Friends, 2020 has been a year, and we could all use an extra sprinkle of joy right about now. Lucky for us, the festive season is officially here, and we’re more than ready to make merry with Christmas celebrations and cosy vibes galore.
Whether you’re heading home for the holidays, setting up in your first home or decking out the rental digs, we’ve got you covered from decor to DIYs this December. The team over at Mitre 10 are helping you to have Christmas your way, so we're coming at you with five ways to festive-up your flat this season—baking mandatory.
Host The ‘Great Flat Bake Off’
Breaking out your baking skills doesn’t have to be reserved for December 24—make it a Christmas to remember by hosting the ‘Great Flat Bake Off’ in the weeks leading up to the big day. The aim of the game is simple: each member of the flat bakes a Christmas-themed treat, while the others anonymously score it out of ten—constructive feedback encouraged. The week before Christmas, a winner is revealed and rewarded for their delicious, buttery efforts. Wondering where to start? You can’t go wrong with a good old bunch of Gingerbread Men, or a tray of these utterly more-ish peppermint candy cane brownies. Our advice? Purchase a dedicated pair of stretchy pants for the month of December.
Deck The Halls With Fairy Lights
Deck the halls, the walls, the front door, the tree, heck—why not wrap yourself up in fairy lights and call it a day. There’s no such thing as too many bulbs come Christmas time, and lucky for us, Mitre 10 has a slew of sparkly fairy lights to make your festive dreams come true. If you like to keep things minimal, opt for strings of warm white lights, accented with a statement piece for interest like this rattan star light. But if you’re not afraid of colour, embrace the extreme and deck your home out in an array of shades—we’re particularly into these vintage multicoloured globes that give us serious Stranger Things vibes.
Embrace Modern Scandi Style
While your childhood Christmas might have been clad in red and green, recent festive trends tend to steer more minimal, taking cues from modern Scandinavian colourways and textures. Think ethereal whites and neutrals accented with natural wood tones, plush soft furnishings and rustic rattan pieces. A few simple additions can really transform a status-quo flat into a stylish festive abode, like this wooden Christmas tree dome, a string of star curtain lights and decorative globe lighting in natural hues. You can even swap out a traditional pine tree for this more minimal and modern solar blossom tree. Plus, we all know the secret to Scandinavian design lies in lush and vibrant greenery, so take this as permission to seriously stock up on house plants this December.
Get Amongst DIY Gifting
Christmas is a time to show the ones you love how much you care about them—and there’s nothing more personal than a handmade gift. So why not rally the flat crew for an evening of low-key crafting and DIY-ing festive treats for your families. Instead of a box of beer, make the man in your life a stylish set of rope coasters for his bar. Gift green-thumbs a DIY herb kit so that they can grow their own little cuties this summer—all you’ll need are peat pots, herb seeds, herb scissors and a sweet little basket to wrap it all up in. Finally, that tricky secret Santa you’ve been pondering over could probably use a new serving tray, so why not add some personality to it with chalkboard paint—making it the perfect vessel for their canapes come New Year’s. But if you want an even simpler option, this gift guide by price will have you sorted for Mum, Dad and your siblings whether you have $10 per person to spend or over $100.
Cue The Cosy Movie Nights
The best thing about the holidays is spending time with the ones you love, so make your flat feel like home this season by hosting a low-key movie night for the whole crew. Netflix have come to the rescue with a slew of bad Christmas movies we love to hate, and of course, you can’t have a cosy movie night without festive cocktails. Our go-to sip is certainly a big old vat of boozy hot chocolate. Simply fire up your slow-cooker and stuff it full of chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, sugar, heavy cream and milk. Cook on high for 90-minutes and then stir in Baileys Irish Cream for that extra boost. And if that’s not enough, we suggest picking up a popcorn maker for that authentic movie night experience—winning.
Max out your flat with festive vibes this holiday season thanks to the team over at Mitre 10—from lights to gifting supplies and Christmas trees, they have everything you need to go all-out this Christmas.
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