Saving for the Season: Budget Holiday Decor

November 17, 2008 8:04:08 AM PST
Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event shares some tips on how to fill your home with holiday spirit for less! Go Green: let nature inspire your Christmas tree décor

Nature from outside becomes holiday inspiration inside...

Add sparkle to your holiday wreaths and trees with pinecones and leaves, given a bit of bling with spray paint. You can find them in your yard - gathering makes for a fun family treasure hunt - the park, or buy them in bulk from a craft store. Make a bold statement with mass and texture. Adding gorgeous satin ribbon creates the finishing touch. There are no rules, so it could be a great holiday project for the whole family.

Skip the gift wrap and use creative containers

Believe it or not - I try never to use wrapping paper. I love using gorgeous containers, and these are all very budget friendly - from the dollar aisle at Target. I wrapped the gifts in colorful, coordinating tissue, and tucked them into painted metal buckets, felt tote bags, and more. The best part is these containers are also green - as they can be repurposed into new wrap for years to come.

Savvy Centerpieces

Here are two the season's hottest trends in tabletop décor:

1) On your dining table, feature a long lasting centerpiece that requires no care for the entire month. We simply combined pieces of silver, mercury glass and crystal bowls and candlesticks together to create a stunning yet simple design that is full of holiday glamour. Use what you already own, mixing like colors, heights, sizes. Another great tip is to repurpose your kitchen glasses to create votives. Best of all finish the look with scattered snow and rock salt for that "icy" look.

2) At your place settings, create keepsake place cards that involve the whole family. Photo ornaments don't even need the guest's name to be added, and monogrammed ornaments double as a wonderful holiday favor.

3) In the kitchen, a centerpiece that looks and tastes great is the perfect budget friendly feature. Fill a half dozen apothecary jars or glass jars with inexpensive sweet and savory snacks - cashews, pistachios, almonds, gingerbread and more. Guests can help themselves throughout the season, while enjoying the view.

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