Monday, December 2, 2013

Decorating for the Holidays

Decorating a hanging basket for the Holidays - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning
This past Saturday was my day to be creative with decorating for the holidays. I was also determined to throw away old outdoor decorations I haven't used for years but every time I headed to the garbage, a light bulb would go off and I had an idea for repurposing the decorations. So, here are some of the things I was up to over the weekend.


My favorite was using one of my hanging baskets and decorating it with pine and holiday decoration sticks purchased from a local craft store. The inside edge of the basket is lined with miniature battery operated lights. It is so pretty that I almost wanted to leave it indoors. This basket is hanging by my front door instead of the wreath that I usually hang in this spot. See the repurposed wreath below.


Decorating a hanging basket for the Holidays - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning



Decorating for the Holidays - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning - Easy Christmas Arrangements


Since I was on an arrangement kick I decided to redo a basket I use as home decor all year round. This basket is filled with sparkly, white, red, and gold pine cones and miniature glass bulbs in red, green and gold. I also threw in medium sized chunks of cinnamon sticks which makes the whole dining room smell delicious plus I added a few red potpourri petal rolls. I lined the inside edge of the bowl with miniature battery operated lights strung on the inside edge of the bowl. 



Decorating for the Holidays - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning - Easy Christmas Arrangements


I have this beautiful gold dish that I recently purchased and decorates my dining table. I filled this with gold and light green sparkly floral sticks, gold pine cones and two pretty large brown tree bulbs. I had family members in and out of the house all weekend and everyone has commented on this arrangement.



Decorating for the Holidays - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning - Ideas for repurposing old holiday decorationsThe wreath that was on its way to the garbage can fits perfectly in one of my large outdoor planters. In the center of the wreath I placed a large holiday ball  that was also on its way to the garbage can. I then added a red bow and in about 5 minutes I had a new back yard decoration. Tomorrow I plan on spraying the ball with clear glow in the dark spray paint.  



Decorating for the Holidays - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning - Get creative with your outdoor holiday decorations




Glancing around my yard I decided that I could do something similar with the bird bath. Which was sticking out like a sore thumb with the surrounding light up decorations. I used a couple of boughs that were trimmed off of our Christmas tree, another large gold ball and a little bit of gold garland around the edge. Lights are tucked in with the garland. This ball will also get a coat of glow in the dark paint.

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