Things have been super busy lately, and with the lead up to Christmas everything is getting a bit more stressful. With all the things I have to do for the blog and for the wedding coming up, I don’t have as much time to give you a large amount of different ideas and inspiration like I would normally do at Christmas. I welcome you to check out last years articles because they still reign true this year and it might give you a new idea, but for this year I offer you our current Christmas theme: Christmas Noir!
Now my fiancee came up with the idea for Christmas Noir some time in October after watching a Community Channel video on Youtube and wanted to do a funny eCard for Christmas as well. Somehow, it ended up being an idea for Christmas Noir, and that we would have a black tree and film a 1920′s Film Noir style eCard and send it to all our family and friends. So while we didn’t actually put the eCard together, we did decide to run with the 1920′s Christmas Noir theme for 2013.
When your getting a Christmas Noir theme together you have to think like 1920′s film noir, and I’m not talking about a tacky guys and dolls theme. Think classics such as The Maltese Falcon, This Gun For Hire and Kiss of Death and get your mind set into black and white. Add a splash of difference with one primary colour, such as red, blue or yellow. We went with blood red, to bring together the idea of a femme fatale in a classic noir story.
Next, get yourself the important bits, such as a black Christmas tree (we got ours from Big W for $79) and black decorations. We stuck with plain black baubles in either a shiny, matte or glitter finish, but you can go with any adorable nutcrackers, Santas, birds or any other black Christmas themed ornaments. Next, to add the red colour burst to the theme, we got ourselves some cute red and white Christmas lights from the local cheap shop and added them into the tree. Move the branches into position to make them more fuller and spread everything out on the tree for a neat look.
To top it off we got ourselves a red glitter star to adorn the top of the Christmas tree. It brought all the different aspects together.
The last piece of the Christmas puzzle, and the bit that everybody stresses about, is the presents. Luckily, Byron and I decided to purchase as many gifts from our overseas trip to Cambodia as possible and were able to get the majority of them without having to battle the wars now raging at shopping malls.
To continue with the Christmas Noir theme, we wrapped all of the Christmas presents in black wrapping paper (we got it from the Newsagency) and added some fancy black ribbon around them. We were going to put red alphabet stickers on the presents to mark them with the initials of our friends and family, but found it impossible to find. So instead we cut out red cardboard and wrote their names on them and stuck them through the ribbon as well. It wasn’t exactly what we wanted, but it looked good anyway.
So this is our Christmas Noir theme for our tree this year, and I hope you like it. If you decide to develop your own Christmas Noir tree, I would love to see it! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a good Christmas!
xx Courtney xx