With the major holidays fast approaching, now is the time to start planning your holiday party. Hosting and decorating for a holiday party doesn’t need to be overwhelming or heavy on your wallet. Here are some of our best holiday design tips to throw a successful party!
Send Out Holiday Themed Invites
Start off by making a list of your friends and family that you’d like to invite to the party, and then focus on sending them a beautiful and cheerful party invitation, listing all of the necessary information. Are there only appetizers and not a main meal? Is there a dress code? Give them those tiny details on the holiday decorated invitation so that they can better prepare for the party, including a time to arrive!
Decorate the Dinner Table with a Holiday Design
Before you can begin to decorate your dining room table, envision the colors and look that you’re going for. Add one large vase or several smaller vases throughout the length of the table, but don’t go overboard, as you risk causing clutter. Consider a decorative bowl full of pinecones, ornaments or mini candy canes for décor, or place glammed up garland and berry sprigs in the center of the table.
Set a Joyful Mood
Make sure that you set the mood of the party based on the guests on the invite list and the décor you have chosen. If you’re going for a more elegant party, choose dim lighting and include candles in metallic holders. For a more fun and festive party, focus on creating a cheerful holiday design that pops in classic red, and consider scented candles that will trigger a holiday connection.
Spruce up the Presentation
Don’t worry about spending a fortune on an elaborate meal or décor. In regards to holiday design décor, less can be more. If you focus more on how you present the food on platters, you can get away with not having appetizers from the 5-star caterer down the street. Don’t forget, food can be décor as well, so have a table full of holiday treats that spreads cheer, and your guests will be sure to leave full of holiday spirit.
What is your number one holiday design tip for hosting a successful party?
There are many easy fall decoration ideas to bring the warm colors of fall into your home this season. By coordinating small pops of fall color into your home or apartment’s color pallet across rooms, you can achieve an autumn atmosphere without completely turning your home into a sea of reds, yellows, browns, oranges and greens.
Living Room Interior Design
Make your living room a fall sanctuary by decorating with natural gords and pumpkin, either on coffee tables or on the fireplace mantle. The lively gords can range in color from red, orange, yellow, and brown and vary in sizes which help to accommodate your space (whether big or small). Because of their various sizes, pumpkins can act as a centerpiece on tables, or within prominent areas of your living room entryway. Adding these kinds of themed design elements into your living room are an easy fall decoration tactic to create an instant fall color upgrade.
We also recommend swapping the flowers in your vase with decorative maple leaves in mason jars. This design element helps to give your space a mixture of autumn colors with the cozy feel of mason jar décor. If you’re wanting to make the decorating process a craft for you and your friends and family, create your own leaf covered mason jar lanterns to add texture to a room. And since lighting can play a huge role in your living room design, we encourage upgrading lighting fixtures for the fall season. This can be done through placing fall themed lanterns in place of end table lamps.
Kitchen Interior Design
There are a few ways to subtly transform your kitchen for the fall season. Start by swapping your fruit holder for a wicker basket with a liner in a fall color. This easy fall decoration can already begin to make your kitchen feel welcoming for autumn.
Continue the trend from your kitchen into your dining space by investing in fall themed candlesticks to serve as a dining room table centerpiece and to pull in the soft lighting. Of course, an updated fall colored napkin or napkin holder, and appropriately themed glasses also work to tie in the theme.
Bathroom Interior Design
Soft lighting can help achieve a relaxed ambiance, so swap your current bathroom candles for those of orange and yellow hues. You can coordinate the colors of the candles with updated hand towels that speak to the interior design atmosphere you are interested in. Introducing a different soap scent that ties into the fall season is a simple method to energize your bathroom’s interior design for fall. One of our favorites is the method Fig + Rhubarb soap, not only for the smell, but also because the purple color adds a secondary element to break up the warmth of the reds, yellows, and browns.
As with the seasons, we all change, too, and this should be reflected in your interior decor. Maybe it’s time to ask: What story is your home telling right now? You want a floor that speaks to you, but in a good way. Because the phrase, “Don’t look down” should only be something you think about on a high wire.
What better way to freshen up your style than with some pretty views underfoot? Perhaps your house just needs better functionality and ease of movement or maybe it is time for some big updating and new color choices. New flooring could very well be the just the breath of fresh air that your home needs.
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The other surface, coffee tables. These are surfaces that can have huge impact. You can play around with texture, colors, and accessories. For a more personal look, you can have look books with family pictures, frames and sentimental items out. For a more funky look, have magazines with lots of color, or put a pop of color underneath like an area rug. If you like more simple and fresh looks, do something simple like a floral arrangement with some perennials or tulips in a simple vase, add a few books or magazines for some reading material. There are so many ways to style a coffee table, simple to over the top. Just don’t forget about this surface, it has a lot of potential. Your guest will appreciate a few magazines out or a conversation piece like your family album.
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We’re thankful for the inspirational images (above) of rugs by Etsi Barnes, designer for London based company Top Floor. Fancy floral patterns? Here are a few more colorful carpets we like a whole bunch:
Fade into summer with a more muted area rug, like this one (above). We love the soft yellow and the pattern’s gentle nod to traditional ornamentation.