How to get your home Christmas-ready.

Thanks to our brand partner, Target

I absolutely love Christmas. I love seeing the mince pies hit the supermarket shelves two days after Easter. I love threatening the kids with Santa’s disapproval when they are on the precipice of a tantrum.

But most of all I love getting together to celebrate with family over turducken and too much pavlova. Being a bit of a Martha Stewart (minus the white-collar crime), I pride myself on sourcing an awesome tree, decorating the house and setting a table that reflects the joy of Christmas, all without breaking the bank.

Target has long been my “go to” shop for everything festive because it covers all my needs from tree to table. This year they’ve outdone themselves with a fantastic range of Christmas presents, decorations and table settings that are sure to have everyone singing “Oh give us some figgy pudding!”.

Here are six ways Target can get your house and table ready for a joyful Christmas:

1. Boost your Santa street appeal.

Give your front door a bit of Christmas pizzazz with one of Target’s wreaths. My favourite is their Luxe Wreath in gold and silver ($39) but they also have a range of bauble wreaths and ones with a more traditional poinsettia look ($29). When you’ve got your front door screaming “Santa Claus is coming,” pimp up your garden beds with some solar garden lights ($20).

Luxe, traditional or both? Images: Target.

2. Get your bauble on.

I love decorating the tree with our kids and Target has a huge range of trees and decorations including large, affordable packs of baubles, and a wide selection of tree toppers, like the Gold Capiz Star ($12). Instead of the more traditional red, green and gold, this year I’m going with a silver, gold and blue theme and buying my tree decorations from the Nordic Noel range. When it comes to your tree, more is more, so go nuts.


Nordic Santa (right), might be the cutest thing we've ever seen. Images: Target.

3. Prepare for guests.

If you have relatives or friends coming to stay during the Christmas holidays, you might want to consider giving your guest room an overhaul. Our spare room often doubles as a storage space, housing items I can’t quite bring myself to get rid of (hello pram).

Clearing out the space and investing in some new pillows, linen and towels from Target will ensure your relos have a comfortable stay. If you’re interested in updating the look of your guest room without spending a fortune, Target has got some matching sets that are sure to bring life to the space this summer.


The perfect summer set. Image: Target.

4. Create a toast-worthy table.

My mother has always prided herself on creating a Pinterest-worthy table for Christmas lunch. A guest once plonked a bottle of soda water on her starched tablecloth and she not so subtly pointed him in the direction of a glass and a coaster.

While I’m a little more relaxed, I still take pride in setting a gorgeous table. This year I’m eyeballing the Celebrate range* of plates, platters, mugs and servers at Target which feature gold patterned stars and trees. They match perfectly with the Life Gold dinner service, Café Gold cutlery set and gold-dipped range of wine glasses and tumblers. All these options are super classy and reasonably priced. Tick tick.

5. Stock the kitchen.

Cooking Christmas lunch or dinner is a mammoth task. I did it last year and ended up feeling like a deranged octopus as I stirred sauces, checked on meat, almost incinerated veggies and stressed over flaccid crackling. Before going into culinary battle, make sure you have the right equipment. A new five-piece non-stick cook set for just $49 won’t go astray and some extra cooking utensils will definitely come in handy.


A cooking set wouldn't go astray when you're preparing for Christmas lunch. Image: Target.

6. Bust a move to Boney M.

Do you hear what I hear? It’s the sound of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” on repeat. If you like more variety in your Christmas tunes, grab an iTunes/Google Play gift card before heading to the check out. Then go home and download a new Christmas playlist that will get everyone’s booty shaking. It’s a great way to burn off the 26,000 calories consumed in one sitting before going back for seconds.

The only thing that could put me off Christmas is the prospect of dragging my kids from shop to shop while ticking off a mammoth shopping list. Thanks to Target, I’ve got a one-stop Christmas shop where I can get all the presents, homewares and decorations I need. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to pop on my novelty reindeer ears and eat every chocolate in the advent calendar.

*Target’s Celebrate Range is available in-store only.

How do you celebrate Christmas?