Beat the Festive Season Frazzle! 5 Ways to Get Organised for Christmas 2017

Christmas has a habit of sneaking up, doesn’t it? You’re cruising along feeling like you have all the time in the world and next thing you know, you’re elbowing crowds of shoppers out of the way on Christmas Eve. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Three months might seem like a long time from now but October is the perfect time to start planning for the festive season.

Read on to discover 5 ways to beat the Christmas rush this year thanks to Melbourne event planners Silk and Cedar Events & stationery designer Emma Smith Event Stationery:

 

  1. Planning a Christmas event? Book it in NOW.

If you’re planning an event anywhere between October to the end of January, your number one priority is to lock in all the details now.

Venues and event vendors book months in advance especially during peak periods such as Christmas / New Year so planning early is the best way to secure your favourites. The Christmas peak season starts in mid-November and runs through to January.  Keep in mind that some vendors close during mid-December to the end of January of if you’re planning a party in these months, book early to avoid disappointment.

Events can be time-consuming and stressful to organise – especially in November and December when life tends to get frantically busy.

Choosing a Melbourne event planner to take care of your Christmas celebration or end of year function is the perfect way to reduce festive season stress.

Handing over the reins to a professional event planner gives you the time and space to enjoy watching your vision come to life with someone else juggling the catering, styling and all those little details that make an event truly memorable.

 

 

  1. Choose a Stationary Designer to give your Christmas correspondence that special touch

Ditch generic Christmas cards this year and book a Melbourne stationery designer early to create a custom design to reflect your style. Or perhaps you require a complete stationery suite including Christmas party invitations, menus, place cards, tags, welcome signs and seating plans. A good stationery provider can assist with the current trends for this festive season and can design to any specification, theme and colour scheme.

Family portraits are a gorgeous way to personalise your Christmas stationery so be sure to book in a session with your preferred photographer now.

Mailing your Christmas cards early is important whether they’re for family and friends or corporate clients. Families go on holidays and businesses close for the Christmas period so send your festive greetings three weeks before December 25th to ensure they’re received in time.

We #love a Christmas wish delivered by snail mail!

 

 

  1. Travellers Take Note!

If you’re heading away this Christmas, here’s a handy list of things you don’t want to forget:

  • – Book your flights and accommodation
  • – Pay for visas
  • – Check if travel vaccinations are required and book them in with your GP
  • – Remember any medications that may be required for the trip including prescriptions or travel sickness aids
  • – If you’re travelling on wheels, book your car in for a service and get the tyres checked
  • – Make a list of the Christmas presents needed and don’t forget to pack them! Pop spare Christmas cards, tags and wrapping paper in for unforeseen gift emergencies
  • – Keep the kids occupied with a special snack and goodie pack for the journey

 

 

 

  1. Christmas Gifts: make a list and check it twice! 

Christmas can be an expensive time with seemingly endless people to buy for. By planning ahead and budgeting accordingly, you can avoid the stress of last minute over-spending. So make a list of everyone you’ll need to buy for and spend a moment thinking about a gift that they’ll really love. Christmas presents that have obviously been thoughtfully chosen needn’t cost a fortune.

 

 

 

Gift Hampers are a great idea to compliment the dedication and hard work of teachers, coaches and special helpers who have taken care of your family over the year. Gathering other parents to contribute means you’ll have more to spend on an extra-luxe hamper. Pre-order online for a hassle-free gift that can even be delivered.

An excellent way to keep the gift-giving budget down is with a Kris Kringle. Extended families, Mother’s Groups and workplaces can all benefit from the KK tradition by giving each participant only one person to buy for.

 

 

  1. Avoid Christmas Day family conflict

Christmas celebrations have a reputation for wreaking havoc on family peace! So how can you avoid it? Planning early is the key to things running smoothly.

 

Co-ordinating who celebrates where and when can be fraught with drama when there are parents and in-laws and other extended family members to consider.

Make sure all parties have a say in where the celebration will be held and consider a one year on, one year off approach to make it fair for both sides of your family. And to take the pressure off the host, why not ask guests to bring a platter?

This creates a family grazing table which is an informal and more relaxed affair for everyone. Head off tensions between particular family members by setting place cards for your Christmas lunch or dinner.

 

 

Large families can simplify gift-giving by having a Kris Kringle, and pre-planning some Christmas activities to keep the kids entertained buys a little extra peace for the grown-ups who traditionally need a nap after all that food!

So there you have it. Some sanity savers in the lead-up to Christmas 2017. And don’t forget, if you’re planning a party and just don’t have the time to handle all the arrangements yourself, a professional event planner and stationery designer are just two of the celebration specialists who are there to make your special occasion perfect!

 

Christmas Showcase 2016

It’s November so we can start talking about Christmas, right?

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year so it doesn’t hurt to start enjoying it a little early! However it does also involve a lot of planning and preparation especially for us mums trying to coordinate teacher gifts, christmas cards and christmas gatherings.

The Life’s Little Celebrations Christmas showcase aims to make it easy for you to browse a range of Christmas items in ONE spot – easily CLICK on any image below to be taken directly to the business where you can find those items

Below you will find everything from lovely Christmas dessert packs to order as gifts, Christmas decorations and partyware, some unique Christmas gift items, Christmas printables and customised Christmas baubles and more!

You can also browse everything on the Life’s Little Celebrations Christmas Showcase facebook album

Christmas cards, invitations and stationery:

For some personalised Christmas cards, printable items for gifts or fun naughty/nice list certificates – there is a range of fun Christmas stationery available:

 

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Christmas cards – Bonjour Berry

 

 

Christmas Printables - Joyful Invitations

Christmas Printables – Joyful Invitations

 

Naughty and Nice list certificates - Hoot Invitations

Naughty and Nice list certificates – Hoot Invitations

 

Christmas stationery - Emma Smith Stationery

Christmas stationery – Emma Smith Stationery

 

Christmas cards and chocolate wrappers - Lou Lou Pie Creative

Christmas cards and chocolate wrappers – Lou Lou Pie Creative

 

Christmas chocolate bar wrappers - Edge House Design

Christmas chocolate bar wrappers – Edge House Design

 

Custom illustrated christmas card - Elk Prints

Custom illustrated christmas card – Elk Prints

 

 

Christmas decorating, partyware and tableware:

Whether it is a large Christmas party, a fun Christmas table setting for the kids or a small family gathering – the Christmas partyware and tableware from these party stores are cute, stylish and great quality! As you can see the traditional red/green/white is still popular for Christmas mixed in along with metallics!

Shop them by clicking on any image below!:

 

 

Christmas partyware - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Christmas partyware – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Christmas partyware - The Little Event Company

Christmas partyware – The Little Event Company

 

Christmas partyware - Hip and Hooray

Christmas partyware – Hip and Hooray

 

Christmas partyware - Emiko Blue

Christmas partyware – Emiko Blue

 

Christmas partyware - Love The Occasion

Christmas partyware – Love The Occasion

 

Christmas tableware - The Kit source

Christmas tableware – The Kit source

 

Christmas partyware - Favor Lane

Christmas partyware – Favor Lane

 

Christmas partyware - One Magic Day

Christmas partyware – One Magic Day

 

 

 

Christmas partyware - Deer Little Parties

Christmas partyware – Deer Little Parties

 

Christmas tableware - Illume Partyware

Christmas tableware – Illume Partyware

 

Christmas garland, tags and toppers - Chumblebee

Christmas garland, tags and toppers – Chumblebee

 

Christmas partyware - Peppermint Sunday

Christmas partyware – Peppermint Sunday

 

Christmas party poms - Theme It Party Boxes

Christmas party poms – Theme It Party Boxes

 

Create a gorgeous setting for your christmas table or dessert table with these tablecloths:

 

Tablecloths - Saffy and May

Tablecloths – Saffy and May

 

Give your family something extra fun to do on Christmas day with a custom pinata which can be made in a Christmas themed shape:

 

Custom pinatas for Christmas - Party Pony Designer Pinatas

Custom pinatas for Christmas – Party Pony Designer Pinatas

 

The kids will love these reindeer props at any Christmas party!:

Reindeer props for hire- Tiny Tots Toy Hire Sydney

Reindeer props for hire- Tiny Tots Toy Hire Sydney

 

Kids Christmas bon bons - Party Ideas in a box

Kids Christmas bon bons – Party Ideas in a box

 

Create some fun for the kids with these stencils and decorations:

 

Christmas snow stencils - Confectionately Yours

Christmas snow stencils – Confectionately Yours

 

Christmas Desserts & Edible Gifts:

Looking for some gifts that you know will be enjoyed and appreciated? These gift ideas are perfect for teachers, neighbours and friends or make a perfect little treat for Christmas day!:

 

Christmas fairy floss gift packs - Fluffy Crunch

Christmas fairy floss gift packs – Fluffy Crunch

 

Christmas cookie gift sets - Petite Cookies (Melbourne, posts Australia wide)

Christmas cookie gift sets – Petite Cookies (Melbourne, posts Australia wide)

 

Christmas cupcakes - One Sweet Chick Couture Cookies and Cakes (Sydney)

Christmas cupcakes – One Sweet Chick Couture Cookies and Cakes (Sydney)

 

Chocolate and Chocolate coated strawberry gift boxes - Chocobon

Chocolate and Chocolate coated strawberry gift boxes – Chocobon

 

Christmas cookie gift packs - The Baker on the Hill

Christmas cookie gift packs – The Baker on the Hill

 

Christmas cookie mix in a bottle gift - Sweet Health

Christmas cookie mix in a bottle gift – Sweet Health

 

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Christmas cookies, macarons and cake pops - The Sweetest Jubilee (Melbourne)

Christmas cookies, macarons and cake pops – The Sweetest Jubilee (Melbourne)

 

Christmas cookie gifts - Cookie Queen Kitsch'n

Christmas cookie gifts – Cookie Queen Kitsch’n

 

Christmas cakes - Love That Lolly Bar (Sydney)

Christmas cakes – Love That Lolly Bar (Sydney)

 

Christmas cookies - Flyaway Pinaeapple

Christmas cookies – Flyaway Pinaeapple

 

Christmas DIY cupcake packs - Party Pax

Christmas DIY cupcake packs – Party Pax

 

Christmas Gifts:

For something extra special – these Christmas gift ideas are perfect for your own little ones, family members or school gifts!:

 

Christmas hats and hair accessories - Little Miss Charlie's Treasures

Christmas hats and hair accessories – Little Miss Charlie’s Treasures

 

Christmas hair accessories and headwear - Kirei Handmade

Christmas hair accessories and headwear – Kirei Handmade

 

Christmas custom wooden ornaments - A La Roch

Christmas custom wooden ornaments – A La Roch

 

Christmas personalised baubles, santa letters, tags and toppers - DIY Parties by Renee

Christmas personalised baubles, santa letters, tags and toppers – DIY Parties by Renee

 

Christmas school gifts, gift tags and labels - Glitter and Glue Designs

Christmas school gifts, gift tags and labels – Glitter and Glue Designs

 

Costume gifts - Special Celebration Events

Costume gifts – Special Celebration Events

 

Christmas wine labels, gift labels, photo frames and gifts - Kel's Gift Labelling

Christmas wine labels, gift labels, photo frames and gifts – Kel’s Gift Labelling

 

Christmas customised sacks, tags and baubles - Miss Lavie

Christmas customised sacks, tags and baubles – Miss Lavie

 

Christmas ceramic ornament painting session - Pinta Crafts

Christmas ceramic ornament painting session – Pinta Crafts

 

Finish off your christmas wrapping with a range of personalised Christmas wrapping paper:

Personalised christmas wrapping paper - Love JK

Personalised christmas wrapping paper – Love JK

 

I am sure your head is swimming with ideas after having a browse so make sure you keep revisiting this blog post or the facebook album as you plan your Christmas items for 2016!

There is always so much to love and enjoy about Christmas –  so have fun with all the planning and decorating. Say no to a stressful Christmas and yes to a joyful merry Christmas!

 

 

tanya

 

 

 

 

Christmas Party Guide 2015

 

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Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate and come together with family and friends for a small or large Christmas party! The Life’s Little Celebration’s christmas party guide is an online Christmas shopping source for you to grab some stylish Christmas partyware for any gatherings you’re planning this season!

Lots of white mixed with natural decor (think hessian, burlap, kraft) is in this year along with metallics – both of which you can mix in with the traditional red/green or create a more unique colour scheme with pastels or a bright Christmas look!

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Are you on the look out for a unique Christmas gift idea?

 

cookie mix in a jar

 

When it comes to Christmas gift giving I’m always on the lookout for unique affordable gifts.

So I’m excited to share these fabulous Cookie Mixers in a bottle made by Sweet Health which are the perfect gifts for family, friends, staff and clients. I’ve personally used them at home as well as for gifts and they make creating delicious cookies easy and fun

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Christmas Party Supplies & Inspiration Board 2014

Rebecca from Little Sweet Styling has yet again put together a wonderful party branding board filled with Christmas inspiration and products in a gorgeous traditional rustic colour scheme!

All the sources and prices for the board are below for easy planning and online shopping – and yet again they are all from vendors in the Life’s Little Celebration’s directory!

Remember if you need a party branding board for any events in 2015 make sure you contact Rebecca at littlesweetstyling@gmail.com

 

Christmas Theme Branding Board VERTICAL 300dpi

 

Find all these products from vendors on the Life’s Little Celebration’s directory!:
1. Honeycomb Balls $5.00-$9.00- Love The Occasion
2. Coaster Invitation $8.95/8pk- Love The Occasion
3. Gold Star Tray $4.50 – My Party Boutique
4. Honeycomb Christmas Decorations $17./3pk- Magical Parties
5. Painted Bamboo Spoons $ – Love The Occasion
6. Bamboo Plates $10.00/10pk – Vintage Rabbit
7. Christmas Straws $5.50/24pk – Confectionately Yours
8. Amber Compote $50.95 – Petite Portions
9. Rectangle Blackboard $0.90 – Special Celebration Events
10. Brown Hessian Fabric Runner $2.95/m – Party Ideas In A Box
11. Mini Wooden Drink Crate $19.99- The Little Big Company
12. Bell Wreath $24.95 – The Paper Lantern
13. Amber Glass Stand $89.95 – Petite Portions
14. Red star Milk Bottle $3.50 – Love The Occasion
15. Wooden Display Box $25.95 – The Little Big Company
16. Merry Christmas Paper Tape $6.00 – Love The Occasion
17. Hessian Stocking $24.95 – Love The Occasion
18. Polkadot Favour Boxes $16.95/12pk– My Party Boutique
19. Christmas Hessian Luggage Gift Tags $9.80/8pk – Magical Parties
20. $9.99/9m – Style Party Love
21. Soap Favours $P.O.A. – Soap Buddies

Thanks Rebecca of Little Sweet Styling for this fantastic collection of Christmas items !

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