Everywhere you go is a sea of red and green! Big red bows, ornaments galore, and little twingling lights decorate every home on the block. Christmas decorations are beautiful, but sometimes can be a little too expected and familiar – espeically for special events and parties!
As designers, we can not help but think outside the box and for Christmas that means putting a twist on traditional. Last week, my design partner in crime Missy, and I had such a fun time heliping her client make her home sparkle and shine with christmas decor for a big holiday party.
First impressions count! With such a beautiful front door, it demanded a full and fresh wreath. We assembled this real wreath with pinecones, apples, lemons, limes, and oranges! Here I am using wire to secure fresh fruit to our wreath.
By Incoroporating fresh fruit and pinecones, gave the wreath a little unexpected surpirse. It turned out beautiful!
With dinner parties, decoartions in the dining room should be elegant and tasteful. Centerpieces can be a challenge. If centerpieces are too big, there is no room to move your elbows – yet alone reach for the salt! Too smallof centerpieces, they will get lost in the food. Tall centerpieces or centerpieces with light visual weight are perfect!
Here we chose silver candelabra with unique gold polka dot candles with a small wreath around the center. Fillng the tray with fresh kumkauts, cherries, lemons, limes, apples, and unshelled nuts was a fun little surprise. The various fruits and nuts gave our centpieces some interest, texture, and more color to the table. Accenting the candelabras, we used a mercury glass tea candles for a little extra ambiance!
Missy and I had a fun time personalizing the garland on the stairs. Missy’s client and her family lived for several years in England and we wanted to incorporate their family history. By sprinkling the garland with touches of England, we created a little personal moment and conversational element! Look at the little red guard ribbon, and double decker bus ornament- what a fun little touch!
For one of the Christmas trees, we used a light pink tulle. The soft and delicate nature of tulle is perfect balance with christmas tree brances. Christmas tree lights bounce through the fabric and it definitely made the tree sparkle!
For parties, always bring in fresh flowers! Missy arranged these red roses, white fresias, and a star of Bethlehem in this simple glass square vase. Adding the star of Bethelehem complements the red roses and white fresias beautifully and it’s significance and name is perfect.
It is easy to pull out your box of christmas decorations and decorate the same way as last year, and the year before, and the year before…. but be different! Put a little twist on your holiday decor!
Missy and Annie’s Christmas Decorating Tips:
Use your home’s architecture and home furnishings to create focal points to showcase grand decoration displays
Don’t go overboard! It is easy to decorate too much, but remember less is alaways more
Try to be different and make your decor personal to you and your family
Move around furniture, even to different rooms- its fun to mix things up for Christmas
Always be fresh! Artificial and fake decorations lack flavor, aroma, and liveliness!
- Don’t just use red and green! Accent your decorations with some of your other colors in your home
- Have fun decoarting witth your family and always have a plate of cookies nearby!
We had a great time decoarting together! The house was beautiful and the party was a success!
What is your favorite Christmas decoration “moment” in your home this season? Which decoration makes your the happiest?