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5 Easy Ways to Get Festive at Home

Posted by: Mira Roberts
Modern Living Room in Williamsburg

If the holidays have already begun to get away from you this year, and you’re ready to get festive at home and fast, there’s still time to fill your home with the spirit of the season. Whether you find the holiday spirit in the scents and sights of the season, or by way of mulled wine and extra sweet sugar cookies, you can bring the festive feeling into your home with a small budget and an even smaller amount of time.

Indulge your senses by bringing the scents of fresh pine, cinnamon and apple into your home, or with colorful visions of glass vases and jars filled with multi-colored candies, sparkling ornaments or fresh evergreen and holly. If you’d rather drink and eat your way to holiday cheer, plan to take a weekend afternoon and make mulled wine or winter cider with loved ones while you bake colorful cookies and loaves of sweet breads.

Here are 5 easy ways to get festive at home this holiday season, so you can make the most of this joyous time surrounded by the ones you love!

Seasonal Scents
You don’t have to have heightened olfactory senses to delight in the traditional scents of the season, including cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, fresh pine and peppermint. Put your essential oil diffuser on full blast with seasonal scents, or bake up a fresh pie to fill your home with warmth and delight. Pick up extra rows of evergreen garland to drape across your mantle or along your halls, and you’ll have fresh pine scents wafting through your home for weeks to come!

Deck the Halls (Literally)
Turn drab walls into holiday halls with simple, decorative items like a holiday banner, ornaments hung on ribbon or homemade garland strung from one end to the other. Decking your halls is truly fast, easy and inexpensive!

Very Merry Vases
Gather up those flower vases you keep stored away, and fill them with multi-colored candy, candy canes, mints, small ornaments, sprigs of evergreen and holly. You can place small vases in your bedroom or bathroom, and place a large vase on your dining table, in your kitchen or on a table at your entryway, for a colorful and bright effect!

Santa-Approved Centerpieces
If you don’t have time or a big budget to transform your home into a winter wonderland, creating a simple and beautiful centerpiece for your table may be the ticket. Grab your most elegant serving tray or cake stand and pick up a few packs of sparkling, brightly colored ornament balls. Place the balls together in the tray or on the cake stand, and voila! You’ll have a festive and fun centerpiece for years to come!

Eat, Drink & Be Merry
Prepare your secret mulled wine recipe or whip up a warm pot of winter cider, and you’ll instantly transform your home into a cozy, delightful holiday wonderland. Gather friends and neighbors for an afternoon of cookie baking, and create your favorite holiday confections to eat and share. Making food and drink with others is a wonderful way to be together, and a fast way to feel festive and bright.

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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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