|Harrods go for budgie brights ...|
Forget the partridge, or the pear tree for that matter. On the first day of Christmas, all your true love need give you is the cage. Bird cages have been hanging around interiors shops for a while now, but this season they are popping up as the Christmas decoration de-rigour. I spotted these two in Harrods but I didn't have to spread my wings far to pick up some high street steals that help you copy the chic shop window look - parrot fashion.
|... and Au-naturel|
Hanging your favourite baubles at differing lengths inside a decorative birdcage creates a show stopping centre piece and allows you to use your key accent colours for the room. These dinky decorative tea light holders from Homebase are covered in glitter and make glamorous table decorations all on their own. But since they cost under £2 each, why not buy a few to line up down the centre of your dinner table on Christmas Day?
|A table decoration worth tweeting about|
Since budgie keeping is all a bit 1980s, it's easy to pick up an old pet bird cage at flea markets and car boot sales. If you have time, spray paint it in a modern matt black, but if you are lucky enough to stumble upon a clean wire one in silver or gold, simply fill it with vintage glass candle sticks and tea light holders for serious winter WOW factor.
|Fill a cage with candlesticks for a show stopping centrepiece|
Check out your local garden centre for decorative mini bird cages to dot about the house. Cheap, cheap and cheerful!