Planning for the Holidays – Tips for Decorating and Entertaining

Hello friends! Welcome to the Saturday Spotlight, where each week, I like to highlight a different theme or topic to inspire you.  As we approach this very busy time of year, most of us are overwhelmed with to-do lists.  Of course, we’d all love a stress-free holiday season so I’ve been thinking of ways to make decorating and entertaining a little easier.  Join me today as I share some tips for planning for the holidays! 

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Planning for the Holidays – Tips for Christmas Decorating:

Are you considering a new color scheme for your Christmas tree? 

This week on the blog, I shared my blue Christmas tree decorating ideas from past years.  For me, I find it helpful to begin my decorating with a plan.  Maybe some of my simple blue decorating tips will inspire you to try something new!

Navy dining room with Christmas tree in corner - blue Christmas tree decorating ideas

Or maybe, you prefer to decorate with traditional red…

If you’d rather decorate with red this Christmas, you might like these red Fair Isle Christmas decorating ideas that I shared this week!

Red Fair Isle Christmas mugs on tray

To keep your Christmas decorating simple, create some vignettes…

If you don’t want to go crazy with your Christmas decor this year, just decorate a few vignettes around the house.  For quick decorating, try some of these easy vase filler ideas!

coffee beans in vase and red plaid napkin with tea cup - holiday planning tips

If you don’t want to be wasteful, decorate with leftovers…

Once Thanksgiving is over, don’t throw away all the extra cranberries you bought. Here are some tips on what to do with leftover cranberries!

bowl of cranberries and mason jars - holiday planning ideas and tips

Planning for the Holidays – Tips for Entertaining:

If you’re expecting company for the upcoming holidays, get your home ready…

For instance, here are 7 ways to prepare for holiday guests.

home sweet home mat on porch

Or, if you’re heading out to see friends or family this holiday season, here’s a reminder…

Remember to bring a hostess gift – (these are very practical…and a bit funny too!)

black and white gift bag - holiday planning tips

Here’s a simple tip while you’re baking Christmas cookies…

If you realize you’re out of brown sugar but have a million cookies to bake, here is an easy way to make your own brown sugar with two ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar - Holiday Planning tips

Planning for the Holidays – Shopping Finds:

Great finds for gifts…or yourself!

If you’re looking for a unique but practical gift, I highly recommend ordering Legacybox!  Over the past few years, I’ve used this service many times to digitize old video tapes and home movies.  Who doesn’t have a bunch of old tapes they’d like to preserve?


Since almost anyone who entertains could use a wooden cheese board, this one would make a great gift (or is nice to keep for yourself!)  


If you’re like me, you see all things you want for yourself…while you’re supposed to be Christmas shopping!  For instance, I just found this pretty side table!  Besides being a classic style, it’s relatively inexpensive!


While you still have time to plan ahead for your long distance friends, order them a gourmet gift basket!

Or if they have pets, surprise them with a Barkbox!

As you’re planning for the holidays, take a look at these tips and creative projects from around the internet:

Hopefully, I’ve inspired you with these tips on planning for the holidays!

How are you planning for the holidays this year?

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  1. I really need to transfer my old movies and VHS tapes on Legacybox! I keep putting it off because it will take forever to go through them and put them in order!
    Great tips for those prepping for the holiday season, Shelley!

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