IF YOUR ROLE AMONG FRIENDS AND FAMILY IS HOSTING THE BIG FEAST THIS YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS, FOR THE FIRST TIME OR THE FORTY-SIXTH TIME, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IT SIMPLE!

The holidays are without a doubt the most wonderful time of the year, but can also be the most stressful! If you are the host and you’re anything like me, most of the stress comes from the pressure of feeling the need to satisfy and impress everyone. Trying to prioritizing the happiness, merriment, memory making and making sure the ham is cooked to perfection is what the holidays is all about, right?

In an attempt to take the edge off just a little - and I say a “little” because nothing you read will ever take the stress out of hosting Christmas dinner we put together the easiest, do-it-yourself decor for the dining table!

CANDY CANE PLACE CARD HOLDERS

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How stinkin’ cute are these? My thoughts are just WOW - so easy and the most adorable, festive touch to add on top of the plates at the dining table! This also adds a little gift for people to take home and remember the magical evening too! This can be done with candy canes of all shapes and sizes. Need something for the kids table? Grab a box of the jolly rancher or starburst candy canes and I promise you’ll be winning! Three candy canes and a ribbon of your choice (I’d pick something to match your plates) and you’ve got yourself something no one in the room has thought to do ever.

TRENDSETTING CRAFT BAGS!  

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These do it yourself, winter-themed centerpieces couldn’t be any more painlessly perfect. Not only are they super affordable to make, but any kids, cousins, nieces or nephews that you have would LOVE to help paint the bags and help find the materials. All you’ll need is to collect sticks from outside, find inexpensive faux greenery, plain colored gift bags, white paint, and tweed (which can be found at any convenience or grocery store around this time of year) and you’re good to go! Simply stuff the already painted bag with a little tissue paper (maybe rocks if needed for weight) at the bottom and then add the greenery and sticks out of the top in an aesthetically pleasing way. Finish with some tweed wrapped around the outside of the bag and feel free to add any mini ornaments you find to the branches. Depending on the dining table size I would do up to five, no less than three centered in the middle. *Hint hint* odd numbers always look better when centering anything.

THE TINY TREE

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A mason jar, or small glass vase. A broken branch from outside. Three ornaments. BOOM. These would look adorable on any bar cart or serving console next to the dining table to accent those trendsetting bag pieces pictured above. It’s basically a modern Charlie Brown Christmas Tree and who doesn’t love that! The Grinch maybe?

FLOATING CANDLES

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Holly. Cranberries. Greenery (that you already should have from the bags you’re making above). Ambiance lighting. Basically the perfect finishing touch. Finish off your holiday home décor transformation with a new spin on a classic decoration. Floating candles! Simply add cranberries and a bit water to any glass jars or vases of your choice and top with a floating candle. Wait to light the candles until just before your guests arrive for the perfect warm and cozy touch. The pop of color from the cranberries and leaves are sure to brighten any table. Not to mention the icy quality of the candles floating in water will easily complete any winter theme! Glass jars of any size can be mixed and matched for an extra rustic look.

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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