The holiday season is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than by decorating your home, inside and out? Decorating for a holiday gathering or dinner party can be a fun way to get into the holiday spirit, and the decorations bring a holiday cheer to even an ordinary day. How will you decorate your home this year? We’ve compiled some of our favorite ideas of 2017 below.
Welcome Your Guests with a Creative Wreath
Placing a wreath on your front door is a welcoming gesture and spreads good cheer to everyone who comes to your door. During the holidays, wreaths also make fun indoor decorations when hung on walls or above doorways. But why stick with a pine cone or evergreen wreath? Here are some ideas to make your wreath your own:
- Add some ornaments or lights. Add a bright element of holiday cheer to a simple wreath by hanging small ornaments or tinsel, just as you might decorate a tree. Battery operated twinkling lights add a festive flair!
- Choose a theme and run with it. Live near the beach? Why not decorate your own driftwood wreath with sea shells and starfish? If you love to knit or crochet, you could craft your own wreath from yarn, or use balls of yarn to create a wreath on a circular wooden frame. Flowers, fruits, trinkets, candy canes, and just about anything can be added to make your wreath truly unique.
- Make it a group activity. For more fun for everyone, hang a plain twig wreath on a wall in a prominent location, with a stack of notecards and pens nearby. Have your visitors write out a wish for the new year or a greeting on a card, then attach to your wreath. Soon it will be filled with unique messages of love and inspiration.
Ornaments and Baubles: Not Just for Trees
While we all hang brightly colored, shining ornaments on a holiday tree, and those glittering orbs can bring style and the holiday spirit throughout your home. Hang them on a wreath or pine boughs, or arrange them in a large glass vase for a simple, elegant centerpiece. At a holiday dinner party, small ornaments with initials inscribed in permanent marker or glitter glue can serve as place markers for your table settings. For a whimsical “chandelier,” hang a group of ornaments in a cluster from the ceiling with ribbons.
Jingle Bells and Twinkling Lights
Old-fashioned sleigh bells attached to your front door handle can create a classic, festive feel, and alert you to arrivals at a busy party. Bells or strung lights can also be added to pine boughs on the walls or banisters, or serve as the final touch on the mantelpiece. For a warm and festive lighting treatment, fill glass containers with strings of holiday lights inconspicuously plugged into a nearby outlet, to add ambiance and glow without the risks associated with burning candles.
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