We actually lost almost all of our Christmas decorations last year when a storage unit flooded. And as the season snuck up on me, I found myself with very little on hand, zero time to shop for replacements -- and two parties to host: yikes! Instead of panicking, I chose to go a different route and skip the traditional direction I usually embrace. I elected to pick up a few simple things to make our home festive without investing countless hours and dollars in holiday decor.
MY KEY COMPONENTS:
Lots of white flowers in different varieties from Import Flowers (the best flower source in the city). Roses, lilies, carnations, hydrangeas-- basically everything I could find in a crisp white, I snapped up. I also bought a bunch of boxwood branches for mantle arrangements.
The rest of the greenery, I snipped from my own yard. Evergreens, holly, magnolia leaves and leaf-free thin wood branches are all part of the mix.
I rounded up a few vases from flower deliveries over the past few months and even used a few of my husband's silver BMI award mint julep cups for smaller arrangements in bathrooms.
I skipped the big tree all together and utilized the few mercury glass and silver ornaments salvaged from the flood in a large bowl on our dining table. I scattered the remaining three on the mantle. There weren't enough to decorate a large tree, but plenty to give a festive feel to gathering areas.
I do have a few 'mini' trees for table decor thanks to gifts from good friends that were not in the storage unit-- and they make it feel just like Christmas -- so much so that I don't even miss having a centerpiece tree.
What's your secret for creating a festive look in a flash at home? Would love to read your tips and suggestions on the Southern Sophisticate.