Festive Christmas Decorations For Your Home

Toast.life's pick of the best Christmas decorations for 2018!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…fabulous decorations, wondrous wreaths, gorgeous garlands and more! Here is TOAST’s Pick of The Best ways to make your home look and feel sensationally stylish throughout the festive season!

TOAST'S Pick of The Best Christmas Decorations for 2018

A Festive Entrance 

Luxurious Wreaths

Luxury florist Larry Walshe creates wreaths with wow factor year after year, and his Decadent Golden Outdoor Wreath has to be our favourite. Fully embracing the generosity of the festive season, each wreath is crafted from a base of fragrant Norwegian blue spruce, gold painted foliages, black viburnum berries and black painted fern leaves. The design is then studded with gold pinecones and large golden baubles in a variety of finishes, adding instant wow factor to any front door!

Luxury Gold Wreath Larry Walshe Land

Luxury Gold Wreath from Larry Walshe £105 (14 inch), £125 (16 inch) from www.larrywalshe.com

Dress Your Door

At this time of year, many shops, bars and restaurants look amazing thanks to gorgeous festive arches hanging over their doorways – so why not have the same at home? Leading luxury florist Floris Van Den Hoed (who worked with Philippa Craddock on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s jaw dropping wedding flowers earlier this year) has impressive portfolio of personal and corporate clients and works on high-profile events across the UK, and at Christmas he can work his magic green-fingered on your home too, and create magical archways such at this to greet your all your seasonal visitors.

Flors Van Den Hoed

Contact Floris for a bespoke quote www.florisvandenhoed.co.uk

Festive Glow

If you’d prefer a more contemporary look for your home this Christmas then why not add some festive glow with Cox & Cox’s Neon Deer Silhouette? Lit with a nostalgic, yellow toned neon style LEDs, this unique and eye-catching light sits beautifully against natural wood or brick and adds a splash of Alpine-chalet-chic that will delight your guests you’re your neighbours!) all winter long. 

 Cox Cox

Cox & Cox's illuminates Raindeer is £125 now just £65.00 from www.coxandcox.co.uk.


For The Tree 

A litte tree tipple

For a seriously tasty addition to the tree, this year is all about gin. Yes, that’s right – adorable mini bottles and beautiful little baubles filled with gin. Much-loved London-based distillery Sipsmith have created mini versions of both their London Dry Gin and Sloe Gin and attached a beautiful green ribbon to each one, ready to be hung from the tree. For a more colourful option then opt for Scottish distillery Pickering’s  gorgeous Gin Baubles, which come in 6 bright festive shades and a beautiful gift box too.

Sipsmith Gin Baubles

Sipsmith £25 (pack of 6) www.sipsmith.com or try Pickering’s £30 (pack of 6) www.pickeringsgin.com

Add a personal touch  

Make your tree extra meaningful this Christmas with these stunning personalised baubles from luxury prints and stationery company Thebridge and Taylor. Each ceramic bauble is carefully handmade and hand painted; you can add a family name or the names of loved ones and other artistic effects such as modern marbling and striking copper details, and each one comes with a lovely black ribbon to hang it with. These beautiful, luxurious baubles make wonderful Christmas gifts and keepsakes, and look fabulous on the tree.

Thebridge And Taylor

Thebridge and Taylor's personalised baubles are £18 each oer on Etsy 

Tree Acorns 

For more picture-perfect personalisation then we simply adore Bread & Jam’s Personalised Wooden Acorn Surprise Decorations. These seriously chic little acorns will delight adults and children alike. They’re made from beautifully smooth turned wood, with one half coated in on-trend copper and each one comes with a rose gold glitter hanging ribbon, and the best bit? You can open them up to reveal a hiding place for a seasonal treat, be it a chocolate, or perhaps even a piece of jewellery if someone has been really good this year. Each acorn also comes with a beautiful grey felt oak leaf that can be personalised with a word, name or message.  

 Bread And Jam Acorns

Bread & Jam's Acorns are £7.95 from  www.wearebreadandjam.co.uk


Picture Perfect Presents

Finishing touches  

If tree skirts transport you back to the seventies well then think again – because they are back with a bang! For a fun and wacky way to finish your Christmas tree’s look, it has to be one of Anthropologie’s Patterned Faux-Fur Tree Skirts. These luxuriously furry delights come in three subtle colours (peach, sky and navy) and a variety of subtle prints. Plus, if you've got a real Christmas tree you need to make sure you catch all of the shedding and this tree skirt is the perfect - and not to mention glamorous - way to do it.

Anthropologies Faux Tree Skirt  Anthropologies furr rugs are £128 each from https://www.anthropologie.com

Wrap it up 

Once you’ve perfected your tree then you’re going to want the presents underneath it to look the part too. This year Cox & Cox come top of the list when it comes to stylish wrapping paper and all the matching accessories. Their collection of contemporary Christmas wrapping paper comes in a choice of marble, luxury metallic and vintage red, and they have a wonderful selection of fabulous final flourishes such as luxury gift tags, decorations and ribbons (beautifully tied, of course!). Their marbled paper combined with wired copper ribbon is this year’s ultimate gift-wrapping combination.

Cox Cox Wrapping 

Cox & Cox's Wrapping Paper starts at £12.50 (per 10m roll), ribbon from £8.50, tags and small decorations from £5.50 https://www.coxandcox.co.uk

Christmas Sacks 

Forget stockings – this year is all about sacks. Thornback & Peel are renowned for their uniquely stylish and totally eye-catching screen-printed designs, and their collection of traditional Christmas sacks are a must-have for any chic pile of presents! Choose from four gorgeous designs – Christmas Trees, Robin & Holly, Stag & Mistletoe and Squirrel & Spruce, or you can mix and match for a magical effect. All the sacks are made from 100% and handmade in the UK. Large enough to hide even the trickiest-shaped presents, they are perfect for hanging by the fire place, tucking under the tree or placing at the end of bed!

 Squirrel Spruce

Thornback and Peel's Christmas sacks are £29 each from  https://thornbackandpeel.co.uk/collections/christmas-sacks


Adorn Your Mantlepiece

Sumptuous Garlands

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a gorgeous garland or two. For serious wow factor then visit highly acclaimed modern haberdasher V V Rouleaux, where you can buy literally everything and anything you need to create a stunning garland at home (as well as all the advice to help you make it). Their stunning collection features seasonal foliage, pine cones, acorns, frosted fruit, glitter and more. Drape and entwine your garlands across the mantelpiece, over the mirror, along the dining table, and up the stairs – and mix in a few of V V Rouleaux’s beautiful branches and birds for extra Christmas magic.  

V V Rouleaux Christmas Garlands  

V V Rouleaux's garlands are priced depending on the garland you wish to create see their website for designs and details www.vvrouleaux.com


The Nutcracker 

There are fewer more magical Christmas stories than The Nutcracker, and these beautiful decorations from stylish interiors emporium Graham & Green really evoke festive spirit and add an instant sense of wonder to your home. Dot the smaller ones throughout your rooms in their beautifully coloured uniforms, or if you want to make a big impact then go beautiful BIG gold nutcracker. Standing at 61cm high he is the perfect centrepiece for any stylish mantlepiece this Christmas.


Graham & Green's Nutcrackers start from £45 from www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/

Paper Christmas Garland

For a contemporary and playful mantelpiece this festive season, then why not adorn it with some paper art? Create an impact with this gorgeous paper garland from Rosie and the Boys, made from oversized Christmas decorations! Inspired by vintage baubles, this lovely garland brings a modern twist to a traditional Christmas and is sure to bring a smile to family and visitors alike over the festive season. Choose from midnight sky-inspired blue white and gold or a modern mix of black, white and gold. Each garland is designed in-house and made by hand.

Rosie The Boys Garland

Rosie & The Boy's Christmas Garland is £16.50 from www.rosieandtheboys.com


Create and Ambience 

Christmas Scent

Nothing creates a cosy and welcoming atmosphere than a beautifully scented home and there are so many smells associated with Christmas, from the pine scent of Christmas trees and roasting chestnuts to freshly baked gingerbread and spices like cinnamon and cloves. Beauty brand Neom use 100% natural fragrances to scent their products and their beautiful Christmas Scent candles, filled with mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean plus 13 other essential oils, create an instant, cosy festive ambience like no other. The smell of Christmas in a beautifully festive red glass jar.

Neom Candles  

Neom Candles start at £32 (1 wick), £45 (3 wick) from www.neomorganics.com/

Sparkling Lights

Another way to create a welcoming festive ambience is by using light and nothing says Christmas like twinkling fairy lights, but they have to elegant of course. String these beautifully delicate Dalby Silver Stencil Star Battery Fairy Lights along your hallway and transport yourself and your guests to chic Scandinavia. These lightweight fairy lights are super versatile and instantly create a wonderfully warm and welcoming white glow that adds a real touch of Christmas magic to any environment.


Lights4fun's Christmas lights start from £14.99, available from www.lights4fun.co.uk

Fresh Festive Florals 

Once you’ve mastered the festive scent, hung your twinkling lights and popped the wreath on the door, you can also create a stylish and welcoming atmosphere by filling your home some lovely fresh florals too. For effortless festive flower power trendy East London florist Grace and Thorn  have created the ‘Christmas Pickle Arrangement’ – a show-stopping festive bouquet delivered in a pickle jar, ready to be displayed. It’s that easy! Their bold Hackney Red bouquet is also perfect for this time of year as it their ‘Lovebox’, a stylish crate complete with either 4, 6 or 8 jam jars filled with blooms - perfect for dotting around your home.

 Grace And Thorn Christmas Pickle And Hackney Red

Grace & Thorn's Christmas Pickle Arrangement from £65 (small), Hackney Red from £75 (small), Lovebox from £70 (for 4 jam jars) https://graceandthorn.com/


For The Top Table 

Place Setting

For the big day itself (or for any festive dinners or lunches you might have planned in the run up), it’s always lovely to lay your table beautifully and create that ‘wow’ moment when your guests walk in. Place names are a must – to avoid any awkwardness on the day and so you can keep tricky family members apart! And these Mini Wreath Place Cards are just divine and add an instant splash of festive green and sensational seasonal style. Simply write your guests name on the blank white card and place the mini wreaths around your table.

 Wreath Place Names

Wreath Name places are £4.95  for 4, available from Inspired by Alma here

Glourious Garlands 

Once your guests are seated why not give them something to admire, other than all the delicious food that is! This gorgeous and wonderfully versatile gold garland from West Elm is perfect for running along the centre of the table, and as it’s made from jute twine it is flexible enough to be twisted around candlesticks and other items on the table. It adds effortless, elegant glamour, and a touch of festive sparkle! Double up for extra impact.
 Kraft Wreath And Garland

£29 http://www.westelm.co.uk/kraft-glitter-garland-leaf-d4072

 After Dinner Fortunes 

Once you’ve pulled your crackers and finished your feast it’s important to keep your guests entertained, and these fun ‘after dinner fortunes’ are just the ticket! Pass your guests a glass tube and let them pop the cork to see what the future holds with a fun message. Each set of fortunes comes in a luxurious white box, embossed with copper lettering. The glass tubes nestle inside, sealed with a cork, and inside every tube is a different fortune – printed on gold paper and folded for secrecy! You could also give each guest a tube as partf their place setting – it’s an exciting little surprise that they’ll look forward to opening.
 After Dinner Fortunes Bread And Jam

Bread & Jam's After Dinner Fortunes are £16.94 for a set of 10 from www.wearebreadandjam.co.uk

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