Try this healthy yet hearty dish packed with greens, squash, fresh herbs and a punchy vinaigrette that can be served as a main dish or a side dish at a big holiday feast. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/winter-grain-salad?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
Why we love it: The red berries absolutely sparkle against a snowy backdrop. Winterberry is a cinch to grow—it requires only the most minimal care after planting. Prune occasionally as needed to shape plants. Make sure you plant a male pollinator to ensure a good berry set.
These wedding bouquets incorporate the rich, deep reds and snowy-whites of the season. Other wintery florals to consider using include pine boughs, cymbidium orchids, boxwood boughs, camellia buds, magnolia leafs and holly berries. Floral design: Blooming Gallery. Planner: Something to Celebrate.
Decorated solely in shades of white, event designer Camille Styles uses the tone-on-tone style in this dining room to create a holiday soiree which blends timeless elegance with a wintry aesthetic. The key to creating an all-white tablescape that's not flat or sterile is to layer different shades along with a mix of textures and metallic accents.
Small rodents like rabbits, voles and mice will nibble bark on stems near the base of shrubs. Too much bark removal can kill the plant. Use tree guards to protect young tree trunks. Encircle shrubs with hardware cloth to create a cage rodents can’t wriggle through.
The family room at the lake house can be enjoyed all year long. Designer Nancy Snyder and her team put together two looks for the living space: one for winter and one for summer. Decor such as the snowman pillow and a basket of fuzzy blankets by the fireplace make for a cozy winter look.
In late winter, this evergreen shrub or small tree, Pewter Pillar® Winter’s Bark ( Drimys winteri var. chiloense), opens clusters of lovely white blooms followed by small fruits. The glossy leaves have silvery-white backs. The plants are hardy in USDA zones 7 to 10.
Planner Kate Franzen, of Glint Events, carried out a wintery theme for this wedding with white and blush roses, white ranunculus, silver brunia berries, frosted pinecones, white anemones and gypsophila (baby's breath). “Don’t overlook baby’s breath for a winter wedding." she says. "It matches the crisp, clean feel of winter and, by itself, can produce a stunning and dramatic effect. Not to mention, gypsophila is much more affordable than out-of-season blooms.” Florist: Petals + Twigs.
Bright blooms blanket ‘Kramer’s Red’ winter heath from winter into early spring. Plants have needle-like, evergreen leaves and grow to 12 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Use heath as a groundcover, or pair it with conifers for an eye-catching contrast. Heath grows in rocky soil and is low maintenance once established. Hardy in Zones 6-8.
Take a plain brown box and use decorative snow texture to create a Winter Wonderland atop your gift box. Once the texture is dry use a hot glue gun to apply your deer and trees. Place a decorative ribbon around the sides to create a more put together look.
Commonly grown in North America and Eastern Asia, Japanese Yew is an excellent fit for porches year-round since it’s drought tolerant, and thrives in both full sun and partial sun settings. Known to survive harsh winters as cold as 30 degrees below zero, the Japanese Yew is popularly used as ground cover; however, when grown as a tree, it can reach up to 50 feet in height. For proper growth, plant Japanese Yew in in a damp setting.