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Get Your Home Holiday-Ready in 9 Steps

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The jingle bells are ringing and the eggnog is flowing. That can only mean one thing, the holidays are here! Have you found yourself so busy baking cookies and shopping for gifts that you’ve left decorating for the last minute? We’ve got you, and your Christmas tree, covered with these 9 easy steps.

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Step 1: Make a Grand First Impression

 

Welcome family and friends into your home with a festive entryway. Don’t have time to string lights along the roofline? Instead, hang artificial garland and wreaths adorned with ornaments for decor that will last all season. And if the project just isn’t complete without a touch of DIY, brighten up your walkway with lanterns made from perforated copper metal sheets and LED wire lights. You can also repurpose outdoor planters by topping them with pre-lit garland and an ornament kissing ball.

 

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Step 2: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

 

You’ve spent so much time coordinating wrapping paper to bows, make sure the tree they sit under is equally eye-catching! Mix a traditional palette of red, green, and metallics with a bold wintery blue for maximum impact. Varying the size the shape of the ornaments will add dimension and fill in any gaps between tree branches. And for the final touch, craft a strand of ribbon garland and wrap it around the tree. DIY tip: use ribbon that has a wire edge so the links hold their shape.

 

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Step 3: Welcome Santa Down the Chimney

 

The stockings have been hung from the mantel with care, but have you jazzed up the rest of the space for Santa’s arrival? Spruce up a strand of artificial garland with colorful ornaments to outline the fireplace. Set aside a red ornament and arrange sisal rope to embellish an artificial wreath for a family-friendly decor piece.

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 Add groupings of candle holders, vases, and other small trinkets to both ends of the mantel for a balanced look.

 

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If you’d rather not damage your walls with nails, hang up a wall decal instead. Bring the outdoors in with a scene of cascading snowflakes, wrap your walls like presents with big red bows, or spread holiday cheer with festive phrases. If you haven’t put up a Christmas tree, decorating the mantel is a great alternative!

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Step 4: Good Food, Good Times

 

Everyone’s favorite place to congregate is the kitchen. Make sure you’re ready to feed hungry mouths by having cooking and baking essentials on hand. Enameled cast iron cookware not only adds a pop of color, it’s also durable and provides an even heating surface to lock in moisture and flavor. Plus, this cookware is versatile; you’ll be amazed what you can cook up in a casserole and fry pan!

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When it comes to your secret recipe for sugar cookies, use a cookie scoop and silpat to make baking easier.

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Is it finally time to retire those rusty cookie sheets and cutters? Shop for a new collection and get the icing and sprinkles ready!

 

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Step 5: Dressed to Impress

 

Gather around a beautifully dressed table for delicious food and merry conversation. With a few crafting supplies and some imagination, you can create a festive tablescape. Let your guests know what’s on the menu with a bistro-style chalkboard display.

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Once everyone is seated, lift your glasses for a toast to the season.

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Adorning the table with small decorations like glittered stars and votive candle holders adds visual appeal without cluttering up the space.

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Create tiered stands using ceramic plates and pillar candleholders to display sweet treats.

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And this is a celebration after all, so top your pies and cakes with paper mache glitter stars for a candle-like visual. Your tablescape will keep guests coming back for seconds!

 

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Step 6: A Toast to the Holidays

 

Cozy up to the fireplace with a festive cocktail served in glimmering copper barware. A matching set of glasses, a pitcher, and various cocktail-making tools is both functional and stylish. And choosing items in a lively hue like copper allows them to transition from your holiday parties into the new year.

 

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Step 7: Guest Room Refresh

 

Spending time with family and friends is what the holidays are really about. Make your guests feel welcome, and extra cozy, with a bedroom made up just for them. Flannel bedding in fun patterns and colors creates a winter-friendly retreat for cold nights. Stock up on pillows, sheets, and duvets to plan for those you knew were coming, and for those who RSVP at the last minute.

 

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Step 8: Hang the Stockings, Hang the Towels

 

Continue prepping for guests by making sure the bathroom is ready for their arrival. Essentials to have include a toothbrush holder, hand soap, and plenty of towels. Provide them with a variety of hand and wash towels so they have everything they need during their stay. For a thoughtful touch, set out towels in darker shades so guests can remove makeup without unsightly stains.

 

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Step 9: Keep the Festive Spirit Going

 

Thank your holiday guests with cute DIY party favors. Decorate mugs with peppermint designs and stuff them with a bag of coffee beans, hot chocolate mix, or other treats. Help out your friends, who are also behind on holiday prep, by layering dry ingredients for your favorite cookie recipe in mason jars.

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Attach a decorative tissue paper Christmas tree to the lid for extra sweetness.

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If you’re hosting a cookie exchange, let your guests take home their treats in stenciled tins that can be reused for other baked goods.

 

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