5 Holiday Decorations to Keep Throughout Winter

The term “winter wonderland” is often heard around Christmas but in actuality could be used throughout the cold months of winter. Every year you work hard to decoration the entire house for Christmas. It can be disheartening it only lasts for a month after all the time and effort dedicated to creating a magical atmosphere in your home. Within all the red, green and Santas, there are probably some items that you can keep after Christmas. Here are some home decor pieces you can enjoy all winter long.

 

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Snowflakes
Though we usually think of a white Christmas during the holidays, December is not the only month we see these beautiful flakes fall. Snowflakes on bedding, throws, dishes and other home décor items are welcome to stay as long as snow is on the ground. If your snow filled items are red, try not to pair it with green. This way it won’t feel like Christmas in your home but more like a wintery wonderland.

 

 

 

 

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Snowmen,penguins and polar bears oh my!
Many pieces of home décor come as snowmen or adorable animals. These cute wintery figures are always happy to fill your home as long as they are not promoting Christmas. If your penguin is wearing a Santa hat or your snowman is decorating a Christmas tree it will make your home feel like Christmas. Keep the pieces that have a winter feel but cannot be obviously tied back to the holiday.

 

 

 

 

Winter in the Country
Stars and pine cones are typically found among holiday décor items. These items can be stuck in the wreath or wrapped in Christmas colors. If you have some of these iconic pieces in your holiday collection, don’t put them away yet! Look at the décor closely and determine if you can remove any additional decorations that resemble Christmas and reuse with a winter theme.

 

 

 

 

Winter-garland

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Garland
Pre-lit is popular for Christmas trees and even for garland. An easy way to use your garland throughout the winter is to remove any lighting and add pine cones or snow decorations. The beautiful garland you had on your mantel can be easily transformed into a winter staple.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ornaments
After you take your ornaments off the tree you normally would put them away for next year–but wait! Those cool colored ornaments aren’t done yet! Ornaments in tones of blue and white are perfect to adding to your winter wonderland décor. Add them to a snowy wreath or stack them on a plate for a beautiful center piece. To add a little additional color, a cool cucumber green can keep the winter theme while adding a pop of color.

 

 

 

 

With just a little organization and effort the money and time you spend to decoration your home for the holidays can be stretched throughout the entire winter season. You may buy a few extra items to complete a look, but most likely you will find many decorations you already have to redecorate your home after the holidays.

Do you have some decorating tips? Share your favorite tips in the comments below.

5 Items You Need for Your Christmas Party

Christmas-partyThe holidays are creeping up fast and before you know it, it will be time to plan for this year’s Christmas party.  With a busy schedule the party planning process can be over whelming which leads to forgetting important details. Within the everyday chaos, we have narrowed down a list of five items that you need to check off your list to have a fabulous party.

Invitations

The first thing you need to do when planning any party is to decide on a date. Choose a date that it gives your guests enough time to plan. We suggest a date no later than mid-December and to send your invites out two to three weeks in advance. The holiday season is a busy time, especially at the end of the month. Whether guests need to get a sitter for the kids or pick out a few ugly sweaters, you will end up with a better turn out when you give enough time to RSVP.

Decorate with a theme 

Every party needs decorations to create a festive mood. Many party planners choose a theme to dress up a room that will impress. If you want to keep it simple, snowflakes are a great theme that works well for a holiday party without being tacky. A popular holiday party theme is ugly sweaters. A light hearted take on a theme such as this brings laughter and calls for bold decorations. Choose multi- colored lights to wrap and hang anywhere with an outlet. Splashes of red and green decor on everyone wall will certainly make your party and affair to remember.

Menu

Keep spirits high and bellies full with an assortment of food. Find creative treats to make such as an edible bouquet or green frosted sugar cookie trees. Make some easy appetizers that guests can grab on the go such as pigs in a blanket. Many party goers want to continue to chat while stopping for a quick snack. To make the menu less stressful, make the party a potluck. Invite your friends and family to make and bake their most famous dish. To avoid too many h’orderves or desserts, ask your guests to RSVP what dish they would like to bring and let them know what types of dishes are still needed.

Entertainment

The key to any great Christmas party is to keep your guests entertained. Be sure to have enough holiday music to play throughout the duration of the party and don’t forget to choose a variety of music. Playing slow songs for a few hours straight will be enough to turn your holiday party to a slumber party. You can find a variety of fun holiday music for free on Pandora just by searching for Christmas music. Another way to keep the party going is playing games. A few games of charades, a cookie decorating contest or even your own version of “whose line is it anyway” will keep your guests happy and keep the party from going stale.  Now that the adults are entertained; what about the kids?

Kids’ corner

Among all the adults, kids may feel lost or get bored. To keep the party kid friendly, create a craft station on the side. Provide crayons with Christmas coloring books, green and red clay or even a fun game of pin the tail on Rudolph. Another great activity is a homemade ornament kit. Once the kids are done creating their own masterpiece, they can take it home and place it on their tree for a keepsake.

Holiday parties are a time to reminisce with friends and create memorable moments with those closest to you.  With a little organization your party will go down in holiday history!

Do you have some holiday party tips? Share your favorite tips in the comments below.

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