Get an early start on holiday planning with our decorating tips, fun projects and gift ideas.
The holidays arrive fast and furious, with the inevitable long list of to-dos setting our hearts pounding for the excitement and the stress. Don’t let the latter get the best of you. Grab this handy guide and sit back with a warm cup of tea or a glass of wine and let inspiration find you. From handmade ornaments to fun-to-make adornments to tabletop ideas you can easily re-create, may these pages awaken the child within you to happily anticipate the exciting flurry of the days ahead and move you to create some new traditions of your own.
Use what you have: Decorations in the china cabinet dress it up for the holidays.
A bistro table filled with holiday goodies sets the casual, European tone for a breakfast or afternoon appetizer gathering. With this wreath, you can choose one or two base colors for your other decorations to create a smart, country, French feel. In the background, a vintage French book gets transformed into an artful black-and-white wreath. Embellish with a holiday greeting on a ready-made card or print your own.
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By Hillary Black
Photographed by Bret Gum
Styled by Lidy Baars