BY BLAIR WEISINGER
There are so many ways to celebrate the holiday season. And between planning dinners for the family and throwing cocktail parties for friends, hosting can be overwhelming. For holiday hosts, you have to plan the menu, get groceries, cook the meal, plus, clean up before and after. Not to mention, you have to get your space all festive for the dinner or cocktail party. It’s actually possible to survive it by keeping everything simple. And that includes your festive decorations, including DIY décor. Now’s the time to let your creative instincts shine through as you watch your mantels, stairways, and tables come to holiday life. I have some great ideas for getting your house together effortlessly—from your entryway to your dining table. You can make all of these in a weekend or two with the company of friends and family.
- If your tree is the shining star, then why not also make it your room’s focal point. It’s all about choosing the right theme and palette—whether it’s traditional or more creative. How to capture that picture-perfect moment? Presentation. For a uniform look, line gifts around the base of the tree and keep the wrap treatment monochromatic, minimal, and consistent. Shades of pink clearly steal this show, but you can choose a more traditional red and green palette, or opt for metallics and shades of blue. Decorate the tree in the same color palette to tie the whole vignette together.
- When it comes to decorating the mantel, you can add a traditional evergreen wreath, or a colorful bulb-filled one. But, sometimes you need to put things in bright and brilliant light to create the right amount of excitement. Display an oversized wreath filled with sparkling hues to really make a festive statement. Start with a wire wreath frame and weave through strands of oversized bulbs for a cool holiday vibe. For the rest of the decor, just mix in evergreens and other neutral pieces so it’s not too overwhelming and the lit-up wreath really shines. If you’re not a fan of bold color, opt for white lights instead.
- Whether you have a kids-only table, or one for the whole extended family, this snow globe will delight both children and adults. Place a few all over the table, along with some flower arrangements and votives. You can even put them on display on your mantel or coffee table. Or, make this a craft project at the holiday party for the kids. To make one, pour confectioner’s sugar in a cylinder vase. Then, add candy, a mini gingerbread house, and other decorative ornaments to create a picturesque vignette. The best part: this snowglobe can also do double-duty as a party favor, too.