Oh hi! Remember me? It’s been a while since my last post. I’d love to say I’ve been off taking care of all my Christmas shopping and holiday preparations but the reality is I’ve been running to get all my clients taken care of before Christmas and I’ve hardly done anything on the home front! On the weekend we finally had a chance to get our tree and make the house a little more festive. Are you in a time crunch too? Here are a few of the ways I streamlined and made decorating a little bit easier this year.
I like to scatter holiday vignettes throughout the house, but they don’t have to be complicated or over the top. Wrap small empty boxes in coordinated paper, dress up with pretty ribbon or rustic twine, and stack on a console table or sideboard for an easy holiday look. You can tie a ribbon around your lamps or throw pillows, or fill a glass vase with ornaments or garland and it’s immediately festive.
Sometimes simple is better when it comes to wrapping gifts. I often use a plain kraft paper gift bags or wrap and tie a pretty, unique ornament to the top to make them extra-special. And ribbon isn’t just for bows – staple strips of wired ribbon around a plain gift bag for a custom look without a lot of effort.
Full disclosure: one time, years ago, I took a wreath-making workshop and produced a completely original masterpiece from wire, silk flowers, and a glue gun. But why go to all that trouble when you can customize a pre-made wreath by adding a beautiful ribbon to hang it from. Ribbon also makes a great tree garland and can be woven through fresh or faux greenery on your mantel or railing.
A wreath also makes a great base for centrepiece. Lay it flat and fill in the middle with vases of varying heights and fill some with candles and some with ball ornaments. The wreath can be embellished with ribbon, ornaments, lights, pinecones, etc. (The battery operated lights are so pretty too and you don’t have to worry about any cords or candles.)
My last, and perhaps most important, idea for keeping you sane during the holidays is to make sure you have an ample supply of wine available for moments when it all seems to be too much. Take a deep breath, take a sip, and keep it all in perspective!
I hope these ideas help you bring some festive spirit into your home without too much fuss. The countdown is on!