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Christ­mas en­ter­tain­ing is a breeze with these handy tips from interiors edi­tor Kate Nixon.

Australian House & Garden - - THE CHRISTMAS ISSUE DECEMBER -

Set the scene for fun fes­tive en­ter­tain­ing with these sim­ple but mag­i­cal dec­o­rat­ing ideas.

’Tis the sea­son when we open our homes to fam­ily and friends for hol­i­day gath­er­ings and cel­e­bra­tions large and small. Cater for crowds with ease by fol­low­ing a few of these tried-and-tested space-cre­at­ing tips and tricks, and take a lit­tle time for thought­ful ges­tures and cheer­ful touches to make your guests feel trea­sured. A wel­come drink (think sum­mer punch or spritzer), a gen­er­ous bowl of juicy cher­ries, freshly popped salted pop­corn or lightly warmed nuts helps ev­ery­one to set­tle and min­gle. Over-scaled fresh fo­liage in as­sorted glass ves­sels and a mix of fes­tive light­ing (can­dles, string lights, hur­ri­canes and lan­terns) cre­ate in­stant im­pact and leave a last­ing im­pres­sion. #

Send decor ques­tions (with name and ad­dress) to H&G Ad­vice,

GPO Box 4088, Syd­ney, NSW 1028 or email H&G@bauer-me­

Nest­ing or stack­ing fur­ni­ture en­ables you to ac­com­mo­date crowds or cre­ate ex­tra floor space with ease.

1 Cire Trudon ‘La Promeneuse Cof­fret’ glass and ce­ramic oil burner set, $450 (in­cludes four can­dles and four oils), Jar­dan; jar­ 2 House Doc­tor ‘Carve’ brass tray (38cm), $111, Amara; 3 Nel Lusso ‘Cariso’ glass 1.5L carafe, $45, Min­i­max; min­i­ Vida & Co ‘Delores’ metal nest­ing side ta­bles,$519/set of two, Zanui;

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