Decorating for the holidays.
Some people go all out. Some people would rather die than do it. And then there’s some of us who who feel like we have to do it, but think that decorating your entire house for 30 days of enjoyment (at most) is a little ridic and sometimes even tacky.
Thanksgiving is just days away, and if you’re hosting, you’re probably freaking out a little bit. Food prep is probably #1 on your mind, so we have some fuss-free decor ideas that will be the last thing you need to worry about, but the first thing everyone will notice when they come over!
Our #1 rule for holiday decor: Less is More. I’m sure Ludwig Mies van der Rohe wasn’t referring to holiday decor when he coined that phrase, but we’re gonna pretend he was. Only because sometimes more is more, but that’s definitely not the case for holiday decorating.
Let us be clear: This is NOT the look.
Fake foliage is expensive. Seriously, sprigs of fake leaves for $15 each at the craft store? And you need 8 to sufficiently cover your mantle alone? Hell. No. That money could go towards something in your home that you keep out year round. Do not, we repeat- DO NOT spend your hard earned money on fake leaves and coordinating Thanksgiving tableware.
What we mean is that you don’t need an orange tablecloth with pumpkins and gourds and corn printed on it to match your napkins that have pumpkins, gourds, and corn printed on it. And you certainly do not need a cornucopia centerpiece. No one does.
One of the most elegant ways to decorate for Thanksgiving is to nix most of the orange-toned everything and swap in some greenery. When combined white taper candles and dishes, anything in that range of warm fall tones will look all the more sophisticated.
Another one of our fall favorites is incorporating pheasant feathers. You can pick these up at craft stores for a couple bucks a piece, but if you’re like us, you’d rather buy them in bulk.
These feathers look awesome in silvery vases, or scattered around the house, like poking out of your dining room chandelier.
If you’re completely over buying stuff for every holiday, don’t worry. We still got you.
Just gather every white pillar candle in your house, pop a few white pumpkins on top of a craft paper tablecloth to make a simple, neutral tablescape. Extra points if you can hand letter some place-mats onto your table. Or if you’re the sentimental type, encourage your guests to write what they’re thankful for, right on their spot at the table!
Once the craziness of Thanksgiving is over, the countdown to Christmahanakwanzika starts. Stay tuned for our December post on winter decorating!