There’s something about Christmas that’s truly magical. It’s a time of family and friends, merriment and cheer, and of course, free-flowing fizz. But when you’re the host, getting it just right can feel a little daunting. To help you prepare, we share our fail-safe items that will help make your Christmas festive, joyful and as special as the people you choose to share it with.

It's all in the prep

Across the miles
Hands up if you’re guilty of leaving piles of Christmas cards unwritten? We get it, life can get in the way. But receiving a handwritten card is one of life’s little pleasures, so it pays to find the time. To make the task more enjoyable, settle down with a festive snack and a staple pen to help make those special words touch the paper. We guarantee you’ll get into the festive spirit in no time, and your friends and family will love it when their card lands on their doormat.

Nestivities-Nest-Essential-guide-Normann-Iternoitaliano-pen.jpgChoose the velvety touch of an Interoitaliano Pen, designed for ease of grip and maximum comfort. Pictured: Hay Wooden Hand.

Get ready for guests

Dreaming of Christmas
If you have guests coming for the holidays, it doesn’t matter whether it’s your overseas relatives who’re staying for a full week, or your child’s best friend who’s turning up for a last-minute sleepover. As host, the most important thing is to make sure everyone is comfortable. Dress your spare beds in our HAY or Normann Copenhagen bedlinen, and they’ll slip soundly into the land of nod and wake well-rested and ready for the festivities.

Nestivities-Nest-Essential-guide-Normann-copenhagen-cube-bed-linen.jpgGive guests a warm and thoughtful welcome with the Cube Bed Linen and Vitra Toolbox filled with all of those useful things they may have forgotten to bring along with them. Image source: 1

A sprinkling of surprise
Here at Nest we’re always finding new ways to use our HAY & Vitra Toolboxes, and the festive season gives us yet another excuse to get them out. Our favourite portable boxes are the ideal shape and size for stashing (and carrying) all those essential toiletries your guests need when they’re over for the holidays. The only problem is, they may feel so well-looked after that they’ll want to come back again and again!

A clever way to make space
Wouldn’t you love it if you could magically create more space for your loved ones this Christmas? Well, you might not be able to extend your home in time for the big day, but what you can do is upgrade your sofa to a sofabed. Useful all year round, these clever space-savers are particularly handy during the holiday season when you never know who might need a place to rest their sleepy head.

Nestivities-Nest-Essential-guide-Softline-frame-daybed.jpgComfortable and unmistakably Nordic - the Softline Frame Day Bed.

That Christmas Eve feeling

Look sharp
New dress, tick. Freshly cut hair, tick. You have your well-chosen gift and bottle of fizz in your hands. All that’s left to do is to have one last look at your festive self in the mirror, then you’re ready for the party! Holiday season or not, a contemporary hallway mirror will always be a stylish and useful addition to your home.

Christmas Day

Take a seat
Every household struggles to find enough seats at Christmas time. Guests, both planned and unplanned, turn up and unsuitable emergency chairs come out. But it doesn’t need to be this way. If you're lucky enough to own a large home and have decided to invest in seating, choose a timeless design that you'll love forever like the iconic Wishbone Chairs. For those with limited space or only needing extra seating for special occassions, why not consider items that come in handy all year round, like contemporary stools and stylish benches. We also have several folding chairs that are ideal for the festive period and beyond.

Nestivities-Nest-Essential-guide-Carl-hansen-wishbone-chair.jpgThe Carl Hansen & Son CH24 Wishbone Chair - ideal for both dining and relaxed seating. Image Source: 1

The inevitable nap
Is it even Christmas if at least one of your clan doesn’t succumb to an afternoon nap on the big day? We don’t think so. To make your guests as comfy as possible, be sure to accessorise your sofa with soft, plump cushions - you never know, they may end up coming in handy for sliding underneath the sleepy heads of your loved ones!

Nestivities-Nest-Essential-guide-Fritz-Hansen-Objects-Cushions.jpgThe Fritz Hansen Objects Vertigo Cushion Square & Rectangular.

Light the way
For those that enjoy taking the festivities outside for some much-needed fresh air, our range of portable lighting could be just what you’re looking for. Use these hand-held lights to light the way when you go out carol singing, or to bring a little ambience into the garden. We love the Menu Carrie which has a handle and comes in a choice of colours.

Nestivities-Nest-Essential-guide-menu-carrie-led-table-lamp-&menu-bottle-grinders.jpgUseful additions to any home or thoughtful gifts – the Menu Carrie LED Table Lamp & Bottle Grinders available in a multitude of colours. 

Seasoned greetings
Planning on cooking up the best Christmas dinner of your life this year? Then be sure your roast is seasoned to perfection. These stylish spice grinders from Menu should do the trick. Plus they’ll look great on your dining table.

A bird you won’t want to eat
With many of us choosing a meat-free lifestyle, this may be your first time cooking up a turkey-less feast. If this is the case for your family, why not make the only bird on your table the iconic Eames Bird, recently released in rich walnut? It’s the perfect addition to any festive table. We also sell beautiful designer candelabras and candles which are sure to enhance the look and feel of your spread.

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Decorative touches
You’ve invited all of your loved ones and have been eagerly anticipating their arrival for weeks. When they finally ring your doorbell, be sure to greet them with a smile, a toasty home and a welcoming scent. The Scandinavisk candles and diffusers are a great way of filling your home with the subtle notes of Scandinavia. Plus who doesn’t love the cosy flicker of a lit flame? If fresh flowers are more your thing, be sure to display them in one of our stylish vases to really make them sing. The Menu Echasse Vase is at the top of our wishlist.

A little tipsy
There’s no better time than Christmas to finally open that special bottle of wine or whisky you’ve been saving all year. To give it the attention it deserves, serve it in one of our luxury Tom Dixon Decanters - it’s a sure-fire way to impress your guests. Or, for those who’ve had one too many sherries, our beautiful coffee pots will also do the trick. Our favourite is the Muuto Push Coffee Maker.

Nestivities-Nest-Essential-guide-Tom-Dixon-Tank-Decanter.jpgRaise a glass in style - The Tom Dixon Whiskey Decanter Set Black sits within the HAY Marble Tray Large.

Let the party continue into New Years Eve

Cheers!
If you’ve made it through the Christmas week, congratulations! Now’s the time to let your hair down and enjoy seeing in the new year. To make your party the talk of the town, build a wine glass tower and let that champers flow! The exquisite Ferm Living Ripple Champagne Glasses are the perfect choice for creating that iconic party piece. We can’t think of a more stylish way to welcome in 2019.

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