Creative Ways to Decorate Your Christmas Tree

It’s the most wonderful time of year—and if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to put up your holiday tree! Take a look at some creative and alternative ways to decorate your tree this season!

Be Colorful
Keep things colorful this holiday season by layering your tree with bright, whimsical decorations. Spice your tree up and make a statement with vintage, pink tinsel and playful ornaments. There is something about a colorfully decorated Christmas tree that takes you back to feeling like a kid, anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival and trying out the milk and cookies before he does! Sometimes the best way to decorate is with nostalgia.

Go Small
Opt for a tiny tree to keep things sweet and simple! If you have a smaller home, this is the perfect option, as it won’t eat up all of your living space.  And just because you go with a small tree this year, that doesn’t mean it has to be less visible. Prop it up on a console table in your living room so it’s the first thing friends and family see when they enter the room. You can also position your tree at the center of your dining room table with gifts scattered around—talk about a centerpiece!

Stay Classic
Keep your home looking timeless this holiday season by decorating in a monochromatic color scheme. Stick with white lights, silver tinsel and round mercury glass ornaments. By focusing on one color, your home will look clean and elegant, and your tree won’t clash with the rest of your holiday décor.

Explore Alternatives
Who says your Christmas tree has to be made of pine? Break tradition and find a fun new way of showcasing a holiday tree in your home! One option is to hang string lights, in the shape of a tree, along a wall in your home. You can follow the same rules as you would with a 3-dimensional tree and pin up ornaments and tinsel. And since you will not need a tree skirt this year, make your home look cozier by loosely laying down a fur throw to position gifts on. This will wow your guests and be the statement piece of the season!

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Style Board: Alternative Holiday Decor

Who says you’re limited to decorating in shades of red and green during the holidays? News flash—there are no rules! Shake things up, march to the beat of your own drum and decorate with new colors this season!

Create your own winter wonderland by sticking to neutrals and focusing on grays, whites and metallic accents. Bring in cozy throws, sheepskin rugs and silver and gold accents. For pops of color, skip tradition and opt for accents in bright pinks and shades of aqua. Shop for lucite trunks and cases and fill them with vintage ornaments that follow your chosen color scheme. Following this creative, alternative will bring a festive, feminine touch to your space while leaving your guests in awe.

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Décor

The holidays are here! Thanksgiving is just a few days away and if you’re anything like me, your life pretty much depends on last minute plans and day before décor. Check out these easy ways to spruce up your home and get ready for company!

Your family may be distracted by the delicious food you’ve prepared, but a beautiful presentation will really be the icing on the cake.  If you don’t have a runner for your table, there’s still time! Keep it simple and go for West Elm’s Fishnet Woven Runner.  Incorporating natural materials into your design will create the perfect rustic charm for your table.  If shopping isn’t in the cards, try using leftover burlap from a previous project.  You can even set aside some time for a fun DIY—check out Martha Stewart’s how-to on making a doily runner.
Add to your rustic vibe by creating a vintage centerpiece for your table. Choose a narrow furniture drawer that will leave enough space on each side of the table for guests to eat. Next, fill the drawer with mason jars, each holding flowers or candles. Classic and effortless, your last minute centerpiece won’t go unnoticed.  

Plate Settings
Now that you’ve decorated the table, you can focus on where each person is sitting.  While some find place cards to be too traditional, I personally think they make people feel special—and what better holiday than Thanksgiving to show your guests just how much you care? A clever way of personalizing each place setting is by writing each name on a leaf. First, color a maple leaf with a gold-leaf pen.  Then, after it dries, write their name in the center with a black pen. You can also tie a piece of eucalyptus and lavender together and attach a handwritten tag with each guest's name.
For easy cleanup and a playful pre-dinner activity, use brown craft paper to make placemats. Write in cursive, bring out your nicest silverware and have each person fill out what they are thankful for. This is one of my family traditions and it is a hit year after year.

Around The House
Although your guests will be centered around the table, don’t forget about the rest of your home. No one’s saying you need to go over the top here, but work in details wherever you can. Stick to classic holiday decor such as pine leaves or pinecones. Go for a walk and see what you find—these guys are everywhere! You can lay pine leaves along your mantle or entryway table with candles surrounding them. Or have some fun and tack on a light coat of gold spray paint to your pinecones—this will add warmth and shine to your space. You can fill bowls and vases with pinecones or even string them around the house. You can also look back at our “How To Decorate For The Holidays” post for more suggestions such as cable knit throws, faux fur pillows and wood accents.

Looking for more ideas? Follow us on Pinterest for more holiday décor ideas! Happy thanksgiving!

This post was created by Erica.