Until yesterday morning, I was totally under the impression I had an additional week until Christmas was here. Then I heard 5 shopping days – UH OH! That knocked me into reality quickly. As I am writing this I still have several gifts to buy, I need to do all the stockings, our tree is up but without any lights or ornaments on it, not one cookie has been baked, the cards are still in the box from the store, and I could go on and on. YIKES! I needed some ideas for easy decorating and found a few that I thought I would share.

christmas cloche martha stewart

This is so incredibly easy! Take some pretty ornaments, ribbons, whatever and tuck them in full under a cloche (aka dome). Now, I personally do not have a bunch of these glass domes laying around but I do have a few cake stands with domes and I could use the dome with or without the base. Thanks Martha Stewart, it is a good thing!

inverted glasses with mistletoe for christmas table decor

Why don’t I think of these things? Take a simple wine glass and invert it on your table. Under the glass put some holly (or use ornaments or any other item you want) and then also place a small candle on top in what is normally the bottom of the glass. Super easy idea from Interior Designing Blog.

candy canes she knows

I think all of us instantly associate candy canes with Christmas. The resident vegan over at She Knows has this simple idea of adding candy canes in a little cup or bowl as decoration. You could really go wild with the candy canes even because they are very inexpensive. Hang them or place them anywhere; using multiples of an item really can look beautiful. She also has a few other “vegan friendly” decorating ideas for the holidays.


lights in fireplace

Real Simple keeps it simple by adding a ball of lights to the fireplace for a festive look. You could use any color lights you like and you could have them in a ball like they do, or just wrap them in and around some actual (or fake) logs. Plug in the lights for that nice glow, but without the mess. Great if you live where it is too hot or if you don’t want to have a fire near the tree, or if you are having little kids as guests and want to be safe. Also great if you have a fireplace in disrepair or that hasn’t been swept in a while.

Do you have any super easy decorating ideas for the holidays to share?