Looking for new ways to deck the halls? Here are my favorites that tie in with entertaining, but check out all 30 of these inspired holiday decorations for mantels, doorways and more from Real Simple.
- Place vintage ornaments on a cake stand nested with leaves for a stunningly simple centerpiece.
- Spare can be beautiful: Decorate a small, artificial white tree with objects that share a color scheme―say, candy canes, peppermints, and red bows―and place it on a side table or a coffee table.
- A grouping of old-fashioned ornaments hung from the ceiling makes a whimsical “chandelier.” For how-tos, click here.
- Use leftover ribbon to tie around the stems of your Champagne flutes or wineglasses for an extra bit of festivity. Bonus: Choosing a different color for every glass will help guests keep track of their drinks. My tip: For a festive drink, pour 3 oz. cranberry or pomegranate juice into flutes and top with Prosecco or Cava. Budget-friendly and colorful!
- Use wooden quilting hoops to create a mobile that floats over a table like a weightless chandelier. Turn the inner ring 180 degrees and wood-glue it to the outer ring at the top. Choose various sizes and hang the spheres at different lengths with clear fishing line and thumbtacks.
- Make a “curtain” of vintage ornaments: Cut a length of ribbon one foot longer than the length of the window; tie to a tension rod fitted in the frame. String on ornaments, knotting them in place about 5 inches apart. Repeat across the window, staggering the ornaments.
- Add a little sparkling style to your dining room table by filling a snifter to the brim with an array of shiny silver bells.
- Plastic greenery tends to look, well, plastic. But place boughs of holly, evergreens, or mistletoe in clear glass jars or vases and they make for a glossy yet understated table decoration. Group various sizes and shapes together for a stronger statement.
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