As holiday entertaining moves outdoors, try these expert tips to up your game | Home/Garden

Growing up, whenever my brother and I got on our mother’s nerves, she’d holler: “Take it outside! Both of you!” And we’d scramble outdoors like the varmints we were. Going outside was not a punishment. It was a tension reliever, a safe retreat, a welcome escape. (Though he was stronger, I was faster.)

Turns out, Mom had the right idea. Nowadays, the outdoors with all its foreverness and fresh air is becoming that go-to place to celebrate our upcoming holidays. Who saw that coming? Next to being home alone, being outside is the safest place to be in these plague-infested times, experts say. So, as we look for ways to enliven and share our COVID-hindered holidays, taking them outside may be just what the doctor ordered.

Indeed, starting with Thanksgiving, say the data wonks who track these sorts of moves, households across America, in climates warm and wintery, are planning

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Freshen up your holiday decorating with these tips

Since you’ve been spending so much time homebound, you’re well ahead on your holiday decorating, right? Well, maybe not. Maybe you are in such a funk that you are having a brain freeze on thinking about the holidays. Or, perhaps you do have that decorating pretty well planned out, or even much of it done, but are still looking for a fresh idea or two. Here are a few tips.



a table with a cake on a plate: A wrapped gift can be an unexpected touch for dinner guests.


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A wrapped gift can be an unexpected touch for dinner guests.

First of all, it’s always a good idea to focus on the spaces that count the most. A foyer, if you have one, sets the stage — make it fabulous. Then concentrate on the living room, kitchen and dining room. While this isn’t to say your other spaces can’t be spruced up and decorated, these main spaces are likely where most of the hosting and

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Fun ideas for decorating your home or holiday table | US & World News

(Meredith) — Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Martha Stewart has some fun ideas for decorating your home or holiday table.

For starters, the kid’s table is a place to really let your creative juices flow and nearly every kid loves a parade, so why not combine the two.

On Martha Stewart’s website, you can print out different templates to create a fun and festive parade, equipped with the Empire State Building and different floats.

As for the adult’s table, all you’ll need is some dried wheat in order to make braided napkin rings, which will spruce up any holiday table. In order to make one, just braid three strans for each ring, then tie the braids together in two loops.

If you’re looking for more ideas, look no further than a traditional cheese plate. Well, we use the word “traditional” loosely. Instead of putting your cheese directly onto

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Fun ideas for decorating your home or holiday table |

(Meredith) — Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Martha Stewart has some fun ideas for decorating your home or holiday table.

For starters, the kid’s table is a place to really let your creative juices flow and nearly every kid loves a parade, so why not combine the two.

On Martha Stewart’s website, you can print out different templates to create a fun and festive parade, equipped with the Empire State Building and different floats.

As for the adult’s table, all you’ll need is some dried wheat in order to make braided napkin rings, which will spruce up any holiday table. In order to make one, just braid three strans for each ring, then tie the braids together in two loops.

If you’re looking for more ideas, look no further than a traditional cheese plate. Well, we use the word “traditional” loosely. Instead of putting your cheese directly onto

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Drew Barrymore’s home and beauty favorites make the perfect holiday gifts

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Drew Barrymore is as busy as ever with her new talk show, but she still had time to share her favorite items to gift with E! News this past week. The list is full of affordable, unique gifts that all have one thing in common: the giftees will actually use them.

How often have you received a gift that you just didn’t have any use for? With these inspired ideas, you’ll never have to worry about your gift being tossed away right after being opened, and you’ll know that your effort went to good use.

Barrymore’s advice for gifters is to, “get creative, give

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The 8 best places to buy holiday decor online



The 8 best places to buy holiday decor online


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The 8 best places to buy holiday decor online


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Thanksgiving may still be two weeks away, but for the Christmas-obsessed among us, the holiday season is already in full swing. Most retailers have already rolled out their holiday decorations and shops, and while it may seem early to start thinking about Christmas, amid the pandemic, it’s best to do your shopping—whether for gifts or decor—early to avoid shipping delays or product shortages.

Our experts have not only rounded up all of the best holiday gifts, we’ve also rounded up all of the best places to buy holiday decor right now. No matter what you’re looking for or how much you want to spend, there are plenty of retailers you can shop to find the perfect artificial tree or the

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These Holiday 2020 Balcony Decorating Ideas Will Make Your Space A True Wonderland

The holidays are on their way. Can you feel the magic? Some people have already gotten a jumpstart decorating their homes, so, in order to catch up, you’ll need some holiday 2020 balcony decorating ideas. You’ll need more than just a few string lights to turn your outdoor area into a total winter wonderland. Although, with these ideas, soon enough you’ll have a space that’s perfect for sipping hot cocoa while watching the snow fall.

The first step in giving your balcony a holiday makeover is deciding on what aesthetic you’re going for. For a “let it snow” theme, choose white lights and a snowflake garland to drape around the perimeter. Cushion your outdoor furniture with white throw pillows and a fuzzy blanket for extra coziness. Perhaps you’re looking for more of a “Christmas cabin in the woods” kind of feel. If that’s the case, find some woodland creature throw

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10 Holiday Decorating Tips From Netflix Reality Guru Mr. Christmas

There is no question that this holiday season looks very different than seasons past. What is supposed to be the happiest time of the year is fraught with a second surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a divisive presidential election. Financial and emotional hardships are plaguing many, but if the challenges of 2020 have taught us anything, it’s the importance of family and friendships.

This is where Benjamin Bradley, aka Mr. Christmas, a veteran in the interior design industry, comes in to help us save the holiday spirit with his new four-part Netflix
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reality series Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas. Starting on November 18, you can kick off the holiday season right and get step-by-step DIY tips

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