Here at therunway+, we don’t believe in just hosting parties. We believe in hosting events. In fact, we believe in events so warm and merry that people talk about them for weeks. And the number one way to create the perfect holiday get-together? Chic and festive décor.
Holiday Decorating Trends
Tips for a Fashionable Home
Now, we’re not saying your crib needs to be bleeding red and green. But, more that you mix cool pieces with some holiday color, sparkle and texture to make for a unique, festive environment. So what are you waiting for? Check these trends and get them now in our Holiday Decor Shop.
Fair Isle Patterns
Fair Isle showed up all over the Fall/Winter 2014 runways, so why not flaunt the trend at home? Try the patter in an unexpected and fun throw pillow, table runners or area rugs. The pattern adds just the right amount of wintery elegance while simultaneously making your couch the coziest seat in the whole room.
We’ve heard of things being served up on a silver platter, but this year’s holiday decorating trend is pure gold. Try a hammered gold serving platter to add a sophisticated touch for cocktail hour. You might even find yourself using this holiday décor trend far after the holidays are over.
Ah, the holidays. A time of joy, peace, and copious amounts of spiked egg nog. Don’t get too carried away with the serious sophistication. Keep it fun by stocking up on silly or cool versions of the little things. Try a unique bottle opener to kick off table side conversation amid all the wine and beer you’re sure to serve.
Fabulous Thank You Cards
It’s nice to let someone else take over the hosting duties every once in a while. When you do, make sure to express your gratitude with a sweet thank-you note. Stationary may have taken a back seat to tablets and phones, but the vintage act of writing is having a comeback! Try cards and journals from Kate Spade, Neiman Marcus or Christian Lacroix to put a little style in your script.
The holidays are the one time of the year when it’s acceptable to bedazzle your entire house, so have fun with it! Let your festive spirit literally light up the room with bejeweled or beaded sparkling candle holders. And for the DIY-er in you, achieving this holiday decorating trend makes for a great Saturday project or extra personal gift for family or friends.
A Festive Banner
Speaking of DIY, if you’ve been on Pinterest at all lately (and if you haven’t, you really should), you know that one of the year’s hottest holiday decorating trends is the banner. Luckily, even if you aren’t the craftiest gal, there are a ton of handmade banners and garlands for sale on websites like etsy.com. It’s thoughtful touches like these that make a party impossible to forget.
Chic Extra Seating
When was the last time your RSVP list matched your attendee list? Yeah, que sera, sera when it comes to overflow guests. So, the good hostess must be ready with plenty of extra seats for those unexpected visitors. Think 1980s Bingo hall folding chairs fresh from the basement, no more! Now there are lots of neat ways to accommodate extra bums including one of the season’s hottest holiday decorating trends: the pouf. We love the word itself. And in cool patterns and sizes, oversize pillows and poufs are also an insanely chic and size-conscious way to add extra seating to your home.
The (New) Classic Crooners
Atmosphere is key when it comes to throwing a successful holiday party, and nothing sets the mood quite like good music. This year, go classic. Whether you pick Michael Bublé’s modern twist on the Bing Crosby / Sinatra sound or feeling your ’90s roots and opt for the Boys II Men holiday disc, a trip down memory lane is a perfect way to bring holiday tunes to even the swankiest of parties. Bonus points if you pull out some vinyl.
A Cozy Throw
For those of you holed up in Polar Vortex regions, as beautiful as snow can be on a moonlit night, it does have that nasty habit of being freezing cold. Warm it up indoors with what is arguably the most practical holiday decorating trend this year: the knit throw. Your Snuggie might get lonely- but you’ll be too comfy to care. An affordable piece, try mixing and matching textures and patterns for extra snuggly style.
Be honest: holiday parties bring lots of food and drink. And whether you’re an OCD party-ista or just in love with the little details, coasters are a great way to protect your furniture and add a finishing touch to your awesome holiday décor. Funny ones with jokes, vintage cork or wood or glam glitter, coasters are a cheap way to add a little character to your party. Remember sometimes it’s these little details that help make a holiday party unforgettable.