#1 – Plan Ahead
And by plan ahead, we mean… like right now. We’ve opened up our Holiday Shop, so go ahead and take a good look. And remember that you can’t do everything. The most important part of the holidays is to enjoy them, but that’s much more easily accomplished if there is a gameplan in place. Make a list of everything you need (check it twice), and order now to ensure that everything will arrive on time with no stress. This time of year, many things you want to order may have dates attached to them. Prime example: many items at KKH must be ordered by November 20th for guaranteed holiday delivery.
#2 – Step past the entryway
Most people do a good job decorating their entryway or console for the holidays. But don’t stop there! Allow the holidays to subtly flourish throughout all rooms in the house. Small and simple touches make all of the difference.
#3 – Freshen the Walls
You want to impress your family and friends, but the reality is, you’re too busy to be constantly renovating and updating your home. Our suggestion for this holiday season? Removable wallpaper. It’s easy to quickly apply right before the holidays, and with the walls changed, it’ll look like you have a brand new home (even if everything else is exactly the same…but that’ll be our little secret).
#4 – Lighting Done Right
Creating an ambiance is an easily forgotten essential that really captures the warmth and solace of the holidays. Buy a plug-in dimmer for all of your lamps and lighting fixtures to have total control over the mood. Brighten your lights at the beginning and end of a party when people are mingling or getting ready to leave, and dim the lights during dinner when your guests are enjoying conversation amongst one another. And if you’re due for a seasonal upgrade, buy new lighting with white and gold being our favorite colors that look great for the holidays and all year round.
#5 – Less is More
We say this all the time, but it’s especially true this time of year. The holidays are often associated with extravagance, but don’t deck the halls too aggressively, or your home will be overwrought with holiday gaud. Instead, let your home shine. Buy a new statement piece to show off to your guests (It’ll be much more impressive than a ton of tinsel).
#6 – Go Eclectic
We all know that during the holidays, there are more people than ever in your home. If you have a large family, this means finding creative seating options: the stairs, the sofa, the floor, the dog (just kidding!). The point is: don’t worry over creating the classic Thanksgiving table. Instead, mix-and-match tables and chairs for an eclectic stylish look that includes seating for everyone. Need a few extra chairs? We love the Chippendale chair as a holiday option that’s easy to add to any room.
#7 – Tiers, Not Tears
Serve Thanksgiving dinner as a buffet this year, and use tiered serving trays for your appetizers and desserts. Tiered trays save a lot of counter space which allows more space for cooking and (most importantly) eating!
#8 – Get the Family Involved
Holidays are for everyone, and one of the best ways to prepare is to get everyone involved. Let the kids decorate their bedrooms with colored lights, or buy a small tabletop tree for them to decorate their room. Even the dog can get involved with an adorable holiday bed.