The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has made many people lose sight of what’s special about this time of the year. This year, instead of a gift purchased on impulse, give a gift from the heart: one made by loving hands that embraces its recipient in thoughtfulness and creates a lasting memory. We want to take you back to a time when gifts were more meaningful, when holiday family traditions were as much a gift as the box with the shiny bow. Our Holidays from the Heart series will provide you with gift ideas, decoration tips and more to prepare you for the most wonderful time of the year—full of good cheer and heartfelt traditions you can pass on to future generations. Each week until the end of December we will bring you inspiration for heartfelt gifts, fun family projects and party hosting.
Well, we have officially made it to the holiday season. Thanksgiving is here, and if your household is in charge of hosting during the holiday season, you can make this year one to remember with a few handmade touches. This week we’ll show you how to keep your guests smiling from the front door to the dinner table, whether you’re hosting a big family get together or are inviting friends over for a winter cocktail party.
Greet Guests with Cozy Decorations
Everyone loves to feel like they’re family during the holidays. When you include handmade touches throughout your house, it will make your guests feel like they’re home. This feeling is easy to achieve with just the smallest of details, like a mini Christmas tree centerpiece. For ours, we used picture frame pendants and Swarovski crystals in various colors and shapes. Adding family photos always enhances the warmth of a home, while the elegant crystals help it twinkle without the need for strands of lights. Recreate our Starlight Candle Holder with different holiday charms that fit into the rest of your décor. Try swapping the Christmas light charms with candy canes or snowflakes!
Take the Table to Christmas Mode
The focus of any holiday party is, of course, the food. Delight everyone with your talent when you set the table with hand-crafted pieces. Everyone will be amazed at how festive and refined your table looks—and they won’t believe you made the pieces yourself! Start with the utensils. Establish a fancy dinnerware set with nothing more than artistic wire and some of your favorite Christmas colored beads. Recreate our Christmas Serving Utensils idea with the same glass beads, or pick a different theme to reflect the holiday colors in your home. Serve guests a special drink in wire-wrapped wine glasses, accented with any collection of small beads. The best part about this little embellishment is that you don’t have to spend money on fancy glasses—just use whatever is on hand and decorate. Again, all you’ll need is colorful artistic wire and an assortment of small beads that match your theme. Indulge every detail by recreating some of our other handmade table setting ideas, like our Holiday Napkin Rings and Elegant Touch Candle Holder.
Little Things Make the Biggest Difference
When you greet your guests with a drink, offer them a wine glass charm so everyone can keep an eye on their glass. These cute little decorations make great gifts, too! You can also use them as mug charms when you host sporting events. Just use some of our sparkling football charms in your team’s colors to make the guys and gals both feel included in the festivities. These ideas make wonderful conversation starters.
A Gift from the Guest
If you’re going to be the guest at a holiday party this year, don’t forget to bring a gift for your hostess. A popular gift to bring is a bottle of wine, and your expression of appreciation can be even more special by adding a piece of jewelry. Pick a style that your host would like and wrap it around the bottle neck. It’s like two gifts in one! This is also a cute idea for even more casual occasions just to show your giving spirit. We’ve featured a few ideas you could recreate, but be sure to view all of our free bracelet ideas for more inspiration.
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