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By Chief Bargain Hunter Chelsea Thomas

I’m opting for a non-traditional themed Christmas this year. No, I’m not taking presents away or a good old fashioned tree, and fun KK concept but I’m talking about the styling. I want to girlify and splash out on the prettiness. I’ve styled a table for 4, which could pretty much fit in an apartment, or small area of your home. It shows you don’t need an enormous space to create a bit of drama.

When I was trawling the Marks and Spencer website for a look at what they had in for Christmas I was thinking ‘this is gonna fit right in with my plan of upping the anti on bright, luxe ‘n’ classy’.

Pops of pink. Bright cocktails in 1950s stacker champagne glasses, low vases bursting with peonies.

I worked alongside photographer Bianca Virtue to pull together this look, bursting with yummies, decorations and a pretty good time.

I wanted it to feel relaxed, fun and more like a party, than a red and green Christmas Day. It could be a wonderful dinner party scene, as well.

There were a few stand out pieces from Marks and Spencer which made the set up pretty spesh.

The champagne glasses. (nb. At this time of photo shoot, the below glasses had sold out.) Here’s a similar style.

I also discovered this art deco gold trimmed, mirrored tray which took me by complete surprise. What a find for $78! It made such an impact on my sideboard, and you could easily place in the centrepiece with a floral arrangement too.

My splash of red for the table was the 4 x Damask napkins for $39, which really set the scene for Christmas Day festivities. They are beautiful and soft too.

Who says you can’t style gold and silver together? I used round silver placemats, 6 x pack of silver crowns (for a bit of fun for the little…and big kids), only $8 and pack of 4 geometric gold shaped napkin holders ($30).

The beaded coasters (set of 4 for $20) adds an air of sparkle to your table, as do the pressed glass crockery (silver) ($19) and bowls. Great for treats, lollies and biscuits.

This printed long sleeve shirt dress ($81) is preppy in style and I adored the colours for Christmas (and beyond). Hoop earrings are also avail for only $23.

As we as fashion for us, there’s amazing fashion for kids too. Some good, affordable options for Christmas Day.

And if you’re needing some decorations to pop on display (or on your tree) how about these Set of 4 luxury glass decorations for $39, which have been hand finished.

And remember to have fun with it all, the relaxed Christmases are usually the best on our house.

This post is sponsored by Marks and Spencer, Shopping Links.

Photography + food styling by Bianca Virtue.

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