I usually don't knock myself out decorating for the holidays, but since I was hosting a party at my home, it definitely called for a bigger dose of hall decking. I have a few rules for myself when decorating for any holiday:
1) Don't spend tons of money.
2) Buy stuff I'll use again, potentially all year or at least for other holidays.
3) Make sure I have ample room to store whatever I buy for 11 months.
Know where I went shopping? Dollar stores. Yup. Nearly everything I used to decorate for the holidays was from a discount, dollar, or thrift store. Including the white tree, which cost only $30. The ornaments were free, as they were all handed down from Vin's grandparents. It's hard to see in this pic, but I made a banner by folding a package of doilies ($2) over a piece of ribbon. I got the idea from Pinterest.
I bought a spool of thick ribbon and taped it over a painted canvas (which I already had in the house).
I used the same ribbon to hang two mini garland wreaths (50 cents each!) in my bathroom.
I bought two big garland wreaths for only three bucks each at a discount store, then tied on a few red ornaments for a little color. The two nutrackers were found at a thrift store for $1 each, the ornaments came from a dollar store and the straws were leftover from other parties.
Aren't those little trees cute? One buck a pop, surrounded by white candles
I had leftover from Halloween.
And when I couldn't find what I needed, I made it! I had no desire to go out and buy stockings to
fill the wall, so I made them out of paper. The snowflakes hanging from the ceiling are made from perforated scrapbook paper.
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