Make your Christmas celebration an al fresco affair
Keep Christmas simple by spending the day al fresco. Just add food, whanau and a few stylish decorations
If you live in an apartment or a house with a small patio, you can still have a fun festive season outdoors.
Instead of a traditional Christmas tree, find a beautiful branch or decorate a small tree of any kind if you have one. A few white decorations will look clean and classic, especially when placed against a dark wall. Keep colours simple and mostly monochrome, with one or two extra hues for added interest. Remember, things don’t have to look perfect – randomly placed objects will add to the setting’s charm.
If you don’t have an outdoor table, place a rug or some mats on the floor to make the space comfortable for picnicking.
Even if a holiday by the beach isn’t on the cards this year, you can still bring a relaxed, beachy vibe to your celebrations.
Collect shells and driftwood from the beach, and make or buy strings of wooden beads. You can also buy a selection of ceramic starfish at gift shops. These can be threaded with shells onto a piece of twine and hung as a garland.
Natural tones, shades of blue and striped accents will bring the look of the seaside to your outdoor area. Keep it light and fresh with beachy influences. To recreate the beach in your backyard you could even use sand to make a Christmas tree base.
Natural textures such as seagrass, raffia and cotton will work well with this setting. Twine and rope will also add a nautical touch. A hammock or hanging chair will set the scene, or you can simply layer cushions and beach mats.
Bring the casual, coastal influence into the food you serve – think fresh fruit, seafood and tropical drinks.
STYLE TIP A collection of simple objects, such as glass vessels in different sizes and hues, can be effective. You could place branches in these or leave them bare.
This setting is easy to transition out of the festive season – just take down the wreath and baubles.
STYLE TIP If you have LED fairy lights (that don’t get hot) jazz them up with pretty collected shells. Use a hot glue gun or super glue to attach shells to the plastic light casing.