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Setting the Stage for a Season of Entertaining


The holiday season is a time of warmth, joy, and cherished moments spent with family and friends. As the cooler temperatures approach with their whirlwind of festivities, it's easy to find yourself caught up in the hustle and bustle. To truly savor the magic of this season and ensure a stress-free celebration, it's wise to plan ahead and prepare your home early. Here are some expert tips to help you get your home holiday-ready.

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Elevate your entryway

It's the first impression your visitors receive, so make it count. Create a welcoming space where guests can easily kick off their shoes, hang up coats, and set down their packages or purses. Consider adding a bench or a console table for both function and style. With the basics in place, inject a dose of festive spirit with seasonal decor, or vases of fresh flowers and greenery.

​Let there be light

Don't underestimate the power of lighting in shaping your home's ambiance. Consider swapping outdated light fixtures with modern alternatives to breathe new life into your interiors. Installing dimmer switches in your main communal areas before holiday gatherings is an effortless upgrade that can work wonders, setting just the right mood for entertaining. And let's not neglect the exterior - introducing fresh outdoor sconces or a few charming lanterns can enhance your home's curb appeal and welcoming aura. As a finishing touch, replace any burnt-out or inadequately lit bulbs inside and out, ensuring a warm and inviting glow.

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A generously sized gold iron lantern takes centre stage, while shade wall sconces not only provide

additional lighting, but enhance the overall atmosphere.

Rejuvenate your bedrooms

Transform your guest rooms into cozy havens for your loved ones. As the temperatures drop, it's time to bid farewell to summer linens and welcome warm layers that exude comfort. Swap out lightweight sheets for flannel or jersey cotton to provide a snug and inviting bed. Layer on plush pillows, faux fur throws, and textured blankets to create a cocoon of warmth. With these changes, your guests will not only feel welcome but also luxuriously pampered during their stay.

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Plush velvet and faux fur are like a winter wardrobe for your bed! Available through Aspen & Ivy Shop

Timeless treasures

Make sure your stockpile of classic board games and beloved films are at the ready. Whether it's a spirited game of charades, a heartwarming holiday movie marathon, or simply sharing stories by the warm glow of the fireplace, make your home a space that invites family and friends to come together and savor the essence of the season - quality time, laughter, and the joy of togetherness. It's the perfect way to make your home the heart of the holiday festivities.

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A large sectional creates the perfect setting for cozy movie night gatherings.

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