Christmas is getting really close–we are entering the busiest time of the year and there is so much to do. This time of year I’m all about making and keeping our home holiday and entertaining ready. I usually forgo the Black Friday shopping for an all-out decorating marathon the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year was no different and since we will be hosting some kind of gathering almost every single weekend of December and I don’t want to spend all of my little bit of free time running around like crazy cleaning and decorating. I’m not saying that my house is spotless at all times, but I try my best to keep it where the main areas can be picked up in a few minutes.
As you enter our home, I have a tall, skinny Christmas tree in the foyer right as you come in the front door. You can see if from the street and it really adds a welcoming touch. This year the tree is decorated primarily in red with faux amaryllis, red velvet ribbon, and tartan ribbon taking center stage. I usually keep the color scheme consistent throughout the house and this year it is primarily red. I love the trees, but adding little touches throughout our house is my absolute favorite way to add a warm and welcoming feeling. Here are a few of my favorite welcoming holiday ideas that make your home feel festive and cozy all December long.
#1–Add a few cozy blankets and throws… This is a must for me (because I’m usually always cold this time of year). I keep them on literally every chair and sofa in my house and believe me they get used. I even keep warm & cozy throws on the outdoor furniture when we are sitting by the fire. I usually either stick with the faux fur variety or a chunky knit, but I’m also loving these wool blankets. We have one similar on our bed now and it is amazing. The blanket above is Mark & Graham (from the winter FitFabFun Box, here’s a $15 off coupon). Here are a few of my favorites that I think would be great in anyone’s home and would also make a great gift. (I really want the heated faux fur throw–hint, hint Honey.)
#2–Add your favorite Christmas scent… this is probably one of the easiest ways to add some Christmas cheer to your home. I know one of the things that I love is when someone comes to visit me and says, “Wow, your house smells so good”. I just love that. Candles are really such an inexpensive way to add a great fragrance and coziness to your home.
|All of my favorite Santa statues–most given to me by my sweet friends|
Use what you have such as tying up a few towels with a piece of ribbon in your bathroom or adding greenery around a mirror. It’s the little things after all. Also, if you use primarily faux greenery, like me due to allergies, add a little bit of fresh greenery such as magnolia leaves and pinecones. This adds a beautiful touch to your decorations without all of the mess.
#4–Keeping a few ingredients on hand to make a quick bite when your friends and family stop by. One of the easiest things to keep on hand is cheese, crackers, charcuterie, and some delicious jams for serving. You can put this together in just a few minutes along with a great glass of wine and your guests will definitely want to stay a while. Stop by here and here for ideas on making cheese and charcuterie boards.
I also like to keep some roasted nuts on hand for snacking. These are easy to make and are good for a week. Pour them in a bowl and you’ve got an instant appetizer.
#5–Play a little Christmas music throughout your entertaining areas…this is also just one of the little things that you can do to make a huge impact during the holidays. We use Sonos in our outdoor area and Pandora or Spotify inside through all of our speakers, but you could just as easily use your phone and a few Bluetooth speakers. Also, Alexa or Google make playing holiday music easy. Several music streaming sites have premade Christmas playlists or you can make your own. Here are a few of my Christmas playlists based on whom is visiting me ( our friends–more modern or family-more traditional).