Are you planning a new years bash?…or thinking of throwing one and wondering how to decorate for it? Well, even though new years parties have, historically, been black and silver themed, it seems like gold and silver is where it’s at this year. Here are a few simple, sparkly ways to get your home ready for guests.
use Christmas ornaments to mimic champagne bubbles
Don’t forget the clocks!
Use silver cupcake wrappers as tea light holders!
These would be fun for the champagne!
…and these could be cute favors (although, maybe packaged in smaller quantities).
Happy New Year! See you in 2011!
If you’re already thinking about Spring cleaning and organizing (with all of the new additions from Christmas), even though winter has hardly begun, here’s a cute way to add some shelving to a tight space:
Give a retired ladder a new life and add storage space and vintage charm to any room. Simply screw vent grates in place on each rung. Paint the ladder a color that matches the rest of your decor.
I discovered the cutest little antique store in my town this summer and was finally able to check it out this week. They have great stuff for great prices! I got one of these there…
…and I’m super excited about it because I will be able to use it for so many cute things.
Have fun organizing!
So, I’ve finally finished my Christmas shopping (whew!)…just in time, which means that I’ll spend tomorrow wrapping. I like to use real ribbon when I wrap my Christmas gifts so wrapping takes a little longer than normal because I don’t just stick a bow in the middle of the box. Everyone has their own method, of course, and if you’re logical about it…’they’re just going to rip of the paper anyway’. I’m big on the presentation, though…so I’ll spend the extra time on it if it means a beautiful box under the tree. If you’re like me and you still have a lot of wrapping to do, here are some creative ways to add that extra something to your gift presentation!
Doily Gift Wrap
That’s a wrap!
Christmas is one of those holidays that makes you want to re-decorate every room in your house…and sometimes even re-arrange every room in order to make the Christmas tree fit. I found this how-to at BHG (where else?!) on how to make a cookie cutter wreath! I’m pretty sure I saw a package of Christmas cookie cutters at Joanne’s this weekend for 70% off.
Even if you don’t use the wreath this year, you’ll definitely be able to store it away for future Christmas decorating.
- Purchase a bag of seasonal cookie cutters for a few dollars
- Form the shapes into a circle
- Wire the pieces together
- Attach a pretty striped bow with hot glue
- Hang the wreath from a nail
Go find your “after Christmas deals” now because everything’s going on sale early this year!
Only 5 shopping days left!
Even though I don’t have a mantel in my house now, I did growing up and, even though I live in Florida were “it doesn’t get cold enough for a fire” (not!), it was always fun to add warmth to the hearth with Christmas decor. When I was in college, I even made a “fire place” that had a plywood mantel. I got one of each of my roommates socks and hung them up as stockings.
Since I don’t have a mantel now to decorate, I reserve the “mantel-type” decor for the tv armoire which has a large display space on top. It’s near the tree and it works. So, weather you have a mantel or not, here a few ideas of ways to decorate that special place…wherever it may be.
May your mantel be warm and bright!