#1. Use what you already have.
Don’t go buying a bunch of stuff to use once and never again. Use what you already have and make it better. You don’t have to serve food just in the kitchen or dining room. If you have a buffet or sideboard somewhere else, set up a coffee or hot chocolate bar, bubbly bar or simply set your appetizers out on tables, sofa and coffee tables or ledges that you already own. Dress them up with garland, lights or poinsettias. Use rolling carts as bars with all the fixings. Fill planters and pots with ice for an ice bucket.
#2. Don’t be traditional.
You don’t have to go traditional to be Christmasy. Use a scarf or blanket as a tree skirt, make your own stockings and use utensils or items you already have as ornaments. Make ornaments from paper or cardstock or string popcorn for a “real” old fashioned look.
#3. Use nature.
If you have any type of green outside, bring it in! Ivy, evergreens or even deciduous plants that haven’t lost their leaves yet. Cut sprigs and use on the door, the mantle or as decorations. No need to spend money on store-bought wreaths.
#4. Use the lights you have.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on lights either. Use any type of lights that you might already have as garland, strings or just to add a warmth to a particular area of the house.
#5. Make Your own wrapping.
You can wrap presents in almost anything. Old blankets, towels, newspaper, butcher paper, construction paper, parchment paper, etc.. decorate the paper if you want and wrap up with twine or string you already have on hand.
#6. Make ornaments out of anything.
Wrap cookie cutters with ribbon and hang. Clear balls filled with anything from coffee beans to crushed candy canes. Glue scrabble letters together to form holiday sayings. Turn your collectibles into ornaments by tying a string around them to hang.
#7. Design your own advent calendar.
Use a muffin tin to hid treats behind and cover with a round sticky note with the dates on the front. Hang sideways and peel off the sticky on that day to reveal the treat inside.
#8. Use grocery items as gifts.
No need to spend a fortune on gifts, give a cookbook, cookie making items or a pasta making kit.
#9. Hang outside lights with a glue gun.
If you can’t nail or staple lights onto the house, use a glue gun. It will be easier to remove too when the season is over.
#10. Don’t forget the meaning.
Don’t stress this holiday trying to get everything perfect. Just have fun, spend time with those you love and remember that it’s not about the “stuff” but the people you’re sharing it with.
Happy Holidays from Cooper Design Builders!
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