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Use an insulated thermos, keep warm drinks warm and support, a sign, let the guests know what’s on tap.
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3. Red flowers. Roses, calla lilies, poinsettias or even red carnations look warm and festive. Cut stems short and arrange the flowers in a small vase for the full, rounded look shown here.
Plus, packed gifts make great decor. Just pile up a few on the floor, a bench or a box and beautify branches with green.
Tip: If you are eyeing holiday sheet sets, but do not want to blow up the budget on the sheets, just get holiday pillowcases instead. Paired with plain white sheets, they still say holidays, but in a more subtle way.
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9. Mini-wreaths in the windows. Hanging from sleek red ribbons, the assortment of little wreaths looks stunning inside and out. Hang your wreaths in different lengths to achieve a similar effect.
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10. Coat swag. A simple garland green, readily available in many garden centers and tree farms in December, looks like vacation-ready draped over the mantelpiece. Nestle in the candles (real or battery operated) or twine twinkle lights twinkling through the branches for a magical touch.
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12. Amaryllis tuber. Forced lamps make an elegant addition to a bar cart, side table or entryway. Here, the scene is even more festive with the addition of golden ornament-filled champagne glasses and a vintage silver ice bucket.
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14th branch in a vase. Take a fresh cut from a tree outdoors, plunk it into a glass of fresh, cold water and then surround it with white candles. Simple, beautiful and so Scandinavian.
15. Chic cocktail napkins. A set of embroidered or monogrammed cocktail napkins hidden in a drawer? This is the time to use you! Put a stack on the coffee table and you will feel the ambience even if the guests are not with you for your drinks.
16. Strategic holiday booking placement. Vintage kids holiday books with cute illustrations make fun next to holiday decor. Try a few picture books – or classic titles like the Little Women and A Christmas Carol– under a glass-top coffee table or erected between bookends on a console table.
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18. Nutcracker. Whether functional or purely decorative smoker, nutcracker are enchanting memories of this holiday, classic ballet and its history of the young Clara and the dashing nutcracker come to life. Put a few on the mantel, or, if you plan to use them, on the table next to a bowl of nuts in the shell.
– Branches are captured, outdoors and propped against the wall to boost, the Narnia factor even more.
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