Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday Garland/Decor Tips

My sister and her husband's place was decorated beautifully for Thanksgiving dinner - felt like I was walking into a magazine! She keeps it simple yet elegant.

Here are her tips for doing the same in your home:
  • Your centerpiece can be beautiful and subtle at the same time. Don't mix too many colors.
  • Keep it simple and cost effective by using green things like moss, grass, ivy, evergreen, etc.
  • Keep it fresh by using real fruit, vegetables and/or flowers
  • Keep trying. You may have to play around a bit to get the look you want.
  • You want your centerpiece to stand out but not steal the show. It should look effortless not laborious.

See below details about the center piece: Basic clear candle holder you can customize to any occasion. Around the white candle pillar she has moss topped with fresh Asters. Joy framed the center piece base with fresh gourdes, faux fall leaves from the Dollar Store, faux acorns and fresh cranberries. 

Joy says, "Not everyone can eat later in the day. You want your garland to look stunning in natural daylight and/or candlelight."

Good point! I never thought of that.

What you Need:
  • Fresh Boxwood or Evergreen
  • 1 Bag of Cranberries
  • Faux Acorns or Chestnuts
  • 1 Fresh Bouquet of Asters
  • Faux Fall Leaves
  • Candles
  • Crab Apples
For christmas, Joy is going to keep the garland but make the following changes:
  • Swap the fall leaves for snowflakes
  • Swap the acorns/chestnuts for pinecones
  • Swap the Aster for a winter flower like Poinsetta, Amaryllis or Jasmine

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