The big day is almost here. Use this last week to put the finishing touches on your decorations, introduce live elements like flowers and fruit, and set a festive dinner table. This week's to-dos:
Display poinsettias and hang mistletoe. Don't forget these Christmas classics. Poinsettias can be used individually for a burst of color or grouped together for a for a lush look. No home is ready for the holidays without a sprig or ball of mistletoe dangling from a doorway or chandelier. And don't forget to kiss anyone standing beneath it!
Dress up the dining room table. Chances are, you'll spend a good amount of time gathered around the dining room table with family and friends during the Christmas season, so create a table that's sure to impress your guests. Some ideas: Add oomph to a solid-colored tablecloth with a pretty table runner or napkins. Use small Christmas ornaments as napkins holders, or float candles and holly leaves in a punch bowl filled with water for a romantic centerpiece.
Take a walk-through. Do a quick walk-through of your house and note any areas still lacking in holiday charm. While guests probably won't see your bedrooms, they will see the bathroom and kitchen so those areas deserve a few decorations. In the bathroom, it can be as simple as some pretty candles surrounded by a string of silver beads and glass ornaments. For the kitchen, add a few small topiaries or glass jars filled with candy canes and peppermints.
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