Monday, December 14, 2015

5 Easy Christmas Decorations

While typing this, I am currently in the process of watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and snugglin' with my hubby and pup - needless to say, we are in full-on Christmas mode here in the Pray household... and I am absolutely loving it!

This will be our first holiday celebration in our new home, and I am absolutely loving decorating for all things Christmas - seriously, the more garland, the better! Below you will find some of my inspiration for the season... These ideas work great for mantles, tablescapes, or anywhere needing a little Christmas touch - easy, fresh, and 100% festive!



Christmas tree branches.

If you have a real Christmas tree, this one should be pretty easy for you - simply trim a few branches from underneath the back of the trim, and place in water for a pretty arrangement. If you're rocking a faux tree (like we are!) you can busy fresh greens from most grocery stores (like Trader Joe's!).
Pretty, simple, and fresh :)




Ornaments.

Perhaps I'm just attracted to shiny and sparkling things, but Christmas bulbs make for an easy, but beautiful centerpiece. Mix together different sizes, colors, and textures... put them in a large bowl or vase and voila!



Candy Canes.

Although John doesn't understand it, I buy a box or two of candy canes every year. In fact, I consider myself a Christmas traditionalist, and still hang them on my tree! They make for great place card holders, and a perfect vase liner (just make sure you use a different vase to hold the water so you're not left with a sugary mess!).



Wreaths.

Yes, yes, yes!
I'm a little bit obsessed with wreaths right now, and this past weekend John and I browsed Trader Joe's and you can buy mini fresh wreaths for only $5.99 - yes, please! Mini wreaths work great as centerpieces, and would even make for beautiful chargers.



Tartan.

Who doesn't love Tartan?! Table runners, place mats, napkins - give me all things Tartan, please! By the way, how amazing is that board on the table in the below photo? Absolutely love the rustic look... perfect for a dining table or buffet!




16 comments :

  1. I love these ideas! So simple but such a nice touch of the holidays!

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  2. I love adding s touch of greens to add to the table! I just go to my backyard and snip some branches for free!

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  3. Those are all so cute!! Love the ornaments and candy canes as place card holders!!!

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  4. i love the plaid! and the candy cane idea is really cute. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  5. I love the candy cane decor! I don't particularly like to eat them but would be perfect for decorating

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  6. Love these ideas! I was all about the wreaths this year - I have 1 on our door and 4 on our front windows

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  7. These are all so perfect! Mike always tries to throw away the branches from the bottom of the tree when we bring it home, and I always have to stop him ;) Those and ornaments are some of my favorite ways to decorate!

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  8. Beautiful ideas! It's nice to think of simple things you can do with what you already have around the house (or just inexpensive options). You're always so creative :)

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  9. I love all of these!! I love using ornaments to decorate around Christmas. So festive and cute!

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  10. Love these ideas! I have bowls and vases full of ornaments all over our house! So festive and easy! I love the tartan and the idea to use limbs from the back of the tree! Genius!

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  11. Wreath making party next year!! :) I'll have to see your house before you take the decorations down!

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  12. I love the Christmas tree branches idea!

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  13. Give me every one of these for my house please!! Obsessed!

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  14. I love using tree branches! Most places that sell real trees will also give away "scraps" for free. We always collect some to decorate with!

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  15. These ideas are all so amazing. I am impressed!


    Kayla @ a paper arrow.

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