Holiday decorating doesn’t have to be a rehash of traditional red, white and green ornaments and a wreath on the front door. This year, try these different decorating ideas to impress friends and family—and make the Holidays extra special!
Pick a theme. And stick with it! Try ornaments, napkins, a tablecloth, stockings, and wrapping paper in one colour scheme—like white and blue, or red and silver. That will tie your décor together and create a stunning visual effect. Or pick a style you love, from country to modern, rustic, or even industrial. Think metal ornaments, placemats made from old maps and unpolished silver serving utensils. You can even experiment with shapes, matching bobbles with circular stockings and serving dinner on a round dining table with rounded-back Bentwood dining chairs.
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas. Your home doesn’t just have to be beautiful to look at—it can smell like the Holidays, too! Go for delicious scents that linger. Simmer orange peel and balsam pines with rosemary on the stove. Hang gingerbread ornaments from the tree, or dry citrus rounds and string them up above the fireplace to release their smell. Spray pinecones with scented oils like cinnamon or peppermint. Make a wreath out of a spring of sage or rosemary by tying in a loop and hanging them all around the house. Or make a big batch of cookie dough, freeze and fill the house with their scent by baking a few every night around the Holidays for dessert.
Go budget friendly. No need to break the bank to set the Holiday mood at home! All you need is a little imagination and a few supplies, like pinecones, branches, glue, spray paint, popsicle sticks, and stickers. Just spray the cones and sticks, then lay a sheet down on a table and let the kids create. Add hooks to decorate the tree, or string a piece of colourful wool up and hang their creations side by side. You can also buy an inexpensive cork board and use pushpins to show off your Holiday cards. Plus use old cards to make new decorations and hang with real ribbon. Rim a cocktail glass with sugar and fill with peppermint candies. You can also use Mason jars to create hot-chocolate treats: Layer cocoa powder, chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, and marshmallows. They look stunning on a mantelpiece or sideboard. When you’re ready to drink, just add hot water!
Travel from the comfort of home. Pick a country and follow their Holiday traditions for a celebration that’s truly different. Decorate with paper lanterns as they do in China. Trim the tree with seashells from past vacations for an Australian twist. In Finland, they create geometric ornaments made from straw. And Eastern Europe is famous for its spider decorations—an old tradition meant to bring good luck!