New Year’s Eve is tough. It’s a big event, seeing out the old year and welcoming a new one. But it’s also a holiday that arrives one week after Christmas, when many of us are too busy or too exhausted to plan a big party.
You may not want to go out, especially if it means shivering your way through your town’s version of the Times Square ball drop. But staying home on Dec. 31 doesn’t have to mean watching the countdown on TV and going to bed.
If your holiday to-do list involves giving your Christmas decorating a distinctive country flavor, you’ll need to do a bit more than simply picking out a tree and hanging stockings and blinking lights. But that doesn’t mean that accenting your home with country Christmas décor needs to be difficult, expensive or terribly time-consuming. For instance, a sometimes overlooked yet very effective way to make your home both welcoming and festive for the holidays is to do a quick change-out of your most basic household items.
If you’ve been living under the assumption that buying or creating classic country Christmas décor has to be expensive, well … we’ve got good news for you: You’re wrong!
Of course, there are a few simple secrets you’ll need to keep in mind if you want to decorate your country home economically. And unless you have a treasure trove of rustic holiday items left over from Christmases past, the truth is that you probably will need to spend a a little, so do it strategically. Continue Reading
Anyone who has ever hosted friends or family during the holiday season knows full well just how much work is often required before the Christmas fun can finally begin. There’s the cleaning and decorating. There’s the cooking, the baking and the shopping.
So it’s understandable that so many of us tend to neglect preparing our kitchens for the holidays. But those who are truly experienced with home entertaining know that a kitchen often becomes a hotspot during the holidays. It’s where we gather to catch up with family and friends we haven’t seen for awhile. It’s the most casual spot in the home for simply hanging out and having fun.