Arguably the biggest food fest of the year, Thanksgiving is a major undertaking for a hostess. From dressing the table to stuffing the turkey, there are a lot of moving parts. The good news is that some of the work – including setting the table – can be done well in advance.
Serving up an impressive holiday table doesn’t have to be a time-consuming endeavor … unless you want it to be. Subdued or sparkling, humble or haute, it’s largely about piecing together the right components.
First, assess that you have enough items to accommodate all your guests: seating, dinnerware, silverware, glasses, napkins. Take inventory, then either borrow from family or splurge on the new dinnerware you’ve been admiring. […]
Christmas is one of those holidays so steeped in tradition that proposing any changes can cause ripple effects through the family. From when you put up the tree to what you eat on Christmas Eve, the whole family may want a say.
Yet, often the tree needs a refresh. After years of use, ornaments break or just look tired. Plus, your tastes evolve. It’s exciting to see how small changes can completely transform the look while still incorporating the beloved ornaments you’ve collected over time.
As you’ll see in the video, one of the simplest ways to refresh your tree is to choose a theme. Playful or elegant … whatever strikes your fancy. (If you need some inspiration, over the coming weeks we’ll show you some great ideas.) This is where gorgeous holiday ribbon, faux florals and decorative tree picks make a smashing designer statement.
A bevy of new ornaments also makes an impact. Frontgate’s 60-piece ornament kits include a dazzling array of glass ornaments … and won’t break the bank.
Now that you know how easy it is to update your tree, put on a festive tune, pour a little eggnog and start decorating! Or, if you feel more ambitious, check out our our “5 Steps to a Dazzling Designer Tree”.
Of all the ways to decorate for the holidays, a wreath is one of the simplest and most impactful. Hang one on your front door, and you have an instant holiday greeting. Over a mantel, it conveys visual drama. And a wreath in every window is always a wondrous sight.
It’s also easy to dress up a simple green wreath with ornaments, picks and other trimmings to express your personal style.
Our video guide will take you through the steps of embellishing a wreath. In just 15 minutes, you can transform a basic evergreen wreath into a showstopping work of art … simply by layering in glittering picks, tucking in colorful ornaments and garnishing with ribbon. Here’s how:
A well-made, pre-lit wreath will last for years, giving you the foundation you need to play with new themes – whether silvery, snowy, traditional or whimsical.
And here’s one last tip: make it fragrant with the inviting aroma of Scentsicles, and your guests may never know it’s not real.
Picturesque Portofino. An Italian seaside port, where Ferrari key rings and Ferragamo flats are as much a part of the landscape as the fishing boats that dot the harbor and the lemon trees that scent the air.
Our Mediterranean Master Suite, Portofino Villa, is steeped in this old-world romance, with burnished woods, masterful carving and honeyed baroque prints.