Celebrate in Style!
The Holidays have arrived! The parties, the food, the friends, the décor, it’s all here. So what does your home say about you this year? Simple or sophisticated you can pack plenty of style into your home this Holiday Season without all the fuss. Yes, holiday decorating takes effort, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. This year I am going all out kids style. Every couple of days or so, we work on a craft that we can display. This week it’s a gingerbread house, and bannister decor. Here are a few ways to celebrate in style, while keeping it real.
This table has a really fun oversized centerpiece, but it could be equally dramatic with just a few beautiful branches, and plenty of candlelight. Candles play an important role in the look of this dining room. In groups or scattered throughout, candles add instant warmth and romance. Bowls or vases filled with shiny ornaments also add a stylish touch. Play around with different sizes, styles and textures but keep the colour uniform.
All these fancy recipes over the holidays, what ever happened to good old fashioned pizza? Everybody loves pizza! It’s great for kids or adults, you eat with your hands, and best of all, it’s a wonderful companion to wine. I am a big fan of homemade pizza, but no one ever complains about delivery. You can cheat too. It will cost you more to order round pizzas, but you can indulge in various gourmet toppings.
And for those of you with a more refined palate, a wine and cheese is the simple solution to a sophisticated soiree. I have a bad habit of preparing cheese last, and I forget to take it out of the fridge. But cheese, like wine, is best served at room temperature. Naming your selection so people know what they taste is a nice touch, but I am guilty of neglecting to do this too and then guessing. “Uhm, it’s either gorgonzola or Roquefort.” After a couple of glasses of wine does it really matter?
Hang the stockings by the chimney with care. Or hang them on the stairs. We don’t have a fireplace, so the stockings are hung on the bannister with care. Some years, garland will present itself, but this year, its stockings and kids crafts.
Every year I buy a few ornaments to add to the tree. This year my daughter chose an interesting shade of purple, so on it goes! Some choose to have two trees. The kid’s one and the adult one, and I think I may even adopt this practice in the future. I have always wanted a perfectly co-ordinated tree, but for now it’s just one tree, with a few of everyone’s favorite touches.
I have a bit of a weakness for beautiful wreaths. You can still make a stylish statement without the festive filled urns and bright flashing lights. Make it a little more interesting by hanging two or finding a square one. I went to a party once where the homeowner made the wreath out of wine corks. Well that kind of set the precedent for the night.
I wish you a very special Holiday Season.
Whether this year’s celebration is over the top or pared down, may it be filled with peace, warmth and comfort of family and friends.
Images: Pottery Barn