Is it possible to simplify decorating for the holidays? I don’t know about you but decorating for the holidays can get a little crazy, sometimes it seems like one more thing added to my plate. To ease some of the craziness that the holidays can bring, try and simplify. When decorating your home for the holidays get creative, and bridge two holidays together so you are not putting up and taking decorations down each month.
Here are some suggestions:
For the fall why not use organic decorations. Branches that will last, add fruit, berries, and gourds to the theme. Granted fresh fruit may not last for two months but you could use some of the great fake fruit or berries that are available at craft stores. You may be so lucky as to have bittersweet, Chinese lanterns or rose hip in your landscape to add to your arrangements to make them feel more real. These will continue to give you the color through the fall. Adding Pepperberries, evergreens or magnolia leaves/branches into your arrangements will carry you into December. I really like using the season- fall, winter, spring; to choose decorations because they can endure many months. The bridge all the holidays, and by adding a few items continue to look fresh.
For seasonal decorating think of using gourds, leaves acorns and pine cones for the fall that can carry you from September through November.
Going into winter I like to use crystals, gold, and silver in my decorations. If you celebrate Hanukkah you can add blue to the gold, silver and crystal theme or even add some peacock feathers to spice the lookup for after Hanukkah. By grouping holidays and decorating seasonally it helps take some of the craziness out of changing your decor every holiday.
Another great accessory to decorate with is forced bulbs. They come in so many colors and add to any decorating theme. Use various height and shaped vases to group together and add interest. To continue with the “winter theme” leave the silver and crystals up but add red forced bulbs like tulips for February. When the flowers fade you have the green stems that can be incorporated into a spring theme.
Simplify your life, but keep it beautiful with these suggestions.
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