Seasonal Rituals // Christmas with Ikea…

Last summer I was invited to preview the IKEA winter decor range. It felt wonderfully weird to be viewing Christmas decorations in the middle of flaming June, but I couldn’t help to feel a little giddy with Christmas excitement at the sight of a sparkling tree.

The space, in central London, was bedecked with candle light and baubles, with a table laid ready for a Christmas feast.  During the event we were treated to a decorating masterclass, sharing some valuable tips on how to decorate unusual shaped boxes, all with the new range of IKEA wrapping paper and accessories.

I was given a glass vase to wrap, which thankfully, came in a box, so my wapping was pretty straight forward.  We were shown how to use string, cut paper and make interesting details to give our gifts a little juzz.

IKEA, as always, has brilliant ideas to copy for decorating in your own home for Christmas.  Their current festive range ‘VINTER’ includes the cutest wrapping paper that can be customised by colouring the pictures of Christmas trees and baubles.  Within the Vinter range there is not only wrapping paper, but a vast selection of decorative paper bags, ideal for those of us who hate battling with sticky tape.

Since June, I’ve recently popped into my local IKEA here in Bristol, and found myself once again giddy with Christmas excitement in the decoration shop.  I grabbed some of the brown paper style wrapping paper, ribbons and grey bakers twine.  And spent ages looking at the decorations and advent calendars.

Not only does IKEA have brilliant ways to wrap your presents, but they also have ideas on what to give. Homemade gingerbread using their amazing cookie cutters? Tied up with bakers twine and given in one of their paper bags or boxes?  Easily done.

Or perhaps you are looking for inspiration on how to dress your Christmas table this year?  IKEA has plenty of ideas.

Simple black candlesticks, and chalky ceramics made for a Nordic feast.  Layer sheepskins and knitted cushions to make guests want to stay and linger over supper.

And as for decorations, hang paper stars in the window and add a candelabra to your mantelpiece.  Layer cosy throws, and fairy lights to add a touch Hygge to your home.

And don’t forget to grab a few bottle of mulled wine and you will be set for Christmas.  I’m getting excited aren’t you?

Collaboration Note:  This post was written in collaboration with IKEA.  All images are kindly from IKEA.  All words and opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.