Don't use holiday lights unless they have cleared the strict safety tests conducted by Underwriters Lab or another established testing facility. Lights checked by this independent testing company are marked with a holographic UL label. A red label means lights can be used indoors and out, while green means indoor-use only.
This charming blue Cape Cod-inspired gingerbread house is sure to delight holiday party guests. Plus, it's easy to construct with royal icing and chocolate fondant. Allow house to dry completely overnight. When house is set, transfer to a cake plate or serving board and sprinkle over powdered sugar "snow."
Keeping it cozy and glamorous, this Halloween porch decor features a chic white twig wreath. Add some Christmas ornaments or ribbon and it easily transitions to your next holiday. Cool black branches turn an existing garden pot into great Halloween decor when you add some moss at the base. Keep pillows and throws handy in wooden bins for cool nights.
Menswear stockings are a great way to add a tailored touch to your holiday decor. To get the look, try a no-sew approach using iron-on adhesive tape, scissors and old sweaters or dress shirts. Those less likely to tackle this as a project can drop old shirts and sweaters off at their local dry cleaner or seamstress and have it done for a low cost.
Layer garland with a collection of colorful ornaments in your favorite tray to create an irresistible holiday centerpiece. Janell Beals dresses up a vintage-inspired porcelain tray with bold accessories and uses a mixture of silver, blue and gold hues for a twist on the traditional red and green.
Chances are, you still need to live in your house during holiday season, so you don’t want to obscure essential areas with decorations you’ll have to move to use the space. Here, the design team kept accents like vintage snowshoes visible but tucked out of the way, so they’re not at risk of falling over or blocking access to the entry and bench.
Not only will kids have a blast making (and eating) marshmallow tree pops, but you will love how they double as fun table decor. Bust out the crayons and let kids add colorful ornaments to their tree or write a special holiday message on the back, but only after the marshmallows have disappeared.
Turn inexpensive fence-post caps into a pretty jewelry or gift box. By itself, the box makes a thoughtful birthday, Mother's Day or holiday gift. Fill it with sweet treats or a small trinket for a handmade gift they won't soon forget. Get crafting to make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Get the kiddos crafting to make a few of these playful ornaments that are a snap to make using Scrabble letters glued onto a strip of colorful ribbon. Use the letters to spell out holiday sayings or family members' names. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions. Plus: Check out even more more kids' craft projects
Use one color to make a statement. HGTV fan Manzardo mixes gold ornaments and accents into a mantel garland to create a holiday focal point. Any metallic, like bronze or silver, adds sparkle, while a more colorful choice, like red, blue or lime green, makes for a bold, eye-catching display.
A contemporary blue, white and gold study is adorned with blue chaises from Bjork Studio and custom blue and gold pillows with fabric from Holland & Sherry. The round Halcyon chandelier by Kelly Wearstler dazzles with its mix of quartz and brass while a serpentine mirror by Rose Tarlow ensnares a fireplace. The study by J. Wheeler Designs was part of the 2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse.
Dark colors don't have to be dreary. In fact, they can be lovely and luxe if used correctly with a keen eye. Mix navy with gray and brown for a rich, fresh spin on holiday hues. To get this combination right, use a mix of natural textures that can make a space feel warm and welcoming, such as wool and velvet.
Hosting your first holiday supper shouldn’t be stressful, and this roast will be the star of the table. Easy to prep and filled with unique aromatic flavors of cider and sage, you'll be wishing for leftovers before the dishes are even washed. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/hard-cider-roast-with-sage-vegetables?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
From cozy throw pillows on side chairs to a pair of reindeer centerpieces on the cocktail table, the design team took care to add holiday cheer everywhere, even in a simple outdoor seating area. The look feels pulled together thanks to the subtle repetition of the color red in the pillows, centerpiece trim, the rug, and even the apples piled into a simple white bowl.
Topping a kitchen island is a glass cylinder filled with red and green apples. It can be used at different times of the year or as a natural arrangement for the holidays. The centerpiece pairs beautifully with a blue and white toile tablecloth, which adds texture and warmth to the display.
What if the colors in your year-round decorating don’t look great with red and green? No worries: It’s easy to find holiday baubles and more in virtually every color of the rainbow—even ones that work beautifully with the great room’s western-inspired shades of terracotta and taupe. Also, don’t feel constrained by “traditional” décor choices. Add personality with off-beat and fun elements, like a cowboy hat tree topper.
While kids entertain themselves at the holiday soiree, it's important to always consider safety first, especially when it comes to candy. Before laying candy out, be certain to ask parents if their children have any allergies or dietary restrictions, then stick solely with small, soft styles rather than hard candy, which could pose a choking hazard.