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How To | 7 Quick and Easy DIY Holiday Centerpiece Ideas

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1. Ornament Centerpiece

Disperse oversized ornaments around your table, line up smaller ones for a 3D runner, or fill up your vases or other tabletop containers with ornaments of any size or color. For a more eclectic look, grab a variety of ornaments from your own supply (all those bulbs who lost their hangers are perfect candidates) or head to a discount store to buy a case of cheap ornaments in coordinating colors.

 

2. Candle Centerpiece

Candles are one of the quickest ways to create a lot of holiday ambience. Place them in votives, mason jars, candlesticks, or just on their own throughout the table. Just be sure to remember fire safety tips when using real candles, or opt for LED candle lights for a safer option.
 

3. Natural Centerpiece

One of the most cost effective décor options is using natural elements that you find in your neighborhood. Collect pine cones, tree clippings, and cranberries to create a colorful and natural centerpiece. What you create depends on what you are able to find, but some ideas include arranging pine cones on a tray with battery-powered string lights, or float fresh cranberries and pine branches in a vase filled with water.

 

4. Candy Centerpiece

For a sweet spin, use some colorful candy in your décor. Most discount stores will have some type of festive candy you can pick up for a low price. Just pour them into some display bowls, vases, jars, or any clear vessels that you can place on your table.
 

5. Garland Centerpiece

Garlands of many different styles can usually be found for a very low price at most stores around the holidays. Run them down the center of a long table or shape them around a centerpiece on a round table.

 

6. Vignette Centerpiece

Create a festive scene on your table with a curated vignette of all things holiday. Mini trees, Santa figurines, and themed candle holders can come together for an eclectic centerpiece, especially if you are hosting on a round table. Use a tiered tray or a cake stand to elevate your décor and make it really stand out.
 

7. Wrapped Gifts

From colorful to craft paper, there is a wrapping paper to match your holiday style. Wrap some small and medium sized boxes, top them with a bow, and stack them in the center of the table for a fun and unique centerpiece. If applicable, you could arrange the gifts you are giving to your guests at the table so that everyone has something to look forward to after dessert is served!




How To | 5 Shortcuts to Make the Holidays a Breeze

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Hosting a holiday dinner can be an intense whirlwind of juggling responsibilities and endless to-do lists. Here are 5 shortcuts to make the whole process a little bit easier.

1. Rent your tabletop

Your local event rental company will likely have suggestions (and maybe even sales) for festive holiday tableware. Not only will your table look amazing and like you put tons of thought and effort into it, but cleanup is much easier when renting your tableware. Just put it all back into the bins they came in and return them without washing. Table linens and napkins can also be rented to cut down on laundry and/or needless paper/plastic waste!

2. Clean smarter not harder

If you have the extra time to deep clean your entire home before your holiday party, then by all means get started! But for those of us with an overflowing to-do list, just focus on some major key spots to give the impression of a thoroughly cleaned house. In the kitchen: Get rid of any dishes in the sink and do a quick wipe down of the counters and front of the fridge. In the bathroom, make sure the toilet and sink are clean, stock the TP, make sure there’s soap and hand towels, and light a candle. In the living and dining rooms, clean up any clutter on the floors, counters, and tables, fluff pillows on the couches and chairs, and set the table.

 

3. Get some help

Assign jobs to everyone in the household as well as anyone who offers up their assistance. Even if their only job is to write out place cards, that’s one more thing you don’t have to worry about. Have someone go pick up the tabletop rentals and place them on the table. Ask another person to bring a salad. Delegating even the simplest tasks can make your to-do list seem much more manageable and your friends and family will enjoy feeling helpful.

4. Start prepping early

If possible, start planning and prepping for the holiday as early as you can. Completing even just a couple tasks well in advance will help relieve a lot of last-minute planning stress. Buy beverages and other shelf-stable menu items, clean up spaces that don’t get used very often, and do as much food prep as possible in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

 

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5. Adjust the lighting

Some mood lighting does wonders to make your home feel cozy and festive, and it helps hide those areas you didn’t have time to dust. Turn off the bright overhead lights and go with softer lamps, string lights, and candles. Put on a perfect playlist and enjoy your celebration!




Trend Alert | 10 Tips for Hosting the Best Friendsgiving Ever

Friends•giv•ing (noun):

A holiday where you spend quality time eating, drinking and laughing with the family you get to choose – your friends.
Check out our 10 Tips for Hosting the Best Friendsgiving Ever:

1. Find The Right Venue

Finding a venue is the first step. Whether it’s someone’s home, a local hall or clubhouse for rent, or a nice park if the weather is expected to be nice. No matter where it is hosted, be sure to set the scene with plenty of fall décor, music for all to enjoy, and/or football if your venue has a TV.

2. Theme It Up

Whatever it is that brings your group of friends together, you could probably turn it into a theme for the occasion. Whether that means a mutual love of a sports team, a show, a band, or just good food. At the very least, you can always hit up the grocery store for some pumpkins and fall florals.

3. Set A Dress Code

Whether you’re looking forward to dressing up fancy or dressing down in your stretchy pants, it’s the hosts job to decide the vibe and be sure to put it in the invites.

4. Make It A Potluck

As the host, you should take charge of the turkey, or main dish. But don’t be afraid to assign side dishes, appetizers, desserts, and even beer and wine to your guests. They will more than likely be relieved to not have to come up with a dish on their own – plus this method greatly reduces the chances of being stuck with three different green bean casseroles.

5. Donate To Charity

As a way to feel good and do good for the holiday, organize a donation with all your friends. Ask everyone to bring a canned good to the event and have one person take them to a local food bank the next day, or ask your guests to bring some cash to give to your group’s favorite charity.

6. Send Proper Invitations

If you’re going for a more formal event, it’s nice to send out real paper invitations. Or, if your guest list is a little too large for that, you can send out e-vites via email. And of course there is always a good old fashioned Facebook event as well. Just make sure you establish a way to convey all the important details to your guests, like dress code, potluck assignments, and donation details.

7. Focus On Table Décor

If you are hosting in a home, some of the décor may be already taken care of throughout the house, so you can focus on the table itself. Nice table linens, basic centerpieces, and place cards for each seat give the table a put-together look with minimal effort. Consider renting tableware like china, flatware and glassware to make cleanup easier and for a more environmentally friendly option than disposables.

8. Prepare Activities

Friendsgiving isn’t just about the food, it’s about spending quality time with the people you love! Be sure to offer lots of activities for your guests to enjoy both before and after your meal. Board games, crafts, trivia, football, or whatever your friends would enjoy the most!

9. Send Home Favors

Not that anyone is likely to forget the Best Friendsgiving Ever, but a favor to remember the night is always appreciated. A goodie bag can be lots of fun to put together, and there are a lot of great ideas out there of what to include. From after-dinner mints or gum to mini succulents or “hangover kits,” get creative and be sure to leave some room in the bag for leftovers!

10. Be Ready For Leftovers

Speaking of leftovers, make sure to plan ahead and be prepared with plenty of to-go containers that guests can fill up and take home without needing to return them. You can buy packs of disposable to-go boxes, or pick up some cheap reusable Tupperware from a discount store for a greener option.

 

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