3 holiday decorating tips for the last minute…

It’s the week before Christmas, and the count down is on!  If you’re one of the many who still need to get some decorating done quickly, here are my top three decorating tips to help you get it done.

1.  Prioritize your decorating by the areas that will provide the greatest impact.  Start with the first impression your guests will have from the time they arrive at your home…

  • Front door:   Add greenery; a garland around your front door, and wreaths in multiples add more impact.  Layer with ornaments, ribbon, and lights. Also mini trees in floor standing pots with lights are quick, easy and very classy!
  • Front windows:  Hang wreaths from inside of windows.  Add lights.  Or string lights around inside of windows.  It’s a great easy way to add lights to upper levels as well.
  • Stairway:   Wrap a garland on banister with lights.
  • Chandelier and mirror:  Wrap a garland around them and hang ornaments from them.
  • Hang extra-large ornaments outside entry way.

Photo courtesy of Lowes

Photo courtesy of Country Living

2. Put your tree in a high visibility spot and make it the focal point… 

Link to radio segment on Christmas tree decorating where I’m interviewed on the Pete and Brenda Show.

Consider placing your tree in the most visible place, such as a large entry foyer, or the main room that is seen when you first walk in your front door.    Make the tree the focal point of your Christmas decor and of the room.  Use a decorating theme on your tree to help make it a beautiful focal point.  You can put your other special ornaments elsewhere…  For example you can hang them from garlands over a doorway or stairway, put them on smaller trees in a kids room, display the ornaments as part of a display on a mantle, or add them to your center piece or credenza display.  Mix them in with some greens or garlands of beads, and voila!

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3.  Prioritize where you decorate by where most of your time will be spent…

  • If hosting a dinner, prioritize your dining table center piece:
    • You can quickly and easily add greenery mixed with candles, ribbon, ornaments as your center piece.
    • Use food as fillers in large bowls, mix with other elements, pinecones, and your tree cuttings.  Flank with candle sticks and you’re done! 

 

  • If hosting a gift exchange, prioritize decorating the room where you’ll be opening gifts.  Focus your decorating on these areas…
    • Fireplace
    • Mantel
    • Stockings
    • Garlands
    • Candles, ornaments
    • Container(s) full of pinecones, Christmas tree cuttings, mix in some ornaments and strings of lights

 

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