We declared after our holiday traveling fiasco last year that we were not traveling this year. And guess what? A lot of family is coming to us! This is my first time hosting a Christmas and to be honest…I’m losing sleep over it. I keep thinking of all the “To-Do’s” and have to constantly remind myself to relax…its not that big of a deal. But to me it is. I want it to have a nice Christmas feel, for our guests to be comfortable, for our home to be everyone’s home away from home, and to cook a kick-ass Christmas dinner! (this is where my mother would tell me that no boy would want to marry me with a mouth like mine….see – moms aren’t always right).
We really haven’t accumulated a lot of decorations since we are a young married couple so I am looking for decorations while making sure we have enough sheets, towels, and figuring out how to make a turkey…ahhhh!!!! And keep in mind we are budget conscious. So not only am I here to share some Christmas ideas, but when I find some good deals I HAVE to share them with you too because I just get so excited. So in the picture you see my little “JOY” creation. Two stops – JoAnn Fabrics and Dollar Tree. The glitter letters are from JoAnn Fabrics and were a dollar each. They come in gold or silver. For some reason they were all spread out in our store so I did have to do some hunting to find the letters I wanted, but for that price it was worth it. The round cranberry wreaths were found at The Dollar Tree. Now I originally didn’t buy these Christmas decorations for this project. The cranberry wreaths were hanging as just some decoration. I tried hanging the “JOY” letters with ribbon around one of our windows but it just wasn’t working for me. So that is when I had my ah-ha moment. You know you get those…you just have to think outside the box. I took the ribbon and tied it to the cranberry wreaths and voila! A quick, easy, and inexpensive Christmas decoration.
I’ll tell you now. Go to the Dollar Tree. Go with out the kids so you can take your time going through there. There are some great basics that help you make adorable inexpensive gifts (you’ll see in the days to come) and decorations that won’t break the bank. Who wants to spend loads of money on decorations that you may change next year?
Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!