What theme are you doing re decorations

(40 Posts)
TheCrumpetQueen Sun 10-Nov-13 07:41:49

In regards to colours around the house/on your tree?

I'm thinking of either traditional red & gold or maybe something modern like black & gold or purple & silver.

It will be my sons first birthday on Christmas Day so we will have some birthday stuff up too!

Where are you all getting your decorations?

CaptainSweatPants Sun 10-Nov-13 07:44:02

I let the dcs decorate the tree, they love it , and I love the chaos of it

Would hate to tell them they couldn;'t put a gold star on it because it didn't fit in with my theme

rubyflipper Sun 10-Nov-13 07:48:23

My theme will be 'whatever decorations I can find from the loft'

TheCrumpetQueen Sun 10-Nov-13 07:51:34

Hehe I don't have any so am starting from scratch!

cravingcake Sun 10-Nov-13 07:55:27

This year i'm going to do all bright colours for the tree (with lots of coloured twinkling lights as these seem to be the one that my DS points out in the shops).

We've themed in the past (black & red or silver & blue) but our DS is now 2 and want to do something fun for him rather than a strict theme. Plus i'll be 36 weeks pregnant so want something easy to do.

I do have a smaller tree which normally sits on the dining table which i theme differently to the main tree.

Panadbois Sun 10-Nov-13 07:58:25

I have done silver and purple every year for about 8 years now and I think I need fresh ideas!
although I don't have money to change the colour scheme

CorrieDale Sun 10-Nov-13 08:03:22

My theme will be the same as always -- family eclectic. The best bit about doing the tree is remembering where you were when you got each of the decorations. I still have some of the first decorations I ever bought - they look a bit old and faded but so do I! DH and I bought some beautiful spun glass decs in Paris on honeymoon. We only have about 5 left and they are treated with more care than the iPad. Each member of the family buys a new decoration every year so we have a mix of gaudy, quirky, tasteful and downright bonkers. The tree groans under the weight. It's beautiful.

My sister otoh buys a new theme every few years. Her tree is also beautiful, just in a different way. (Actually, the black year it was hideous.)

InfiniteJest Sun 10-Nov-13 08:03:33

This year will be red/white/gold on the tree, plus we're lighting up the front of the house with gold and green. And setting up my big Christmas village on the dining table. I love Christmas! grin

TheYamiOfYawn Sun 10-Nov-13 08:04:10

We have a few plain red and gold baubles and a few nice felt decorations that I've picked up at craft fairs but my tree decorations tend to be edible, so I make biscuits for the tree each year (iced gingerbread shapes, cinnamon and applesauce shspes and stained glass biscuits) make popcorn and cranberry garlands and hang candy canes. I also tie on red and gingham ribbons into bows. This year I am also considering making some tiny tree bunting and getting some bells to hang.

The nice thing about decorating with biscuits is that it is fun and messy for the children and they can get really involved but it still looks nice by adult standards at the end.

The downside is that the children keep eating the tree decorations and running out of space for proper meals.

cravingcake Sun 10-Nov-13 08:04:38

panadbois i dont have a lot of spare cash so have found the easiest way to change themes is to use one of the colours you currently have and then buy a cheap box of coloured baubles in a new colour and slowly change it that way.

Also buy decorations in the after christmas sales to use for the next year.

cheesypastaplease Sun 10-Nov-13 08:15:01

We don't have any schemes - it is a mish mash of old decs, dcs home made efforts and special decs that have been bought on special occasions.

It really is a bit of a mess but I love it! The only stipulation I have is no tinsel on the tree, but the rest of the house can be covered in it!

notanyanymore Sun 10-Nov-13 08:18:12

I like to have gold, red, green, purple, pink, blue (maybe I should have just put EVERY colour actually) and hundreds of white lights, with a few fairy's and stars thrown in (in my defence, we have 3 young DC). But also, I think it looks prettiest.

ShatnersBassoon Sun 10-Nov-13 08:20:04

No theme. Themes are boring. I put up everything we've collected over the years, in all its mismatched wonder. Coloured lights as well, inside and out grin

normaleggy Sun 10-Nov-13 08:27:44

Totally agree shatners, I hate perfectly decorated colour themed trees with boring clear lights. And what's festive about purple, pink and black anyway? I know someone who decorates her tree to match her sofa! I honestly think people completely forget their kids when they decorate their trees, it should be bright, colourful and fun, not coordinated and organised.

No themes here. We have so many decorations from when I was young, things collected over the years need to buy new this year to replace all the now non glittery things that I didn't pack away properly but it will be a mix of colours. I usually put the lights round and tinsel then the dc decorate grin looks like an elf has chucked up on it by the end with the sheer amount of glitter and sparkly stuff

blibblibs Sun 10-Nov-13 08:34:57

DCs don't get anywhere near the tree grin

In my defence they do have a small tree each that they throw decorations at and this gets put in their bedroom smile

We were burgled one year just before christmas (and before DCs so had spare cash!) and to cheer myself up we bought a 7ft tree and all new decorations for it. I picked silver, glass and purple and I loved my tree. This was about 7 years ago and last year DH told me he'd never liked it because it didn't look traditional enough for him.

So the themed changed last year and since we couldn't afford to do it all I stuck with the silver and glass and added traditional green and red. I got a box of green and red baubles pretty cheap and a few other bits form M&S 3for2 offer. I will need to add more to it this year and since its a big tree probably for a few years yet smile

TheCrumpetQueen Sun 10-Nov-13 08:40:38

I isn't going to be a boring strict theme hmm sad

TheCrumpetQueen Sun 10-Nov-13 08:40:56

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The dc have coloured mini trees in their room pre lit they are blue and pinkgrin but they have so much more fun than I would doing the downstairs tree that I let them smile I do move things if needs be like last year when I supervised from sofa due to just coming out of hospital. because I couldn't get up it was only later on that I realised they had left a whole side of the tree with nothing ongrin

Our theme is "explosion of colour" - the tree has multicoloured lights and a random collection of decorations collected over the years. The only rule is no garlands of any description on it, just things that hang individually from branches. The rest of the house is done in line with existing colour schemes in that room, so red and gold in lounge/dining room which have yellow walls, blue in the kitchen to match crockery. Multi coloured lights in the hedge outside the front door.

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 10-Nov-13 08:51:53

Mine's usually green involving trees, holly and mistletoe. The baubles, collected over many years are red and gold although for the new house I might go and get matching silver ones. Now the DC are grown-up we have sophisticated plain lights grin. And for extra grown upness I'm putting lights on our manicured bay trees outside the house grin
But the reallly really exciting bit is the christmas day birthday OP. We have one of those. Now how are you doing that and where's your special place for the birthday cards going to be and are you buying him an extra present because he missed it all last year. We always have birthday cake at tea-time and candles and do the birthday presents then. We've always found Christmas is even more special because of it. Has yours got a christmassy first or second name we went for the third name. But ours is 19 this year grin

lunar1 Sun 10-Nov-13 08:54:00

Main tree is dr Seuss themed, red and lime green with a bit of gold. Then a second one for the children to decorate.

WaitingForMe Sun 10-Nov-13 09:01:23

Lots of greenery downstairs (mostly fake) with golds/neutrals/white in living room, navy accents on the stairs and blue/silver in the dining room.

We have a playroom upstairs with a tree the kids decorate. They got a huge cardboard castle last Christmas so I'm thinking we'll get some tinsel for that.

Anything the boys make at school goes where they choose. I'm happy for a cardboard fairy to go on the living room tree.

MadeOfStarDust Sun 10-Nov-13 09:01:39

no theme.... just lots of colour - and tinsel!!

normaleggy Sun 10-Nov-13 09:03:37

Yes, tinsel! I can almost hear some of the people on here fanning themselves with their copy of Good Housekeeping at the very thought of it.

TheCrumpetQueen Sun 10-Nov-13 09:07:45

I love tinsel smile

AgadorSpartacus Sun 10-Nov-13 09:10:46

I'm going with a Christmas themed tree.

AaDB Sun 10-Nov-13 09:21:09

I love my tree. we have a trip out to get a real one. I put tonnes of white lights and on Christmas eve, I use orchid tubes and get real flowers. I have different ones every year; this year I fancy white freesias (I don't know if they are in season). I have lots of tea lights and light them every night I am off work. I move all toys out of the sitting room until Christmas day. It all looks very grown up until Christmas eve. I decorate the kitchen, conservatory and patio doors so it does look festive and jolly in other parts of the house.

Dh brings his office led Christmas tree home and that goes in ds's room.

dawntigga Sun 10-Nov-13 09:34:22

Our theme this year will be:

The Bad Taste Christmas Fairy Vomited Xmas Decorations All Over The House.

KeepingXmasTraditionalTiggaxx

MadeOfStarDust Sun 10-Nov-13 10:07:59

I like yours best tigga......

lade Sun 10-Nov-13 10:30:03

I like traditional, (but proper Victorian traditional, not this so called 1970s tack traditional!) with a modern twist!

So this year, lots of red, white and golds. I am very lucky that in the village where I live, we have an all year round Christmas shop, which sells traditional Christmas decorations (you know the little red toys etc) but they're quirky and interesting.

I like to stick to the colour scheme, but provide interest buy using very few plain baubles (I personally find them really boring, whether in a colour scheme, or a kaleidoscope of colours), and instead have a variety of different shapes, designs etc. Each year, my children buy me a new decoration, and that goes on the tree. I tell them a colour and they find something nice (thankfully, they have good taste!) so, lots of memories, lots of interesting items, but one that hopefully looks nice too.

wamabama Sun 10-Nov-13 12:28:04

I can't be doing with themes. My mother would only decorate the tree to match her decor and it was so dull.

Christmas is supposed to be fun, bright and twinkly and yes a bit gaudy and I love it. Ours is always a mixture between traditional and vintage stuff and then random more modern stuff like Nightmare Before Christmas shit. But it works, at least I think so grin. There's a lot of gingerbread people, I'm obsessed.

I have been co ordinated with white lights for years. I upset myself last year by getting shirty with ds trying to sneak stuff on that wasn't gold or silver and the tree depressed me for the rest of christmas.

I gave ds £30 in The Range last week and we have coloured lights, a mismatch of gaudy baubles and a massive bag of tinsel. I can't wait actually!

lucysmam Sun 10-Nov-13 12:43:00

We have two trees so I can indulge my neat, co-ordinated tree and the girls can do what they want with theirs from the zillions of decs we have grin

Mine this year will have home made bead candy canes, along with snowmen, sweeties and lollipops that look a bit like they're made from gingerbread and some red & gold tinsel or strings of beads maybe.

My girls will just chuck what they fancy at theirs and it'll be a very colourful explosion of a tree grin

For the ceiling I've bought a truck load of paper snowflakes and we're going to make some bits too.

My big tree is really the only co-ordinated bit of Christmas that happens here smile

We don't have a theme per se, but the decorations I like tend to wood, felt or wicker, and don't like tinsel or baubles on my tree. I'm not a Christian, so I avoid decorations which are overtly Christian such as angels. I have white lights though.

I prefer greenery as my other decorations, not least because I can get plenty of pine, ivy and holly for free.

My tasteful decorations will be enhanced by paperchains, salt dough decs and other creations made by the dds.

Have you ever seen the book Lucy and Tom's Christmas? I always fancy my house will look a bit like that. Our Christmases are homemade I suppose. We make decorations out of holly, fir cones, popcorn, dried oranges and cinnamon sticks, ribbons and paper. They smell lovely and look simple and traditional. The tree has decorations from my childhood on it as well as ones my dc have made over the years. I buy the dc a decoration each year and they are allowed to choose but have v traditional tastes. DD has picked one already this year. It's a wooden snowman. The other decorations I have amassed from shopping in charity shops or on ebay. They are generally vintage. Things like honeycomb trees, crepe streamers and ancient fairy lights.

I go to a wreath making evening with the WI (think Christmas music, mince pies and mulled wine, plus an army of women with sacks of foliage and sharpened secateurs) and make two wreaths, one for indoors, one for out.

I adore Christmas.

Oh yes salt dough too and paper snowflakes and paper lanterns. We go craft mad. Lots of dried out stuff from the beach and forest, lots of greenery.

I also have a nativity which I knitted and dd puts it on the piano. I have lots of snowglobes too which are dotted around. Vintage ones mainly.

FrankieStien Sun 10-Nov-13 19:07:44

I'm doing a black and metallic Tim Burtonesque theme this year.

timidviper Sun 10-Nov-13 19:12:02

Our main tree has evolved over the years. It started off with white lights and all gold decs, then a bit of copper crept in, then red and finally, now DCs have grown up, their favourites from their smaller trees have crept on too. I am even debating adding some tinsel this year!

I have a smaller tree in the dining room that is all red, red lights and red decorations and DD has a small tree with lots of pink in her room

Generally we stick to fairly traditional so lots of greenery, reds and golds

Clandy Sun 10-Nov-13 20:56:26

I started off pre dc's with a lovely gold theme, which I neither want it can afford to change. It's pretty and traditional. Then then dd came along and coloured her Christmas decoration in red and orange and it didn't fit but it was better than any of the others so the theme went out the window. Each year a few random dc things are added which is great. I have lovely memories of some of my childhood Christmas decorations- a total mishmash but lovely, cute little things. And this is what I want for my girls so I'm phasing out the gold and in with some child friendly decs. grin

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