Are you someone who updates your decorations for your tree every year, or do you build on what you’ve already got? Now we have our tree we need to sort out the decorations. I’ve been building up a bit of a collection of baubles and decorations over the past few years but I wanted to see what I could do to update our decor theme on a small budget. Working with The O2 centre in Finchley, which if you live in North London is a great place to go if you’re after a quiet morning shopping experience, I went to see what I could get for £50 to update our tree.
I spent the majority of my budget in Habitat but I could quite easily have done the same in Paperchase or Oliver Bonas, or even Sainsbury’s, who all have good stock of decorations, but I chose Habitat as I wanted to build on and update my vintage collection and also wanted to expand the stars that I have for some hanging decorations. I found the selection of items at Habitat best fit that brief.
I thought these stripy ones reminded me of meringues! In the end I didn’t get these ones, much as I loved them, because I am trying to keep our tree to gold, wood and then will add homemade orange slices again, but I was very tempted! They would have fit in great with our little silver vintage tree where I hang my precious vintage glass multi-coloured decor, high on a dresser in our kitchen, out of the way of the baby, but the size was just too much for balance. Hard to leave behind!
Pip has her own mini tree and I fell in love with the neon pompom light garland which you can see at the start of my very first custom video for The Little Pip! I had such fun putting this together but you will see I could definitely do with some practice, not least remembering to hold the camera horizontally! No talking either I’m afraid but I think I will try and give a day in the life video a go later this month…
In the end, I chose the neon pompom light garland, a large gold star, some smaller matching gold stars, two small strands of copper lights for my silver vintage tree and a couple of stocking things for Pip.
I also liked that the O2 Centre wants to ensure that disadvantaged children and families in need across the Camden borough receive a Christmas gift, by launching its Giving Tree initiative. The Centre is asking its customers to pick a name tag from the tree, which will help inspire them to buy an extra Christmas gift for a child in need. A team of Christmas helpers will then ensure all gifts are delivered safely on December 23 to Camden Foster Care and Doorstep, in time for festive celebrations.
Post in collaboration with The O2 Centre, Finchley.