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Home Living : December 6th 2011
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 1 Inside SEASON TO DINE AND DECORATE FESTIVE FEAST ON THE GRILL DELIGHTS ON DECK TIS THE SEASON TO BE PREPARED HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS FUSS Janita Singh Be prepared and Christmas will be much less demanding. GET SMART Be a smart shopper and you'll not only to save money but stress. Start with the basics -- a shopping list to guide you through this silly season. Shop around Look through advertisements, flyers and brochures. Don't wait until a week away from Christmas to shop. Many pre-packed products can be bought now. Each time you do a normal grocery shop, buy few Christmas items on your shopping list. Shopping at discount shops is a smart way to save on things like decorations and household items. Second-hand shops also have good bargains. Food and entertainment When planning Christmas lunch or dinner, keep it simple. Have lots of fresh fruit drinks or fruit punch. Keep the food simple and casual. Cakes and biscuits can be prepared in large quantities ahead of time. So can dips and dressings. Outdoor barbecues always go down well. With a main course and lots of sides and salads, your food should be sorted in no time. PARTY SEASON CHRISTMAS brings with it cheer and challenges. Entertaining friends and family adds to the pressure. While we cannot avoid the fuss associated with Christ- mas traditions, we can be better prepared. Have a plan. Start with a list, work out a budget and make a few rounds of the shops and supermar- kets for ideas on entertainment and to check specials. Look at your home. It's time to get everything in order. Replace and revamp everything you may have neglected in the year. This is also a good excuse to invest in some new furniture or change those curtains and blinds. Add new cushions, rugs and throws for a fresh look. Before taking up any Christmas decorating projects, think of things that will make your guests feel right at home. If you have people over for Christmas lunch, ensure there is adequate seating. Add seating arrangements all over the house -- large floor cushions are a good investment for all those entertaining occasions. But your home is already too crowded, throw out anything not needed or pack and store away items from the last few seasons. Once you have worked out space, get on to your decorating projects. Christmas decorating can be as simple or as elaborate as your imagination. What are bioethanol fireplaces? U Õi i` LÞ Ài>` Þ >Û> >L i iÌ > U "ÛiÀ äˉ ivwV i VÞ U }>Ã] yÕi] i iVÌÀ V ÌÞ U ÕÀ Ã V i> Ã i] Ã Ì] >Ã U +Õ V > ` i>ÃÞ ÃÌ> >Ì U ÀiiÃÌ> ` } À LÕ ` `i Ã U Ài>Ì Ã ÕÀVi v i>Ì TAKE IT HOME TODAY AND LIGHT IT TONIGHT! 9997 3050 Max $950 Slimboy $750 ONE DAY ONLY SALE! Open 9am -- 5pm Saturday 10 December. 10 Apollo St Warriewood. Email firstname.lastname@example.org ONE DAYSALE! WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE MASSIVE SAVINGS UP TO 70% OFF RRP LIMITED STOCK AVAILABLE SATURDAY 10 DEC ONLY FREE QUOTES: PERGOLAS DECKS OPENING ROOFS CUSTOMISED TO YOUR HOME & LIFESTYLE ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME AND LIFESTYLE K ĚŽŽ >ŝ ŝŶŐ ŝ Ś ŚĞ Ğ DĂ Ğ ŝĂů Θ tŽ ŬŵĂŶ Śŝ ŽŶ ŽīĞ OR 1300 361 390 Call Us to speak to one of our experienced Design Consultants Visit our Showroom: 361 Pennant Hills Road Pennant Hills NSW 2120 CORNER OF GEORGE STREET HIA MASTERBUILDERS ASSOCIATION AU ST RAL IA NEW SOU TH WALES LIB ERTY PRO C E S S STABILITY FIRST NCORPORATED 1873 www.pergolaland.com.au Builders Lic: 93536C Master Builders Association HIA Member
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