I’ve finally managed to find some time to put together a few bits from Arjun’s first Christmas.
As a part time event planner and the lead for employee engagement at work, since being on maternity leave, I’ve really missed organising and planning events. Its my forte! So naturally, I need any excuse to throw together a party and what better excuse than Arjun’s first Christmas! We made a small fuss on Halloween and we weren’t going to fall short on Christmas! Especially with all the temptation of cute decor surrounding you at every store!
We started Christmas Eve off by wearing matching Pyjamas to bed. I thought this was a cute idea and they were cheap and cheerful from amazon and made for great family pictures when opening presents the next morning. We spent £27 on two pairs of pyjamas and Arjun’s sleepsuit. We went for a vibrant Christmas tree print and surprisingly the quality wasn’t bad!:
I decorated the living room with personalised stockings, a homemade sleigh (my husband is the handy man!) snow and scene setters to name a few bits. We spent about £180 in total to transform our living room in to a mini Winter Wonderland and putting the decor up probably took about 6/7 hours with my sister on hand to help with Arjun!
Personalised stockings: £15 in from eBay
Sleigh: homemade, material cost approx £30
Snow for 50 ft roll : £19 on eBay
Scene setters: £52 in total on eBay
Light up houses and ornaments: £40 in total from eBay, PoundLand and a Christmas pop up shop
Snowman and reindeer plush: £20 for two from Pound Stretcher
Here are a few pictures of the decor:
|Arjun in his homemade sleigh x|
I absolutely love how my living room looks, completely transformed!
On the day, we were joined by my family and Preetam’s family. We thought it would be great fun to get everyone dressed in themed outfits. We went with the following:
A baby Santa: £15 from Mothercare. This outfit was brilliant quality though he did get warm quite quick. The boots look so real and I love the fact that its one piece.
Santa: £22 from eBay
Mrs. Claus: approx £10 for materials and homemade by my mother in law 🙂
Rudolph: £15 from eBay
Elves: £15 each from PartyDelights.com
Snowman: £16 from amazon
Gingerbread man: £23 from eBay
Christmas pudding: £26 from Debenhams
Penguin: £14 from eBay
Everyone was more than happy to participate and we had such a great laugh! Arjun was also super amused by the large animated characters around him!
A family picture in our outfits using a selfie stick (I’m pretty sure every household had at least one person that was gifted one of these!):
A few other pictures of Arjun with his loved ones:
|Arjun with Mummy and Daddy x|
|Arjun with his Grandparents x|
|Arjun with his aunts and uncle x|
I love keeping our visitors entertained when hosting a function so I organised some Christmas games for us to all play including:
One handed present wrapping in pairs.
Tree construction – everyone had 60 seconds to construct a christmas tree using a piece of card and their hands behind their back.
Pin the nose on the Rudolph – which Arjun also got to participate in!
And Bauble swap – where teams competed in swapping sparkly baubles from one tin with plain baubles from another.
It was great fun and I got some novelty prizes to hand out to the winners including socks, mugs, pen keyrings, and Christmas playing cards.
Arjun spent the day in a complete bubble totally excited that he was surrounded by all his family. He spent a lot of his day unwrapping presents and was often more interested in the printed wrapping paper over the gifts! His favourite toy of the day was his Mini Cooper S car gifted to him by his uncle which he was fascinated by – something which moves faster than mummy! He is definitely an adrenaline junkie like his daddy!
We are yet to buy a dining table (once our extension is complete) so we done with a make shift table this year.
I purchased our table wear decor from the following:
Santa chair covers: £16 for 12 chair covers from eBay
Santa cutlery holder: £8 for 12 from eBay. These were super cute and everyone was wow’d by them.
- Felt placemats: £16 for 12 from amazon. I especially liked these as they were large.
I decorated Arjun’s high chair with the same bits that I did the main table and he had his own Christmas lunch consisting of mashed potatoes, carrots and parsnips 🙂
We had a full vegetarian feast consisting of:
- A vegetable pie: consisting of broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, leak, potato and cheese
- Macaroni cheese
- Soy’key: a Quorn roast prepared with garlic and herbs the night before and cooked on the day.
- Roasted carrots and parsnips: with garlic and rosemary
- Creamed cabbage
- Roast potatoes
- Yorkshire puddings
- Peas and Brussels sprouts
- Banoffee pie
- Apple crumble
- Bread and butter pudding
We were absolutely stuffed after our feast!
We had a fabulous Christmas and we hope you did too!
Thanks for reading! 🙂