Today I’m sharing my favorite Christmas decorating ideas for the Christmas In July Blog Hop. What a treat this will be for all of us to gather ideas, and pin to our favorite holiday boards. While we’re at it, we can distract our attention from the summer heat and dream of cooler weather.
I’m so happy to be joining 24 of my sweet blogging friends for a fabulous Christmas in July blog hop hosted by my friend Rachel of The Ponds Farmhouse. As you click through these posts you’ll get all kinds of inspiration for make ahead projects. You may even get get ideas on how to repurpose what you already have.
If you’re coming over from WM Designhouse, welcome to Thistle Key Lane. I can’t wait to read Wendy’s post, and take notes on her fabulous decorating ideas.
Favorite Christmas Decorating Ideas
Sometimes it’s really helpful to get a mental picture of how you’re going to decorate for Christmas. We all know how hectic the holiday season can get, but wouldn’t be nice to take the edge off that rushed feeling?
If you’re like me, you probably already know where the Christmas tree is going, and that there will be decorations on the mantel, coffee table, entry table, and front door. However you may want to tweak your normal decorating game plan and change things up a bit. That’s what I enjoy doing, and I’ll share some of my best decorating ideas with you.
I’m sharing a variety of my favorite Christmas posts, with suggestions to make that super busy time of year a little easier.
Make A List
My first suggestion is making a list of things you can look for while shopping thrift stores, flea markets, antique malls and yard sales. Here’s a list of what I’m looking for this summer that I can use during the holidays and beyond.
- brass candle stick holders
- old metal lanterns
- retro vases
- wood crate or box
- flower pots
- vintage books with green covers
- child’s wooden chair
- winter landscape artwork
I’m also planning ahead and ordering velvet ribbon now, just in case I can’t find it later. So think about what you might be needing and order early. For big ticket items such as Christmas trees watch for sales and black Friday deals.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is creating poinsettia and evergreen arrangements. This is where interesting containers can create one of a kind centerpieces and mini arrangements too.
Remember the container doesn’t have to be holiday related as you will see in these three posts. Click on the highlighted titles to go straight to the post.
Wreaths and Door Decorations
Wreath and door decorations don’t have to be complicated. In fact mine are usually very simple, because we have a small porch with limited space. I’m sharing my favorite ways to update faux wreaths, and how to decorate with a door basket.
Make Ahead Christmas Projects
Late summer and early fall is a great time to get a jump on some of those DIY projects. Think about making ornaments, an advent calendar, a simple garland and recruit the kids to help.
Our holiday tablescapes are usually casual, because we’re always focusing more on the food. I lean towards simple table settings that are easy to create.
My everyday white dishes go with everything including plaid salad plates, and I have a variety of napkins to change up the look.
Decorate With What you Have
Just remember you don’t have to come up with elaborate holiday themes, just decorate with what you have.
I love adding garlands to mirrors, the tops of frames, and even the pot rack in the kitchen. I pull out little kid’s chairs to hold gifts and decorate around everyday decor, artwork and furniture.
Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest, where the boards are up to date with seasonal inspiration that you can use right now!
Thank you so much for stopping by today for my favorite Christmas Decorating Ideas, and I hope that you’re pinning lots of ideas that you can refer back to.
Up next on our blog hop is White Arrows Home, and I know you don’t want to miss Kristin’s gorgeous lakefront home.
Christmas In July Blog Hop
Welcome to our Christmas In July Blog Hop. Be sure to click each link below to follow along on the hop.