We take a look at some of the biggest festive trends – from key colours and decorations, to tasty treats and gift giving ideas – and give you the lowdown to help you stay ahead of the curve with your celebrations this year.
What’s on your plate?
Or, if you fancy creating a homemade feast, then there is plenty of inspiration for recipes online and in food magazines. And, it doesn’t just stop with savoury dishes. Suppliers have upped their offering of vegan confectionary to meet increasing consumer demand this year; perfect to cater for someone with a sweet tooth.
People are making more conscious choices this year, whether changing up their wrapping routine to incorporate more eco-friendly options or ditching paper altogether and opting for homemade fabric gift bags. In fact, Google searches for ‘sustainable Christmas’ are up significantly worldwide over the past five years!
This is reflected in one of Christmasworld’s central themes for 2021/22, ‘Spirited Response’. The style presents attractive alternatives and unconventional solutions that focus on zero waste, a circular economy and both recycling and upcycling. Design is handcrafted, creative, cheerful, colourful and uncomplicated. Organic forms and eye-catching designs reminiscent of the 1960s, hand-written or -drawn motifs and childlike sketches all form part of this original festive style.
Pink prosecco looks set to take this Christmas by storm. Anything that sparkles is usually a hit during the festive season, particularly when you give it an on-trend blush, but the excitement around this is that the wine variety didn’t actually exist until last year. A change in Italian law in 2020 allowed pinot noir grapes to be added into the mix to create a rosé prosecco; making wine history and earning a host of eager fans along the way. When the first bottles hit the shelves towards the end of 2020, suppliers were so overwhelmed by enquiries, they had to set up waiting lists.
Crémant de Loire has also seen growth in recent years as an excellent value alternative to Champagne.
Meanwhile, the bubble around the rise of gin could be about to burst. Sales of the spirit have reportedly slowed down over the past year, making way for other tipples, including premium rums and whiskeys. Perfect for gifting or whipping up a cocktail at home this Christmas.