Let’s face it. Christmas morning is messy. Wrapping paper strews the scene, mugs of hot chocolate are stashed about. Honestly, by 10 a.m. I usually look around my living room and wonder how the tornado hit so fast, and how my lovely decorations could suddenly look so … junky.
That’s why this year I’m taking a pared-down approach, and so can you. Here are a few of my favorite designer tips and tricks for a fuss-free holiday.
5. Get crafty. If you can round up five sticks (six if you want to make a Star of David), some raffia twine to fasten them with and a string of holiday lights, you can achieve holiday cheer.
When January comes around and you’re so sick of holiday decor that you can hardly stand it, you can pack up the lights and literally throw the star out the window. Just try not to hit your neighbor.
6. Tape it up. As long as we’re doing some seriously easy crafting, why not spend 10 more minutes to put up a tree? Thanks to the wonder that is washi tape, you don’t have to borrow your brother’s truck to go pick up a pine.
For you washi rookies out there: No, it won’t pull the paint off your wall.
8. Chill out on the table. It’s 2016, and that means we’re now free to adorn our tables as we please without fear of being ostracized by the Junior League, or whatever. Consider these liberating trends that might have shocked and appalled your grandma (but not mine — she was pretty chill):
• Putting plates on the table without a tablecloth or even a place mat.
• Stealing some leaves and branches from your yard, laying them out with some candles and calling it a centerpiece.
• Adding fancy gold flatware (or cut crystal, or dainty napkin rings) to an otherwise casual table.
Blackband Design struck the perfect balance with this minimal table that magically feels both casual and formal. They get bonus points for using blue (a psychological appetite suppressant). Everyone’s waistlines thank you.
10. Stock the bar. Nine times out of 10, your guests won’t care if you have a blinged-out Santa on your lawn if they have a glass of champagne in their hand — just sayin’. If you want to get a little extra fancy, follow the lead of designer and stylist Maureen Stevens and pick up a set of green glasses to put everyone in the holiday spirit (pun totally intended).
But the best thing about this final tip? You’re already prepared for New Year’s Eve!
Your turn: What are your pared-down holiday decorating tips?