Yes, it’s that time of year where the frenzy and frazzle is everywhere you go. Grocery stores, parking lots, and don’t even mention the malls!!!

If you are taking a DIY approach to the holidays and have rolled up your sleeves to tackle invitations, decorating, cooking and table decor, here are a few tips to get your creative juices flowing:

Send out your invitations this year rolled up in a tube shaped mailer.  They come in a variety of colors and holiday stripes and will be sure to catch the recipients attention as they take it out of their mail box.

Ready to switch things up from all that red and green?   Silver and golds are classic favorites that add elegance and shimmer to any table.   Check out the new trends of accenting with rich aquas, purple and lavenders, if those colors fit within your color scheme.  Set against a silver or gold backdrop, these colors adds a different twist to old holiday favorites.

Use objects in new ways.   Small vases with flowers can serve as place settings and party favors giveaways.  Nametags tied around pears, dried pomegranates, or cinnamon sticks  bring out the season and add color and IMG_1009-682x1024fragrance to a tablescape. IMG_1048-682x1024


Here in Southern California succulents never go out of style.  Their versatility and color range makes them a wonderful addition to holiday arrangements. Mixing red roses with a variety of succulents add a cheerful note and make a distinctive accent to any decor.  The samples shown here are from Carter and Cook event stylists. A little spray paint helps gild the artichokes and can tie into other gold accents.  Adding  fresh pears, pomegranates, berries and other seasonal fruits round out the displays.

Don’t throw out those old ornaments!  Remove the tops, add water and put a holiday sprig or one flower in it.  So that it doesn’t roll over, shape a pipe cleaner into a circle so that it serves as a base to hold the ornament.

Make sure to pay attention to lighting and use candles liberally.  The variety of votives can be dizzying, or simply wrap shot glasses with ribbon that compliments your linens and other décor.

Select a different holiday drink this year instead of the usual wine and eggnog variety of drinks. Make it simple, fun, and be sure to enjoy all the season’s celebrations!

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