Do you dream of getting a head start on the winter holidays and avoiding those last-minute headaches? Today I’m sharing ideas on how to start planning ahead for this year’s Christmas decor.
Does the holiday season have a way of sneaking up on you? If it does, you’re in good company. It happens to most of us.
It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is only 5 months away. This is the snowy view from last year.
I know it may be difficult to start thinking about Christmas when it’s still July and most of us are in the heat of the summer.
But once you do start planning ahead you will realize how easy it can be to get a jump on your Christmas decor ideas so you won’t be so overwhelmed this holiday season.
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Christmas in July Blog Hop
I’m joining many of my talented blogging friends for a blog hop, hosted by my friend Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse, bringing you all things Christmas in July. Whether it’s sharing DIY holiday crafts, Christmas decorating ideas, or some good old-fashioned inspiration, we’ve got you covered!
If you just came over from Anne and Ann Marie from Simply 2 Moms, welcome. I couldn’t be happier that you’re here. Didn’t you love their DIY Christmas craft ideas? I can’t wait to try a few of them myself.
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Plan Ahead for This Year’s Christmas Decor Ideas
Here are a few simple ideas on how to start planning ahead for this year’s Christmas decor ideas.
1. Decide on a Color Palette & Theme for Christmas
Are you thinking of changing your color palette this Christmas? How about changing your theme or style?
Start by looking through Pinterest, Instagram, or your favorite blog to find your holiday inspiration.
Once you’ve decided on your colors and theme, take inventory of your Christmas decor and make a shopping list of items you need to before it’s time to decorate.
2. Christmas Tree Themes
Do you plan a different Christmas tree theme every year? If you do, now is the time to plan this year’s theme.
The guest room Christmas tree was decked out in a red and white Winterland theme last year.
I decorated the living room tree with neutral colors.
CLICK HERE for my 10 favorite and fabulous themed Christmas trees of the season.
Here’s a fun Christmas tree I found at Details Home and Garden in Poulsbo, WA. last year. I loved the snowshoes and plaid bows.
How about a coastal-style Christmas tree?
This garden-themed tree is so creative, don’t you think?
Shop Faux Christmas Trees
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I’m in the process of picking the perfect flocked tree this year. It will be my first one and I’m excited to add my turquoise ornaments to it.
3. Christmas Wrapping Ideas
You may not think that gift wrap is considered home decor, but if you’re like me and want your Christmas presents to match the colors on your tree, start shopping around now to find the perfect wrapping paper to coordinate.
CLICK HERE for 5 simple ideas that will make gift wrapping fun and easy this holiday season.
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4. Dress Up Your Christmas Home Decor with Holiday Ornaments
There is so much more you can do with your ornaments other than hanging them from your tree. I use Christmas ornaments all over the house during the holidays.
No matter what style or age… vintage, new, rustic, plaid, I LOVE THEM ALL!
Christmas ornaments are perfect for filling in holes when creating holiday vignettes.
Be on the hunt for vintage ornaments when you are out thrifting or any ornaments that are on sale.
This dough bowl filled with ornaments, greenery, berries, and pinecones for the holiday season brightens up my coffee table decor for Christmas.
CLICK HERE to see how to dress up your Christmas home decor with holiday ornaments.
6. Using Garland for Christmas Decorating
Whether you put up fresh or faux garland, it always makes any space look festive and fabulous.
You may not be able to find faux garland unless it’s on clearance but you can inventory what you have and add it to your shopping list.
I tend to go with a more neutral approach when it comes to decorating garlands. As long as they have twinkle lights I’m good to go.
At the beginning of the decorating season, I usually hang faux garlands. But as Christmas gets closer I add in or replace it with fresh greenery.
Costco is a great place to get real greenery for a reasonable price during the holidays. I also add leaves from my magnolia tree and dried orange slices.
7. Use Vintage Finds in Your Christmas Decor
I tend to stick with a more vintage-inspired approach when it comes to my holiday style.
Vintage sleds, snowshoes, and wooden skis are always perfect for winter decor.
I didn’t decorate my sled here but there are so many ways you can dress it up and make it look more festive.
Vintage books look so lovely mixed in any Christmas vignette. They can also add so much color to the room.
CLICK HERE to see 14 ways to use vintage finds in your Christmas decor.
Bring your holiday shopping list with you anytime you go to a thrift store or antique mall. Etsy always has great vintage for sale that would be great for your Christmas decor.
10. Twinkle Light
Figuring out which twinkle lights still work and how many sets you need for Christmas is not a small task.
Be sure to make a plan for your twinkle lights now so you can have your supply ready to go when you start decorating for Christmas this winter. If you can find some online now, buy them before they are in high demand.
Decorating Outdoor Spaces
We’ve been talking about decorating indoors but your outdoor spaces are just as important.
Take measurements and review any notes or concerns you had last holiday when it came to your Christmas decorations.
I’ll be buying more garland for the greenhouse that is specifically for outdoor use. I also need to find berries that are waterproof so the color won’t bleed and come off when it rains.
I hope you are inspired to plan ahead for your Christmas decor ideas. Leave me a comment and let me know what you plan to tackle first. I’m trying to finish deciding which colors I’ll be using this year.
CLICK HERE to see 9 simple ideas to start preparing for Christmas in July.
Are you ready for more Christmas in July inspiration? Next up is Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm who is sharing her blue and white Christmas decorating ideas. You are going to love her gorgeous style.
Until next time,
Happy Christmas Planning!
Christmas In July Blog Hop
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