Christmas Decorating Trends for 2010

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With the economic woes of previous seasons behind us, Australian families will be celebrating their Christmas in 2010 with a return to the sparkling rhapsody of Christmastimes past - a nod to traditional colours of red, green and gold or sparkling Aussie beach and country colours of sand, icy blues, and shimmering eucalypt greens.

This decadent style is inspired by the popular television phenomenon Mad Men, and the popularity of the domestic goddess over the past several years making her home a haven for her family and friends

With the economic woes of previous seasons behind us, Australian families will be celebrating their Christmas in 2010 with a return to the sparkling rhapsody of Christmastimes past - a nod to traditional colours of red, green and gold or sparkling Aussie beach and country colours of sand, icy blues, and shimmering eucalypt greens.

With Christmas just 50 days away, many families are already planning their Christmas table centrepieces, will begin trimming their trees in the next few weeks and have their Christmas cocktail soirees on the calendar.

Founder of Australia’s number one online party shop, Kathryn Porritt says that in 2010 the trends for decorating our Christmas homes are two very different styles, but both reflective of the mood of the Australian public right now.

Kathryn says that firstly, there is the return to the real glamour of a 1950s style Christmas with heavy golds, velvety reds and fir greens.

“This decadent style is inspired by the popular television phenomenon Mad Men, and the popularity of the domestic goddess over the past several years making her home a haven for her family and friends,” she said.

The most popular Christmas decorations for this trend at Pink Frosting’s Christmas boutique include Gingerbread Men String Lights for Christmas trees and mantle pieces, burgundy acrylic diamond-cut scatters for table centrepieces and cocktail party decorations, imperial tealight candle holders in dark red with an ornate gold embellishment, and the luxury range of Australian designed Christmas crackers in traditional colours of red and gold including high-quality gifts for guests such as bottle stoppers.

European style Christmas fare is on the menu this year for those following the traditional trend, even in the heat of the Australian Summer. The team predicts berry infused cocktails will become the holiday drink of choice, with cranberry cosmopolitans and raspberry virgin cocktails served to guests pre-dinner, and mulled wine and port to finish off the night warmly.

Conversely, there is a real lightness and celebration of the Australian bush and seaside with the other trend for decorating Christmas in 2010 – evoking the natural landscape and sparkling sand of home, accented with pretty eucalypt greens, ecrus, shimmering ocean-blues and seashells.

“Many Australians love to celebrate the Aussieness of a Summer Christmas with fresh seafood, a dip at the beach and chilled blonde beers, and this is reflected in the return to natural bush and sea colours with a little sparkle for Christmas 2010,” Kathryn said.

Kathryn says that the secret to this relaxed look for Christmas is to use simple decorations, natural items and to not overcrowd the table. The most popular Christmas decorations for this trend at Australia’s number one online party shop include antique white shaved timber wreaths which are used either as a table centrepiece or hanging decoration, gold rattan star lights which reflect the natural sparkle of the Aussie bush, eco-friendly Christmas crackers covered in environmentally friendly brown craft paper without losing their decorative edge for the Christmas table, and natural finger starfish in many shapes and sizes to scatter on tables and hang from trees.

On top of these two major trends, Kathryn says that decorating for a cause is also popular this season. “If you have a particular charity you support, many offices are using their Christmas tree to send the message of support this Christmas,” she said. “Staff can provide donations or presents which are then passed on to the charity – we love this trend for 2010.”

As Australia’s number one online party shop and wedding store, Pink Frosting will be providing Christmas decorations and party supplies to thousands of Aussies this year, with parcels being sent all over the world from their headquarters in Canberra, Australia.

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