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Holiday Entertaining & Decor
Fun and beautiful ideas for making your house a cozy, welcoming home for the holidays
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Photo: MAIKA 777/Getty | thisoldhouse.com | from 7 Ways to Prep for the Fourth of July
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Let a grill cart do double duty as a beverage server. This painted wood one has a spot for towels and a spice rack for setting out garnishes. Prairie Leisure Design Barbecue Buddy, about $264; ATGStores.com
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Easy Party Appetizer: Beef Teriyaki Skewers
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Party Menu Idea: Stuffed Potatoes
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Party Menu Idea: Buffalo Chicken Skewers
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NYE Appetizer Ideas: Brussels Sprout and Bacon Crostini
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Crested-lark porcelain cups do double duty as decor when arranged on shelves. From @HM
This house is a re-creation of a riverside hotel that was torn down in the 1950s to make room for a gas station. To get all the detail, this artist used a band saw, a Dremel tool, and an X-Acto knife. | Created by Rebecca W. of Potsdam, NY.
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TIP: If your appliance has a self-cleaning function, avoid using it right before making a major meal, as it can throw off the temperature gauge. And make sure the digital reading matches the cavity's actual temp with a tried-and-true analog oven thermometer.
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Photo: Uppercut Images/Alamy | thisoldhouse.com | from 24 Easy Upgrades to Create a Festive Holiday Home
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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: The playroom tree with candles. | For a similar look, decorate your Christmas tree branches with unlit real candles or LED candles. Give a nod to past fire precautions by nestling an empty pail under the tree with the gifts
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Big gatherings are a sign of the season, but with so many people in your home at once, a minor mishap can turn into chaos. Here's how to save your house from devolving into a disaster.
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ThisOldHouse.com: How to Avoid Holiday Horrors - Here's how to save your house from devolving into a disaster during the holidays -- Big gatherings are a sign of the season, but with so many people in your home at once, a minor mishap can turn into chaos.
Old Salem Museums & Gardens: Decorative Pyramids: While the Christmas tree is also derived from German tradition, both the pyramid and the early Christmas tree were usually set on tables for display and were smaller than the ones we use today. | Photo: Courtesy of Old Salem Museums & Gardens
/ Gingerbread House #gingerbread #christmas / If snow were really made of powdered sugar, then everyone would want to move into this house. To mimic the pattern of siding and shutters, this abode's builder pressed rolled fondant onto a textured surface. You can replicate this look with any ribbed surface, such as a metal screen.
Rolled fondant was pressed onto a textured suface to mimic the pattern of siding and shutters. Powdered sugar was dusted over top. | Created for the The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.
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Many historic properties ban live flowers and greenery indoors, lest they bring in pests or damaging moisture. If you don't want to go faux, keep plants away from paintings, carpets, and upholstered furniture. | Photo: Courtesy of Biltmore House
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Photo: Courtesy of Biltmore House | thisoldhouse.com | from Find Inspiration in Holiday Decorations From Historic Houses
PREP your guest room for holiday visitors: (1) Install wall hooks for towels, travel kits, and tote bags. (2) Clear 3 feet of rod space in the closet. (3) Free up 4 feet of flat surface on a window seat or low bookshelf for easy suitcase access. (4) Add night lights to hallways and the guest bath. | Photo: Lew Robertson/Getty Images
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Making guest room more welcoming: 1. Hooks for towels, travel kits, clothes, etc 2. Clear up some closet space (3 ft) 3. Clear 4 ft of counter space for suitcase 4. Add nightlights
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Nothing says celebrate like a few wine-worthy carafes on display. From Crate and Barrel
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Candles in the windows used to be a sign of your riches. This 18th-century tradition was associated with celebrations for the English king's birthday, and Colonial Williamsburg interpreters took inspiration from Boston's historic Beacon Hill neighborhood for using the practice as a Christmas decoration.
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This Christmas-themed cottage is made from gingerbread, icing, candy rocks, and ice cream cone pine trees. | Created by Mary E. of Timonium, MD.
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Pineapple motifs: The popular 18th-century design motif—a symbol of hospitality found in architectural details, furniture, gardens, and more—becomes a standout centerpiece in holiday decorations. | Photo: Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
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Photo: Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation | thisoldhouse.com | from Find Inspiration in Holiday Decorations From Historic Houses
We've always liked table-top trees; they're a great way to extend the holiday spirit into every room. But you don't have to buy a whole extra set of ornaments. Instead, decorate them with size-appropriate ornaments, like the tiny candy canes on this tree. | Photo: David Price