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Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends. But if you're entertaining during the festive period, there are some essentials you need to remember.
You'll want your guests to have a great time, so it's important that you make them feel as comfortable as possible... As well as ensuring they're well fed, watered and entertained.
With that in mind, here are our top tips and must-haves for entertaining this Christmas.
Christmas is just around the corner now, and you're probably furiously fighting your way through the crowds in the city centre on a Saturday afternoon, or browsing online for ideas on what to get your loved ones this year.
Textiles may not be your first thought when it comes to present ideas, but a new duvet cover or household item can make an amazing gift that is not only entertaining, but useful!
You would much rather spend money on something that will get used than a gift that gets stuck in a cupboard never to be looked at again, right?
We've put a few ideas together to cover almost anyone...
As the seasons change and summer is well and truly over, it's time to look forward to seeing what autumn and winter bring. This time of year is always full of events and parties with Halloween, Bonfire Night and, of course, Christmas. But the weather often doesn't play nice and there is nothing better than curling up in your warm house on an evening instead.
However, it also means your energy bills go up, but the budget doesn't quite stretch to having the heating on 24/7. A lot of people also love to inject a bit of each season into their home but a complete redecoration of the whole house four times a year is just not possible.
So, how do you get your bedroom ready for winter?
We've put together some budget-friendly tips for your bedroom to ensure that it is warm, cosy and ready. The bedroom is the place where you spend most time relaxing, and is also the easiest room to overhaul on a budget with a variety of textiles that will suit any style of home and any taste.
Here are our favourite ways to get your bedroom winter ready...
This winter bring a pop of colour into your home that will radiate warmth and make you feel cosy!
Berry reds and rich purples add an air of elegance and sophistication to any room and they’ll bring a traditional Christmas tree to life! Deep colours may appear intimidating to work with at first, so how about starting off small with some luxurious home accessories in this season’s must-have colours.
We’ve been running daily special offers and giveaways as part of ’12 days of Tony’s Christmas’ to treat all of our lovely fans in the run up to the big day!
On the first day on Tony’s Christmas we gave away a special discount to all of our Facebook fans for 10% off at www.tonystextiles.co.uk so they could grab some bargains and kit out their homes this festive season.
On the second day of Tony’s Christmas, we gave away a £5 voucher to one of our lovely Facebook fans.
We ran a competition on the third day of Tony’s Christmas to give away three fleece blankets – we asked our Facebook fans to share with us what their favourite Christmas songs and the sorts of things they came up with where ‘All I want for Christmas’, ‘I wish it could be Christmas everyday’ and ‘Little Donkey’.
On the fourth day of Tony’s Christmas, we gave away four cream hand towels – entrants had to tell us why they love Christmas for their chance to win. It was great hearing all the reasons why Christmas is special to them and it got us very excited for the big day.
As a special treat on the 5th December, we gave away free delivery on all purchases from our website so they could treat themselves to something special.
On the sixth day of Tony’s Christmas, we had 6 packs of 4 white napkins up for grabs and we asked Facebook fans to enter by telling us their favourite part of Christmas dinner … this competition made our mouths water – you really can’t beat pigs in blankets!
On the seventh day of Tony’s Christmas we gave away 7 packs of red tea towels – they’ll come in handy when doing the washing up after a big Christmas dinner!
Eight Facebook fans had the chance to win a cosy blanket on the eighth day of Tony’s Christmas – they had to share with us who they’d like to cosy up to this Christmas to enter.
The ninth day of Tony’s Christmas saw one lucky Facebook fan get their hands on a £30 gift voucher to spend over on www.tonystextiles.co.uk to treat themselves to some lovely products from our website.
On the tenth day of Tony’s Christmas, we had 10 packs of dish cloths up for grabs, handy essentials that are always good to have knocking around the house!
Our penultimate giveaway was 11 packs of 2 blue face cloths – like this post for the chance to be one of our 11 winners by midnight tonight!
Our final giveaway was for 12 Santa sacks – the perfect place for the big guy to leave your gifts! We asked our Facebook fans to share what they wanted in their stocking this year for their chance to win.
The weather forecast for the rest of December isn’t snow, sadly, but it doesn’t predict a tropical Christmas either. With highs of 10 degrees and lows of 2 degrees, it’s safe to say it will be a pretty chilly festive period. To keep you warm we have put together our top picks to help you cosy up this Christmas.
This luxury black faux fur throw, is a lovely ribbed throw which can be placed over your sofa, arm chair or even your bed. The throw comes in a variety of colours, so you can co-ordinated with your interior or be bold and go for a contrasting colour. The throw is approximately 130cm by 180cm so is big enough to keep both you and your partner warm.
We’re counting down the days until Christmas already! Now is the time to start thinking about how you’re going to add a festive touch to your home and make it nice and cosy over the Christmas period. We thought we’d pick out some of our favourite products to help you achieve a festive look.
The perfect way to give your bedroom a Christmas makeover is with our alpine quilt cover in blue – this modern pattern is really fashionable and will make a big statement in your bedroom. It’s machine washable and a polycotton blend so will keep you warm and cosy this Christmas. We’d love a onesie in this design!
One of our favourite parts of Christmas day is getting the whole family around the table for a big Christmas dinner. To help you dress it to impress this year, we’ve put together a quick guide with our top picks for your Christmas table.
Find the perfect table linen
To start off with, you need to make sure you have a nice table cloth – try to stick to festive colours such as red, green or just a nice crisp white table cloth. Use a contrasting table runner to add depth to your table – a black or white table runner will usually do the trick! You could also add tablemats in the same colours. There’s sure to be some hot bowls and plates on the table so it might be worth investing in a table protector too as this will prevent damage.
If your table theme is red, why not add some red seat pads to your dining chairs to give them a festive makeover too? Although it’s not strictly a table decoration, we recommend investing in some new tea towels … we love these traditional checked style tea towels – they will look fab at Christmas, and can also be used throughout the year.
Pop the essentials on to your table
You can find some really nice festive salt and pepper shakers – it’s worth a look at what’s available to add a nice festive touch to your table!
Add your own personal touch
Now it’s time to have some fun! Add a touch of sparkle to your Christmas table with some Christmas themed table scatters or by making an exciting centrepiece out of sparkly baubles! When dressing your table, it’s all about being creative – adding homemade touches will ensure you have a table like no other this year.
Candles are a staple decoration at Christmas, but be sure to watch your cuffs when serving food near them, you don’t want any accidents this year! If you’re going for a traditional Christmas table, use tall, long candles and for a modern look, tea lights in small holders will do the trick. And, obviously, no Christmas table would be complete without crackers!
We’d love to see how you decorate your table this year, so be sure to post a snap over on our Facebook page once it’s all set!