As I am sure you are all well aware of, my fiancé Lucas (also known as the Cute Blonde Boy) and I, moved in together earlier this year and since then we have been having a lot of “firsts” together. So, along with all the other ones, this is our first Christmas together! Well, kind of. More like our first Christmas living together and decorating together and waking up in the same place on Christmas day!
So when it was time to decorate, I was very torn about how we should do it. We don’t have a lot of decorations between the two of us, heck, Lucas literally had nothing. I had accumulated a little bit of Christmas decor from my time in college and living at home, but we didn’t have a ton. Plus, it was our first Christmas together and I wanted to decorations to reflect that. But, also being a recent grad with an okay income but still lots of student loans to pay off, I didn’t have a giant budget to work with. I had to get creative in my Christmas decoration buying.
The biggest thing I was torn over was how to decorate the tree. I had ideas about the other things I wanted to do around our place, but I just wasn’t sure about the tree. Lucas grew up with a uniformed, themed tree. I, on the other hand, grew up with a tree full of family / sentimental ornaments. If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much this effected my life! I just couldn’t make up my mind. After much consideration, debating with myself, my mom, Lucas, and my co-workers, I decided it would be okay to try something new and go with a themed tree. I told myself if I hated it, I would return it all and get my money back (lol!).
SO, after literally weeks of searching and researching, here are the things we ended up buying for our apartment and how we are decorating on a budget. I have linked things for you to make it easy and also provided my top tips on where to spend and where to save! We didn’t go to crazy and I am sure we will accumulate more stuff over the years, but I feel like it is a very good starting point!
For our tree this year I decided to go for a rose gold theme. I know, I know, it’s very girly. But, Lucas didn’t care and I think its beautiful so IT’S FINE. I bought all of my Christmas tree decor at Michaels because they have the best sales and discounts. Almost all of their Christmas decorations (including trees!) have been 40-50% off all season so I would check them out ASAP!
Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be expensive. If you are smart and plan for it, you can actually save yourself a lot of money. For our first Christmas together, I think we did pretty well for ourselves. I can’t wait to see how our first Christmas goes but I have to say, I think it’s going to be a good one.