20 Things That Prove That You Literally Live For Christmas

Do you literally live for Christmas?

Find yourself rocking around the Christmas tree when everyone else is still dreading the big Xmas buzz?

Here’s 20 things that prove that you literally live and breathe for everything Christmas..

1.It’s November 1st & your home looks like the inside of the Macy’s Christmas isle

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2. Your house is decked out in red and green all year round

If it isn’t covered with snowman prints it doesn’t count right?

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3. You can say “Merry Christmas” in at least 15 languages

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…Yet you failed high school Spanish.

4. The Children in your family actually think you are lame for how excited you are on Christmas Eve

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Erm… what happened to your Christmas spirit kiddies?

5. You’d rather eat actual poop than go a year without an iconic Starbucks red cup

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You actually have a small display of cups from previous years in your spare bedroom. What can you say, you live for Christmas coffee.

6. This Mean Girls scene makes you excited for Christmas

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Christmas is less than a quarter of a year away!!! **squeals**

7. You own Michael Buble’s ‘Christmas’ in both regular and deluxe editions

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Come to think of it, ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas” would be a good first dance song.

8. When you were a kid you wanted to work in the Elves toy factory when you grew up

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And you still hold a slight grudge against your parents for telling you that wasn’t an actual profession.

9. You’ve totally tried to set up some of Kevin McAllister’s traps from Home Alone

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And you totally fell down the slippery staircase yourself.

10. People who don’t like Christmas actually scare you

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We call is Scrooge-a-phobia.

11. Your friends don’t recognize you when you’re not rocking a Xmas sweater.

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Hey, they are cozy!

12. Your December electricity bill is approximately as much as the entire Las Vegas strip added together

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Who said that money can’t buy happiness?

13. You once asked for mulled wine in a bar…

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…and the barman actually laughed at you.

 

14. It’s November… and you’ve already watched The Grinch 23 times

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And by the 19th time, you literally know when the hilarious ‘what will I wear scene’ will come on and laugh before it’s actually happened.

It’s just so darn moving.

15. You are pretty sure that your neighbors have heard you belting out ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

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….In June.

16. You have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to Christmas

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Actually, you have one for ‘Christmas decor’, one for ‘Christmas food’ and one for “Christmas movies.”

17. You can’t drink Coca Cola without murmuring ‘Holiday’s are coming’ with matching train actions

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Ah… childhood!

18. The sauciest thing in your closet is this.

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And sometimes you just wear it around the house…

19. This dog is your spirit animal

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**Cue chorus of awws**

20. By the end of this article you are singing a Christmas song out loud!

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Caught you!

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How To Throw The Perfect Bollywood Party

Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or just an excuse to have fun, a Bollywood party provides the ultimate experience! Whisk your guests away to a divine alternate world of stunning color, delectable food and fun activities.

So you’ve bought a Saree, you’ve watched some Bollywood films, but how exactly do you throw a Bollywood party?

Here’s our top tips on throwing the ultimate Bollywood party that is bound blow your guests away!

The Decor

When in India, decorate as the Indian’s would.

It’s all well and good inviting your friends over for a ‘Bollywood’ party but when they walk into your plain, old living room, they aren’t exactly going to get into the Spirit!

Grab some Paisley prints, embrace bold colors and turn your home into an Indian extravaganza!

Outdoor Bollywood Banquet

With Spring underway and Summer looming like a jolly ray of sunshine in the close distance, an outdoor Bollywood party will certainly impress your guests.

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If you have a conservatory or marquee, this would be perfect. If not, simply find a shady spot in your garden or patio, and create this wonderful floor banquet.

For the low table, we recommend using wooden blocks or crates. If you are hosting the party in your garden, hang chiffon fabrics off the trees to create this stunning ‘curtain’ effect.

You Will Need

At Banarsi Designs, we have everything you need to put together this quintessentially Indian floor banquet. We suggest…

For the floor:

4 x hand painted floral table cloths

Exotic oriental pillow covers, hand painted deluxe accent pillow cover, elegant dahlia pillow cover

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For the table:

Ornamental embroidered table cloth

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Exotic oriental table runner

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For this Bollywood party decor, we are taking inspiration directly from India itself. This purple-hued wedding banquet is a fantastic idea for parties of any size.

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To recreate, adorn your table with the hand embroidered round table cloth. If you have a long, or random shaped, dining table, simply highlight the table’s center with the hand embroidered table runner.

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Compliment the fabrics purple hue by using plates in gold or copper. Add a further element of contrast by topping each plate with vibrant, turquoise napkins. Our hand embroidered place mat and runner set would be a wonderful addition.

Next, add to the regal vibes by adding two glass vases with purple orchids. Finish with sparkling crystal wine glasses.

Lounge Area

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Your living room is the easiest room to transform into a Bollywood wonderland. Why? All it takes is a few printed cushion covers to completely place it in Bollywood territory.

For this set-up, we recommend opting for bright, warm hued cushions, and adding a few cool, blue-hued ones for contrast.

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Floral embroidered pillow cover, hand embroidered brocade pillow cover, vibrant floral throw pillow cover.

If your sofa still looks more Hollywood than Bollywood, add a printed table runner to liven it up a little.

The Menu

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Tasty, Indian cuisine is one of the best parts of a Bollywood party! But with so much to choose from, where exactly do you start?

We recommend having a few starters, platters that allow your guests to taste some classic Indian bites. We recommend samosas, bajis, poppadoms, raita and tikki chaat.

For the main course, cook up a variety of mild and spicy options. Those with more sensitive taste buds will enjoy creamier concoctions such as butter chicken and chicken korma.

But there’s a dare devil at every party! And Indian food is food that can be super fun. Get the guys together and see who can handle the hottest curry. The burning Phall Curry contains the eye-watering habanera chilli; who will be brave enough to give it a go?

The Costume

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Ladies: it’s time to embrace the rainbow! Those who are feeling more daring can bare all in an embroidered crop top and pants combo. Layer over a chiffon scarf or wrap to keep it more modest.

If you’re planning on indulging in party food, opt for a classic Saree, or silk, paisley print dress.

Been invited to a last minute Bollywood party? Simply throw on a paisley print scarf and some chunky gold jewellery.

More is more when it comes to nailing Bollywood, so go for giant gold cuffs, coin necklaces, gold hairbands and huge earrings.

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Gentlemen: Go for long white shirts, white pants and embroidered waist coats. If you can’t find a waist coat, use a gold-embellished or printed fabric strip and tie around your white shirt at the waist.

Games

A party without games or activities would practically be a funeral. Luckily, the Bollywood theme lends itself perfectly to some unique and hilarious party games.

If you and your buddies are knowledgeable about Bollywood, why not try a Bollywood-themed charades. Totally clueless? Go for a Bollywood dance off! Simply show dance clips from Bollywood movies and see who can nail it.

Henna painting is another fun idea for the more artistic party-goers.

Now all that’s left to say is:पार्टी!! (PARTY!!)

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Cute & Easy Easter Decor Ideas

Easter has hopped into our lives faster than we can say ‘bunny’. It just seemed like yesterday that we were packing away our Christmas baubles, and now, it’s time to crack open your Easter decor collection to create something truly egg-cellent.

Don’t own any Easter decor? Don’t pull your hare out! Here’s some eggs-tremely versatile Easter decor ideas with pieces that will last you all the way through Spring and Summer.

Please note: May contain excessive Easter puns.

DIY Bunny Cushions

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Every bunny loves pastels, and luckily, they are not just for Easter!! Invest in some printed pillow covers in pastel blues, greens, pinks and yellows to last you right through Spring and Summer.

Retro printed cushion covers are also a great contrast. If you want to invest in specific Easter cushions, these will look great combined with a range of retro printed and pastel pillows.

Or if you are feeling crafty, you can create Easter cushions yourself! Rather than permanently damaging the pillow covers, we suggest simply pinning on a pom-pom for a bunny tail and adding two bunny ears. After Easter is over, remove these pieces and you have wonderful decor pieces to keep your home looking fresh.

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We offer a large range of pastel and retro printed pillow covers that would look adorable as Easter bunnies. We recommend:

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Damask throw pillow cover, jacquard floral pillow cover, paisley embroidered pillow covers

 

Blossom Tablescape

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Soft pastels, hints of sorbet tones and understated blossoms were made for Spring and Easter. With Easter being a religious representation of new life and resurrection, simply adding fresh florals to your table is a wonderful way to embrace this holiday.

If you don’t have a white table, begin by covering your table with the hand painted floral table cloth. Next, mark each place with a white plate and place a rolled up napkin on each plate. Opt for baby blue glass wear and white or brass vases that have a rustic edge.

Place a large piece of cherry blossom in the central vase. If you would like even more of an Easter vibe, hang mini Easter hanging decorations on the branches.

A Bucket Of Tulips

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If a bucket of tulips doesn’t feel like Spring to you, what does? This rustic chair is the perfect place to put a bucket of your favorite Spring blooms.

Over the Easter period, mix it up by adding pastel painted eggs, or faux eggs.

Easter Tree

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Want a new topiary or little tree to grace your front door? Simply add eggs and a bow to make a little Easter tree. This one will even come in handy for Christmas!

Cute Printed Cushions

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These pops of Spring-hued prints were practically made for Easter. However, they are also egg-stremely versatile! Make it colorful and uplifting by mixing a variety of hues, but try to keep most of them on the warm side of the color spectrum.

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Got a plain couch? Opt for as many colorful prints as your heart desires!

Jacquard paisley pillow cover, ornamental embroidered throw pillow cover, jacquard floral pillow cover

Chair Bunnys

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So simple, yet so hare-raisingly adorable! These chairs have been egg-cently transformed by little bow bunny ears and a pom pom tail!

Make this DIY hack last all year round by simply removing the pom-pom, pretty bows are always in style!

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Add even more of a cute, cottage-y edge to your chairs with the game of chess checkered pillow covers.

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Event Planning: A Step By Step Guide

Event planning can be so much work, it can be hard to know where to start! From venue booking, to invitations, to the largest seating plan and all the way down to the tiniest detail, it can be one big head ache.

Luckily, we’ve got your back! Whether you are planning a mates birthday bash, or are thinking of starting your own event planning company, here’s a step by step guide to creating that unforgettable event.

  1. Who? What? When? Where? Why?

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Ah…. the five ‘w’s… as much as they may make you feel like you are back in a high school English lit class, they are pretty darn important to getting your event planning spot on.

Rather than jumping into the deep end without any tangible goal, it’s important to think about the event itself, why you are doing it and what exactly you want to achieve.

So stop Googling ‘helium balloon suppliers’ and ask yourself the following:

  • Who is this for?
  • What do I hope to achieve? (For example, if it is a business meeting, the aim may be networking.’
  • When must the event be?
  • Where should it be?
  • Why is the event happening?

2.  Team and Budget

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If you are a professional event planner, the team and budget pretty much come hand in hand. If it’s a personal event, think carefully about how much you are willing to spend.

If you are planning for a company or employer, your budget will have probably been set for you.

 

3. Date and Location

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If your event has to be on a particular date, ring around suitable locations and see if they’re available. If the date of your event is flexible, go for the best venue that suits your event and your budget.

When choosing a location, it’s important to take the following into consideration:

  • Does it have the right amenities?
  • If you are planning for a company or workplace, does it fit their branding and company ethic?
  • The weather! Although an outdoor event may be amazing, it’s important to have a back up ‘indoor area’ in case it rains.
  • Will it bust your budget? Keep in mind that catering, entertainment and decor also need to be covered.
  • Is it easily accessible for guests?

4. Establish Partnerships & Sponsors

Sponsors are only relevant for those event planning for a company or work place! If you want to perhaps expand your budget, why not work in collaboration with sponsors who may wish to provide food, prizes, or even a venue!

If you cannot achieve sponsors, reach out to partners who will provide food, entertainment etc. Organizing these services in good time is core to all event planning.

5. Market!

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Now it’s time for the fun stuff! When marketing and branding for your event, it’s important to keep your goals and the company’s brand in the back of your mind at all times.

To start with, establish a theme for your event. Some fun theme ideas include Bollywood, 1920s and specific dinner party themes.

If you don’t wish to have a strong theme, it’s important to establish a color scheme. Although you may think that decor is a lot further down the track, branding will be much stronger if any logos, invites or social media posts have the exact same color scheme.

First of all, develop a marketing plan. This will inevitably vary between different event genres. For example, if you are planning a charity event, how do you plan to get the word out? Social media, paid advertising, print advertising and press releases are all great ways of getting your event out there.

6. The Details

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Above: An Indian style wedding with our hand painted round floral table cloth.

By this point, you should have the following elements of your event organized: venue, date, food, entertainment, any prizes, any other services. Alongside this, you should have also begun to market your event in various ways.

Now imagine all of this going to plan, for your guests  to arrive at a venue with no interesting decor theme, color palette or decorations. Yep, it would certainly be boring!

An easy way to makeover your tables is with printed table cloths and table runners. Choose a color scheme that fits your events branding and your guests will be completely blown away.

Flower arrangements are also another way to uplift or add personality to any event venue.

In order to create an event your guests will truly remember, decor is a very important part of event planning! After all, you can’t taste food on the event photos!

Looking for decor for your next event? Check out our range of table runners, table cloths, placemats and printed pillows.

 

 

 

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Winter Dates That Won’t Blow The Budget

Winter Dates can be one huge, expensive dilemma.

Christmas: we love you, but you tend to leave us with a huge gaping hole in our pocket. Add boxing day sales, endless parties and New Year celebrations into the mix, and we can be left feeling as poor as a pauper.

Don’t let your Winter dates fall victim to an empty wallet! There are many cheap date ideas that have enough romance to warm you up this January. Here are some of our favorite winter dates that won’t blow the budget…

Have A Fondue Night

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Is it just us, or is everything better melted? Whether it’s cheese or chocolate, a fondue night is a fun and tasty way to keep warm and explore your taste buds! It’s also a fantastic way to use any extra chocolate you may have lying around from Christmas Day.

Make your fondue light extra romantic by making a cozy and romantic indoor area to enjoy with your beau. Begin by layering your floor with chunky blankets. Then add to the snug factor with an array of printed cushions. Really turn up the heat with our floral embroidered pillow cover and our exotic oriental pillow cover. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the melted, gooey goodness!

Snow Day

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When we were six, there was nothing more fun than a snow day! So if you are lucky enough to have snow, go outside and embrace your inner child with your other half. Have a snowball fight, try sculpting each other out of snow or have a ball making snow angels.

You may not be able to afford a toboggan, but a plastic bag filled with hay can make a wonderful DIY sledge.

If you want to turn up the heat, bring a flask and picnic blanket and treat your other half to a mulled wine in the wilderness.

Keep the heat cold at bay with one of our wool scarves. The multi color print scarf will add vibrancy and color to any dull Winter look.

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Board Game Night/ Day

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There’s nothing like a little healthy competition between lovers and a cheeky board game session provides the perfect opportunity for laughter! Dig around your dusty cupboards and pull out some of the old family favorites. Meddle with Monopoly, scream over scrabble or just giggle over some classic card games.

Give your table a cute makeover for board game night, with our luxurious Arabian velvet table runner. Who needs a night at The Ritz?

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Stargazing

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Winter is the best time to look at the stars, due to the fact that it will be completely pitch black. Grab your loved one, a snuggly picnic blanket and escape the city to gaze up into the skies.

Make your date night educational by printing out a map of the different constellations, or use your imagination to create pictures and images within the sky. You could even do this during the day with cloud gazing!

If you don’t have a picnic blanket, grab yourself a picnic mat and blanket in one with our ornamental embroidered table cloth.

Retro Cartoon Night

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Do you often find yourselves reminiscing about Dexter’s Laboratory or Popeye? Why not make a night out of it. Snuggle up with our range of printed pillow covers and have a retro cartoon marathon.  Embrace your inner child to the max by indulging in some of your fave childhood snacks. Just don’t be surprised if you remember every single word of The Rugrats!

For snug decor with a retro edge, opt for our solid geometric pillow covers.

Visit A Museum Or Art Gallery

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Who said that learning was boring? Soak up some culture and knowledge at a local museum or art gallery. These places are perfect for escaping the cold weather, plus they are often free or just require a small donation upon entry.

Make things extra fun by visiting a modern art gallery and attempt to guess the meaning or inspiration behind the peculiar pieces of art.

Create A Home Spa

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A weekend spa getaway may be waaay out of your price range, but that doesn’t mean that a pampering session has to be completely off the cards. Get together any bath goodies you may have received for Christmas and throw your own couples spa day.

Begin by taking a long bath together with luxurious products, such as bath bombs or luscious bubble bath. Pour a glass of wine, light some candles and it will be just as romantic as a weekend away!

After your bath, take the time to massage each other using luxurious oils. If your man is into self-care, have a giggle by putting on face masks or trying out facial steaming using a washing bowl full of boiling water.

Which of our Winter dates will you be enjoying with your partner?

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