54 THE QUEENS COURIER • HOLIDAY GUIDE • NOVEMBER 29, 2018 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
5 ways to simplify your holiday decorating
It’s here, the season of go, go, go. Th e
time of year when there is so much to do,
especially if you’re hosting holiday festivities.
You want everything to be magical
and so you’re planning events, buying
presents, making plans for where everyone
is going to sleep and all while working
a full-time job and taking care of your
family. It’s a whirlwind but you wouldn’t
have it any other way.
Now you just have to fi nd time to decorate.
With so much to do and so little time,
you’re naturally looking for ways to make
the holidays special without too much
eff ort. Th is can be true of your decorating
as well. Instead of decorating lighter, opt
for easier with the tips below. Each one is
guaranteed to help fi ll your home with the
holiday spirit, all without a big time commitment
on your part.
• Add a little color to your home. In the
summer colorful fl owers can make any
room welcoming, but in the winter your
options for foliage are ... limited. Don’t
fret or forgo the opportunity to add some
natural accents to your home. Evergreen
sprigs added to vases can bring a fl ora
component to any room and infuse a
seasonal dash of color. Holly is a great
addition because it produces berries for
a perfect pop of red. Place these in the
same areas you would summer fl owers
and you’ll love the seasonal eff ect they
• Photo-friendly options. Family photos
are a mainstay in any home and this season
is the perfect time to take your photo
displays up a notch. Free-standing photo
panels - available at CVS - provide a new
and exciting way to showcase your favorite
family moments. Available to order at
cvs.com/photo, they off er a unique and
easy way to bring these images to life.
• Let there be light. Stringing holiday lights
around the outside of your home is an
annual tradition, but why not do the
same thing indoors as well? String lights
through the main entertaining areas of
your home using insulated holders, just
be sure to check the wires for fraying
before you do. Th is is a great way to add
a festive spirit to a large area, and because
so many lights run on batteries and can
be equipped with timers, it’s easier than
ever to conserve energy while showing
your holiday spirit.
• DÃ©cor panels add a festive feel to your
space. What do the holidays mean to
you? Whatever it is, display it on a customizable
dÃ©cor panel from Kodak
Moments, also available at CVS. Choose
from a wide array of designs and once
you fi nd one you love, your dÃ©cor panels
can be personalized with text as well.
Matching the perfect message with the
perfect design will give you an accent
piece you’ll want to keep up in your
house all year long.
• Put those extra ornaments to use.
Whether you’re taking a minimalist
approach to your tree this year or you
simply have too many ornaments, there’s
no reason to leave the extras in the box.
Unwrap them and place them in bowls
or on serving dishes and surround them
with pine cones or pine branches. Th en
place them around your home as a festive
accent. Th is decoration idea also
makes for the perfect holiday centerpiece
and is an easy way to deliver seasonal
pops of style wherever your guests
Start your planning today
Th e holidays are fast approaching and
as they do, your time is running short.
Optimizing your decorating with the tips
above will keep your home looking fresh
and festive without a lot of eff ort, and
that’s something that will bring you peace
and joy this holiday season.