Here's four tips to give your Christmas dinner the wow factor on a budget — plus win £15,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

Party planner Jenny Hodges, of, has tips to dress your table for less.

  • Three colours. One of these can be a “hero colour” that takes centre stage. Red, greens and golds all look great — but why not pair blue and silver, or jewel tones? Make napkins one colour, the table cloth another and plates or glassware the third.
    Tip: Sainsbury’s has 25 per cent off all tableware. Get a sparkly star table cloth for £2.62, down from £3.50.
  • Tree and easy. Sprigs of evergreen are a great way to make an impact. Snip some from a conifer tree and look for pine cones to add another festive touch. And how about spraying beer bottles gold to create cheap candle holders?
    Tip: Pick up gold spray for £1 at Poundland.
  • Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow. Lighting can make any bash atmospheric. If you aren’t a fan of candles and don’t have many lamps you can move around, use a couple of strings of fairy lights. Lay them across the table centre and around the room for a cosy glow.
    Tip: A set of plug-in lights costs £5 but I prefer Asda’s battery-powered lights for £1.50. They fit easily on the table — or squash them into jars to make mini-lanterns.
  • Make an impact: Tissue-paper balls or cardboard hanging fans are an affordable way to add fun. Get both from The Range — £1.49 for a pack of three hanging fans or pom-poms.
    Crackers are a great decoration in themselves, so make sure you choose a jazzy colour.
    Tip: Buy golds and silvers so they can be reused at birthday parties and other celebrations. For crackers, Debenhams’ Boxing Day sale has started already. Its Crackertoa exploding crackers are down from £15 to £6.

Top swap


INSTEAD of tearing into Morrisons’ The Best Camembert Sharing Bread, try Aldi’s version for less.

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Deal of the day

HAVE an after-dinner tipple with Disaronno amaretto liqueur from Sainsbury’s. Was £15, currently £10.

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Cheap treat

SIP a seasonal six-pack of spiced J20 Glitterberry from Tesco. Was £6, now £3.

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