Last-Minute Holiday Decorating Tricks

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I am very familiar with having to be creative at the last minute. On my HGTV special, “Celebrity Holiday Homes,” and in my annual holiday decorating projects, creativity must be spontaneous and things often come together on a last-minute basis! Here are some simple, quick things you can do to spruce up your home for the holidays.

Lovely Lights!
On countertops, table tops, benches, and around serving dishes and just about any place that needs a little something – add a string of lights! A white, multi-colored or clear string of lights adds so much pop to any surface – even puddled on the floor below the tree. Don’t believe me? Try it!

Fill jars and serving plates and dishes. Cake plates with hollow bases look incredible with lights! If your decor is more traditional, instead of light strings, place various sizes of electric candles everywhere. I like the battery-operated candles for safety. These can be placed on low tables and surfaces when children and pets are present.

Shiny Things
Whenever there is a table top, entry table, coffee table, or countertop, gather a variety of clear containers, glass jars and bowls and fill them with shiny plastic (for the kiddos and pets) balls – the more the merrier – really! Remember, the holidays are the only time of year we can get away with extra, over-the-top shiny stuff everywhere! Have fun with it and just when you think it’s too much – add more.  For extra pop, add a string of lights!

Great Garlands
When I decorate, I like the decor to be eye-catching. And what gets our attention better than a gift wrapped in pretty paper and shiny bows?! Wrap empty boxes of all sizes with pretty paper and ribbon and bows. Then, swag three strings of lights above your windows and doors. Attach the packages to the lights for an adorable garland with eye-popping style.  Keep your paper and bows in your overall decorating theme, adding some of the same packages to your mantle and around the floor to fill in empty spots.

Shimmering Chandeliers
Never let an obvious overhead light or focal point go to waste during the holidays. I like to thread evergreen swags around the bottom of a chandelier and then add shiny ribbon bows and balls to the garland.  In a more contemporary setting, hang shiny balls from ribbons to highlight overhead lighting.

And Finally…
Since our TVs are so central to our entertaining rooms, don’t forget to hang simple bows from one corner of the TV to incorporate it into the decor. During parties, play some of the holiday classic films. We all love our holiday music to compliment the festivities!

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