Welcome to our favorite room… the kitchen! Christmas is just around the corner, and before you know it you’ll be scrambling to get a cup of coffee in your hand before the wrapping paper begins to fly. If you’ve chosen to host this year’s Christmas dinner, you know you only have a limited amount of time to finalize your festive decorating (and cleaning!) before family and friends start to pour into the front hallway by the dozen.
We all know how to decorate a Christmas tree, or hang a stocking over a fireplace, but when it comes to our kitchens how much decorating can we really do? Everybody gravitates to the kitchen during the holidays, with an atmosphere of warmth that is unparalleled to any room in the house. During a busy holiday, it’s important to keep counters uncluttered so the kitchen can maintain an easy flow and cheerful work environment. These decorations will show you a few tricks to keeping ornaments tucked into clever places to utilize the most of your precious kitchen space.
The Christmas table is the place where you’ll all join together for a memorable meal, and deserves not to be neglected with little adornment. There are plenty of ways to create a creative and jovial stand-out centerpiece without making a single dent in your pocketbook, or spending the entire day decorating. A stunning and fragrant centerpiece can be created solely using various outside plants, textures, and elements, making your kitchen instantly Christmas ready and talked about by your guests for years to come. Isn’t it nice to sit at the table and have something elegant to focus your attention on? Of course it is, and during the holidays, quite necessary! No offense, Uncle-Larry, the-one-who-looks-like-Cousin-It.
Get your favorite holiday album ready and a beverage in your hand – let’s winterize your kitchen! Here are 6 Kitchen Decorations & Centerpieces That Are Bursting With Festivity.
1.) Pine & Pinecones
The aromatic beauty of fresh greens and pinecones have an unmistakable identity, making a fragrant and colorful addition to your kitchen or dining room. Small pine varieties and rosemary trees make for excellent and easy centerpiece ideas that are a one step process, and you can even avoid maintenance by using mini faux Christmas trees. Loose pine sprigs and branches make for excellent space fillers that are both festive and fragrant. Use spare branches to fill vases, ceramic pitchers, and kitchen shelves. You can also use pine branches as doorway frames or as hanging decorations from light fixtures in either your kitchen or your dining room. Pinecones are simple additions to vases, centerpieces, tabletops, or anywhere your kitchen needs a touch of nature and the winter season.
Wreaths are a classic and timeless addition to your household during the holiday season, and are fragrant and versatile decorations. Wreaths can be purchased or crafted at any size, and provide the benefit of additional counter space when hung from ribbon overhead. Hang fresh wreaths in kitchen windows, in front of cupboards, and on the backs of dining room chairs.
If you prefer to add a little flash to your holiday decorations, you can easily add additional glitter and metallic elegance to your kitchen or dining room centerpiece. Fill bowls, vases, candleholders, or cake stands with small round ornaments, or find a large tree branch to hang ornaments from and display as a centerpiece.
4.) Fresh Flowers
Fresh flowers are always a surefire way to create an elegant and memorable centerpiece. For a festive Christmas centerpiece, winter florals and fruits provide for an appropriately themed decoration that will utilize in-season and affordable ingredients. Consider fresh hydrangeas, roses, holly, pine sprigs, cinnamon sticks, and cranberries. Display these fragrant vases around your kitchen and countertops, then transporting to the center of the dining room table before its time to eat.
5.) Candy & Cocoa
Who doesn’t love candy during Christmas time? Candy is an inexpensive and colorful way to creatively spice up your kitchen decorations and tabletop centerpieces. Consider candy canes, peppermints, chocolates, and gingerbread as tempting centerpieces for those with a sweet tooth at heart. Or set up a ‘hot cocoa station’, where guests are provided a station filled with coffee mugs, cocoa mix, marshmallows, and small spoons. Even for those who avoid the sugary treats that life has to offer, there is something so satisfying about a holiday filled with peppermint candy canes and rich hot cocoa. Even if you can only smell it!
6.) White Christmas
For those who prefer your Christmas decorations as white and pure as the snow falling outside, there is something crisp and refreshing about a holiday theme that is limited in color. For those who prefer a simplified holiday theme, stick to white roses and hydrangeas, flocked wreaths and pinecones, fresh greens, and white twinkly lights. Be sure to fill your kitchen & warm your guests bellies with white themed desserts, like powdered sugar coated cookies and cocoa mugs topped with fresh whipped cream.
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