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Hosting for the First Time? Don’t Miss These 20 Essential Tips!

In the past two years, so many people have purchased homes—and many of those people were first-time homebuyers! With the holidays season approaching, many of these new homeowners will be hosting their friends or family for holiday gatherings for the first time this winter!

If you’re hosting your first holiday gathering this year, we want to make sure you’re fully equipped and prepared for your guests! We know from experience that it’s easy to overlook details if you haven’t done it before. So, we polled our designers to see what they wish they’d known before their first time hosting the holidays!

If you’re a new homeowner or just hosting for the first time this year, here are our designer’s best hosting tips!

Are you a guest rather than a host? Don’t forget to bring a hostess gift to the party! If you need some ideas, consider these top gifts for new homeowners.

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1. Pull in Extra Seats (And Don’t be Afraid to Get Creative)

An oft-overlooked necessity when hosting is beefing up your seating options. With more people entering your home than are typically there day-to-day, you’ll definitely need to plan for extra seating—whether you’re hosting a sit-down meal or more of a mix-and-mingle cocktail party. (Having enough seating is especially important if older grandparents are coming over!)

Make seating easy and abundant by pulling in extra seats to the main gathering space. And these don’t all need to be actual chairs—you can get creative! Benches, poufs, and ottomans can all be used as additional seating options beyond your sofa and accent chairs. And if you aren’t seating people around the table, feel free to pull your dining chairs out of the dining room and into whatever space you need a few extra seats.

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2. Dress up Your Bar Cart (Or Set Up an Impromptu Bar!)

Spruce up your bar cart for your holiday hosting needs! Remove any bottles you don’t want guests to use—and stock it with any mixers and glassware guests may need. And some winter greenery and glass decanters add a nice decorative touch! Don’t have a bar cart? Check out some ideas for impromptu small home bars.

Whether you have a bar cart or are creating a small bar just for your party, creating one or several designated bar areas helps to make drinks easily accessible for your guests. And if you want people to spread throughout your home, having different drink stations in different parts of your home is a good way to encourage people to flow through the space!

Lemons, clove, and cinnamon are excellent holiday scents

3. Set the Mood with a Signature Scent

The way your home smells will be one of the first things your guests notice when they arrive. So, help set a festive mood by intentionally creating a signature scent! Light a candle or diffuse some oils near the entrance of your home for a pleasant scent as guests arrive. Or, for something more natural, arrange a vase of fresh flowers or hang a pine wreath in your entryway!

To keep the good scents going throughout her home, our VP of style, Alessandra Wood, simmers lemon, cinnamon, and cloves on the stove for a spicey holiday scent! (Click through to find more of Alessandra’s holiday hosting tips!)

4. Queue Up Some Festive Tunes

To keep the environment comfortable through the ebbs and flows of conversation, play some easy listening and event-appropriate music in the background. This can also help set the mood of your gathering! But don’t worry about meticulously curating a playlist—you have more important things to worry about!

“My friends and family are picky listeners, so I’ve taken to crowdsourcing my playlists. A few days before an event, I’ll send out the link to the playlist and have everyone add their own songs. Then, when it’s time to turn on the tunes, I can just shuffle what everyone added and not feel stressed.” –Madeline W.

5. Get Cozy with a (Digital) Fire

Another way to create a cozy vibe? A crackling fire! There’s truly nothing like the sound and warm glow of a fire! But if you’re already having extra people over, things can get warm quickly. So, instead of lighting an actual fire, play a video of a burning yule log on your TV, courtesy of your favorite streaming service! (This is also a great option for those who don’t have a fireplace but want to bring to life the cozy vibe that fires create!) You can find versions that are multiple hours long so you don’t have to restart it halfway through your party. Some even feature celebrities and cute animals!

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6. Go Bite-Sized With Snacks

If you’re hosting a party where people are standing and mingling, make sure you have plenty of bite-sized food that’s easy to eat while balancing a plate or drink. This will make guests more comfortable while eating and chatting—and hopefully minimize spills!

“I like to have bite-sized snacks and hors d’oeuvres at parties. I always have a charcuterie board out with a variety of meats, cheeses, grapes, and even little chocolates like Ferrero Rocher or chocolate-covered strawberries. Basically, I try to create a nice spread of things that people can easily grab and mingle with. I also put out cute champagne flutes with both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. (Welch’s white grape is always a hit for an NA option—it tastes just like Moscato!) –Crystal V.

7. Set Out Coasters

Is your new home full of new furniture? Don’t forget to add coasters to any surface where you think someone might set a drink. It’s a simple way to protect your new furniture! If you don’t have a huge coaster collection, pick up a pack of disposable coasters to make sure you have enough.

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8. Mix Up a Large Batch of a Signature Cocktail

Creating a batch cocktail, rather than mixing drinks individually, will make serving a lot easier. With a batch cocktail, you can mix up a big pitcher or bowl ahead of time, and guests can serve themselves when they arrive! This saves you, as the host, from having to play bartender all evening.

“I love to make a big-batch signature cocktail for my guests!” –McKenzie Kinney

9. Have a Large Surface for Serving Food

When hosting a group, it helps to have a large surface where you can set out all of your food for guests—whether that’s your dining room table, your kitchen island, or even a media console in your living room. Depending on how you want to serve the food, you can opt for a surface where people can move in a circle (like your island or a round dining table) or let people move down a line, more like a buffet table.

“My husband and I live in a small one-bedroom apartment, which doesn’t have much counter space. For serving appetizers, we clear off the top of our media console (stashing our TV in the bedroom during the party so we have extra surface space) and lay food out on that surface.” –Amy O.

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10. Don’t be Afraid to Rearrange your Layout

Tight on space? Rearrange your room for one night only! (This is one of our favorite tips for hosting in a small space.) Push furniture against the wall to clear more space in your main rooms. This is great for a dining room where people will be walking around rather than sitting at the table to eat—which also allows you to use your dining table as a buffet for serving food and drinks. Rearranging your layout is also a good option in living rooms that typically have floating furniture. Pushing furniture back will give you more space to add in extra seating and more space for people to move around and mingle!

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11. Invest in a Tray

Trays are a host’s best friend. A good tray can be used to arrange food, corral items like napkins and utensils, as a surface on which to serve drinks, or as an easy decorative item. Trays turn any coffee table or console into a polished display!

Holiday themed china sets the mood for a fab gathering

12. Make Sure You Have Ample Dinnerware and Utensils

When hosting a gathering—especially one where you’re sitting down for a meal—it’s essential to make sure you have enough silverware and dishes ahead of time! (There’s nothing like realizing you don’t have enough forks 15 minutes before guests arrive!) Be sure you have enough drinkware, table settings, and silverware not only for dinner, but also appetizers and dessert.

“The first time I hosted Thanksgiving, I totally spaced on silverware and drinkware. Luckily my mother-in-law (I got a good one!) showed up with an 18-person set of both—crisis averted!” –Lauren M.

13. Consider the Lighting

Choosing the right lighting for your home is essential. But what works day-to-day might not be right for your party. Create a moodier vibe by using a variety of accent lighting rather than overhead lights. And don’t forget about candles! If you’re worried about wax drips or creating a fire hazard, opt for flameless candles for all the ambiance and none of the risk!

“For evening parties, lower lighting is nice. I love hanging twinkle lights and lighting candles to add a festive touch to holiday parties!” –Amy O.

14. Don’t Overlook the Small Spaces

Create thoughtful, intentional moments throughout your home so guests can feel the festiveness in even the smallest spaces of your home! It could be garlands of winter greenery going up the staircase, scented candles in the bathroom, or place cards at the dinner table! Whatever you choose, it’s these little moments that will make your home feel extra-special.

“I always light a candle in the bathroom when I’m hosting. It makes your home feel extra fancy and is a nice but small touch. You could go flameless, but I love a scented candle. Although, I do get stressed about burning my house down, so I usually find myself popping in to check on it every 10 minutes or so! Ha!” –Madeline W.

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15. Designate a Place for Coats and Bags

You don’t want a pile-up of coats and bags right inside your front door as guests arrive. So, designate a place for coats before guests arrive—whether that’s a coat closet, a freestanding clothing rack, or even laying them all on a guest bed. Have kids? This is a great job to designate to one of your kids to make them feel important as guests arrive! (And give you one less thing to worry about.)

16. Put Away Pet Items

You may love your pets—but that doesn’t mean all of your guests will. When preparing your home for hosting, put pet items in a different room—for aesthetic purposes and to avoid a tripping hazard from any stray toys or bones. Depending on your guest list, consider keeping your pets in a different part of the house from guests as well.

“If you’re hosting just for a short time, consider putting pet stuff in another room, which will help eliminate pet odor and is good for any guest who may have allergies.” –Katherine B.

17. Don’t Stress Over Imperfections

Your home doesn’t need to be perfect. You don’t have to postpone your holiday gathering until next year just because you’re still working on furnishing and decorating your new home. Host the gathering, but just focus on cleaning really well and making your home feel welcoming with some festive holiday or winter decorations. Beyond that, it’s about gathering family and friends together. And loved ones won’t judge imperfect decor or in-process designs!

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For overnight guests…

If you’re hosting overnight guests this holiday season, you have a bit more to think about. You’re not just planning one evening but need to make sure you’re set for a couple of days. If this is the case for you, here are a few extra tips to consider!

18. Give your Guest Room a Test Drive

A great way to make sure your overnight guests will have everything they need? Sleep in your guest space and use your guest bathroom to experience them and see what needs to be done to make each space more welcoming and comfortable. This is an easy way to discover items you might have overlooked. Some commonly missed guest room essentials are full-length mirrors, laundry hampers, and missing or ill-placed trash cans!

Read Next: How to Avoid These Design Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make

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19. Keep Daily-Use Items Out and Easy to Reach

Are there certain things your guest may want easy and regular access to? Keep them in plain sight. Place a few mugs and sugar on the counter or set up a coffee bar so guests feel at ease and can make their own morning beverages. The same goes with towels—have a few guest towels (aka clean towels!) ready for guests, placing them in your guest bedroom or bathroom so they’re good to go.

20. Bring Out the Coziness

If you’re hosting in the winter, add extra fluffy blankets and throws to the sofa or bed to add an extra layer of comfort for your guests. You never know if guests run warm or cold, so having extra blankets easily accessible is a nice touch!

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14 Winter Home Decor Ideas to Easily Cozy-ify Your Space

We hate to admit it—but cold weather is fast approaching. Fall has already seeped into our homes, and winter will be fast at its heels! While we may not feel ready for a long winter—we have to say, winter home decor can be pretty cozy.

Just think of it: basking in the glow of flickering candles and roaring fires, hanging garlands of greenery that leave the scent of evergreens in the air, getting cozy beneath knit blankets and fuzzy sheepskin throws with a good book and a steaming mug of hot cocoa in your hands. It makes winter sound pretty dreamy, right? And it all goes to show that winter decorating doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple but impactful is what we’re all about!

If you’re the type to update your decor seasonally and want your home to feel extra cozy this winter, check out our round-up of winter home decor tips!

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A Note on Holiday Decor…

We’re here to remind you that winter home decor doesn’t have to mean holiday or Christmas decor. (After all, for most people fall decor doesn’t mean Halloween decor! So why does winter decor have to be synonymous with Christmas decorations??) Winter is much more than Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years Eve. So, there’s no need to decorate exclusively for one or two of those holidays.

We’re of the belief that you can set the tone with winter decor, then layer in holiday decor as desired. And when the holidays are over, you can remove the holiday decor and still have perfectly cozy winter decor for the rest of the season!

However, if you like to go all-out for the holidays, you can always start with holiday decor, then transition your decor post-holidays! In that case, you may also want to check out our holiday decorating tips!

Ok, now onto the good stuff. Here are our designers’ top 14 winter decorating ideas to inspire you as you get your own home ready for winter!

Adding a wreath to your decor  is the easiet way to add some wintery charm.

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1. Hang a Wintery Wreath

Looking for easy winter decorating ideas? Hang a wintery wreath on your front door, over a mirror, above your fireplace, or on a blank wall within your home. A wreath of simple greenery (like pine, boxwood, magnolia leaves, or eucalyptus), pinecones, or berries looks good all winter long and adds an extra layer of texture to your space. They’re one of our favorite winter decorations!

2. Add Plaid Decor

There’s something about a plaid pattern that feels undeniably wintery, adding visual warmth and cozy vibes to any space. So, add plaid touches through textiles like pillows, throws, curtains, table linens, and bedding. A plaid pattern can be found on just about any material—but it feels extra cozy if it’s made of flannel!

Adding a bit of wintery greeney to this entry space is enough to  transition this space to the colder months.

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3. Switch out Flowers for Winter Greenery

While we love a vase of fresh flowers, in the winter we prefer to swap out our flowers and fall foliage for winter greenery, like pine branches, eucalyptus, and even red berries. (Ok, those aren’t greenery—they’re red! But they’re very wintery.) Greenery like this tends to be simple and cost-effective, while adding instant texture to a tabletop arrangement. Simply collect some pine boughs—either from your own yard or from your local garden center—place them in a vase, and viola! You have a beautiful wintery arrangement.

4. Use Natural Materials in Your Decor

A great way to bring textural warmth into your home for the winter is by using natural materials in your home’s decor. And we’re not just talking jute rugs or seagrass baskets. Consider filling decorative objects like baskets, bowls, lanterns, and cloches with foraged natural items like acorns, pinecones, birch branches, and winter berries. This brings winter’s natural elements inside and adds color, texture, and rustic touches to your home’s decor.

Designer Tip: If you have kids or pets, skip the winter berries or just go for a faux arrangement, as these berries are toxic if ingested!

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garlands bring a holiday flare to this mantle while also showing off its architectural details

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5. Highlight Architectural Details with Evergreen Garlands

Another simple-but-impactful winter decor idea? Garlands. Garlands of winter greenery can help highlight architectural details in a space—like a doorway arch, a fireplace mantel, or a staircase railing. This fills your home with texture, color, and subtle scents beyond just tabletop decor. It also brings life to your home in a season that can feel bleak!

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6. Create Layered Lighting with Candles

If you read our lighting buying guide, you know that layered lighting is important year-round. But throughout the winter, we love to be more intentional about lighting candles. They add a cozy ambience and that hygge feeling when the days are short and dark. And if you like scented candles, they can also add to the sensory experience of a room! So, sprinkle candles throughout your home—whether real or of the battery-operated flameless variety—for cozy, layered lighting all winter long.

candles bring and garland bring cozy winter vibes to this moody mantle

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7. Use Candles as Tabletop and Mantle Decor, Too

Candles not only create layered lighting in a room—they can also be used as winter decorations on a tabletop or mantle to help winterize your space! We love brass candle holders to bring some visual warmth into a room—but you can also place candles in vases or hurricanes, put them on wooden platters, or scatter them across your mantle!

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8. Add Extra Layers to Your Bed

Keep yourself extra warm and cozy at night by adding extra layers of bedding. And use these layers as a small nod to winter decor! This is a great time to swap out a lightweight duvet for something heavier. But you could also pile on a quilt, an extra comforter, or throw blankets! These extra layers will give your bedroom an extra cozy vibe while keeping you at a comfortable temperature all winter long!

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9. Drape a Knit Throw Blanket Over a Chair or Sofa

It’s always good to have blankets around in the winter, so you can cozy up when chatting, watching TV, or reading. And the best types of blankets to have lying around? A warm, chunky knit throw! Drape some over a chair or sofa, or keep a few in a basket in the corner. Chunky knits add extra warmth when you want to snuggle up, while adding visual texture and a sense of coziness to your home.

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10. Pile on Pillows with Texture

More winter decor ideas we love? Texture—especially in pillows. Pillows with texture add visual interest and coziness to a sofa or chair, which is something we can all use a little more of in the winter! Simply swap out your summer pillows—which tend to be lighter, with linen or cotton covers. Instead, bring in chunky knits, luxurious velvets, wool weaves, and perhaps some faux fur! Any and all of these textures will add instant comfort for cold days and nights and will hopefully entice you to relax!

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11. Add a Sheepskin Rug

A sheepskin rug adds warmth to your feet and screams winter wonderland. They add a layer of warmth for practical insulation and bring texture and softness to a space. And they’re not just for the floor! If you get a smaller sheepskin, you can drape it over the back of a chair or on the seat of a bench.

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12. Make a Hot Drink Station

During the winter, we love to create a special place just for making wintery drinks like hot chocolate! If you have a coffee nook, you can just layer in ingredients for a hot cocoa station, complete with fun with little jars for toppings and an assortment of wintery mugs! And if you don’t have a pre-existing coffee nook, all you have to do is gather these elements onto a tray and place it wherever is most convenient.

We love a hot drink station as a winter decorating idea, because it’s both practical and festive! You probably make hot drinks a lot in the winter, so it makes sense to have everything gathered in one space! And it’s fun for kids and can add a playful wintery touch to a bar cart, buffet, or kitchen counter.

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13. Bring in Touches of Silver

Silver is a classic winter color. It has the quality of sparkly, freshly fallen snow, and it can also add some class to a tabletop or wall decor. Bring touches of silver into your decor through vases, bowls, and candle holders. You could even bring in a larger moment of silver by swapping wall art out with a large silver-framed mirror! Whether you choose big or small moments, you’ll love the way silver finishes will add sparkle to your space while also making it feel distinctively wintery.

14. Use Deep Blue Hues

A deep blue hue adds richness and sophistication to any space, making it a perfect addition to your winter decor. It feels wintery in its boldness and cool tones, while adding a nice pop of color to your home when outside your window things feel dreary and dull! Other wintery hues you could use instead? A deep pine green or dark cranberry red.

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Dining In, In Style: 5 Inspiring Holiday Tablescape Ideas

It’s obvious by now that holiday celebrations during COVID look mighty different than years past. But, even without large gatherings of family and friends, you can still make your home feel cheerful and festive this holiday season.

One great way to do that? Getting intentional about your holiday dinner place settings and table decorations! We’re making our holiday meals feel extra special by creating a thoughtful holiday tablescape. Just because you aren’t hosting guests doesn’t mean you can’t make your table settings and centerpiece feel merry and bright, right??

Read one for seven holiday dinner table ideas and holiday hosting tips for intimate gatherings. They’ll delight and inspire you, whether you’re flying solo this holiday season, celebrating with your partner or roommates, or if you have an immediate household that will be gathering around the table.

 

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Setting Something Special

When setting your table for your big holiday meal, give each place setting a little something special. A surprise at each place setting offers an element of excitement and thoughtfulness to your holiday table. You can either do the same thing at each place setting or give a unique gift to each person at the table.

Need some ideas? Perhaps an ornament each person can hang on the tree and keep for years to come. Maybe a simple stocking stuffer or a favorite candy, tucked inside a mini stocking or a clear plastic tree ornament! We also love some simple greenery with a name card or petite candles they can burn later. You can really do anything that’s small and feels festive and charming!

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Let Your Light Shine

For casual dining settings, try creating a centerpiece with an assortment of your favorite candles for added warmth. Create visual interest by mixing candles of different heights and shapes. An added bonus? They’re not just for the holidays! You can keep these up into the New Year and throughout the winter for continued brightness and cheer around the table!

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Keep it Simple

Have a teeny table in a dining nook? Go simple with your Christmas table decorations. We love using small wreaths as a simple centerpiece. They look (and smell!) festive on their own—but you can also throw a few candles in the center for a lively and bright Christmas centerpiece for an intimate holiday gathering! A lower centerpiece like this in a small dining nook doesn’t take up a ton of space, and it really elevates the look of your tablescape.

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The Case for the Coffee Table

This one might be one of our favorite Christmas table setting ideas for 2020. If you’re flying solo or celebrating the holidays with just one other person, embrace the different year and gather around your coffee table for dinner instead! This small and intimate tablescape is perfect for those who are video calling other members of their family or enjoying a virtual cocktail hour with friends. A coffee table also allows you tons of space to spread out a family-style dinner or charcuterie board! Add festive touches around your coffee table—like seasonal foliage, candles, and cozy pillows and throws!

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A Formal Affair for Just a Few

Miss hosting large gatherings and want to create a more formal tablescape even though it’ll just be your immediate family around the table? We get it—and just because you have a smaller group this year doesn’t mean you can’t go all out with some stunning holiday decor ideas! And pulling it off is quite simple. Showcase a few of your favorite decorative objects (such as vases or nutcrackers) at the center of the table. Then, add in seasonal greenery to create contrast and add a bit of festive color and texture.

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Sprinkling Festive Decor Throughout the Room

Not super into ornate or complicated tablescapes? You can always skip the holiday tablescape and instead introduce other elements of holiday or winter decor into your dining room. We love the idea of setting up a small tree in your dining room, or hanging your stockings into this area to help spread holiday cheer throughout your whole home! (Check out our holiday lookbook for more fun decor ideas.)

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Unexpected and Understated

Ok, so we may have highlighted this look for our Thanksgiving tablescape ideas earlier this fall. But we think it’s still relevant for Christmas! After all, just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you have to decorate your dining room in reds and greens. If understated, neutral, and timeless is your vibe, try going neutral with your decor. Opt for marble or stoneware vases with unexpected foliage. Then sprinkle in bits of cream, grey, and green to create contrast. (But with the green, opt for something other than winter greenery—like a bowl of fruit—to keep things unexpected and understated.)

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15 Holiday Decorating Tips from Modsy Designers

holiday decorating tipsIt’s that time of year again! After we’ve had our full of turkey (and only then) we’re diving into full-on festive mode and getting our homes set for the holidays. No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus, or nothing at all, it can still be fun to add a few seasonal or festive touches to your home decor.

And when it comes to holiday decorating, some people love to follow tradition while others prefer to shake it up with something new and unexpected each year. If you’re looking for some holiday decorating tips and inspiration, we’ve got you covered. We polled our team of Modsy designers to see how they decorate for the holidays.

Scroll on to get inspired with some designer-approved holiday decorating tips and ideas!

holiday decorating TipsDeck Out a Holiday Focal Point

“Pro tip: if you have a fireplace mantel, take advantage of it! You can string garland and lights on it with some of your favorite holiday decor. A fireplace/mantel is a statement for any home, so why not make it grand?”

– Miranda W, Modsy Designer

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“If you celebrate Christmas, go all out on the tree! I like to use ribbon, a set variety pack of ornaments, select specialty ornaments and some of the decorative sticks and BAM.. awesome tree.”

– Leah W

“I love a real tree. I take the clipping from the bottom and use them in vases all over the house. My daughters decorate our tree with the ornaments they received growing up and then—if there’s room—my husband and I will try and hang up some of ours too.”

– Janna C

Make It Uniquely Yours

“I enjoy picking a new, unique theme for my tree each year. A few of my favorites have been poinsettias, hats, ski lodge, and even childhood memories.”

– Julia G

“Each year I try to choose a new, out-of-the-box material to decorate my mantle. One year it was cork, the next it was tinsel. I pick a new theme and run with it but always strive to keep the overall look classic and timeless.”

– Erin K

It’s All About the Lights

“I love using string lights everywhere. They make any room feel more magical!”

– Tais K

“Lights are always a must! A strand of white and red lights can make any space feel warm and cozy.”

– Silver H

“I love white lights and garland, it makes my entire space so cozy! I always chose white lights over colored, they just add warmth to the whole room.”

– Morgan V

small space holiday decor tipsWork With What You’ve Got

“I live in a tiny apartment with my boyfriend and puppy, so space is limited! Instead of a tree, we like to hang some ornaments in our big living room window using different length ribbons. It looks so pretty and festive!”

– Mackenzie R

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“I live in a condo with limited floor/shelving space and a curious toddler, so what really gets me excited for any holiday or season is a decorative wreath on the front door. It provides the wow-factor that I want and it really makes a difference to have a nice wreath greet me, my guests, and neighbors during this time of year!”

– Andrea S

“For years I did an abundance of fresh garland and a real tree. It’s still my favorite because it doesn’t take much to make a big impact. However, this year I’m in a third floor walk-up so I’ve had to get creative. I have a small white on white flocked tree, pampas grass garland, and lots of paper snowflakes.”

–Logan R

colorful holiday decorating ideasPlay With Color in Your Holiday Decor

“I recently started investing in seasonal pillows, they’re a fun way to introduce more colors that I wouldn’t normally decorate with. Think muted reds and oranges around fall and forest greens with icy blues for winter.”

–Lauren H

“Stick to a color palette, and let that flow throughout your home! Currently, mine is white, silver, gold, and rose gold.

–Diana K

“The easiest way is with pillows and throws in my opinion, but there are also lots of fun ways to bring in some holiday decor unexpectedly. I have a few built-ins and shelves were there are everyday baskets and bins, and I like swapping them in with more festive pieces, either with cozy textures or fun holiday colors and patterns.

– Lauren M

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