I absolutely love decorating for the holidays. As you can tell by my posts about the halloween party we hosted at our apartment, we go all out. One thing I’m always faced with is trying to stay within budget for not only my Christmas gifts, but decorations as well.
photo credit: Macy’s
I have ornaments similar to these Martha Stewart Collection ones that come in a box of five. (Macy’s here for $8) You can also use ornaments you already have, which I’m sure many people have more than they need to fill the tree. Mix and match and have fun with it!
photo credit: Google Shopping
I used my left over curling ribbon from wrapping presents to create a long string for the ornaments. (Target here for $2.99) You can use whatever color ribbon you would like, match it to the ornaments, and alternate colors in your window for a really cute display inside and out. As you can see we also lined our window with some white Christmas lights.
A closer look at my DIY ornaments decor.
Here are some other really fun ways to decorate:
Lots and lots of candles. We clearly have a lot in our apartment. I love lighting them in the winter to make the apartment feel really warm and cozy. I got these stockings at Target for only $1 which we plan on decorating ourselves. Decorating your own stockings is so much fun and less expensive than buying one that’s already decked out. (Another post to come on the stocking decorating) It can be a really fun thing to do with your friends or family. Instead of buying a stocking hook we used some light up trees to hold the stockings up.
Obviously a Christmas tree is a must to decorate, but I also love getting presents wrapped early and putting them out. The different wrapping papers and popping colors look so great under the tree and around the apartment. As you can see we also used some fun stockings on the windows.
An easy way to add a pop of holiday color to your table is by adding a fun and festive napkin with a matching candle. This one that my roommate put together is so cute with the clear glass beads in the holder. This is something really easy to DIY with items you probably already have in your home. (Candle, napkin & glass beads from Tuesday Morning)
Holiday Get Together:
The holidays are a crazy busy time and it seems there’s never enough time to do everything. Before we all got too busy us girls had a really fun evening with a potluck and gift exchange. It was so great to see everyone and just enjoy a night together with no stress. Everyone brought a dish, all were absolutely delicious I must say, a drink and a gift to do a white elephant exchange.
Easy Holiday Appetizer:
I got this slate cheese board recently and was so excited to use it. I love that you can write on the board to identify the cheeses, even though my writing wasn’t the best it’s still adorable and so much cuter than an ordinary plate. A fun way to dress up the plate is with a cute holiday cheese spreader. I used a gingerbread man one, which kind of got cut out of the picture. (Walgreen’s – $1)
3 Cheeses: (left to right)
1. One container of Philadelphia Honey Cream Cheese topped with Apricot & Raspberry Marmalade. This recipe is so easy and delicious. You can pick whatever kind of cream cheese or marmalade you like. I usually use plain cream cheese, but loved the combo with the added honey!
2. Applewood smoked Gouda
3. Sharp cheddar cheese log topped with almond shavings.
Then just pair the cheeses with your favorite crackers and throw on some grapes for accent. This is a super easy appetizer to bring to a holiday party, because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cheese?
Thanks for reading! I hope you guys enjoyed my holiday tips and put some to use in your own holiday planning.