During the holidays, time can play a huge roll when it comes to finishing the little details. Use the ideas I’ve created here to help set the mood for a festive soirée and still have time to bake those 21 dozen decorated cookies you planned on giving out to your friends and colleagues this year (remember that idea you got after a bottle of wine and endless hours on Pinterest?!).
I believe that each and every day should be festive, stylish, and simple. When I am coming up with holiday décor ideas I try to use easily-found components, concepts that do not take hours to complete, materials that are budget friendly, and most importantly ideas that won’t take an entire weekend to finish. This year, I wanted to add a bit of holiday cheer to everyday items commonly found around the house, your local grocery store, and maybe a quick trip to a craft store (don’t worry, I promise no glitter!). And since I live in a mid-rise, I also wanted to highlight holiday ideas that don’t require “storage” after—making them perfect for a smaller space to add a festive touch!
This is my favorite time of year, and I want to take as much time as I can celebrating and entertaining my friends, family, and clients—with my simple ideas here you will be able to join the party and deck your home with all things jolly!
This crystal bowl filled with mini LED battery-operated lights and silver tinsel is a must for part of your holiday décor this year! The effect of the sparkling crystal against the shiny tinsel, all illuminated with tiny lights adds a “WOW!” factor to any table, sideboard, or entry. The same concept can be done in any clear vessel—so use your imagination! Imagine multiples of these down the center of your dining table for a dinner party – I’ll bring the champagne!
Ribbon Napkin Rings:
A simple white cotton napkin gets a festive and glamorous makeover with the addition of tartan plaid ribbon, tied in a big bow, then adorned with a sprig of fresh rosemary and crystal chandelier prisms (which I found on Amazon.com). At the end of your dinner party (or buffet), encourage guests to take the crystals home to adorn their tree—an instant take-away bobble—and enjoy for years to come!
Plain glass hurricanes and unscented white pillar candles turn into a winter wonderland with peppermint candies and regular coarse Kosher salt—all available at your local grocery store! Fill the bottom ¼ full of peppermints then pour spoonfuls of coarse salt over the candies. Not only does the salt take on a snow-like effect, it also helps to stabilizes the candle base. Place these all over your home to instantly add a bit of holiday cheer to any room or table.
Silver Tray with Cards
A silver tray filled with holiday cards set either atop a coffee table or under your Christmas tree is probably the chicest way to both display and contain all of those “fa la la” greetings! If you don’t have a silver tray (I find mine at flea markets and thrift stores) a decorative bowl or even a large platter will work just fine.
Transform everyday stemmed glassware with the addition of tiny red velvet bows to add instant holiday cheer! These charming little bows already come with a twist-tie closure, making the application just a few twists away (martini, anyone?)! Best of all, after your soirée, you can either save the bows for next year or use them to decorate packages!
Easily found at your local grocery store, cinnamon sticks tied in little bundles with velvet ribbon are the perfect addition to the doorknob of a powder room, as package ties, around a wine bottle for a host/ess gift, or even hung throughout your Christmas tree to add a spicy scent (especially if you have a faux tree). A little spice, and everything nice!