Holiday memories begin with good company and comfortable settings. Try these unique decorating ideas to liven the party while making your guests feel right at home.
Create a heartwarming holiday gathering in your home by providing comfortable spaces for your guests and functional spaces for your entertaining. Here are some creative ways you can style your home to make your gathering extra special.
Use a sideboard, buffet, or dresser as a serving station for appetizers, drinks, or desserts. Add table runners, decorative items, and trays for a festive touch.
If you have a patio or outdoor space, and weather permits, consider setting up a gathering area outside with blankets, pillows and a fire table or heater. Use a low coffee table or ottomans for a makeshift surface for snacks or drinks.
In the living room or lounge area, your coffee table can be used for serving beverages and appetizers before the meal. Convert your coffee table into a dining table by placing a large wooden board, accent tray or sturdy piece of plywood on top, covering it with a festive tablecloth.
If you're serving cocktails or other beverages, a bar cart can be a stylish addition to your gathering space. Use a bar cart for a portable drink station, offering a selection of wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages. Decorate it with holiday-themed elements.
Fireplace Mantel Decor
No holiday is complete without festive decor. Create a warm and inviting atmosphere by decorating your fireplace mantel with seasonal foliage, candles, and decorative items. This can be a beautiful focal point for your gathering.
Add a bench in your living space for additional seating. Add cushions and throw pillows to make it more comfortable for your guests. It can also be used as additional seating at the dining table or a cozy corner for conversation.
Consider adding table lamps or floor lamps to create the right ambiance and provide adequate lighting during the evening.
Blanket Fort for Kids
Set up a blanket fort or indoor camping area for the kids with couch cushions, blankets, and pillows. Fill it with board games, coloring books, and snacks to keep them entertained.
Wall Art Gallery
Rearrange your wall art to create a gallery wall with a holiday theme. Hang up autumn-inspired artwork, wreaths, and family photos.
Poufs and Ottomans
Add poufs and ottomans to your seating arrangement for extra seating options. They can be easily moved around to accommodate more guests.
Pillows and Throws
Add extra comfort and style to your seating by including decorative pillows and cozy throws.
Remember to use seasonal decorations, such as autumnal tablecloths, placemats, centerpieces, and candles, to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
The key to a heartwarming holiday gathering is not only the furniture but also the warmth and hospitality you provide to your guests to create special memories.