We’re dreaming of a white Christmas… so it’s too bad we live in Australia, where snow in December is as rare as a leftover piece of pudding. But with a little ingenuity, you can style a fresh, crisp white Christmas — just follow our lead.
Want to have a sneak peek behind the scenes of our photo shoot (featuring those jaw-dropping doves, flitting about on the Christmas tree)?
One of the simplest ways to style your tree is with a neutral palette. Forget combining colours or adding vibrant patterns — pare it all right back with crisp white decorations, like we’ve done here. The crowning glory? The white star at the top of the tree (a Kenya Peterson sculpture, $75, from Basic Curate).
A stylish Advent calendar? It exists! We used small linen bags and filled them with lollies, chocolates and little knick-knacks. Hang them from your mantlepiece for a calendar that’s as pretty as it is practical.
An all-white tablescape might seem like a magnet for red wine and gravy stains, but we reckon you can take the risk! (Especially with our stain-off guide.) Pair a linen tablecloth with white crockery and serving platters, and mix in some metallics with your cutlery.
Need more fresh white ideas?
– Wrap your presents in white paper, or calico cloth. Finish with a silver or pale blue ribbon.
– Serve up a pavlova topped with peaks of fresh white cream and curls of white chocolate. Dip strawberries and cherries in white chocolate for post-lunch sweets, too.
– Serve champagne. Lots of it. It’s practically white, right?
– Dress your table with white flowers — take inspiration from our wreath, which features ranunculus and flannel flowers.
– Dress in white, and ask your guests to, as well. There’s a reason why the has become world-famous!
– White pillar candles look dreamy, whether they’re lit or not. Group dozens of them on your table for a great centrepiece.