10 Holiday Decorating Ideas to Welcome Guests in Style

Tips for a holly, jolly and stylish holiday season

The holiday season is a time for entertaining, relaxing and enjoying precious moments with family and friends. Create an environment that enhances all of these experiences with these stylish holiday decorating ideas.

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Start Outside
One of the easiest ways to welcome guests in style is to spruce up your front porch. If you want a different look for autumn and winter holidays, try a burlap or pumpkin wreath for fall and then switch to an evergreen or poinsettia themed wreath once the Thanksgiving feast passes.

Put Out the Welcome Mat
If your home already doesn’t have a welcome mat, now’s the time to get one! Consider ordering a custom mat to make your entryway even more inviting.

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Nature Inspired Décor
Some of the best interior décor reflects what is happening outside of the home in nature. Pumpkins, pinecones, pine sprigs, poinsettia and pears add depth and visual intrigue to any space. We love the way these large pinecones are placed on the above living room table.

Embrace Evergreen
While we’re talking about natural décor, let’s talk about the versatile and essential evergreen plant. Add a festive feel to your fireplace and staircase with a garland of evergreen. Wrap evergreens around candles and place on your dining room table or kitchen island. You can also enhance your porch or mailbox are with seasonal evergreen flourishes.

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Festive Rims
For your next holiday party, consider making gold rimmed cocktails. What you need: edible glitter, a lemon, a bottle of your favorite bubbly and cocktail glasses. Pour the glitter on a plate; slice the lemon in half and rim the mouth of the glass with the cut side; then, dip the rim in the glitter and voila! You’ll have holiday cheer in a glass.

Let It Snow
Even if you don’t live in a climate that gets snow during the holiday season, snow themed décor is a fun and festive way to decorate for your next gathering. A few of our favorite snow-themed décor pieces: wooden snowflakes, snowflake monograms, rustic snowflake painted boxes and snow globes.

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Create a Pumpkin-Lined Porch
We love the way this porch features stacked pumpkins leading up to the wood entry door. It’s welcoming, beautiful and celebrates so many of the best things about the fall holiday season.

Let Food Do the Talking
Sometimes the flavors of the season can also serve as beautiful home décor. Place cookies, pies and seasonal fruit strategically where people can eat and admire them.

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Add Shine and Sparkle
The holidays are meant to celebrate all things bright. Illuminate your home with candles and consider adding warm light fixtures to set the mood for guests upon arrival.

Create an Ornament Box
To add a festive pop of color to any space, fill a container with bright and shiny ornaments, then place on the surface of your choosing to complement the home’s already established look.


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A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.