Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. There are so many ways to cherish this time with our friends and family. In fact, we encourage you to make time this holiday season to appreciate the wonders of Christmas. You can make the most out of this holiday season by participating in all the fun Christmas festivities this season has to offer. To help give you some festive ideas, here are five great activities you must consider:
Bring the Christmas joy to your neighborhood by caroling with your loved ones. You can find a group of friends or family and carol around your neighborhood. Just be sure to select some songs that the group can be familiar with and practice before your performance.
Baking Cookies or Building a Gingerbread Home
Nothing says Christmas like delicious cookies and treats. Get creative this holiday and bake some seasonal cookies. You can decorate your cookie-cutter snowmen or gingerbread men with frosting and candy. You can also let your creativity shine by making gingerbread homes. Plus, it can be fun for the whole family to participate in this activity.
Driving to See Christmas Lights
Christmas lights illuminate the night sky throughout the holiday season. Plus, it can always be fun to explore and look for entertaining light shows in your surrounding area. You can go to neighborhoods with a lot of Christmas lights or find areas advertised in your newspapers. Some light shows even have radio stations coordinated with them for the full package of entertainment.
White Elephant Gift Exchange
This classic Christmas gift exchange is excellent for seasonal parties. You will first want to set a budget. Next, everyone will go and buy a gift within this budget. The gifts can range from very useful to just plain silly. Everyone will draw numbers to determine the order of the exchange. Sit in a circle with all the wrapped gifts in the middle. As the game begins, each player can select a gift from the circle or steal another player’s gift. Since the rules are a bit detailed, we recommend reading the instructions before playing, especially if it is your first time.
Christmas Movie Marathon
There are so many great Christmas holiday movies. You can enjoy them by getting your friends and family together for a movie night. Select a couple of Christmas movies to watch throughout the day. It is always a good time to get to sit back with some popcorn and snacks and watch some of the classic holiday flicks.
What are some of your favorite holiday activities? We would love to hear from you in the comment section.
Thanksgiving is the time of year that friends and family all gather together and celebrate the good things in life. This festive time can be a blast, but it can also become quite stressful when you are hosting it yourself. Hosting any major event comes with its set of challenges. From planning the event, meal prepping, ensuring a good time, and much more, this task can feel overwhelming. In order to have a successful Thanksgiving, you need to plan ahead of time. Here is everything you need to consider making your Thanksgiving flows as smoothly as possible.
Prep the Night Before the Event
Any big event takes time. Try to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner as much as possible the night before the event. Set your table for all your guests and have all the groceries bought. Consider baking anything you can one day prior. The more you can accomplish before the day of the event, the better.
Do not pass up on the opportunity for help. You may have a couple of friends or family members willing to help cook or bring side dishes! Hosting does not mean you need to be Mr. or Mrs. Independent. Allow others to help. This can turn your dinner into a massive feast! With everyone having different assigned tasks, you will be able to focus more time on the event itself.
Stress can easily make some individuals get agitated when things are not going accordingly. Make sure you do not become a “negative Nancy” when hosting the event. The host energy can contribute to the energy of the entire event. If you are becoming stressed, your guests will be able to see this easily. Relax and have a game plan. From cooking and meal preparation to dessert and after dinner activities, all these should be thought out ahead of time. Just be sure to be adaptable as the day unfolds and make sure to relax.
Planning ahead of time is vital. Remember, your guests will most likely be drinking. It is essential to remember your guests’ safety. Have a plan in place if guests cannot return home or need a place to stay. Enjoy the opportunity to spend time with everyone, and remember to relax.
Fall is here, and it is time to start spending more time inside with your family. As the days grow shorter and colder, we tend to have much more time inside our homes than during summer. Making your home fall-ready is a fun way to celebrate the season. By adding some fall décor to your space, you can take pride in the change of the season and make your home feel more welcoming and inviting. Here are three easy décor ideas to add to your home this season:
Flannel is a distinctive pattern associated with fall. You can add warm or cool tone flannel blankets to your home for a festive look. In fact, it can even be a great addition to swap out your summer sheets with flannel fall sheets. You can even get flannel throw pillows and blankets to add to your living room for a fall look.
Nothing makes a home more inviting than a sweet aroma. Fall is full of many wonderful scents to add to your space. Look into apple cinnamon or pumpkin spice for festive scent. Plus, there are hundreds of other great scents to choose from that can make your home feel like an autumn oasis.
Make any table feel more seasonal by adding a festive centerpiece. Use holiday-influenced décor like cornucopias or jack o’ lanterns. You even can use a leaf display or candlelit mason jars. Adding a centerpiece can be more than just your dining room display. Consider adding centerpieces to your coffee tables or even over your fireplace mantel to make your room feel even more complete.
You can also make your table feel autumn-inspired by adding decorative placemats. These can be a seasonal addition that you put out each season. Look for placemat sets that are fall influenced, and add a plaid table runner as well to really make the atmosphere feel complete.
Decorating for the seasons is always fun and exciting. Be creative and explore different ways to make your home feel even warmer and more inviting this year. What are some of your favorite fall décor options? Let us know in the comment section, and for more tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe.
Have you noticed the days are getting shorter, and the air in the mornings is crisp and cooler? Fall is just around the corner, so what better reason to spruce up your front entrance? There are so many inexpensive, creative ideas for this project; therefore, we encourage you to join the fun with our favorite easy fall design ideas:
We are sure that you have planters and urns around your home, but if not, be sure to buy some in varying sizes. Remember you can use these year-round for other seasonal decorations. If they need to be painted, think about burgundy, forest green, dark gray, gold or bronze. Planters can be spray painted in no time, making it a quick project.
You may know that now is the time for mum flowers to be in bloom through November. They come in so many beautiful fall colors and are typically inexpensive. When mums have finished blooming in your local area, simply plant them in your yard landscape to enjoy next fall. What a wonderful way to repurpose! Take the mums and place them in the planters and urns for pops of color.
Planters are also excellent for creating height in your arrangement, especially if you have pumpkins and cornstalks in the design. Reverse this idea and place pumpkins and gourds in the planters then place the mums on the ground around the planters. Try different arrangements until you find your favorite!
Baskets and More
Everyone has some baskets laying around the house or in your garden shed. If you like the distressed look of patina or the clean, neat look, spray paint works wonders. Simply pick up an old antique bench or chair from a yard sale and begin spray painting. Again, keep it natural or spray paint according to your preferences.
Place dried flowers, small pumpkins, live mums, decorative gourds in the baskets and place on the bench or the seat of the chair. Also, large apple or peach baskets are perfect for placing a planter in the center. Or you can turn the basket upside down and use as a table to display your treasures.
Cornstalks, Tree Limbs, Vines and Willow Branches
These items are ideal for creating an arch around your front door because they are so beautiful and natural! Plus, these designs can be seen from the street. Everyone should have a supply of zip ties around the house since they are so handy and functional. Attach the limbs and stalks together with zip ties, spraypaint the zip ties if they are visible, and place the stalks in a planter or basket.
Also, a fishing line is another item with a million uses. Anchor the limbs together by simply wrapping fishing line from the bottom up to the top. You can arrange the limbs once you have the zip ties or fishing line in place. Just attach the fishing line to light sconces or tap in small nails to secure at the top of your door.
How do you decorate your front entrance for fall? Do you do anything exciting and different? We would love for you to share your thoughts with our other readers in the comment section. Thanks for reading!
As seasons transition, your decor can follow along by switching up simple items to follow the season’s theme. To help you make the seasonal change, we created a guide for five brilliant ways to transition for each season. Let’s take a look!
Five Brilliant Ways to Transition for Each Season:
Swap out Throw Pillows + Blankets.
Swapping out your current throw pillows and blankets can be a simple way to switch up your decor for the new season. For blankets, you want to be sure to include a lighter option for the warmer months and a heavier option for the colder months. The color scheme of your throw pillows and blankets during the warmer months should be light and fresh. This can include a lot of light and bright colors with muted pastels and whites. The color scheme for the colder months should emphasize coziness and comfort. A warmer color scheme can help accomplish this look!
Change up Your Bedding.
Your bedding is another thing that you will want to change up seasonal, especially if you live in a climate with cold winters and hot summers. Design experts recommend keeping it simple by removing more layers during summer months and add the layers back during winter months. You can change up the design by switching out your decorative pillows on the bed.
Switch out Photos.
Luckily, your wall art can be changed easily. It is a great way to switch up your design seasonally without committing to a whole new design. Design experts recommend making it easy on yourself by placing the artwork on a shelf. This way you can swap them out seasonally without the hassle of having to take them off the walls.
Work in a New Rug.
Rugs definitely set the tone of your room. If you have a heavy rug for winter months, it can potentially weigh down the room during summer months. To help keep the flow going, we recommend swapping out your rugs seasonally.
Incorporate The Season’s Scents.
While visuals are outstanding, scents can contribute to the tone of your space. In colder months, you will want cozy smells like cinnamon and vanilla. Whereas in warmer months, you will want lighter scents like flowers and fruits.
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Fall is almost here! Just about everyone welcomes the cool, brisk days and crisp nights that fall offers, and what better time of year to spruce up your front entrance? Homeowners can choose from many inexpensive and creative ideas for dressing up their front entry with seasonal decor. To help you encapsulate the beloved season, we provided several ideas for you to enjoy. Let’s take a look!
Planters and Urns
- We are sure that you have planters and urns around your home, but if not, you will want to buy some varying sizes. Remember you can use these year-round for other seasonal decorations; therefore, they become a solid investment. If they need to be painted, think about burgundy, forest green, maybe even black/gray, gold or bronze. Planters can be spray painted in practically no time to save homeowners time and money.
- You may know that now is the time for mum flowers to be in bloom through November. They come in so many beautiful fall colors and are an inexpensive decor piece. When mums have finished blooming, simply plant them in your yard’s landscape to enjoy next fall. What a wonderful way to repurpose! You can even take the mums and place them in the planters and urns for a stylish pop of color.
- Planters are also beautiful for creating height in your arrangement, especially if you have pumpkins and cornstalks in the design. You can even reverse this idea and place pumpkins and gourds in the planters and place the mums on the ground around the planters. Try different arrangements until you find your favorite!
Baskets and More
- Everyone has some baskets laying around the house or in their garden shed. If you like the distressed look, you can incorporate them into your fall decor. If you prefer the clean and neat look, spray paint works wonders to help spruce them up for use.
- Pick up an old antique bench or chair from a yard sale for a unique twist. Again, you can keep natural or spray paint according to your style preference. Place dried flowers, small pumpkins, live mums, decorative gourds in the baskets and place on the bench or the seat of the chair. Also, large apple and peach baskets are perfect for placing a planter inside, or you can turn the basket upside down and use it as a table to display your fall treasures.
Cornstalks, Tree Limbs, Vines and Willow Branches
- These items are ideal for creating an arch around your front door and so beautiful and natural! These designs can be seen from the street which creates a showstopping effect. Be sure to have a supply of zip ties around the house to attach the limbs and stalks together. Afterward, spraypaint the zip ties if they are visible. Place the stalks in a planter, urn or basket for a decorative touch and anchor the limbs together by merely wrapping a fishing line from the bottom of the tree to the top. You can arrange the limbs once you have the zip ties or fishing line in place. Just attach the fishing line to light sconces or tap in small nails to secure at the top of your door.
How do you decorate for fall? We would love for you to share your tips and tricks with other readers, below in the comment section.
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