Posted by Rae Lynn on 12/4/2013 to Winter & Christmas
December is here to usher in the winter season & Christmas cheer! The holidays often reunite friends and families from far-flung places, and small efforts to decorate for the winter season pay off by making everyone feel more welcome.
Whether or not you've caught the decorating bug yet this year, Rae Lynn has some Christmas decorating ideas & festive home decor suggestions that just might inspire you to break out the decor to the tune of a Christmas melody.
Christmas decorating essentials: Snowflakes Confetti, Electric Mini Lights, mini stocking party favors, Red-Nosed Reindeer Tealights, Green & Red 9.5” Round Paper Lanterns, Snowman Embroidered Hand Towels, LED Ice Cubes
Deck The Halls
Perpetuate the holiday spirit by decorating your door and front porch with bright Christmas colors and lights. Tack a garland of synthetic holly or pine around the door frame and hang a festive wreath or stocking in the center of the door.
Unleash your creativity by following this easy DIY template and tutorial for creating personalized no-sew stockings on hgtv.com here.
Jazz up the walkway or porch columns by wrapping them with Electric Mini Lights to light up the night with Christmas cheer. PartySwizzle.com features lights in many colors to fit all of your holiday lighting needs.
Welcome guests as they approach the house with joyful Rudolph & Friends or Snowman Couples Window Gel Cling characters. A unique yard ornament like a friendly Snowman Yard Stake with Spinning Snowflakes distinguishes your house as the place to be for a jolly good time all winter long.
Greet your guests with a foyer display to set the mood as they arrive. Hang Kiwi Green & Red 9.5” Round Paper Lanterns above the entry way for a festive splash of color. Scatter Snowflakes Confetti across the table, then arrange a set of 3 stylish Antique Bronze Woodlands Reindeer with bright red noses.
Place one of a pair of 11” Glittered Red Tree Taper Candles to each side of the reindeer trio, scatter Snow-Kissed Loose Pine Cones around the tabletop, and frame the display with greenery to complete the wintry scene.
O, Christmas Tree
A lighted evergreen tree is central to the indoor Christmas decorating tradition, and always takes center stage. Hang mini stockings for each guest containing small favors from the branches for a memorable parting gift. Use this stocking template and follow the above tutorial to make no-sew mini-stockings.
Let It Snow
Place additional understated decorations strategically around the living area to delight guests as they make their way around the party area. If you don't have a fireplace but want to add a fun coziness to the room, an Instant View Fireplace Prop is an amusing alternative that still makes the room feel warmer.
Adorable Red-Nosed Reindeer Tealights work well on shelves or windowsills to enhance the ambiance with the warm glow of candlelight. Scatter a side table with Snowflakes Confetti and position a pair of 13” Snow Trees. Add the 9” Snowman With Flowers for You to the side to create an endearing scene.
Use 60” Pine Cone Garland to adorn your staircase banister or drape across the mantelpiece along with a Red Metal Tealight Lantern on each corner. Finish your display with a set of three Wood Hinged Snowflakes as a centerpiece.
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
This festive tableau of winter trees and reindeer is perfect for dining or serving tables. Use ivory candles in a red Nordic tree candelabrum flanked by a pair of tree trunk candle holders as your centerpiece
Create mini forests at each end of the table using stylishly simplistic cutouts. Group ivory Nordic trees with a bright red reindeer cutout at one end. Then, arrange a grouping of evergreen trees in assorted sizes and colors at the other.
Place a pair of Ceramic Snowmen On a Sled Tray salt & pepper shakers to one side of your candelabrum centerpiece. Then, position a pair of red-nose reindeer tealights on the other side to balance the scene. Add a mix of red star and green dot confetti down the length of the table for a smidgen of sparkle.
At each place setting, create Christmas themed napkin holders out of red & green 33” Metallic Bead Necklaces for glimmering seasonal elegant fun alongside 14” Round Gold Chargers or white dinner plates. Shimmering Gold Wire Christmas Tree Placecard Holders in the center of each place setting are the final festive touch.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Whether decorating for the kids or the kid in all of us, everyone will get kick out of a colorful presentation of a Christmas tree and lots of presents. Use a 20.5" LED Light-up Christmas tree in green or red as the table centerpiece.
Randomly place Miniature Gift Weights and Designer Flocked presents in a variety of patterns and colors around the tree. Alternately, wrap up small party favor gifts for each of your guests to place around the tree. Add a pair of Gifts On a Tray salt & pepper shakers.
And, don't forget the choo-choo train! Use glittered train placecard holders at each place circling the tree centerpiece and gifts. Sprinkle metallic multi-colored dots confetti to tie all the colors together as mini Christmas tree ornaments. Alternately, cut pieces of ribbon swirls in a variety of colors as your table scatter.
Finally, acknowledge the guy that made this all possible with Santa's Belt beverage napkins in the center of each plate or place setting. Or, continue the Christmas tree theme with Christmas Ornament beverage napkins.
Frosty The Snowman
The bar is likely to be visited by many guests at once, and so it is important that Christmas decorations in this area make a statement while taking up minimal space. Scatter some glittery Snowman & Snowflake Confetti Mix across the surface and string mini red or Snowman & Santa Claus lights around the edge.
Hang metal snowman & snowflake garland along the front or behind the bar. Position a posable snowman, snowboarder snowman, or glittered skiing snowman to the side between a pair of white snow trees.
Complete the scene with a pair of melting snowman candles and a large martini glass with red and white pearl party beads. Add red & white LED Ice Cubes to the water pitchers for extra dazzle, and serve cocktails with cheerful Frosty the Snowman or Antique Snowman beverage napkins.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Including the guest bathroom in the decorating scheme is often overlooked because it isn't a “party area,” but it is one of the places that almost every guest is likely to visit. So add a little holiday cheer into the space with a set of cute Snowman Embroidered Hand Towels.
Add a stylish shopping snowwoman or a snowman snowboarder for a more masculine spin. Also, consider adding a bouquet of red Glitterball Sprays in a 12” White Eiffel Tower Vase on the bathroom counter if space allows.
Scatter Snowman & Snowflakes Confetti across surfaces, and place a couple of winter tree votive candle holders with scented candles on the back of the toilet or on the counter.
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