Holiday Decorating Inside and Outside
Get the party started before guests even step foot in your home by dressing your home’s exterior with holiday décor ranging from wreaths to stunning ice lanterns or lumeniers (depending on geography). Keep the style and color theme consistent with the interior décor for a seamless transition – giving your guests a sense of calm. What I’ve learned from my experience in visual merchandising and store design, is that the ‘transition time” (usually about 10 to 20 seconds) can create a favorable impression or an unfavorable impression.
Keep exterior decor subtle and coordinating the color and style with the interior decor. Lovely, lighted topiaries flanking the door entry are elegant and can be used throughout the year. Door wreaths, are a traditional favorite. I’ve seen gorgeous wreaths ranging from modern silver “ornament ball” style to one gracefully beaded with sea shells and yet another dressed in icy crystals.
Create conversation seating areas. Sometimes the floor plan for everyday living at home fails in the party environment. So make it party friendly by creating intimate sections that will encourage guests to chat.
Use multi-purpose centerpiece displays such as ice sculpture vessels to dazzle guests and to serve as a chilled bowl for some delicious confection. More information regarding ice sculptures (how-to and where to buy molds).
Provide adequate seating. Standing for long periods of time is recipe for an early night. Don’t lose guests to tired legs – give them the seating they are seeking.
Free their hands. Guests will love you when you provide them with tables to set their drink glasses and plates upon. It’s tough to have fun, engage in conversation and feel festive when bogged down (for a substantial amount of time).
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