Christmas is coming! ‘Tis the season for lots of get togethers, family and friends, parties, cookie exchanges, play groups, etc. With busy schedules, it leaves little time for company prep.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to add a touch a holiday cheer in flash:
1. Add a touch of greenery.
Greenery makes everything come alive and feel festive! Add picks to containers and vases you already own for an easy centerpiece or accent. I love mixing real and faux to create a winter wonderland. Sometimes your own backyard will have a great selection of what you need to put in a vase. After Christmas, I add dried flowers to greens to make an easy switch from Christmas to winter. Plus, fresh pine smells amazing!
2. Add a touch of vintage.
I have been collecting vintage cookies cutters for years. I pile them in bowls and use them as package tie-ons. Such a simple thing adds a fun detail to the kitchen. It takes just a couple of seconds to throw these into existing bowls I have on the counter. These are also fun to trace for handmade ornaments!
3. Create a simple vignette on an accent table by using a wreath and a favorite candle to give a cozy, welcoming feel.
4. Make the table special.
Use a wreath or swag tied to the back of a chair with ribbon to make each place feel unique and festive. I love to use velvet ribbon during the holidays for packages and decor.
5. Use lots of lots of candlelight.
Candles create a beautiful atmosphere — they just make everything pretty! From tapers to votives, add several to the table for a special dining experience. Here we used a mix of brass and vintage red glass. The brass can be used year round.
6. Use vase filler of different kinds.
I like to fill bowls with vintage ornaments, faux snow and jingle bells. These are all easy to find! If you can’t find vintage ornaments, there are several new versions that look old.
7. Create a cozy space.
Use chunky knits and Christmas pillows to change up a family room. Layer a throw on a guest bed. A throw can create a warm feeling in an instant. Piling on the textures makes an inviting space.