Christmas planning + this year’s Christmas cards

Christmas is of course going to be a funny old time this year but I’m definitely not feeling sorry for myself as I know I’m incredibly lucky to absolutely adore spending Christmas with my family and friends.  The Christmas Market is in full swing in Southampton and my walks home from work are punctuated with the smell of mulled wine and smoked sausage so I’m already feeling a little festive even though it’s still six weeks’ away.  I’m looking forward to putting a tree up in my flat and wrapping presents as I go along (until there’s a mountain of them in the corner, as I always over-buy!).

This year I’m going to be making a few presents and I’m trying to plan things early to avoid the last minute stress that I’ve experienced in previous years when I’ve decided to embrace a more homemade Christmas.

I’m feeling very smug that I’ve already ordered my Christmas cards from Basic Invite.  They do a lot of beautiful photo Christmas cards but although I toyed with the idea of having a photo of Bodhi and I on a Christmas card it made me feel a littleeeee bit of a loser and so I went for a standard design instead.  They’re so pretty and I think they have a little bit of a Rifle Paper Co-esque style to them and they look stunning propped up on a mantelpiece (of course, I myself won’t be having them on my own mantelpiece!)

I was pretty excited to discover Basic Invite as I always think it’s useful to find a website you can rely on for custom cards, invitations and stationery.  I’ve been planning a little drinks reception at my flat before our work Christmas do and I’m toying with the idea of printing some Christmas party invites, wouldn’t that be cute? They also do foil Christmas cards that even come in rose gold – I’m pretty sure that would blow anyone else’s Christmas cards out of the water… (I’ve also just noticed that you can even customise your envelopes with different vintage flower designs – why am I feeling like I want to order more cards?) You can also get 30% off their cards with the code ‘holi30’.

I thoroughly enjoyed feeling festive and taking these pictures, even if I did set my Mum’s eucalyptus on fire (spoiler alert, burning eucalyptus smells really nice!) Are you planning to hand-make any Christmas cards or gifts this year?

*Collaboration with Basic Invite, all opinions my own