Want to brighten up your home’s front door with a splash of color for spring and summer? Here are five fun, crafty wreaths you can put together to add bright style to your home’s entrance. The idea for this super-easy wreath comes from Family Chic. For this eye-catching design, all you need is a foam wreath form and a bunch of bright-colored paper drink umbrellas in various sizes.
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Try experimenting with different arrangements to figure out what works best for you! Grapevine wreaths also work well with cocktail parasols–you could even leave a portion of the grapevine exposed for a slightly different look.
You may have packed away the artificial Christmas tree for the season, but you can still enjoy some of your favorite Christmas dishes–with a twist! Here are three traditional holiday recipes you can tweak to brighten up your spring dinner table.
1. Sugar Cookies
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Santa’s favorite snack doesn’t have to disappear when the holidays are over! Try adding a few drops of lemon extract to your favorite sugar cookie recipe, and invest in flower-shaped cutters for a bright, spring-y touch. Royal frosting makes a fantastic glaze, and you can tint it any color of the rainbow to complement your flower shapes. This is a great project for kids, too!
2. Turkey and Gravy
Instead of the traditional turkey and gravy, try making a turkey salad for springtime. Fresh greens are more readily available this time of year. Coupling those lush greens with pieces of roasted turkey, fresh fruits and a light vinaigrette dressing will result in a special brunch or gourmet accompaniment to your regular dinner spread.
If you thought you had the quirkiest seasonal decorations or the biggest decorating dilemmas, the Griswold family might just prove you wrong. One look at the Griswold family Christmas Tree, in the third installment of National Lampoon’s vacation series, makes our little Christmas tree quirks and seasonal issues seem like a walk in the park in comparison. Continue reading
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This might be the most patriotic and historic of all the iconic trees we’ll cover. The National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. has a long and bright history–from the Christmas Eve in 1923 when Calvin Coolidge first lit a 28-foot balsam tree on the White House lawn. Continue reading
Christmas is all about tradition, but your personal style might not include midcentury nutcrackers and gingerbread men. Finding a balance between a traditional Christmas and a more modern style that fits your space isn’t an impossible feat.
This year’s Christmas trends don’t dismiss the traditions of the Christmas season, but they do update the traditional look and can bring sophistication to your space, whether you’re decking the halls of a small apartment or a large suburban home. Continue reading
The Christmas tree tradition reaches as far around the world as… the streets of Rome. Every year, an impressive tree graces Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican in Rome, giving a magical feel to the history-seeped streets of one of the world’s most historic cities. Continue reading
4 Safe and Simple Ways to Detect and Replace Bad Bulbs on Your Christmas Lights
There’s nothing worse than realizing your Christmas lights are a bust. It’s that moment when you ceremoniously plug the string of lights into the wall, ready to add the finishing touch to your tinseled work of art…and then you realize there’s a bad bulb that’s destroyed that moment. Talk about a letdown. Disappointment like that doesn’t belong in your holiday. Next time you experience a bad bulb, be prepared by following these few simple tips. Continue reading
Today’s iconic Christmas tree isn’t exactly a tree, though at 242 feet tall, it makes the spruce in Rockefeller Center look like a seasonal lightweight in comparison.
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Looking for some holiday inspiration as you celebrate the season with family and friends? Feeling overwhelmed by your own decorating dilemmas? In this series, we’ll take you on a grand tour to visit the 5 most iconic Christmas trees of all time. Continue reading