In order to get myself in the right mindset, in the next couple of weeks I'm going to try and post a bunch of party, decoration, food & drink and gift ideas.
In the meantime I've found a compromise: I wait until a couple of days before Christmas, when all normal people have long got their tree and the only ones left are the poor little ugly trees nobody wanted. That's when I come in, a superhero with wool mittens, offering that little, despairing, cut-down tree an opportunity to fulfil its final purpose: to bring beauty and joy to a living room. And every year I'm surprised what a bit of careful pruning, lots of sparkly lights and lavish gold-coloured decoration can achieve.
But as perceivers go (another not-so-covert MBTI reference), I'm always open to consider alternatives for the classic tree, and a few of these certainly hold potential:
Last year, on a champagne tasting trip to France, I saw this at the Mercier house:
Wouldn't that make a brilliant, bubbling Christmas tree? I swear, if anyone wants to get me one of those, I'll take good care of it! I might even share.
Just in case you're not a millionaire, here are a few other, more budget friendly suggestions:
A tree made with your favourite chocolates:
Or your best-loved books:
And I just love these:
- My absolute favourite from All the luck in the world.
- Actually, this sushi tree might be even better, if you don't mind having to make a new one each day. Great idea for a seasonal party though!
- Clever Karen's vintage card tree.
- The wooden possibiliTree®: a frame you can decorate any which way you like.
- Get creative with the content of your bookshelves and see how observant your visitors are.
- Got a hammer and nails? Find a couple of pieces of wood to recycle and make one of these, or get one at Wood & Wool Stool.
And now for something completely different, but not entirely: if you'd consider getting someone a pet for a present, see how to wrap it below. Buffoonery, I say!