Published on Fri, 11/28/2008 by Media Profile



Maybe the economy has taken a downward turn and your Christmas budget has suddenly shrunk, but that doesn't mean your holiday spirit needs to follow suit! Hosts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman of CBC-TV's fabulous hit daily talk show STEVEN AND CHRIS have some timely tips on how you can be just as fashionable, your home just as festive, and your parties just as spectacular – without spending a bundle this year.

Start the season with the right attitude, says Chris. "This year of all years, Christmas is not about the presents--it's the people who count." So celebrate your family and friends with a fabulous seasonal soirée, but stick to the basics and focus your efforts.

Deck One Hall

There is no need to go overboard, the decorating duo says. You can keep things simple and tasteful by decorating one room--the living room.

According to these design experts, now is the time to choose your holiday theme colours. Look at what inspires you in retail stores and reinterpret those themes at home. "If you love icy blue and silver ornaments, decorate everything from the tree to wrapping paper in the same palette," Chris suggests.

Build on this theme by incorporating non-holiday items to complement your décor. Steven and Chris recommend displaying a silver teapot, perhaps some books with blue covers, a blue teddy get the idea. The boys also propose doing an ornament exchange with a friend--just be careful you keep track of your treasured heirlooms.

You can make a beautiful centerpiece with everyday grocery store items, Steven and Chris say. Steven invokes images of "a Victorian still life- beautiful pears in green or red, green grapes, even clementines can be mixed with inexpensive greenery from the floral section at your supermarket [like lemon leaves and eucalyptus]." For optimal effect, they suggest placing the fruits on a cake stand.

Don't forget flowers - "Paperwhites are the all-time favorite bulb for indoor forcing. Their large clusters of pure white flowers and their sweet, musky smell make them a holiday favourite. Plant the bulbs in decorative late November. They will flower in four to six weeks with seldom a miss," Chris says.

As for Delectable Servings…

By asking people to bring their own drinks, you can cut down on a major expense. For appetizers, choose simply. According to Steven and Chris, each guest will eat approximately four appetizers per hour, so little pastries, or a basic cheese dish, are the way to go, as they require little money and effort and will keep guests with big appetites well-fed. You'll also find a lot of great recipes on CBC's STEVEN AND CHRIS website that can save you time, coin, and will impress your guests.

An Excuse to Dress Up

Whether you're a host, or a guest, bringing festive flare to the party is a must! This season, Steven and Chris say you can't go wrong with reds, metallics, and winter whites.

Red is one of Chris' favourites. "It's a classic holiday colour, especially in rich deep hues." With metallics, Steven says "you can create instant glam and festive spirit, in gold, pewter, and even rose." He suggests keeping it to one piece--a top, dress, shoes, or bag. And "any item in a rich vanilla colour is the perfect winter white for the holiday season. Think of it as an alternative to your go-to black basics," advises Chris.

You're Ready

STEVEN AND CHRIS are celebrating five days of festive fun, during a special holiday week beginning December 15. Tune in to STEVEN AND CHRIS at 2 pm on CBC-TV and/or visit the website at for more fabulous tips.

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