Sunday, November 30, 2014

How to Get Your House Holiday Ready

Each year, when I’m trying to think of new ways to get my house ready for any holiday, I try to keep each of the 5 senses in mind and what appeases each when I think of that holiday.

  • What I see
  • What I hear
  • What I smell
  • What I taste
  • What I touch

Decor-ideas
Decor-ideas

 

What I see: Because my place is not that big, I try not to have too many decorations tucked in every corner and to make the place look put together, I like to have a theme with just a few standout pieces. Like this year I have a theme of red, white and gold, so on the mantle I decided to display some big white candles inside huge jars with candy cane designed ribbon wrapped along the bottom that I picked up all at Joann's on sale. I nestled the candles in Epsom Salt, which looks like snow, and surrounded them with some pinecones and cinnamon sticks.

A-Charlie-Brown-Christmas-Vince-Guaraldi-Trio

What I hear: I love the Peanuts Christmas Album and keep it on repeat for most of the season. Another recommendation is the holiday channel on SiriusXM. Then you don’t have to worry about having to pick out another record to listen to.

Lather-Holiday-Candle-Sampler-2

What I smell: holiday scents are super important and there are many different ways to get them like candles. I love this cute Holiday Candle Sampler from Lather. It includes scents like Peppermint and Cinnamon Orange & Clove, among others, each is contains pur essential oils, botanicals and herbs. H'ommmmm... $20 @ lather.com

And I’m also adding Laura Mercier’s Signature Gourmande Candle in Golden Honey Musk ($75/17oz = 40 hours @ lauramercier.com) to this season's What I smell list. It’s been burning since the week before Thanksgiving and nice for when I want to smell something other than holiday-related scents. And honey is one of my favorite ingredients and scents!

ScentSicles-Winter-White-Fir

I also pick up these ScentSicles ($8.95 @ amazon.com) every year. They are 5.5” sticks of holiday scents that last up to 30 days that you can hang anywhere. Choose from scents like It’s A Wonderful Pine and White Winter Fir shown here and 3 others.

What I taste: Starting around Thanksgiving, I make sure I keep some holiday themed items in the house for when guests come over or just pop by. Something to drink both alcoholic and non-alcoholic is good to have on hand like egg nog and Martinelli’s is always nice.

And if you pop into Target to see what kind of sweets and munchies to have on hand, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by the selection. I mean, just look at this picture of the candy cane aisle!

Candy-cane-aisle-at-Target

What I touch: I’m a big fan of unique Christmas tree ornaments and probably have about 200 of them that I’ve been collecting since I’m a child. I also like simple additions like a plush velvet throw of decorative pillows in a festive color.

How do you get your house holiday ready?

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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