Decorating at Home with Holiday Vignettes

Decorating at Home with Holiday Vignettes

During last year’s Christmas season, I wanted to create some new holiday decor that was simple but elegant. And I needed the preparation and take-down to be as effortless as possible. Since, I already had plenty of time-consuming garlands and trees to bedeck our rooms, easy options were key to my decorating strategy. 😉

Holiday Vignette

In my spare time (sometimes late at night when I should have been sleeping), I perused Pinterest for fresh ideas. Finding myself drawn to small vignettes capturing holiday cheer, my next step was to go shopping.

Armed with my iPad and Pins, I was off to the stores to find ornamental pieces at bargain prices.

Not So Crafty

Let me put in a disclaimer here: I am not naturally crafty. So, all of you talented craftspeople (yes, I’m jealous) will be able to take my ideas and fashion exceptional vignettes. Here’s what a novice like myself came up with…

Little ornaments sit atop snow inside candle votives
Little ornaments sit atop snow inside candle holders

Use your imagination. Start with any serving tray and a candlestick, then add greens, pine cones, and silver bells!

A silver platter and candlestick add a touch of elegance to the coffee table
A silver platter and candlestick add a touch of elegance to the coffee table

Try out some whimsical displays showcasing reindeer, snowmen, or Santa Claus.

Mix elements -- wood, metal, fabric, and more
Mix elements — wood, metal, fabric, and more

Set a welcoming vignette on a table near your front door. ‘Tis the season for entertaining friends and family!

A welcoming message and soft candlelight adds heartwarming ambiance
A welcoming message and soft candlelight adds heartwarming ambiance

Does someone in your family have a special interest? Great! Then make a vignette to recognize your hockey player, skier, or choir member. I love ice skating so this decoration was displayed in my office. During cold, dark evenings, the candlelight (battery operated) added flickers of light across the skates.

Add safe, flameless candlelight to your vignettes using battery operated candles
Add safe, flameless candlelight to your vignettes using battery operated candles

Family Project

These are fun holiday decorations that the whole family can enjoy creating. After shopping, put all your treasures on a table, make some hot chocolate, put on some holiday tunes, and get creative.

Storage

At the end of the season, I recommend taking pictures of your vignettes. Afterwards, store them in a handy holiday folder on your computer. Thereafter, you can re-create them again next year or design new ones using the pieces that you already purchased. I wanted to use some of the trays throughout the year so I packaged the remaining elements together in bags and boxes before storing them in plastic bins. If you don’t want to keep any items out year-round, just pack the components of each vignette together neatly. As a result, you’ll have a beautiful decoration straight out of the box!

Share your holiday decor ideas!

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Kimberly LaPaglia

Kimberly shared her passion for Disney when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel and then as the first Disney Cruise Line panelist. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys. Blending her love for research, travel, and writing, Kim has been an editor for Disney Food Blog for nearly 8 years. At The Castle Concierge, she blogs about travel, parenting, celebrations, and the road to empty nesting.

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