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  • Writer's pictureDonna w/ Decorating Boutique LLC

How To Decorate For Christmas!

Updated: Mar 28

This is a "How to Decorate for Christmas" blog with photos and a tour of my Historic Southern Home. Photos will show decorated fireplace mantles, Christmas wreaths, glitzy dining room table settings, glamorous blue Christmas tree decorations, staircase garland with elegant ribbon and beautiful Christmas accessories displayed. I will add a few "how to" decorate tips along the way. It feels like Christmas! Ad photos courtesy of retailers. Items you buy through our links may earn us a commission.

White poinsettia

My home has the nostalgia of my family's Christmas traditions and memories. However, you can incorporate any of these Christmas decorating ideas and tips into your traditional, classic contemporary or modern farmhouse decor.

living room with Christmas Decorations, fireplace mantle garland, Christmas angels, Nativity scene, Christmas tree, pink poinsettia

It feels like Christmas!! There are many How To Decorate For Christmas ideas below...

Nativity Scene, living room fireplace mantle decorated with Christmas garland and angles

This Historic Southern Home has many fireplaces. You will see a few fireplace mantles decorated for the Christmas season in the photos below. You may jump to the Dining photos here, the Christmas tree photos here, and the Brunch photos here,

Fireplace mantle decorated with Christmas garland, gold angles, battery operated flameless taper candles

When decorating a fireplace mantle, I use decorations that I have and add natural pine sprigs, magnolia leaves, holly leaves and pinecones from the grounds to bring the smell of Christmas into my home.

Fireplace mantle Christmas decorations

I start with decorative artificial garland on the fireplace mantle. Then add ribbon, floral stem picks and ornaments. Beautiful garland for mantles and staircase handrails can be found here (#ad).

Cocktail table Christmas decorations, coffee table designer books

Easy decor....beautiful mirrored trays with colorful ornaments. Similar mirrored trays, metal trays and wood lacquered trays can be found here (#ad). I use unique trays for display throughout my home year round or use for serving when guests arrive. Designer coffee table books can be found here (#ad).

Balsam Hill 25 Piece Premium Brilliant Bordeaux Ornament Set

The Christmas ornament set shown above can be found here (#ad).

Dinning room table center piece with gold reindeer and red and green traditional Christmas ornaments on white china

Use Christmas tree ornaments throughout your home as table setting centerpieces, gifting to dinner party guests, or display on mantles and coffee table trays. A variety of elegant glass Christmas tree ornament sets can be found here (#ad). Similar shinny gold reindeer can be found here (#ad).

Double hang wreaths on the outside and inside if you have a glass door. Designer Wreaths can be found here (#ad). Adjustable Metal Wreath Hangers can be found here (#ad).

Christmas Nativity scene with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

The reason for the season... Dinning room Christmas decorations and holiday table setting ideas are next.

Dining room Christmas fireplace mantle decorations, Christmas garland, Christmas wreath, candles, crystal chandelier

This is the time of year to sparkle and shine! Bring out the silver and crystal. Create a magical decor for yourself, family and friends. I love a mirrored dining room table top for reflecting crystal and shimmering centerpieces! If you use a wood or a table cloth, try placing mirrored tiles down the center of your table. Place your centerpiece design of greenery, candles, ornaments on top of the mirror for a glamorous look. Round and square display mirrored tiles can be found here (#ad). Battery powered Taper Flameless Candles with remote shown on the mantle can be found here (#ad). Flameless Pillar Candles with remote can be found here (#ad).

Christmas mantle decorations with gold magnolia, brass candleholders,

Notice the crystals ornaments hanging from the candle holders above. The Metallic Gold Magnolia Stems can be found here (#ad). The Fountain Glitter Spray can be found here (#ad).

Christmas mantle decorations with gold magnolia, brass candleholders,

Swarovski crystals hang from the mantle garland. Similar Faceted Crystal Drop Ornaments can be found here (#ad). Gold or silver spray tree picks to add in the garland can be found here (#ad). Beautiful garland for mantles can be found here (#ad). More "How To Decorate For Christmas" ideas below...

The ice bucket, serving tray and wine cooler bucket shown above are handmade stainless steel and polished to brilliance! Add these elegant serving pieces to your holiday decor or buy as a gift here (#ad). This collection offers additional items, Pitcher, Round Tray, Salad Bowl, Salad Servers, and Wine Coaster.

Christmas angle, crystal candle holders

Hang crystal ornaments from the base of a candle to make your crystal candleholders more dramatic! Beautiful angels can be found here (#ad) to use as table top decor or as a Christmas tree topper.

Versace Prestige Gala fine china for Christmas table setting, Christmas table centerpiece with Vietri Rufolo Gold Collection Italian Dinnerware and Serveware Sets

Ok, I know... This year's crush is Versace Prestige Gala fine china. Easy Holiday update by adding a decorative glass Platter with accent color in Christmas ornaments, burgundy napkins and crystal napkin rings. The glass center piece plater/bowl and gold service/charger plates are hand painted with gold leaf on the edges. They are part of the Vietri Rufolo collection. Centerpiece plater/bowl can be found here (#ad).Service/charger plates can be found here (#ad).

Items shown above:

Elegant white fine bone china accented with 24k gold can be found here (#ad).

This 20 Piece Gold Plated Stainless Steel Flatware Set can be found here (#ad).

Glass and Gold Collection Italian Dinnerware and Serving Sets previously mentioned can be found here (#ad).

Mirrored serving tray displaying Christmas decorations

Use elegant mirrored display and serving trays for the season. Similar mirrored trays, metal trays and wood lacquered trays can be found here (#ad).

Christmas staircase garland with gold ribbon, candles, three wise men, crystal chandelier

I use felt or ribbon ties for the staircase garland as not to scratch the handrail finish. Attach the garland first. Then run the decorative ribbons along the garland. Attach the ribbon by twisting a pine needle over the ribbon every so often to create a bow effect. Add ornaments as desired to complete the designer look. When dismantling the garland, keep the ribbon attached for easy decorating nest year. Beautiful garland, ribbon, and ornaments for staircase handrails can be found here (#ad). Battery operated flameless pillar candles with remote can be found here (#ad).

three wise men Christmas decoration

Jump ad for more "How to Decorate for Christmas" ideas showing a glamorous Christmas tree below.

KI Store Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Set of 8 Champagne Silver Hanging Christmas Balls Finials for Christmas Tree Decoration Holiday Décor

Mercury Glass Champagne Silver Christmas Tree Ornaments shown above can be found here (#ad). How to decorate a Christmas tree tips and photos below.

How to decorate a Christmas tree, blue Christmas tree decorations, family room fireplace mantle decorated for Christmas, gold glitter Christmas trees, flameless candles

Adding to our Christmas tree ornament collection each year was a tradition in our home.This tree is decorated in blue, silver, white and gold. Coordinating gold glitter Christmas trees and blue Christmas ornaments were used on the fireplace mantle. It feels like Christmas!!

Balsam  HillIvory & Silver Decorated Glass Ball Ornaments

Gorgeous Ivory & Silver Decorated Glass Ball Ornaments shown above can be found here (#ad). Battery operated Flameless Pillar Candles with remote in a variety of heights can be found here (#ad) for use on a fireplace mantle, under the Christmas tree, or on the staircase.

Gold Ribbon Christmas tree topper, decorated Christmas tree with blue and gold ornaments

Wide, elegant ribbon is an investment to use for years to come as a bow in the top of your tree. Starting at the top of the tree under the tree topper bow, run coordinating ribbon vertical down the tree weaving from the trunk to the front of the tree. This allows you to fill in any bare spaces near the trunk of the tree and makes a nice back drop for ornaments. Cut tree stems with wire cutters and insert individual pieces for easy application to complete your tree topper and throughout the tree. A variety of gold tree picks can be found here (#ad).

How to decorate a Christmas tree, blue Christmas tree decorations, family room fireplace mantle decorated for Christmas, gold glitter Christmas trees, flameless candles

It Feels Like Christmas! More "How To Decorate For Christmas" ideas below...

Items shown above:

The elegant champagne gold glittered Christmas trees, flameless candles and gold glitter reindeer can be used to display on a fireplace mantle or as a table centerpiece. The Gold Glitter Trees can be found here (#ad). Gold Flameless Candles with Remote can be found here (#ad). Gold Glitter Christmas Reindeer can be found here (#ad).

Blue and white Christmas tree ornaments, white floral Christmas tree ornament with gold Christmas ribbon

Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Set of 4 Large Hanging Christmas Icicles Finials for Christmas Tree Decoration Holiday Décor (Blue)

The Large Mercury Glass Icicles Finials Christmas Ornaments shown above can be found here (#ad). These finials are also offered in silver.

Santa and red poinsettia Christmas decorations

Similar santa tree topper used above can be found here (#ad).

Lenox Merry Grinchmas place setting

red poinsettia in cache pot Christmas decoration

Have fun with your Christmas dinnerware in the kitchen nook or on the kitchen island.

Juliska Stewart Tartan 16pc Set - Dinnerware Set, Dinner Plates, Salad Plates, Bowls, and Mugs

Beautiful Stewart Tartan stoneware has a sophisticated and simple design with a holiday tartan pattern on each dish. This elegant dinnerware set can be found here (#ad).

Kitchen island decorated with Christmas plates on burgundy placemats and napkins

Vietri Christmas Saint Nick dinnerware and serveware

Christmas table centerpiece

Aromatique Smell of Christmas Scented Jar Candles, room spray and potpourri can be found here (#ad).

Shown above: The Stewart Tartan two piece apron and oven mitt set, hand towel set, napkins and placemats can all be found here (#ad).

DIY gifting idea, pecans in cellophane gift bag with red and green ribbon

We had an abundance of pecans this year! Be creative with your gift giving. Read "Easy DIY Christmas Gifting Ideas".

MacKenzie-Childs Tartan Glass Ball Ornaments can be found here (#ad).

Black and white cat under the Christmas tree

My favorite gift! Go to your local Humane Society and give a companion animal as a gift this season!

Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family find joy and peace during this holiday season.

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