Get Into It!
Thoughts and signs of the holiday season begin budding during the month of October. From that time on there is no way to miss the fact that the holiday spirit is in the air. Whether you are visiting storefronts or surfing websites, both subtle and not so subtle holiday themes are evident. Especially for the young at heart and the creative, getting into the holiday mood can be exciting. There are so many ways to celebrate.
Gathering With Friends and Loved Ones
Reconnecting with friends and loved ones is a traditional part of the holiday season. This time of year is ideal for parties and other functions and events where people gather. This provides opportunities to share stories and get updates about things that have happened throughout the year. Love is renewed and friendships are strengthened.
Hosting parties and other gatherings can be fun. The good news is, with a little planning and thought you can have a fabulous party without spending a lot of money. The trick is to keep things simple. But this does not mean you will skimp on fun.
Food and drinks are essential elements of any party. However, even a pizza party can be fun. Other easy food ideas include a baked potato bar or a huge pot of chili. Foods like these are crowd pleasers and they are easy and inexpensive to prepare.
Another great option is a pot luck meal. Ask each guest to bring along a dish to share. In fact, the recipes can be printed and shared with everyone at the party. This is a great conversation starter and way to share with others in a simple but meaningful way. Everyone will go home with at least one or two new recipes to try.
Decorating and More
When you invite guests into your home it is important to remember that first impressions count. This means you should strive to make your home a nice place to visit, from the outside in. Take the time to tidy up the yard and add a few touches of holiday cheer. You can find a huge assortment of decorative garden elements at GardenFun.com.
Simple but chic holiday wind chimes add a whimsical touch to your garden or porch. Cute planters and flower pots are another way to add a welcoming flair as guests enter your home. But don’t stop with the outdoors. Whether you decide to make your own holiday adornments or buy them ready-made, the decorative items will make your home feel more cheerful and help to create a vibrant atmosphere.
Even homemade wreaths on the front door add a sense of warmth. You can make eco-friendly wreaths from cardboard. Just cut out the cardboard in the shape of a ring and decorate with vines, holly twigs, pine cones, berries, flowers, and other holiday-themed items. You can use floral wire to attach the items.