfy the fussiest of guests, while adding colour to your Christmas table.
Give Aussie inspired gifts
To make your Aussie Christmas theme a memorable one, why not choose gifts with an Australian flare? Right now Australian natives are trending in interior design and home décor. Jump on the bandwagon, and give a gift that will be appreciated. Here are some Australian enthused gift ideas, inspired by Australia’s much loved author and illustrator, May Gibbs.
May Gibbs Gumnuts Gift Set $34.99
May Gibbs Chocolate Box Set $25.00
An elegant Aussie Christmas is a delightful way to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. Australia offers an array of inspiration for a delightful Christmas celebration.