What your festive door wreath says about you…
A festive door wreath is now a major style decision.
Should you have a Christmas wreath that’s artistic, traditional, Nordic, minimalist or creative? Lights? Fruit? Chillies? Biscuits? Make or buy?
I am dithering. Friends are supporting up-and-coming floral ‘artists’ or signing up for wreath-making courses.
Here are the results of my informal survey (if you accidentally spot your own wreath in there, then I do apologise):
1) The Craft Fair Queen
This ‘home-made’ wreath is created by the woman who knows her eBay from her Etsy, Folksy and Craftsy. She takes stands at Christmas fairs. Her style is pared-down and apparently natural.
However, looking casual – but chic – takes skill, talent and concentration. Her friends try to copy this because it’s ‘only’ a circle of ivy and a few hollies. Their wreaths don’t look as good.
And they’re not as good as she is at buying vintage tea cups at car boot fairs and turning them into scented candles for the school fair.
2) The professionals
This wreath is for those with an eye for detail. It’s about proportion, scale and balancing your decoration with your architecture. It’s towards the top end of wreath-ery, but it’s not ostentatious.
People with wreaths like this are professional in everything they do. They either have got to the top or are getting there.
3) The contemporary countrysider
The contemporary countrysider ‘lives’ in the country, (but may have a house or flat that they ‘use’ in town). They make a great point of buying local food and locally made wares. But they are also very aware of fashion and style.
I’ve seen alot of pheasant feathers in wreaths this year – but a wreath made purely of pheasant feathers shows an artistic confidence that comes from having attended lots of gallery openings in Shoreditch.
4) The floral work-shopper
One of the few ways that busy women can get a break over the Christmas period is going on a floral workshop to learn how to make a Christmas wreath.
For four or five blissful hours, no-one can ask them to do staff evaluations, 2016 budgets, sign off on expenses requests or catch up on the invoicing. No-one will email them to ask them to make stollen for the book group. Their children cannot suddenly inform them that it’s a special assembly tomorrow and that they need to go in dressed as a bear.
Busy women at floral workshops can tune into their creative side, gently gossip and ‘live in the moment.’ They can also justify the cost because, in future, they’ll be able to make all their own wreaths from garden clippings.
It’s an investment – much cheaper and more satisfying than the rather infuriating ‘spa day’. The only problem is that these women are so busy that they will have forgotten how to make a wreath by next Christmas…
As above, but a year or two later…time for another floral workshop. Go on – you know you want to.
6) The extrovert festive door wreath
According to psychological research on colour, choosing orange instead of red for your Christmas theme says that you are confident, outgoing, warm and generous.
Orange is the colour for those who love food and drink – variations of it are commonly used in restaurants everywhere (apricot, peach etc).
As you stand outside a front door with an orange wreath, you won’t know whether you’ll be offered champagne, best claret or artesan cider when you step inside. But you can be very hopeful about the nibbles that will accompany it.
7) Mrs Eminently-Competent
Laura Eminently-Competent has spotted that garden centres, chain stores and supermarkets now sell stylish wreaths at affordable prices. There is enough choice, too, so you don’t risk having exactly the same wreath as everyone else.
Laura doesn’t slog around the shops. She shops online, and get her wreath delivered from Amazon. This year she’s buying the WeRChristmas Scandinavian Blue Spruce wreath above.
She adds an order of Japanese Sword-style cocktail sticks for the ‘four-for-three’ offers of supermarket canapes (making canapes, like making wreaths, is a very time-consuming activity that’s usually better if professionals do it). Twelve white canape spoons will go into ‘the basket’, too, so that it looks as if her party food has been done by smart London caterers.
Her Christmas turkey will be cooked (perfectly) by following either Delia’s Christmas or the Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook. And she’s been hoarding lovely little stocking presents since August.
If you get invited to the Eminently-Competents for Christmas lunch, go. Everything will be delicious, served on time, and no-one will burst into tears.
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