Over the years, I’ve used many different colors in my holiday decor but I always come back to red. Yes, cranberry, crimson, apple…no other hue can replace the coziness, energy and festive feel of red. So, this year I decided to pair red accents with black, white and silver. I also added plaid, which is super hot these days. It’s a strong pattern, so the trick is to use it sparingly, like on just one element of your design. A little goes a long way and it really does give you that ‘comfy and cozy’ look. Think…’Ski Cabin Chic.’ So, let’s get started with these fab holiday decorating ideas!
1. PLAY WITH PLAID
I decided to introduce plaid by layering my table with it. I used my plaid wrap, and put right on top of an ivory tablecloth. Red and black plaid is totally classic, and it makes a great anchor for my tablescape.
2. CREATE A FAB FOCAL POINT
A centerpiece that’s big and bold feels cozier than something that’s understated and subtle, so make sure your centerpiece stands out. As much as I love flowers, I wanted to do something a bit different, and my silver ginger jar did just the trick.
3. CANDLES, CANDLES, CANDLES! Enough said.
4. WHIP UP SOME WHIMSY
Cozy is what you see, as much as what you feel. A little whimsy can make your guests feel comfortable, welcome, and it can also be a great ice breaker for a group of people who may not know each other. I took wrapping paper that had a colorful, fun pattern and cut out large circles that I placed right on top of red chargers. Love the way they turned out!
TIP: Don’t go broke buying fancy plates. Glass plates are insanely cheap and they allow colors and patterns to come through and be seen. You can usually find tons of different glass plates and bowls at thrift stores and discount super stores.
5. INCLUDE SOMETHING HAND MADE
I know. You’ll have a ton of things to do and now I’m telling you to make something by hand. But stay with me!
These paper tags are very easy to make, and your guests can take them home to hang on the Christmas tree (or even a door knob). Everyone appreciates those small, personal touches!
6. SPREAD SOME CHALKBOARD CHEER
I love chalkboards. There is just something about a beautiful message written in chalk that seems so simple and yet elegant. And don’t worry if you don’t have fancy lettering skills. A holiday message is always special, no matter how it’s written.
Psst! In my next post, I’ll show you how easy it is to make those pretty paper tags, and I’ll give you ideas for how to use them!