Decorating for the Holidays – Bountiful and Beautiful…on a budget!

The following information corresponds to the  ABC7 News Chicago segment that aired on Monday, Nov 17, 2008.

Decorating for the Holidays
Bountiful and Beautiful…on a budget!

Step 1 – Natural Accents from your own backyard

Nature from outside becomes holiday inspiration inside…
Add sparkle to your holiday wreaths and trees with pincones and leaves,
given a bit of bling with spray paint.  You can find them in your yard
– gathering makes for a fun family treasure hunt – the park, or buy
them in bulk from a craft store.  Make a bold statement with mass and
texture.  Adding gorgeous satin ribbon creates the finishing touch.
There are no rules, so it could be a great holiday project for the
whole family.
Cost – less than $10 for spray paint (available at Pearl Art Supply)


Step 2 – Gorgeous gifts under the tree

Believe it or not – I try never to use wrapping paper.  I love using
gorgeous containers, and these are all very budget friendly – from the
dollar aisle at Target.  I wrapped the gifts in colorful, coordinating
tissue, and tucked them into painted metal buckets, felt tote bags, and
more.  The best part is these containers are also green – as they can
be repurposed into new wrap for years to come.
Cost – less than $2  each

Step 3 – Centerpiece vignettes to last longer than the 12 days of Christmas

Here are two the season’s hottest trends in tabletop décor:

On your dining table, feature a long lasting centerpiece using your
bowls, glasses and candlesticks in a collection that requires no care
for the entire month.  We simply combined pieces of silver, mercury
glass and crystal bowls and candlesticks together to create a stunning
yet simple design that is full of holiday glamour.  Use what you
already own, mixing like colors, heights, sizes.  Another great tip is
to repurpose your kitchen glasses to create votives.  Best of all
finish the look with scattered snow and rock salt for that “icy” look.
Cost – less than $20 for finishing touches depending on your collections

At your placesettings, create keepsake placecards that involve the
whole family.  Photo ornaments don’t even need the guest’s name to be
added, as do monogrammed ornaments, or edible brownie placecards
(recipe on and our blog at A Perfect Event), which all double as a wonderful holiday favor.
Cost – $less than 5 each

In the kitchen, a centerpiece that looks and tastes great is the
perfect budget friendly feature.  Fill a half dozen apothecary jars or
glass jars with inexpensive sweet and savory snacks – cashews,
pistachios, almonds, gingerbread and more.  Guests can help themselves
throughout the season, while enjoying the view.
Cost – jars $20-40 each, fillings $10-15 each