Sunday, 1 December 2019

Girly Things To Do Over The Festive Season

December is my favourite month of the year by far as I love all of the magic and excitement on the way up to Christmas like drinking toffee nut lattes snuggled on the sofa watching Christmas movies, visiting Christmas markets for Nutella crepes with mini marshmallows and decorating my tree with pretty pink and silver baubles. I thought I'd pop a few little girly ideas together for you to do to make your festive season even more special... 

Make A Pastel Sweetie Gingerbread House
I don't think the festive season is quite complete until I've decorated a little gingerbread house and whilst also looking really cute, they are also yummy to eat and you can break them up into little gingerbread sugar cookies. I usually just buy the sets from Home Bargains that are ready for you just to stick together and decorate as it's so much easier than making one from scratch. Obviously, I had to go with a really girly theme and I decorated mine with white and pink shimmery love hearts, pearls, a pink satin bow wreath and little mini marshmallows along the top! 

Go Outdoor Ice Skating Under The Twinkly Lights
Another cute little wintery activity is to go outdoor ice skating under the twinkly fairy lights. You can get dressed up like Blair Waldorf  in pretty pastel knitwear and go for a little twirl with your friends or make it into a cute date night followed by hot chocolates and marshmallows to warm you up after! 

Wrap Up Your Christmas Presents With Pretty Satin Bows
I know that this may seem really sad but I absolutely love wrapping Christmas presents and would quite happily make this a full time job if it were possible. I always like to get cosied up with a cute Christmas film on in the background or some Christmas songs, make a gingerbread latte and lose myself in wrapping for a few hours. I bought some really pretty white and silver snowflake wrapping paper from Home Bargains and also some gorgeous pink and white dainty swan wrapping paper and gift bags from Matalan and WH Smith. I also picked up some sweet little pink unicorn gift bags and wrapping paper from The Range too! 

Visit A Christmas Market
There's something about visiting a Christmas market that just makes you feel all cosy and toasty inside like a little cinnamon bun and even more festive. I usually like to visit Edinburgh's Christmas Market as it has lots of beautiful quaint little stalls and also does the yummiest Nutella crepes stuffed with cream, mini marshmallows and drizzled with hot Belgian chocolate sauce! 

Do Some Festive Baking
If you're feeling especially creative over the festive season, there's nothing nicer than coming home to the smell of sweet Christmas treats baking in the kitchen. The scent of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg always makes me feel so Christmassy and cosy and you get to enjoy your delicious goodies after too, so what could be better? I really fancy having a go at these Christmassy Crinkle Cookies as the icing sugar looks like dusted snow but you could also try Bailey's brownies or sweet little gingerbread men finished with pink bows. I also really want to make some little pastel Christmas cupcakes with snowmen, pink and white candy canes, snowy houses, Christmas trees, pearl stockings and little knitted mittens complete with snowflakes. 

Decorate Your Home For Christmas
I actually put my tree up in November this year as I was far too excited for Christmas and couldn't contain it any longer! I have a really lovely snowy flocked Christmas tree for my living room which I love to decorate with a mixture of white, silver and sparkly Christmas baubles. I also have a smaller white flocked tree for my beauty room which I have loads of gorgeous pink, girly and rainbow baubles and decorations like unicorns and swans for. I also treated myself to these gorgeous white and silver starry stockings as we finally have a fireplace in our new home as well as this pretty 'baby it's cold outside' Christmas cushion from Matalan and twinkly 'Let It Snow' sign also from Matalan.

Cosy Up With A Hot Chocolate And Watch Christmas Movies
I pretty much find an excuse to make hot chocolates throughout all of the winter months but on the lead-up to Christmas, it seems to be even more acceptable to snuggle up on the sofa and pop on a Christmas film. Some of my favourites are The Holiday, The Sweetest Christmas, The Holiday Tree and I recently watched The Princess Switch on Netflix which was such a cute little movie! 

Have A Girly Christmas Shopping Day
If you've not quite finished your Christmas shopping yet, why not make it into something fun and have a little girly day with one of your friends? I particularly love popping into The White Company at this time of the year as they always have the loveliest Christmas decorations and gift ideas and you can treat yourself to a little glass of prosecco or a coffee for a much-needed relax. I also think going for a festive afternoon tea with pink champagne cocktails would be the loveliest way to spend an afternoon too! 

Try A New Festive Coffee Or Hot Chocolate
I get really excited every year for the release of the limited edition Christmas drinks from Starbucks and Costa, and whilst I'm usually a cappuccino girl at heart, I can't resist something a little sweeter and naughty at this time of the year. I love gingerbread and toffee nut lattes and also blackforest hot chocolates but I think my favourite one this year has to be the Costa hazelnut praline latte with cream which tastes like a Ferrero Rocher. Plus the Christmas cups are adorable! 

Have A Princessy Pink Sparkly Bubble Bath
I can't be the only girl that finds a festive bath even more special as it's an excuse for candyfloss scented bubbles and lots of sparkles, can I? Taking some time out for a little pamper is so important at this time of the year to relax and make the most of the Christmas period. I'm looking forward to having a pink bubble bath on Christmas Eve complete with my Lush Magic Wand Bubble Bar and Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb, lighting some Christmassy candles and drinking an indulgent creamy white hot chocolate! 

Visit Peggy Porschen's Pink Winter Cake Parlour
I was lucky enough to visit the Peggy Porschen cake parlour in London a few years ago and I fell in love with the pastel pink decor and heavenly cakes and cupcakes. It's always done up like a dreamy winter wonderland complete with white poinsettias, pretty wreaths and beautiful sparkly decorations. Their Sugar And Ice collection for 2019 is inspired by the Arctic and is like a snow filled fairytale with icy blues, soft mints and powder pinks and a dreamy selection of polar bear, penguin and winter bakes. I'd particularly love to try the Shimmering Snowflake Cupcake, Ice Blue Igloo Cookie and the Pink Polar Bear Cookie

Treat Yourself To A New Festive Candle
There's something about the winter season that makes me want to light all of my candles and get as snuggly as possible so it's always lovely to treat yourself to some new festive candles. I have Spiced White Cocoa, Snowflake Cookie and Sugar Frost Christmas all from Yankee Candle and I can't wait to make my living room smell like a sugary sweet festive bakery. I love The White Company's Winter candle which has notes of cinnamon and orange, smells really spicy and is like a little log cabin. I also treated myself to the Bath And Body Works Spiced Gingerbread and Champagne Toast candles which both smell so festive and have the loveliest silver bauble design on the lids.

Buy Some New Christmas Eve Pyjamas
One of the nicest things about the winter season is being able to cuddle up in your pyjamas on a cold and miserable afternoon and I always love to treat myself to a new pair of pyjamas for Christmas Eve. I found the cosiest fluffy reindeer pyjamas in Primark which are a light champagne gold glitter colour and have a fluffy red nose too! 

Go For A Snowy Woodland Walk
My last girly suggestion is getting all bundled up and going for a woodland walk through the snow. I think everywhere just looks so much prettier when it has a dusting of icing sugar snow over the top of it and delicate little icicles hanging from the tree branches. I love wearing my pink swan pom pom hat, ruffled scarf and bow Ugg boots and you can reward yourself with a marshmallow hot chocolate when you come in out of the cold! 

I really hope that this has given you a few cute little ideas! What do you love to do over the festive season? 


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