As we enter the second half of the year, the holiday season is just around the corner. The holidays have a tricky way of sneaking up on you if you’re not prepared, so it’s always best to be ready early so you don’t find yourself in a panic when the time finally arrives. Whether you’re decorating for Christmas, welcoming family from out of town for a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal, or preparing for spooky Halloween fun, get ready for the holiday season with these nine essential tips for every festive occasion.
How to Get Your Home Ready for Christmas
1. Lots of Surfaces for Festive Decorations
There’s no better way to keep your home merry and bright during the holiday season than putting up some cheery decorations. When it comes to decorating for Christmas, having plenty of surfaces to showcase all your holiday decorations is essential. From nutcrackers to nativity scenes, a console table is the perfect solution to displaying any of your trimmings and adding a cheerful ambiance to your home.
If you need to store any of your typical home décor away to make room for your Christmas decorations, consider an accent table or console table with storage for a discreet and stylish approach to hiding it away.
2. Create a Wrapping Station
Make gift-wrapping a breeze by dedicating a space in your home to wrapping. A spacious solid wood dining table is a perfect and convenient spot for all of your wrapping needs, whether you’re wrapping a large or small gift. Lay out everything from wrapping paper to tape to ribbons and bows to scissors on your solid wood table so you can make every present look their best before they go under the tree.
3. Scope Out Foolproof Hiding Spots for Your Gifts
The joy of giving gifts during the holiday season is even more exciting when you can keep them a surprise. Create secret gift-hiding spots around your home where your spouse, kids, or whoever you want to surprise this holiday season will never find them by using a closet, a chest of drawers, a nightstand with a drawer or a side table. Keep the magic of the season alive by carefully hiding gifts away until the perfect moment arrives.
How to Get Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving
1. Prepare Your Guest Room
If you have family coming from out of town for Thanksgiving, give them a cozy and relaxing retreat to wind down after a long day of feasts and festivities by revamping your guest room. By washing and restocking linens, emptying the closet and bedroom dresser, and providing a comfortable, up-to-date, and modern bedroom set, you can make your loved ones’ visit even more enjoyable.
2. Declutter Your Kitchen
What’s Thanksgiving without a Thanksgiving feast to enjoy with family and friends? Maximize your cooking and prep space by decluttering your kitchen counters and other prep spaces such as your stove and refrigerator. If you run out of cabinet and drawer space to store your extra clutter, consider using a wood dresser, nightstand or accent table to boost your storage space.
3. Provide Enough Dining Space for Everyone
A meal as large as a Thanksgiving feast requires ample dining space. If you don’t have a dining table large enough to fit all your guests, invest in a sturdy and elegant natural wood dining table that can not only seat all your guests but provide plenty of space for your turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and more. For added seating capacity, consider a solid wood dining set with a wood bench for each side to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for your guests.
How to Get Your Home Ready for Halloween
1. Entryway Table for Halloween Treats
Get in the Halloween spirit by setting up an entryway table complete with spooky décor that will delight trick-or-treaters. A console table is a perfect spot to keep a bowl full of Halloween sweets and chocolates and decorate with jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs and skeletons. Make sure to keep your entryway well-lit and well-decorated, and don’t forget your costume.
2. Clear Paths for Trick-Or-Treaters
Especially during Halloween, safety should always be a priority. When kids are out trick-or-treating in the dark, it can be easy to trip, so make sure to keep a light on outside to prevent anyone from falling in your yard. To exercise an abundance of caution, clear any outdoor decorations that may act as an obstacle to trick-or-treaters and store them inside until the streets have cleared for the night. For extra storage, use a closet, a large dresser or a console table with storage.
3. Protect Your Valuables
Halloween is known for its mischief, and for good reason. With hundreds of people walking the neighborhood trick-or-treating or heading to parties, it is essential to protect any valuables you may have in your yard or your driveway. Before Halloween night, make sure to move your car to a safe space, avoid leaving spare keys under doormats and bring any valuable items from your yard inside. A small dresser, a sofa table, or an end table can be an essential space to store your prized possessions for safe keeping for the night.
With these nine tips, embracing the holiday spirit in your home will be a piece of cake (or pumpkin pie if you prefer). As you prepare your home for the holiday season, keep in mind that Plank+Beam has everything you need to create a warm and inviting atmosphere to welcome guests into your home. Our collection of solid wood furniture, including modern bedroom sets, solid wood top tables, console tables and other functional yet stylish pieces, are designed to elevate not only your holiday experience but your everyday life. With Plank+Beam’s refined and timeless pieces that keep practicality, safety and style in mind, this holiday season can be truly memorable for you and your loved ones. Happy holidays!