We had so much fun doing this issue’s Design Sting, that we thought of a great way to share your Christmas cheer — and in our case, glitter — with your friends.
Before we could start decorating the fireplace and hearth, we had to sort through all of our holiday decor and determine which items met our three categories: Earthy Neutral, Updated Classic and Retro Pop.
Which meant, of course, dumping all of our decorations into one living room. Christmas had most definitely exploded!
But it was fun to look at everyone’s decorations from years past and dream up new schemes for next year. My friends host a cookie swap each year, so why not have a holiday decor swap?
It’s so easy – just call four or five of your friends, ask them to bring over decorations from Christmases past, offer some festive treats and music, and suddenly decorating isn’t so stressful anymore.
Already decorated this year? No worries. Use that dreaded first week of January to take inventory and have a post-holiday swap party. It would be a great way to catch up with friends you may have missed over the busy season, and clean up will be much more fun.
Of course, you’ll need some tempting treats, beverages and candies to help your swap party out. Here’s an easy party mix recipe that will get you in the spirit to swap!
Image via Taste of Home
- 2 cups Honey-Nut Cheerios
- 2 cups chow mein noodles
- 1 cup honey-roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup holiday milk chocolate M&M’s
- 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
- 1/2 cup vanilla or white chips
1. In two wide-mouth quart jars, layer all of the ingredients. Cover jars. Decorate with fabric and ribbon. To serve, pour into a bowl and stir to combine. Yield: 7 cups.