And just like that, the festive season has begun. To celebrate, we've collaborated with Australian icon Donna Hay. With her eponymous food and styling brand, Donna Hay is a household name. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't heard of Donna, or whose home didn't have one of her titles sitting proudly on their bookshelf. With her famously keen eye for style and detail, we knew there was no one better to turn to for festive styling tips this season. Here, you'll find her ultimate guide to styling your home for the holidays.
Great tableware makes all the difference when styling your Christmas feast. By layering simple plates and cutlery for each person, you’ll create a canvas for the magic to happen. Soft linen napkins and a linen tablecloth add texture here, and native florals bound with ribbon add a little romance. I’ve placed gold decorations under up-turned drinking glasses, immediately they become little cloches or bell jars – divine! You can add a name tag, too, for a thoughtful touch. I think even the smallest effort can make guests feel really special.
Floral table centrepieces are beautiful, but they’re not the only option – in fact, mine are often edible! Christmas is the perfect time to try something new using fruits, cheeses, herbs or, in this case, sweets. My tip is to stick to long or round shapes for the base, which will really depend on your table. I love the soothing tones of these natural tree decorations, plus they look right at home with my assortment of honey-coloured treats.
These genius wreath bases make creating something stylish for your front door a breeze. It’s super-easy to weave florals through the lattice – I’ve used native leaves with some gumnuts and pretty blossom, but you can use your favourite vine, ribbon, some pine sprigs or festive flowers to team with your Christmas theme. They come in three shapes (which en-masse make a great wall-hanging), and the best part is they can be reused next year!
Nothing beats a home-made gift. Every year I make a load of beautiful treats that I can package up and give to friends, colleagues, teachers and neighbours. Like these super-cute Chocolate Sparkles, in little glass jars. The options really are endless though; you could make batches of twisted honey caramels, tiny gingerbread cookies or chunks of chocolate dipped honeycomb.