Your guide to entertaining this Christmas

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Some of us will be feeling the financial stress of holiday parties and gift-giving over the coming weeks. Christmas is a time of celebration, and the weeks leading up to the big day are filled with opportunities to spend time with those we love. But we could probably all use a guide to entertaining this Christmas without breaking the bank.

For 65% of Australians, the Christmas food and alcohol bill is one of the biggest causes of financial stress. One way to reduce these costs is to celebrate at home. A get-together at home is more personal, relaxed, and cost effective. So gather your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues for some stress-free holiday fun this Christmas. Here are a few tips for hosting a successful holiday affair:

    • Pick a theme such as wine and cheese, white snow, red & green dessert bar, or tapas
    • Make a few key dishes yourself and “order in” specialty items
    • Involve your guests. Ask them to bring their special dish or favourite drink
    • Decorate your home, light the candles, and put on some great music
    • Head to Gumtree for affordable ways to decorate your home and make entertaining easy

Check out these beautiful items on Gumtree to give your party that extra sparkle:

1. Christmas Wreath – Gumtree price $40
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Show your Christmas spirit with this beautiful wreath on your front door.

2. Freshly Baked Cupcakes – Gumtree price $2.50 each
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Order these gorgeous, freshly baked and iced cupcakes for a festive sweet treat. Let your guests think you slaved over them.

3. Lolly Buffet Set – Gumtree price $80
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Send your guests home with sweet treats from your holiday party.

4. Bronze Christmas Trees – Gumtree price $30
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With an old world charm yet modern feel, these unique handmade bronze Christmas trees would look perfect on the mantle.

5. Holiday Table Setting – Gumtree price $40
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Make your holiday dinner extra special with this table setting in gold.

6. Maxwell Williams Dinner Set – Gumtree price $50
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Turn even the most casual holiday get–together into something special with this festive dinner set from Maxwell Williams.

7. Hershey’s Kisses Candles – Gumtree price $10
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These sweet red candles shaped to look like Hershey’s famous chocolate Kisses would make a great gift. Or you can use them to decorate the nooks and crannies in your own house for the holidays.

8. Gingerbread House – Gumtree price $48
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An edible decoration, a gingerbread house makes a fantastic table decoration.

9. Hurricane Tea Light Glass Bowl – Gumtree price $60
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Add some style to your table with a Christmas centrepiece that will definitely get noticed.

10. Royal Grafton Dinner Set – Gumtree price $350
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This elegant dinner set had a starring role in a TV series on the ABC. It’s sure to make any holiday dinner look good.

11. Royal Albert Cutlery Set – Gumtree price $100
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This gorgeous English Country Roses cutlery set will make your afternoon tea a stylish affair.

12. Christmas Helper – Gumtree price $negotiable
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If you’re too busy to get everything done for the holidays, consider hiring some help. A Christmas helper can organise the perfect Christmas party, keep the kids occupied, or decorate your home or business for the holidays.


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