With Canadian Thanksgiving now behind us and the changing colours of the fall foliage in full swing, I can’t help but look forward to the wintery Christmas season!
Blustery days spent indoors on the sofa… warm cups of sweetened tea with the netflix fireplace channel turned on (until we move into a home with a real fireplace)… and weekend FaceTime calls to catch up with family over a plate of gingerbread cookies… How can someone not LOVE Christmas time?!
Growing up, Christmas was always hosted at the house I grew up in. Year after year I would watch my mum prepare enough food to feed an army, and I would help set the tables, decorate the living room, and act as sous-chef in the kitchen.
When it came time to decorating the tree, my sister and I would argue over who got to hang the chipmunk ornament. Specifically the chipmunk ornament… Don’t ask!
And yet, amidst all the flurries of Christmas, my favourite part was helping out in the kitchen and pretending to play host alongside my mum!
As I grew older, holidays like Thanksgiving expanded into “Friendsgiving”, and Christmas into “Wine & Cheese” parties. Really, I think everyone of my generation was just excited to be able to host their own holiday festivities for friends and family. At least I know I was!
It was during my academic years as a university student, where learning to live on a budget quickly became as habitual as eating and breathing. And yet every holiday season, I looked forward to hosting friends and family at my place, on my 3rd year university (the home stretch) budget!
Seeing as 80% of my budget went to food anyway, I knew I could pull it off. Also, it seems like still today, 80% of my budget goes to food! Hands up if you’re with me >_<
Not long ago, I had the opportunity for early look at some of the Real Canadian Superstore, President’s Choice and Loblaw’s holiday collections. I was a true kid in a candy store!
By now I’m sure you know of my love for the Loblaw family of companies. And before I continue, I want to mention that this post is in no way sponsored by them. This is purely from one holiday-loving heart, to another!
Easy and Pinterest-worthy home decor ideas for Christmas!
During the preview, together, we decorated tablescapes using pieces from their new collections. And of course, the challenge was pulling it off on a realistic holiday budget. I have to say, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, given my collegiate years, but it WAS fun!
The best part was getting to run freely with creative direction, pulling from everything and anything I wanted that fell under the large 2017 holiday collections. The challenge was ensuring I still remained under budget.
#HolidayAtSuperstore was the hashtag we used for the day. And while we were all taking part in this decorative challenge, it was made easier by having access to different decor pieces at tiered price-points. There was something for every budget – it was fantastic!
Table settings, utensils, napkin holders, table weights, chargers, gold, silver, wood… you name it. The variety of decor pieces seemed endless. I told you, I really was a kid in a candy store – if only you saw my face!
Holiday decor inspiration for every budget!
Two of my favourite pieces which I’m surely going to buy when they hit shelves, are the gold and midnight-blue reindeer (below). Aren’t they so cute? Oddly enough, they reminded me of my pup Zsazsa the Chihuahua, so naturally I had to have them. A couple of those on any table setting this Christmas would be the perfect glimmering touch!
So come time for Christmas shopping, while I continue to drool over the smell of hot apple cider, walk by the window displays at The Bay, and pop in to view the annual holiday collections at Williams Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, Indigo, and Pottery Barn, (other favourites of mine)… I quite like knowing that I can find pretty much any holiday piece I’m looking for at Real Canadian Superstore, and Loblaw’s – where I do my groceries!
And with trendy pieces like these, priced for every budget, it really is the surefire way to host with the most, on a realistic holiday budget!
Happy shopping this year!
Which piece is your favourite?! Let me know in the comments below!
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick