As we begin the countdown to the end of November, it also means one thing: the festive season is right around the corner.
If you’re ready to entertain this holiday season but aren’t sure where to start, this guide will be your best bet for transforming your home into a sparkling holiday wonderland.
And as they say, the early bird catches the worm. With just a month to go before the festive season, get a head start on your holiday preparation by taking full advantage of the Black Friday deals that are available now!
From today through November 28, buy one get one item half off at Marks & Spencer shopping haven, applicable to womenswear, menswear, kidswear, lingerie, home and beauty. Some food and wine items will have specials, so keep an eye out for them, too.
Whether it’s clothing, home and lifestyle, or even food and wine, there’s no better time to start stocking up on all your party essentials.
1. Watch the part
As the party hosts, you are in charge of setting the mood for the party. And the best way to get into the festive mood is by dressing the part.
If you’re not sure where to start looking, Marks & Spencer’s stylish range of partywear has you covered.
For ladies looking to make a statement, the Star Print Midi Dress ($89.90) and Star Print Button Down Midi Dress ($109.90) are classic pieces that can be easily layered for an effortless look. . Both dresses have a relaxed cut and silhouette, so you don’t have to worry about it getting in the way of her hosting duties.
For a more casual look, the Sequin Neck Long-Sleeve Shirt ($119.90) or the Sequin Crew Neck Regular Fit Blouse ($69.90) are sure to wow your guests and remain comfortable staples in your wardrobe even well after the season. christmas.
Whether it’s men’s, women’s or even children’s clothing, Marks & Spencer’s extensive catalog will have your whole family dressed up and ready to party. Plus, this Black Friday season, buy any item and get a second item at 50% off – it’s time to start shopping!
2. Create a festive atmosphere
Ah, nothing evokes the holidays more than the familiar scents of Christmas. Just think fresh mint, woody cinnamon sticks, and buttered gingerbread.
Make your home smell like Christmas with the Marks & Spencer series of light-up scented candles.
Available in both relaxing herbal scents and warm amber scents, each candle retails for $22.90. When the wick is lit, the candles present a stunning city skyline in resplendent glitter or a starry and snowy Christmas night scene, bound to captivate all your guests.
Choose the London, Paris, or New York Light Up scented candle if you can’t resist notes of lavender, eucalyptus, vetiver, or cedarwood; For those who like richer notes of vanilla, pepper, tonka bean and amber, you can find the Winter Light Up Scented Candle and the Mandarin Cinnamon Clove Light Up Candle right up your alley.
While you’re at it, take the opportunity to liven up your Christmas tree with some timeless decorations, like the Hanging Crown & Corgis and Applique Soldier decorations. Get these eye-catching pieces for $22.90 for a three-pack to add some spice to your tree.
Don’t have space for a tree at home? Don’t worry, you just need a couple of statement pieces to elevate your space. One such piece is the brightly colored Wooden Nutcracker Musical Decoration ($59.90) that plays festive tunes that will get your guests in the festive mood.
Another way is to swap out your couch cushions for the Velvet Joy Embroidered Bolster Cushion ($52.90). Made from plush velvet fabric, these cushions feature embroidered lettering and a scattering of sequins that will add sparkle to your home.
With any purchase of Marks & Spencer home products, you can get a second item for 50 percent off, so there’s no reason to stop now!
Finally, for the final touch, remember to hit play on that Spotify holiday playlist. It seems to be an unspoken rule that Christmas music is only for the month of December, so enjoy some Mariah Carey or Michael Bublé while you can.
3. Prepare a hearty Christmas feast
Without a doubt, food is the most essential part of any party. If you’re looking to wow your guests, you should probably include something other than the traditional roast turkey, honey baked ham, and log pie on your dinner menu.
Sweet but savory mince pie is one of those underrated holiday delicacies. Juicy and bursting with flavor, fruity ground beef is encased in decadent, buttery shortcrust pastry. Get the 6 All Butter Mince Pies for a classic option, or the Gluten-Free Made Without 4 Mince Pies for the more health-conscious guests.
Enjoy a 20 percent discount when you mix and match any two mince pie products. Mince Pies retail from $11.90, so get them while they’re available!
Of course, don’t forget to stock up on some booze, commonly known as a party staple.
Flavored with warm spices, the rich and fruity mulled wine is the perfect way to usher in holiday cheer. Get two bottles of mulled wine for just $49.90, or mix and match two bottles from Marks & Spencer’s selection of wines and get the second bottle 50 percent off.
One last piece of advice: place some easy-to-eat food on the dining room table so that guests can help themselves freely without feeling paiseh.
Snacks and treats like the Starry Night Shortbread Selection Tin ($44.90), Swiss Mountain Truffle Assortment Light-Up Tin ($39.90), Percy Pig Cookie Tin ($24.90), and Percy Pig Piggy Bank with Pennies ($ 19.90) are sure to be a hit with both young and old.
Lots to choose from? With Marks & Spencer’s Black Friday sale now, it might be smarter to get everything your heart desires: just mix and match two select tins for 20 percent off.
4. Host a gift exchange
What’s a Christmas party without a game of Secret Santa or White Elephant?
While the million-dollar question of what to buy often perplexes one, Marks & Spencer’s wide range of gift options lets you put those worries aside. No matter what name you have chosen, you can be sure that you will walk away happy. Watch this video for some quick gift inspiration!
Carefully packaged and aesthetically pleasing, gift sets are a no-brainer for the holiday season. For example, the Apothecary Bedtime Ritual Bag Gift ($79.90) and Apothecary Calm Hand Wash and Lotion Duo ($29.90) are perfect for all your friends who can use a relaxing self-care session.
Alternatively, the Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scent Set ($35.90) is a more festive option, consisting of a mini candle, diffuser and room spray, all in Marks & Spencer’s iconic Sweet & Spicy fragrance. .
Packed with delights for each day of December, an Advent Calendar (starting at $13.90) is another fun gift idea, especially for the little ones. A word of caution though, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the various advent calendars available at Marks & Spencer.
Popular choices include the Where’s Wally? Advent Calendar. with 24 festive shapes of milk chocolate, as well as the Percy Pig Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar which has 24 shapes of milk chocolate in the shape of Percy Pig and a bag of soft fruity gummies for Christmas Day .
Kids and the young at heart alike will find the adorable Percy Pig series absolutely irresistible. With a versatile selection of Percy Pig Mist ($8.50), Percy Pig Shower Gel ($9.90), Christmas Percy Shaped Mug ($19.90) and Percy Pig Mini Cracker ($13.90), there’s sure to be something for everyone.
If you’re intent on getting any of Marks & Spencer’s beauty products for your loved ones, good news, you can now get a second item for just half the price. Why not take one for yourself too, for some well-deserved personal care?
Everything you need under one roof
Planning a Christmas party is not a walk in the park; but with Marks & Spencer as a convenient one-stop-shop, you’ll save little to no sweat.
Just stop by any Marks & Spencer store to pick up all your party essentials. If going down is too much effort, feel free to order your clothes and household items through their website, or food and wine through their app.
The Marks & Spencer Black Friday sale is only through November 28, so make all your purchases in the next few days to enjoy the best savings!
For more festive updates, be sure to keep an eye on the Marks & Spencer Facebook and Instagram pages.
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