10 Ways To Make This Christmas The Most Gorgeous Yet

December 14, 2012

When it comes to creating a beautiful setting, Christmas is the time of year to go all-out with festive cheer! From table settings to dressing the tree and decorating the house, Christmas is an
opportunity to inject colour, shine and celebration into the everyday.
With craft and creating handmade products seeing a huge rise in popularity amongst people
keen to add their own personal touch to homes and gifts, it’s also a great opportunity to get all
the family involved.

Ferrero Rocher stylist and owner of Bespoke Balloonery Heidi Gill is an expert in creating exquisite arrangements that really set the scene, and shares her top 10 tips for making this Christmas the most gorgeous yet.

1. Use edible items to create the ideal Christmas table setting

Place delicious red cherries and
seasonal fruits such as peaches and nectarines in golden bowls and scatter Ferrero Rocher
pralines around the table.

2. Create your own, oversized Christmas crackers for your festivities

Make the contents bespoke
and fill with small goodies your guests love, such as Ferrero Rocher for the chocolate lovers, a
mini-sized beauty product for travellers or a small scented candle for home birds. Finish the
giant bon-bons with ribbon and bows, using offcuts for a bohemian feel or metallics for a luxe
appearance. Templates for giant crackers are easily available on craft blogs and sites such as
Martha Stewart.

3. Make place settings

For unique, artistic and easy tablemats, take pieces of watercolour paper and drop splotches of
ink on them, using a colour in keeping with the general scheme.

4. Bring the outside in

Incorporate nature in your table settings: driftwood wrapped in fairy
lights, pinecones sprayed gold, use foliage to tie napkins and shells to weight down floral

5. Make your own table runner

To create an unusual table runner and encourage guests to get into the party spirit, make cone
party hats out of gold card, with fabric pom poms on top and fringing along the bottom. Line
the hats down the centre of the table as a multipurpose decoration that can be removed worn as
food is laid out.

6. Take your table setting to the next level

Invest in a centrepiece like the Spectacular Rocher
Pyramid. This will not only look dramatic but guests will be able to snack on decorations at the
end of the meal.

7. Make it beachy

Source smooth beach pebbles in various sizes and spray gold before adding a neat line of tape
and spraying a second contrasting colour. Once dry, remove tape and use the resulting stone to
hold down napkins or as a place marker.

8. Try different textures

Source a branch and drape over tissue paper that has been fringed with fringing scissors. Add
to the textures by tying long ribbons to the branch and hang above the table or lay across a

9. Magic happens

Take strings of LED lights and wind between scattered with Ferrero Rocher, this gives animation
and magic to a table and encourages people to reach in and help themselves.

10. Simple can be beautiful

Consider the impact of a single twig hung with just one, special

Visit the Ferrero Boutique for incredible chocolate hampers with next-day delivery.

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