How I decorated my home for Christmas
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CANDI NOBLE
I can't believe Christmas Eve is just around the corner and I am incredibly excited not only because it's Christmas time, but because it is the first time that I'm hosting dinner! I am expecting my family to arrive to Austin on Friday.... yay!!
Now, don't get me wrong, I still have a lot to do, purchase, and decorate, and did I mention that I still have one more style shoot to do this week?
Feels like a lot, but I decided to take a small break from all the things I need to do to share with you how I am decorating my house for Christmas this year.
First let me tell you that my tree decor for the last 6 years had been all white, red, and green. Pretty traditional to be honest but I loved it..... until my kids, yes, you heard right, my kids said to me, "Please don't put the old ornaments again!"
With that being said and with my heart broken, I sent all my stuff to the nearest thrift strore and told my husband that we needed new Christmas Tree decor! Little did I know he was going to turn around and tell me "Nuh uh...."
My heart stopped for a sec, but then I went ahead and immediately opened Pinterest and decided to get inspired but keeping in mind that my budget was not a lot.
One of the first things that caught my eye on Pinterest, was some trees with paper banners on them, so I didn't hesitate for a second and I messaged my sweet Susan from Sugar Parties LA, and I asked her if she could make me a banner in black and white card stock paper... she rushed my order so I was able to get it in no time.
I'm not sure if I ever told you that when I style a party, All I need is ONE thing that melts my heart. From there I start building up my party style. In this case, this banner was melting my heart!
For the sides of my tree, I decided to add some gift bags that I found on Target's new collection Hearth and Hand by Magnolia and you can find them here. They had about 4 different types but I grabbed the ones with the black and green colors. I needed to add some white color, but figured the tissue paper would be enough.
I also added an old white lantern that I purchased a long time ago and added a bow with some plaid ribbon that I had in my craft room.
And because I couldn't helped adding some rustic decor, I went to my storage and found this vintage lunch box, very masculine and perfect for my colors. I added some fresh tree branches with some pine cones and a special ornament Susan had sent me as a gift... it's so cute and ity's the perfect amount of red color, to pop some color in!
While I was at Target, I also saw the the cutest Christmas Stocking ever... I had to get too and if you too feel in love with it and want to get yours, here is where you can find it.
I also added some flocked wreaths and a green pine garland that I bought last year at Target's dollar spot.
As you can see, my tree doesn't have a lot of ornaments but I love how it turned out! If you take a look closely, it only has two trumpet horns from Hobby Lobby and they were 60% off and some fake greenery that I already had.
Oh!, I almost forgot to mention the black and white ribbon on the tree, this one I got at Home Goods long time ago!
I usually assign one day for all Christmas decor and I am not going to deny it, I always end up on my couch completely exhausted, but on this day, I had a special friend coming over to visit and to bake some goodies together.
My friend Johana from Latin Bakery Austin and I baked this beautiful cake and I needed to share!
Hope you all liked my Christmas Tree! We all loved it and the best part is that I did't spent a lot of money to make it look pretty!
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