Holiday Decorating 101

It has been a long hot summer, but now it is coming to an end. Before you know it, the autumn season will be here, and with it a slew of holidays.

If you want your home to look its best, now is the time to plan for holiday decorating. From Halloween to Hanukkah, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, here are some tips to make your home look its best this holiday season.



First up on the holiday hit parade is Halloween. It is a time for ghosts and goblins, and a chance for the kids to score free candy. Whether you are hosting a Halloween party for the neighborhood kids or enjoying some adults-only festivities after the kids have gone to bed, you want your surroundings to look their spooky best.

Start with an assortment of pumpkins; from tiny orange globes to scary black orbs. Whether you choose natural pumpkins from the local nursery or their more durable plastic counterparts, your home will be ready for Halloween in no time.

Spider webs can also make your home look its spooky best, so hang them with care. You do not have to rely on actual spiders; synthetic silk will do just fine.

Lighting is an important part of the season, so add some black lights to your home décor. Those blacklights will cast a scary glow in your Halloween home, so choose your lighting scheme accordingly.

You will want to welcome your guests in style, and you can start with your own homemade wreath. Just add some spiders and other scary knick knacks and hang the finished wreath on your front door.

For the final coup de grace, why not set up a haunted backyard, complete with graveyard and hanging ghosts? Pretty soon, your home will be the envy of the neighborhood, and everyone will want to take a look.



Next up is Thanksgiving, a day of feasting, fun, and family. Set the perfect table with a cornucopia, also known as a horn of plenty. You can fill your cornucopia with colorful gourds, fresh fall flowers, and any other fall décor.

You can also decorate your Thanksgiving table with fresh fall leaves, either real ones from your backyard or artificial ones from the local craft store. You can accent those leaves with vases filled with acorns, and with homemade paper turkeys straight from your kids’ imaginations.

The right colors will set the tone for your Thanksgiving Day décor, so accent those darker fall colors with lighter shades like gold, white, and silver. Before you know it, your home will look festive, and your guests will love the care you took to make them feel welcome.



The eight days of Hanukkah are a time of celebration and reflection, and a chance to get together with friends and family. Now is the time to get your home in shape, so start with a dreidel or two. Whether you spin these colorful tops or just use them as accent pieces, your home will be ready for the festival of lights.

Welcome your visitors with a Star of David wreath, an enduring symbol of your faith and the perfect accent for your front door. You can make your own Star of David wreath with a few simple materials, or you can order one online if time is running short.

Gifts are a big part of the Hanukkah celebration, so create a gift display that everyone will love. Make the menorah the focal point of your gift display and surround it with decorated boxes.

Once again, holiday colors are important, and you do not have to stick to the classic navy, white, and silver. Feel free to mix in some green or gold to make your Hanukkah decorations pop.



Christmas is a special time of year, and there is more to the holidays than just shopping and giving presents. The Christmas season is also the perfect opportunity to show off your decorating skills, and you can start by selecting colors, both traditional and nontraditional.

You do not have to stick to the traditional red and green. Feel free to accent your Christmas home with gold, white, and even plaid. It is all about reflecting your own individual taste and style, so let your imagination run free.

You will be welcoming several visitors at this special time of year, so make them feel welcome with a DIY wreath. You can choose any theme you want, as long as it reflects your personal taste and style.

Every part of your holiday décor is important, but the Christmas tree is still the star of the show. Whether your home contains a single large tree or a lot of little ones, make them the focus of your holiday decorating efforts. Even before you are done shopping, you can decorate your home with brightly wrapped boxes, making those Christmas trees look even more inviting with gifts under them

Make your final touches by hanging stockings on the mantel. You do not need a fireplace to hang your stockings with care, so let every member of the family decorate their own and hang them on the wall.

The holiday season is a great time of year, and now is the time to plan your home décor. If you want your home to look its best, get ready now for a wonderful fall and winter season.