One of the best things about the holidays is definitely all of the decorating, but breaking out the same box of decorations year after year can get really boring. Luckily, event planner Rebecca Wise has some ideas to freshen things up.
Some trends we’re seeing include a lot of layered white details, coloured Christmas trees, pineapple/tropical decorations, star garlands and lots and lots of plaid.
Here are two of Rebecca’s favourite trends of the season.
Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe, and includes Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and sometimes also includes Finland and Iceland. It’s characterized by simplicity, minimalism, and functionality; and we all recognize this style whether we know it or not from Scandinavian based companies like IKEA.
To achieve this look, less really is more in this case. Be careful to scale your décor back. Simplicity and minimalism are key here and they will really shine through if you let them. Your accents should be either wood, glass or metal. And not shiny metal either, you should try to stick with elements in a raw form – galvanized metal or tin work really nicely here. Your palette should be white, black and grey. You can work within one or two of those shades, you don’t need to incorporate all of them.
You also want to emphasize Hygge (hoo-gah), which is the Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness, feelings of wellness and contentment and self-care. You can really amp it up by focusing on your soft textures and incorporating them into your party decor. Throw blankets can be cast on chairs, you can use a blanket as a tablecloth which is a great way to hide spills; light candles and turn off the lights. Hygge is about creating a safe and comfortable space for you and your loved ones.
There is another beautiful Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve called The Christmas Book Flood or Jolabokaflod (Yo-la-bok-a-flod). After you’ve received your books, you and your loved ones all sit down, get cozy and read together. Now that’s hygge!!
For decor, incorporate as much greenery as possible, still living and plantable is even better! You can have a Christmas tree of course, but with this aesthetic you don’t need to decorate it much. It will look perfect with some burlap, star garlands, or some paper ornaments. This look is great for those who like to DIY.
Put a greenery garlands down the centre of your table and stuff greenery in some glass bottles for pretty and simple candle holders.
Lastly, take a fillable glass ornament and simply place some greenery, some berries or some fake snow inside and you have the prettiest take-away gift for your guests. You can leave a bowl of these by the front door for guests to take on their way out, or you can have them at each place setting.
Whimsical Kids Table
For this look, imagine what Christmas looks like to a child and explore that suspension of disbelief a bit. Colours are bright and complimentary; this palette is mainly pink, aqua/teal, with pops of others in between. If you use vintage ornaments, this look can come across as slightly nostalgic, almost 1950’s style, but most of the vintage ornaments are glass so I don’t actually recommend it for kids as they’ll want to touch and get into everything.
Go with decor that if they touch it, open it, break it apart, it’s not the end of the world. These centrepieces are made out of ornament pics that have been pushed into floral foam inside gift boxes. Super easy to create and nothing will break if a curious child gets into it!
Wrapping Paper Runner
It’s wise to cover your table with a tablecloth, but we’ve also used wrapping paper down the middle as both a pop of fun colour, but also an added layer of protection against likely spills. Find acrylic or plastic decorative plates so that if one is dropped, it won’t break. And set the fun tone of the party by adorning each place setting with a different Christmas headband for the kids to put on.
Mini Milk and Cookies
DIY Pom Pom Garlands
Pom pom garlands are a fun DIY project you can do with the little ones, and they look adorable and are soft to the touch
The idea of decorating your tree with edible, removable candy is a great one. Kids are so often told not to touch, not to break things, and parents have this endless “hands off” mentality, wouldn’t it be fun for one night to let kids get into things. To be able to pluck an “ornament” off the tree and just eat it. Use individually wrapped chocolates and toffees, Christmas bells and Santas and adhere them all using glue dots. The best part of this decor technique is that it’s also super accessible to find these types of candies.