Preparing your home for special occasions should be fun & enjoyable, not stressful. Whether Christmas, New Year, a birthday, special occasion, enjoy creating something special but with simplicity, with gifts & materials that are important to you, & enjoy sharing it with everyone else. A white or linen backdrop is perfect, never boring, and allows everything else to be a feature! Introduce your favourite garden blooms, something from your travels, your children, your friends, special ornaments, and for the gifts, simple yet stunning ribbon on gift boxes (always the best shape to wrap!). There are no rules, except to enjoy what you're doing. Using seasonal flowers & fruits are always a great basis from which to work.