Prepare your home this holiday season for any dinners or parties you may host. These tips will help keep your space merry and bright as you welcome guests in your home. Our suggestions are perfectly customizable to fit your own personal style!

 
 
Declutter Your Space
 
 
 
Before decorating, think about your space and how much is being taken up by your current decor. You do not want to overload your space with decor and make it feel crowded. Look to rotate items between rooms to maintain a cohesive design. Make sure that you are not replacing every decor piece in your space with holiday decor – you still want your original home design to be recognizable!
 
 
Create a Consistent Colour Scheme
 
 
 
Do not feel restricted to using colours that are typically used around the holidays. Try to think about colours that will match your current colour scheme. Consider incorporating some jewel tones that fit well for the holiday season. Be aware of how much colour you are using, you do not want to overwhelm your space – a simple pop of colour should do.
 
 
Introduce Winter Greenery
 
 
Bring some life into your space with some winter greenery. Plants help purify the air in your home and help relieve stress, which is common around the holidays. A real Christmas tree can be a great addition to your holiday decor for the fresh tree scent, but be mindful of when you cut down and introduce a tree to your space. A warm space will cause the tree to dry out and die a lot faster, so try to keep it away from windows that let sun in throughout the day, away from television sets and fireplaces, and continue to water your tree to keep it fresh!
 
 
Welcome Winter Scents
 
 
Make your space feel warm and welcoming with fresh scents that invite your guests into your home. There are plenty of ways to implement a seasonal scent, whether it is purchasing room sprays and incense or making your own scents. Help your home smell like freshly baked cookies by putting two tablespoons of vanilla in a mug into the oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Create a winter cider smell by simmering apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange peels in a pot of water on the stove for as long as you’d like.
 
 
Incorporate Layering
 
 
Think about including different layers to incorporate a variety of colours and textures. Tables are a great way to layer with tablecloths, table runners, place settings, and napkins, but don’t overdo it! Try draping a festive throw blanket to make a simple addition that can add a pop of colour and texture to a room.
 
 
Set Lighting & Music
 
 
Set the mood of your holiday party through simple lighting and music. Implement warm light fixtures and dimmed lighting to create a cozy feel in your space or focus on bright lighting in small spaces to make it appear more open. When it comes to music, curate a playlist that does not only include holiday music, as that can become very repetitive and boring – mix it up with holiday music from different genres and similar music to accompany it.

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