London: Pippa Middleton said that the secret of a stress-free 25th December is “first impressions,” as she released a guide for the perfect Christmas celebration.
The “Ten Tips for a Perfect Family Christmas” published in Party Times online party magazine advises readers to welcome guests with pathways lit with candles and fairy lights.
Other pointers for the prefect celebration include sprucing up Christmas trees with colourful decorations, baking cookies, shopping online and enjoying delicious hot drinks such as mulled wine or hot chocolate.
The magazine also offers advice on decorating the tree and it is suggested that bright, unusual baubles be used along with candy canes and edible chocolate decorations.
Festive treats such as Christmas cookies should be cut into reindeers and stars and popcorn covered in edible glitter are also suggested.
Patterned tablecloths are suggested as a quick and easy dressing for the dining table but fairylights take the centre stage.
Creating a Scandinavian gingerbread house, wrapping and tagging gifts in advance and organising all the Christmas jobs so none are left until the last minute rounded off the 10 tips offered by the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister.
“Have guests met by a beautiful red berry wreath and windows decorated with silver snowflake cut-outs, reindeers and Christmas trees using snow spray,” the Daily Mail quoted the magazine as saying.
“At this time of year everything seems to gleam so fill your house with lots of tiny lights such as green Christmas fairy lights.
“Fairy lights play an essential part and can be draped from beams, twisted round staircases and hung around door frames for a winter sparkle.
“Rustic rattan reindeers nestled in a corner and wrapped with fairy lights look stunning and magical,” the magazine added.