(ARA) - 'Tis the season for making merry. Whether you are celebrating a traditional family holiday at home or entertaining some friends for a festive cocktail party, use decorations to transform your home into a winter wonderland this holiday season.
Here are some quick and simple holiday decorating tips from the experts at ProFlowers:
Classic Country Christmas
Your family tends to make all of your holiday decorations from scratch, and everyone pitches in while stringing the popcorn to go around your oversized Christmas tree. This year, take your homemade decorating a step further and transform your home into a festive country cottage. Hang pinecone garland, bought or homemade, along your staircase to bring the outdoors inside. For an added country touch, add plaid red and white ribbons to your garland. Hanging greenery on your mantel is always a classic touch, and this year you can take it a step further by sprinkling fake snow on the greenery to give your home a cozy feeling.
The thought of hanging red and green patterned stockings from your fireplace makes you quiver. You prefer to celebrate the holidays in a minimalist way. You would love to bring the merriment of the holidays indoors without overdoing it, so what can you do? Instead of hanging them on your wall, try placing small evergreen wreathes on your dining room table or side table with votive candles in the center. This innovative candelscape will smell great and look festive without screaming HO! HO! HO! You can also try decorating your fireplace mantel with fragrant pines or topiaries in vases that have classic, clean lines.
If the smell of eggnog takes you back to the tinsel and brightly colored glass ornaments of your youth, you might be longing for a retro holiday. Bring back those feelings by breaking out your old boxes of ornaments and even making some of your own with old photos and retro patterned fabric. Keep your table centerpieces simple by running your table with red, orange and yellow candles set among fresh smelling evergreen.
Holiday Cocktail Party
Celebrating the holidays with some friends and some warm cocktails? Spruce up your dining room or kitchen by hanging evergreen boughs from a chandelier or lighting fixture. Gather up a few sprigs of greenery after trimming your Christmas tree and tie with a red bow to use at your place settings. You can also use these extra bits of evergreen as a substitute for real mistletoe, which is actually poisonous and dangerous for children and pets. Courtesy of ARAcontent