Monday, January 4, 2016

Decorating the New Year

On New Year's Day, we had our third annual New Year's party. It is really my sister's party, and it all started because she loves to make gourmet food and have people over to eat it! I get to do the decorating of the basement, which is where we spend a lot of our time during the party. It's where people sit to eat, where the white elephant gift exchange happens, and where those of us who are crazy enough stay up until two or three in the morning playing games. 

In years past, red and green have been the main colors, but this year I decided to go with blue and silver and a more rustic look. Of course, this meant mostly new decorations...

We have the perfect ceiling in our basement from which to hang things. I made what felt like a million tinfoil stars and planned to use some paper snowflakes from last year, but I really wanted something blue as well. How about some little twisted icicles? 

I combined Elmer's glue with a little blue fabric paint and squeezed out several globby strips onto a sheet of wax paper. After they had dried, I peeled them off and trimmed them into straight strips. Then I twisted each strip and secured the ends to the wax paper again with a dot of glue. 


I made lots of them! Then I strung them on fishing line and hung them from the ceiling.


I also made some cone Christmas trees and filled a glass bowl with ornaments to decorate the tops of the hutch and entertainment center:



We have had this silver wire garland for years, and I never quite knew what to do with it. This year, I got inspired to cut it up and make little spiral Christmas trees. I love how they turned out!


We have an abundance of buckbrush in our woods, which at this time of year is full of reddish-pink berries. I cut several and brought them in to decorate the ledge behind our fireplace.


White lights and the silver wire Christmas trees added just the right touch,


I was also able to incorporate several of my dad's amazing wooden bowls into the display, which was really fun!


All finished! I will be using these ideas again!


I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are off to a great start in 2016! I can't wait to see what it holds!


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