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5 Simple and Cheap Ways to Decorate for a holiday!

Decorating for a holiday doesn’t have to be super stressful or require a lot of work. I am the Queen of procrastination and if decorating requires more than an hour or two…I can’t make it happen.

And that’s the truth. I wish I had tons of time to put into decorating but it’s not my priority but it’s something that I enjoy…… so I make time for it.

 I know that my children love to come downstairs to see what fun decorations I have put up overnight.

So…lets talk about 5 Simple and Cheap ways to decorate for any holidays :

******( This post has my St. Patrick’s Day decorations)********

1.) Keep it Simple.

When I am decorating, I like to keep stuff really simple. I have several areas in my house that I focus decorating on….my breakfast room table, a side table in my family/living room, and my family room mantle. On major holidays like Christmas, I extend the decorating throughout the house. For my table, I like to keep my plates, and cups really simple and expand my décor with cute napkins, flowers or a center piece, straws, and a table runner. I purchased a plain white set of 8 plates and bowls from BJ’s for $20 which I use for every holiday. I also purchased 8 clear “root beer float” type mugs from the dollar store which I toss a cute straw in or tie a cute bow on. I try to keep my mantle and side table pretty simple as well.

breakfast

table

2.) Use old holiday pictures of yourself, loved ones, and/or the kids.

I love to use old pictures of the kids from the previous years’ holidays in my decorating. Check out these cute pictures of the kids from St. Patrick’s Day past. I have framed photos for Valentine’s day, Halloween, and Christmas as well.

DJbaby girls

The kids love to look at these and see how they were “decorated” as well. I purchased about 10 of these black picture frames from the dollar store and use them for various holidays. Holiday photo books are also a great addition to coffee tables as decorations.

These pictures, below, will also make great pictures or I can send them into Shutterfly to make cool coffee mugs for next year!

irish lasses

buddies

3.) Hit the clearance rack after the holidays.

Many of my favorite “holiday” pieces were purchased after the holiday and then saved for the next year. I love to hit up Homegoods, Marshalls, Joanne Fabrics, and Michael’s craft store for fun additions. In this picture,  I purchased the cross, little pillows, and shamrock hanging banner at Joanne fabric store last year. When I opened my “St. Patrick’s Day” storage tote this year, they were a welcomed surprise. I also would recommend checking out your local dollar tree….I often get inspired to create something new with whatever I find there. Target is also a great place to stock up on decorations. I will often hit their dollar days bins and collect “favors” for upcoming birthday parties, fillers for Easter baskets, small decorative pieces and Christmas stockings.

shamrock display

4.) Steal things from other rooms in your home!

The “Faith, Love, and Hope” sign, pictured above, is actually a sign that I keep on a shelf in my breakfast room. That room has more of a country style and I often borrow items from that shelf. I am constantly walking through my house and grabbing other candles, candlesticks, and baskets to aid in my decorating. When I am decorating for first communion or baptism parties, I often take statues and religious items from the children’s dressers for display. Action figures, and toys can also be great additions to kids’ tables at parties, and as cake toppers.

5.) Use your food presentation as a decoration too!

Food presentation can be so fun! Check out these fun Irish flags that I found at a teacher store over the summer. I knew these would come in handy!! I also dyed these blueberry muffins green so the kiddos loved them for their St. Patrick’s Day breakfast!

muffinsfood tray

Pinterest is always full of fun food ideas. I found this great Irish food tray

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from Shower of Roses. I replaced the cauliflower and sugar snaps with green grapes and marshmallows since I know that my kiddos would eat those better. And….what an awesome presentation for my family.

Cucumber-Shamrock-Snack

I wish I could say that my cucumber tray came out like this but it didn’t. So…I posted this picture from Pinterest that was even better.

What an awesome, consumable decoration….haha.

Decorating can be fun without all the stress if you have a game plan! Keep it simple and have fun! Reuse what you already have available…and buy stuff when you can get a great discount on it!

Happy Decorating!!!

God bless,

Tammi

 

New Year’s Eve Traditions!

Here’s what our New Year’s Eve looks like:New year's eve!

  • the kids started this last year: sleeping bags around the living room.
  • No big dinner: just appetizers….picking all night…new stuff out every hour: chicken wings, potato skins, shrimp cocktail, fresh veggies and dip; brownies, apple slices and caramel dip.
  • new years 2plenty of adult beverages to keep mommy happy: mostly prosecco and fruity beverages like these strawberry daiquiris from last year.
  • Dick Clark’s rocking eve…will be replaced by Just Dance for Kids for Kinect and some musical bands on TV before the ball drops.
  • there will be plenty of board games played like Connect 4,  Life for the ipad, electronic battleship, etc.
  • we will check out the New Year’s bashes from all our family and friends on FB.
  • We will watch the ball drop and run outside banging pots and pans. We will wear crazy hats and blow party horns thanks to a quick run to Walmart!
  • We will toast the New Year with sparkling cider, mimosas or kiddie cocktails.
  • We will call and facetime with family and friends and wish them a Happy New Year….
  • and we will welcome in the New Year in prayer. The hubs will lead us in a personal prayer to issue the new year into our home properly.

May you greet this year with new zeal and excitement for all the joy that awaits you. May the Lord give us enough worries to keep us dependent on him; enough happiness to spread to others; and enough love to fill our hearts. May we embrace our vocation to spread God’s message of love to all those whom we encounter.

Happy New year from our family to yours!!!!

IMG_0725God Bless,

Tammi