No time for Christmas decorating? Last-minute party prep? Check out these speedy ideas for decking your halls in style courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals.
Double Duty Ornaments
Create a splashy showcase for your favorite Christmas ornaments by perching them atop assorted candlesticks. Unify the display by using ornaments with a similar color palette and candlesticks that are similar in color and shape. (Note: Keep fragile ornaments stable by using museum wax or Tacky Wax (that can be found at most craft stores) to anchor them on to the candlesticks.)
Give an ordinary pillow a touch of Christmas style with holiday-theme silk scarves. Wrap scarves around a pillow to resemble a package, and tie ends together in a pretty bow. Hand stitch the bow to the pillow to secure if desired. Use red satin ribbon to tie large red jingle bells to the center of the bow. Knot the ribbon ends and trim with scissors.
Dress up a tabletop in a snap by arranging vintage Christmas ephemera, such as cards and gift tags, in a tray along with a few Christmas accessories. Throughout the season, add this year’s holiday greetings to the display as they arrive in the mail.
Dressed for the Holidays
Add Christmas sparkle to a room by suspending glass or silver ornaments from a chandelier. You can use a variety of ribbons or a single type of ribbon to unify the display.
Add some bling to a plain Christmas stocking by pinning an antique brooch to the cuff. Create the same look by adding a small ornament or jingle bell.
For a seasonal window treatment, drape strands of beaded garland over a curtain rod, securing them with tape on the back. Wire elegant glass ornaments to the garland, and hot-glue sprigs of greenery to the ornament tops.
Take a Message
Write a holiday greeting on a mirror with temporary window paint (available at craft stores). Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the paint can be removed after the season.
Silver Beads Sparkling in Candlelight
Glistening silver balls and beads reflect the golden glow of candlelight in a sophisticated centerpiece. Fill a bowl with shiny ornaments, then pack in white and ivory candles of various sizes. Drizzle the arrangement with silver beads, allowing some to flow over the edges of the bowl.
Let Your Spirit Bloom
Pick up a florist’s foam ball cover by inserting red carnation blooms all over it. This adds elegance and fragrance to your display. Place this atop a raised platter and tie a bow over it with silver ribbon.
Holiday in the Hills
Skip the flammable cotton snow and use inverted bowls to lend a little Alpine elevation to your Christmas village. A swag of greenery creates a perfect border to showcase the scene.
Planting Some Holiday Spirit
Houseplants look more festive with a layer of moss over the dirt and a sprinkling of holiday ornaments. Hot-glue the ornaments to the moss to ensure they don’t roll away.
Nestle soft-colored candles in a bed of mixed nuts and tiny red ornaments or cranberries set on a tray for easy ambiance.
Stuff iconic candy canes into a decorative bowl or flowerpot, and add red-and-white ribbon for a coordinated touch.
Dressed Up Doorknob
Tie a bit of velvet and a sprig of holly onto a doorknob for a fun holiday touch. Satin ribbon streamers tipped with little sleigh bells from a craft store would look great, too.
Fast and Simple Centerpiece
Tie a large festive ribbon around a punch bowl and surround it with a fresh pine wreath to create a quick, easy, and elegant centerpiece.
Don’t neglect the bathroom when decorating for the holidays. Candles, vintage ornaments, and a beaded garland dress up the space for your guests.
No fireplace? Hang stockings from stair railings, doorknobs, bookshelves, or the backs of chairs. Until the big day arrives, stuff the bottom with a roll of tissue or bubble wrap, then nestle a tiny gift, candy cane, and greenery into the top.
Pine-cones have a natural appeal, so show them off in clear vases or decorative bowls. Add a handful of colored ornaments for a bit of color, and tie a sheer ribbon around the center of the container.
Holiday on Ice
A gathering of friends is cause for celebration. Chill sparkling wine on a bed of frozen cranberries. Star-shaped ice cubes add extra twinkle.
If you want to send party guests home with a few goodies, skip the conventional paper gift bag for something more creative, such as fuzzy mittens, which also make a nice table display for your party.
If you have any tried and true, fast and easy ideas for holiday decorating, please share them with us! We’d love to pass along your ideas!
Wishing joy and happiness to all in this season of giving and sharing.