Now that the Halloween decorations are packed away, you may have started thinking about the holidays and asked yourself what you can do to set the mood. First, draw attention to the front door. Maybe position a pair of lanterns on either side of the entryway to set the scene for your special occasion or add a pair of decorated spruce tip planters on each side of the doorway for an elegant, formal look. Once inside, lit candles with a lovely fragrance will help to welcome guests as will a bowl filled with floating flowers or artisan chocolates. Set the dining table with a special centerpiece. For a natural look, fill the center with soft, green moss topped off with faux deer antlers or driftwood, small pumpkins, gourds and pinecones. For Christmas, remove everything but the pinecones, then add shiny baubles, votive candles and small poinsettias. Rosemary or ivy topiaries as well as poinsettias and cyclamen also make great centerpieces. Add some taper candles for ambience and your table is ready to go. How easy is that?
Use a credenza or bar cart for your “drink station” if you have one. Make it festive by adding a large, glass urn or rose bowl filled with colored stones or fresh cranberries and floating candles. For hot drinks like spiced apple cider or hot cocoa, I like to utilize the kitchen because everyone feels more relaxed there and it’s a great place to get the conversation started!Don’t forget to add some pizazz to the coffee table. Follow the same theme as the dining table and switch it out for each holiday.
By following these simple decorating tips for holiday entertaining, you’re bound to create an atmosphere that your guests will love so much they’ll be eagerly waiting for next year’s invitation!