Get ready for holiday fun, food, and festivities!
Can you believe it? Summer is a thing of the past and fall is in full swing.
Next thing you know it’ll be Halloween, then Thanksgiving and then Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and there will be Halloween candy, Thanksgiving turkeys, parties, gifts, school concerts, and more.
Well, I moved from Minnesota to Arizona, last year. No snow and no 30-below temps were the incentives.
I’m lovin’ it!
I purged most everything I had in Minnesota before I move, so last Christmas was a minimalist’s dream.
I borrowed a small Christmas tree from a friend, placed it on a side table and decorated it with the ornaments I brought with me.
It was a really fun holiday with family and friends which is what it’s all about, after all, but my decorating was a bit sparse.
Holiday Decorating Tips for 2018
Well, this year I’m going to make a concerted effort to embrace the Holidays in style.
No matter which winter holiday you’re preparing for, if you live in a small house or apartment you are probably looking for ways to maximize your space to accommodate your collections of seasonal/holiday decorations.
There’s a slideshow on Houzz that’s relevant for Christmas but many of the suggestions would be simple to tweak for Hanukah or any other winter celebration so I want to share it with you.
I love a lot of the ideas but #2, #9, #14, and #20 are on my to-do list this holiday season. #20 I will use as a centerpiece.
I like my decor…it suits me and I have lots of family mementos here and there. So it’s kind of hard for me to replace any of them even for a few weeks! But I do. I remove some and replace them with holiday pieces. Okay, I’ll admit it’s a nice change and it’s festive.
A few ideas you might want to try:
Holiday Bows and Ribbons
One way to easily add holiday charm is to tie bows around lamps. If you already use candles, you can do the same thing…tie bows around the candle base or holder. I even tie bows around plants in pretty pots!
Using ribbon and bows is easy, cheap (cheap is good) and clearly creative, don’t you think?
If you don’t want to make your own bows, they’re pretty much available everywhere holiday decorations are sold.
Or order online…the bow on this lamp is from Etsy.com! There are dozens of bows and ribbons and you-name-it holiday decor on Etsy.
Mirrors and Mantles and Holiday Plants
Hang holiday towels in your bathrooms, especially your guest bath, and place a candle on the vanity.
Fancy up your mirrors and mantles with garlands, too.
Apartment Therapy has a post on 7 Holiday Houseplants for People Who Are Bored With Poinsettias. Check the link for pictures.
- Christmas Cactus
- Norfolk Island Pine
Holiday Party Ideas:
So you’ve got the house all decked out. The next thing to think about is celebrating the season with a party. So much fun!
Are you entertaining? A buffet is an ideal way to serve party fare whether it’s a small gathering or a large party.
In a small space, a sit-down meal is not going to work for a larger gathering. But even if you have room, a buffet is easier to prepare and easier for cleaning up after the party.
Serving finger food is the best idea.
Just have enough small plates (and napkins) so guests can help themselves to a variety of offerings.
- Trays of sandwiches
- An assortment of cheeses and crackers
- Fruit kabobs
- A relish tray
- Cookies or bars for dessert
- A beverage bar
Tempting Holiday Food and Beverages
Here’s a super scrumptious recipe for any time of the year but perfect for a holiday party.
It’s from Alyssa, the creative blogger at My Sequined Life. It’s a keeper, for sure.
It takes about 30 minutes, total, to make.
Simple ingredients include refrigerated ravioli (one of my favorite go-tos for a quick meal) and marinara sauce. A few herbs, an egg and panko crumbs and you’re good to go.
The Beverage Bar
It’s a good idea to have a separate setting for the beverages you’re going to offer, especially if you’re setting up a full bar. Have lots of disposible glasses and napkins. Some suggestions:
- Mulled Wine
- Hot Buttered Rum
- Irish Cream Liqueur (It’s so easy to make, too!)
- Cocoa (on a cold snowy night)
- Hot Apple Cider
You might just want to serve wine and beer or eggnog or punch. If you have a punch or eggnog station, offer non-alcoholic choices, too.
Try Martha Stewart’s recipe for Cranberry Orange Punch.
Be sure to check out Good Housekeeping’s post featuring 35 Boozy Christmas Cocktails with creative names like:
- Thinking Cap Cocktail
- Ginger Bee Sting
- Cranberry Mimosa
- White Christmas Margarita
- Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned
- Jingle Juice
How fun is that?
Well, other than getting out your guest list and gathering your thoughts, you should be good to go for a celebration everyone will remember.
Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to post pictures and stories about memorable holiday celebrations.
I’ll keep this post updated. Stay tuned.