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How to host a Halloween Party, by Bubblegum Balloons

Halloween is great fun for people of all ages, particularly if you really embrace the event and host a party. In our latest guest blog post, Sally Hodge, director at Bubblegum Balloons, shares her tips on how to make the most of the spooky festivities.

Halloween is one of the most exciting events of the year, especially for children.

Whether you’re throwing a spooky shindig or simply dressing your home for trick or treating, here’s a few tips on decorating and throwing the ultimate Halloween party.

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It wouldn’t be Halloween without pumpkin carving. Get some inspiration for a scary face from Pinterest or paint them as an alternative. Put candles inside and place then by the front door or around the house for the perfect Halloween accessory.

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The kids will love turning your home into a haunted house. Hang fake spiders, creepy crawlies and cobwebs, and keep young ones busy by making creepy ‘Beware’ and ‘haunted house’ signs.

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Sweets are a must if you want to win over little ones. Provide plastic buckets decorated with spooky stickers for kids to take their haul home with them.

Creepy cocktails

Conjure up a kid friendly punch to keep them refreshed. Serve in a punch bowl surrounded by creepy crawlies and cobwebs, and draw their attention with Halloween-themed helium balloons.

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Game for a laugh

A party isn’t a party without games. Kids will love a Halloween-themed party game of pass the parcel – use spooky wrapping paper and small gifts hidden in each layer. Apple bobbing is a time honoured tradition at this time of year, and pass the balloon is a firm favourite all year round.

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Bubblegum Balloons has a spooktacular range of Halloween themed party balloons priced from £6 to £30. Visit the fang-tastic Halloween themed party range at http://www.bubblegumballoons.co.uk.

 

A Summer of Sports

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This summer has already played host to some amazing sporting events, including Wimbledon, where we saw Serena Williams bagging the winning title (with Beyoncé and Jay Z watching from the side lines).

So, now that’s over, what else can we look forward to?

Well, of course, the Olympics are due to start on August 5th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The sporting event will bring together the biggest and best athletes in the world for nineteen days with events such as diving, marathon swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, track and field and much, much more.

Much like Wimbledon, the Olympics are an event that brings people from all walks of life together. Whether you’re a sport lover or not, there’s bound to be a sporting category you can’t wait to watch.

The games this year will consist of 42 sport disciplines, spread out over 306 events with an impressive 2,488 medals up for grabs; 812 gold, 812 silver and 864 bronze.

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Historically, the US has won the greatest number of medals since the Olympics began in 1896, with a total of 2,406 medals to date, that’s 878 more medals than 2nd place, Russia.

Here are the top four countries and their respective number of medals:

Rank Country Total medals won
1 United States 2,406
2 Russia 1,528
3 Germany 1,305
4 Great Britain 779

And just when you thought the Olympics were over, the Paralympics come to the rescue with the increasingly popular tournament taking place between the 7th – 18th September. The Paralympics has brought us inspirational names such as Trischa Zorn, who famously won 46 Paralympic medals between 1980 and 2004, 32 of which were gold.

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To celebrate this summer of amazing sporting events, why not throw a viewing party for your family and friends with sports themed drink, decorations and food (pictured above) with the Olympic games taking centre stage. We’d recommend a viewing party to watch Michael Phelps compete for his 19th gold medal, or Simone Biles, the 3 time world gymnastics winner who is aiming to make history this year at Rio.

Lucky for us, Rio time is just one hour ahead of Eastern time, so you can watch the games live without the fear of those pesky spoilers.

So, are you looking forward to the Olympics? And which events will you be watching? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!

 

5 Essential Spring/Summer Interior Trends of 2016

With interior design trends changing as often as fashion, it is essential to stay ahead of the curve if you want to achieve a modern, stylish home.

Keeping up to date with the latest interior design styles may seem time-consuming, but it will keep your home feeling fresh and updated, meaning you’ll never get bored of the same four walls.

Here are five trends that are sending shockwaves through the interior design world this summer.

  1. Botanical

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The whole aim for the botanical theme is to bring the outdoors in. We’re talking statement, leafy motifs, cacti and ferns, and tropical colours. When it comes to botanical, the bolder the better. To easily achieve this look, invest in some earthy cushions for the sofa and some cheap and cheerful cacti from your local gardening store.

2. Rattan

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The theme of global-inspired trends this summer continues with the rattan revival. We’d recommend introducing rattan on your porch in the form of a chair, lamp shade or storage baskets. This natural-looking furniture sits well against white walls for a beachy, outdoorsy feel.

  1. Retro Orange

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Haven’t you heard? The 70s is back with a bang. Not only in fashion but interior design, too. And what’s more 70s than a pop of bright orange in your home? Try adding simple accessories, such as towels or bedding, or go big and bold with retro orange wallpaper or furniture.

  1. Marble

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Marble became an en vogue material in late 2015 and has since exploded. But it isn’t just marble surfaces that have seen a revival, this sleek texture has been cropping up in more unusual places, such as bedside tables, chairs and wallpaper. The smallest touch of marble can give any room an instant touch of luxury, so what are you waiting for?

  1. Warm Metals

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It’s fair to say that just about everybody is currently enthralled in a deep love affair with copper. Whether it’s fruit bowls, kitchenware or candle holders, we don’t care. This trend is still going strong in S/S16 so now you’ve got the perfect excuse to keep adding copper to your shopping cart.

What’s your favourite interior design trend this Summer? Head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to let us know!

 

5 exciting ways to bring Spring indoors

 

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Spring – one of the most beautiful times of year. The flowers are blooming, the sun shines for longer and there’s an exciting feeling in the air. After a season of sitting in front of the fire, it’s time to put the comforter into storage and bring a touch of spring to your home. Keep reading for tips and advice on how to give your home a new lease of life for a new season.

  1. Fill your vases with daffodils

Nothing says spring like the arrival of daffodils, it’s pretty much the universal sign that a new season is here. Whether you buy them from a supermarket or collect them from the garden, a vase of these vibrant flowers will brighten up any home. If daffodils aren’t in abundance in your area, try snipping off a couple of branches from a blossom tree and display in a tall vase.

  1. Swap out dark bed sheets for light

Sure, your tartan bed sheets looked great in winter, but now it’s spring you should opt for something more light and refreshing. Neutral and pastel shades complement this time of year perfectly or why not try something floral for that extra spark?

  1. Update the accessories

Wouldn’t it be great if we could have different sets of furniture for different seasons? Whilst you’re dreaming of interchangeable sofas, why not give your front room an update by adding floral covers to your sofa cushions and introducing a bright rug to the room? In fact, don’t stop there, why not change the curtains to something with a floral pattern as well as lighter lampshades for a seasonal look?

  1. Fill the walls with outdoor imagery

If you’re not lucky enough to have an inspiring view when looking out of the window, why not bring the outside in with some framed images of trees in blossom or a young lambs in the field? The cuter the better.

  1. Embrace the spring clean

It might be tempting to skip the spring clean this year, but don’t underestimate just how much better it could make your home feel. As well as the usual dust and sweep, why not try rearranging your storage and donating any items you haven’t used in the past year? The less clutter you have in your home, the less cluttered you will feel.

Do you have any tips on bringing spring indoors?  Share your ideas with us over on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Make your own #ChristyChristmas Crackers…

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Make your own #ChristyChristmas Crackers

Looking for extra festive fun in the lead up to Christmas?
Making your own Christmas crackers is not only super easy, but it’s fun to share with the whole family.

The equipment list is as follows:

• Wrapping paper
• Scissors
• Ruler
• Ribbon
• Glue
• Cracker Snaps
(these can be bought inexpensively from most craft shops.)
• 3 Empty Toilet Rolls
• Token Gifts, Handwritten Jokes and a traditional Christmas Hat

Firstly, roll out your wrapping paper and cut a landscape rectangle measuring 20cm (across) x 30 cm (down). Take your rectangle, turn it face down and rule 10cm in from each end. Mark the 10cm point, by drawing a line from bottom to top, firmly with a sharp pencil.

Next, take one of your Cracker Snaps and affix with a blob of glue at either end in a straight line across the top of the rectangle.

You should end up with something like this:

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Using the pencil markings, place the 3 empty toilet rolls in the columns drawn out. Delicately roll the toilet rolls so the wrapping paper wraps around and covers them. I like to add a dot of glue in the centre to hold the paper together nicely too.

You’ll now have a wrapped cylinder. Pull one of the end toilet rolls out very slightly. Gently twist and push the end back inwards to make a crease – this will become your first end. Grab your cut of ribbon and tie in a neat bow around your newly made groove. Once it looks exactly how you’d like it to, remove the toilet roll altogether.

Take your gifts, hand written joke, Christmas hat (… and anything else you want to throw in for that matter)  through the opposite end, then repeat the last step (ensuring none of your inner items fall out in the process!)

You should now have your final cracker! You may want to decorate further using name plates. Children may choose to decorate further using pens, stickers or bows too!

Share your crackers with us @christy_linens. Hope you enjoy!

 

5 tips on Decorating your home for Christmas

5 tips on Decorating your home for Christmas from Anna E. Lee, award winning blogger from Anna L. Interiors

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The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year for many reasons. Between the time spent with family and friends, the old Christmas movies, and the sparkling outdoor lights, what’s not to love?

I have to say, that as an interior designer, something I look forward to the most is coming up with new ideas on how decorate our home for the holidays.  While last year, our design was “rustic elegance” – with soft golds, bronze, burlap, and lots of pine; this year’s décor is going to be a bit more bohemian chic – offering a combination of pattern, greys, browns, sea shells, and non-conventional greenery.  It’s something that is totally different from what I would normally do however I’m very excited for the challenge!

Whether you come up with a new theme or not each year, holiday spending can quickly get out of control.  To combat it, I’m going to do my best to use home décor items that I already own, making small purchases as needed.  As a recent college graduate and newly-wed, money is a bit tight; so I’m all about cutting corners.  However in saying this, I can’t stress enough that just because you are financially strained that doesn’t mean you cannot have a beautifully designed home.  Everyone deserves good design.  Below I’ve shared with you a few tips on how to decorate your home for the Christmas season.  I hope you enjoy!

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Whether it’s from the store or the farmers market, incorporating fresh greenery into your home is one of the easiest ways to brighten it up the holidays.  Along with the traditional pine, I’ve incorporated some eucalyptus into my design scheme this year.

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Scent is something that can be easily overlooked when designing a space despite the fact that it plays a major role in the overall feel.  Whether you have scented candles or plan on boiling some cinnamon sticks on the stove, don’t forget to infuse your home with some holiday flavor!

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One of my favorite things about designing for the holidays is the challenge of repurposing items that I already own.  While I do end up buying some new décor each year, using what I have helps to dramatically decrease overall holiday cost.  The fun thing about my theme for this year, bohemian chic, is that I can get really creative and eclectic with it.

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Don’t be afraid to experiment with non-traditional patterns and colors.  While last year our Christmas décor was a combination of soft golds, bronze, and burlap; this year it’s going to be a bit bohemian chic, featuring a lot more pattern along with greys, greens, and browns.  I might even incorporate a few seashells!

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Even if you’re the one who is in charge of the decorating, make sure to include your family somewhere in the process.  One of our traditions growing up was to make a day of going out and picking a Christmas tree.  When we got home we’d put on Christmas music, have some hot chocolate and sugar cookies, and decorate the tree.  This is one of my favorite Christmas memories.  If you live alone, invite some friends over to join in on the fun!  Who doesn’t love putting up a tree?!

 

 

The best US spots for fall colors

The stunning colors of the US fall are globally renowned, but where are the best spots across the nation to catch a glimpse of the leaves as they move from green to rusty red, eye catching orange and sunny yellow?

Vermont

Probably the best known spot in the US, the changing of the colours is taken very seriously in Vermont – you’ll find online sites where you can check by the hour for the state of the state’s trees, and there are all kinds of fall festivals to enjoy. Of course this shouldn’t be a surprise – Vermont is three quarters forest, and is famous the world over for its stunning natural beauty and landscape.

Top spots to view the changing of the colors include Burlington, and the Lake Champlain Islands. Why not visit South Hero, the island’s largest town and just 20 minutes drive away from Burlington – if you’re feeling energetic there are plenty of bike rides you can do on the islands that allow you to take in both the fresh air and the stunning shades of the trees.

Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts

The winding Mohawk Trail travels through the Berkshire Mountains, with plenty of picturesque towns along the way. If you are an outdoors enthusiast looking for a thrilling activity to enjoy, then you certainly need to stop off at Charlemont, known for its zip lines, alpine skiing, white water rafting, mountain biking and hiking. Williamstown offers the classic views of this part of the country, with church spires backed by snowy mountains and stunning forests, and also has a variety of tourist attractions.

 The Adirondacks, upstate New York

This part of New York is dotted with pick-your-own apple orchards, which look particularly appealing during the changing of the colors. If you are searching for serenity on your fall trip, book a stay on the shores of Upper Saranac lake, which has a number of high end guest houses and lodges on its banks.

 Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee

This mountainous area is a fantastic place to witness different stages of the fall color change – trees at the highest elevation, including American beeches and birches, will turn first, followed by scarlet oaks, sugar maples, sweetgums and dogwoods. Visit from mid September to the middle of October to see the transition in action.

 

 

Strawberries and Cream and an Umbrella…

Having spent the previous week excitedly anticipating the day in hot and stuffy Christy HQ we were ready to enjoy the sun at Wimbledon.

10:30 Southfields Station dressed for Pimms and Strawberries and Cream the rain begins and the umbrellas are out…

…13:00 – does anyone have a small boat…

We are joined by Lobster and Swan, Poppy Loves, Torie Jayne and Gemsmaquillage all looking beautifully summery and with high excited sprits that will not be quashed by the torrential rain we currently experiencing.

The atmosphere on Centre Court is electric with anticipation and heightened by the fact that as part of a long standing tradition Wimbledon has invited famous names from the world of sport to enjoy the middle Saturday including David Beckham which is causing much excitement!

There are some great names on Centre Court Rafa Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer and we were in for an exciting day of tennis and more than a measure of pride at seeing our fabulous (if we do say so ourselves) Christy Wimbledon Championships Towels being used exclusively on court throughout the tournament as they have been for the last 26 years.

Things you might not know about The Wimbledon Championships Towel by Christy

  • Our towels are the only towels used on court throughout the Championships.
  • We sent 6000 towels to be used on court which we launder before they are used to make sure they are super soft and fluffy.
  • The iconic Wimbledon towel is the fastest selling product in both volume and value at the official shop at Wimbledon.
  • The design for the towels is prepared 18 months in advance with the 2015 towel already finalised.
  • The 2015 Wimbledon Championship Towel will go into production in July/August 2014 and will go on sale in October 2014!
  • We only get a fraction of the towels back from The Championships

To own an iconic piece of the Championships visit our store locator to find you nearest stockist or click here to buy online in the UK.

For USA csutomers click here.

 

Hooray for the Start of Spring 2014

It may seem pretty hard to believe considering all of the miserable, weather we have been experiencing lately but, we promise, that will soon be coming to an end. With the occasional appearance of a little bit of sunshine comes the chance for new opportunities; the chance to have a major sort-out by embracing a bit of spring cleaning.

It is often said that a happy home equals a happy mind which we whole-heartedly agree with; there can’t possibly be a happier home than a freshly cleaned, (semi) clutter-free one! Sometimes, maybe all you need is a quick sort through the cupboards – it is astonishing just how therapeutic throwing out old or un-used items can be! Dusting, vacuuming and a fresh lick of paint can all work wonders in helping to transform a room. Better yet put the duster down and the DIY on hold…

A room makeover can be achieved through the smallest of changes: fresh, new bed linen or a set of fluffy bathroom towels. A set of Christy bed linen may be just what you need to revamp your bedroom, complete with matching cushions and throws! There is nothing better than getting your fresh new bedding off the washing line and putting it on the bed for the first time. There is nothing quite like standing back and looking at your nicely dresses new bed and then snuggling up into it with a good book.

Your feature wall may remain a mosaic of samples swatches but your bed will be your perfect haven and if you are organised enough to be both domestic goddess and DIY queen you’ve started spring with a head start.

 

Flowers for Valentines

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Like the long-lasting Chrysanthemum, we should fill our lives with flowers that can really stand the test of time and, to do so, maybe we don’t actually need real flowers at all; floral bedding is enough to give any bedroom that desired classic romantic chic feeling. Both elegant and sophisticated, bed linen adorned with floral prints is the perfect way to impress on Valentine’s Day and through-out the year. Rose designs give a shabby chic vintage feel that, whilst bold prints are representative of fun and happiness. No matter what your style, it is difficult to go wrong with floral bedding; make a statement with bold blooms or appear delicately feminine by opting for dainty florals. There is certainly no denying that flowers are fashionable. In rich colours or cute pastel shades, blossom motifs are guaranteed to last – unlike the bouquets we adore that need refreshing. If you are looking to create a vintage vibe or want to introduce a bit of retro glamour, make florals the focal point of your bedroom for a fabulous style that will last longer than Valentine’s Day.