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The holidays are officially upon us! Can you believe it?? I kind of feel like they snuck up on me this time but, then again, I tend to feel like that almost every year. With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, you may be making a mad dash to pick up last-minute items for the table or agonizing over which dishes to use. But fear not, I’ve gathered some quick and simple ideas to dress up your table that don’t require lots of expensive florals or fancy plates and flatware. And these tips are super versatile, so they can easily transition from Thanksgiving right into Christmas.
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Looking for a unique, yet affordable, way to personalize your place settings? Try out this genius idea of using kraft paper and a white paint marker. The only skill required is a little bit of calligraphy work. You can do it!
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If you’re lucky enough to own a beautiful rustic table, I say skip a runner altogether and opt for simple greenery, such as eucalyptus, and white pillar candles instead. A small succulent on every plate adds a nice little addition of color.
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There’s really no need to get fussy when it comes to place cards for your guests. A couple of striped feathers and a sprig of greenery (even rosemary will do) looks perfectly elegant when paired with a simple written name tag.
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It’s never a mistake to bring a little of the outside in. These tree stump chargers are so lovely and interesting that your guests will be talking about the table more than the food. Arrange some fir branches and small pinecones down the center of the table and it’s a guaranteed win.
White tapered candles and glass bud vases create the perfect backdrop for neutral woven plate chargers and simple white napkins. The patterned plates and tiny pops of dark florals provide just the right amount of contrast.
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Has Christmas come early in your home this year? Do you want it to come early? I have a friend who puts up her Christmas tree on Halloween. Next year she may start on the 4th of July! But truth be told, I do love to embrace Christmas in November. December goes by so darn fast, so why not celebrate a little earlier?!?
If you’re like me or not like me, you are definitely going to be decorating a tree within the next few weeks. To help inspire your Christmas creativity, I’ve got some fun Christmas decor ideas for you straight from Martha Stewart Living’s Home Depot collection. There are tons of style options to choose from. Living in a Mid-Century home, I wanted to go a little more simple this year with our main tree. We normally have two trees, one for kids and one for adults. The kids can do whatever they want to their tree, but my tree is off limits. (Any parents relate?) For the adult tree, I chose these and these simple ornaments for the tree. I only wanted to add a few options to keep with the simplistic look. And speaking of simplistic, because of my sons allergies, I opted to get this Norwegian artificial tree. It is so real looking! I love it!
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I swear that I have looked for a Christmas card holder like this one for years! This tree card holder is the perfect size to hold a plethora of cards. In the past, my card holders have never been big enough. I can’t wait to start getting cards in the mail now…hint hint.
Copper is such an on trend material, but it’s also a classic material. I love filling a tree with bits of copper for detail and interest.
My daughter is obsessed with the Nutcracker, so when I saw these chalkboard Nutcrackers, I had to get them. Your kids will have the best time decorating these!
Speaking of chalkboard paint, I love these chalkboard tree stocking hangers. Black goes with anything!
These wooden stars make the fireplace sparkle in a non traditional way. And you can use them even after Christmas is over!
Happy decorating!! Shop all of these items below-
Stockings, Stocking Hangers, Reindeer Wall Art, Tree Card Holder, Nutcrackers, Norwegian Spruce Artificial Tree, Lighted Wood Stars, Gilded Crystal Ornament, Geo Shape Ornament
The holidays are here, which means GIVEAWAYS! I’ve teamed up with Lamps Plus to giveaway some of my favorite pieces this holiday season. We all need a little redecorating right now, right?? Lamps Plus offers much more than just lighting. They offer everything from pillows to art. They literally have everything you need for a makeover. I’ve curated five items that will look perfect in any home. I am a huge advocate for good lighting, perfect pillows, art and plants, so I chose items that I know anyone can use! See my picks-
YOU could win one of these items!
How to enter-
+ To be entered to win, visit LampsPlus on Facebook and/or Instagram, give them a follow.
+ Comment and tag a friend on the Lamps Plus Holiday Gift Guide sweepstakes posts, for multiple entries, tag additional friends individually.
+ Specify which item you’d like to win.
+ You and a friend will each win that gift.
+ Winners will be notified by @LampsPlus on or about November 22nd.
+ Complete rules can be downloaded here.
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