Decorating for the Holidays

Although winter brings cold weather and drastically shorter days, it also brings one of my favorite morning rituals: starting my day with a run and seeing all of the holiday lights and decorations in the early morning calm. Some of the houses in my neighborhood go all out with decorations – lights synchronized with Christmas music; roofs topped with all of Santa’s reindeer; yards full of candy canes, waving Santas and inflatable snow globes. Then there are the less invested folk – me included – whose holiday “decorations” consist of store-made wreaths and pumpkin pie-scented candles (and, let’s be honest, those are actually leftovers from Thanksgiving).

Whether you fall into the former or latter group of holiday decorators, it’s not too late to spread a little holiday cheer. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite decorations below, so if you need some inspiration to decorate your place, ditch the Scrooge attitude and take a look at our picks!

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Thanksgiving is a week away and we can’t wait to tuck into all the goodies—mashed potatoes drowning in gravy, whip-topped pumpkin pie, and don’t get us started on all the delicious Black Friday sales! If you’re playing hostess with the mostess this year, we know things can get crazy in the kitchen (a tip: Tastespotting is an absolute gem for recipes), which is why we’ve made a list of easy ways to entertain with style. Our tips are quick, chic and pack major punch, so guests leave with a lasting impression while you can focus your energy on more important things, like that big bird in the oven.


Iomoi Double Elephants Tray, $250

Greet friends & family with a très chic tray of cocktails as soon as they arrive to make them feel at ease. Iomoi makes these colorful Lucite confections (enjoy free shipping with code NMFALL) which you can personalize with your family’s name or initials.


Dean & Deluca classic hors d’oeuvres, $70 for 46 pieces 

Skip fussy homemade appetizers and serve up light, ready-made bites to hold guests over till dinner. Dean & Deluca’s Classic Hors D’oeuvres collection includes a yummy mix of crowd favorites, such as crab cakes and mini quiches. They ship frozen overnight, so all you have to do is pop in the oven a few minutes before arrivals.


iTunes Thanksgiving Dinner Essentials, $28.95 for 25 songs

Set a festive vibe with the perfect dinner playlist. You can download ITunes’ Thanksgiving Dinner songs, which includes a warm mix of Michael Buble, Keith Urban and Bing Crosby.


Williams-Sonoma Three-Tiered oven rack, $22

Don’t let side dishes get cold while your turkey hogs the oven. Williams-Sonoma’s three-tiered rack (save 15% on all tabletop items with code TABLETOP15) maximizes space so you can serve warm, fresh-from-the-oven fare come showtime.


Horchow Turkey Cake Stand, $76

Put that pecan pie you slaved over on a pretty pedestal, such as this season-perfect turkey cakestand from Horchow (take an extra 30% off for Friends & Family), sure to spark conversation during the dessert course.


BCBG Runway Adelaide dress, $314

Lastly, don’t forget to dress up—look perfectly polished while maximizing comfort in a fluid floor-length dress, such as this one by BCBG Runway (get free three-day shipping!).  Colorblocking and pleats keep the look chic, while the relaxed fit and light-as-air fabric feels like you’re wearing pajamas.