Is your Christmas decorating already done? Mine is not. I have bags and boxes of items that need to be artfully arranged around the house. Why am I so hesitant to start? It's because I fear having too little or too much, looking like a department store or Santa's Wonderland. I pour over Southern Living, House Beautiful, Elle Decor and anything else that might give me some insight into the world of decorating. Thus far I have a random Santa Claus figurine in the front window.
I must and will conquer the holiday decorating though because in my infinite wisdom I have decided to host a Christmas Eve Open House. I have never done this before and will no doubt have nightmares until it is over! What will I serve? Do I have enough seating for everyone? Will they understand that they DO have to take their shoes off before walking on the carpet (it's white).
Will I have to call in the Big Guns? These are my tribe... women that can magically put together a party for fifty like it's dinner for four! Their houses look like magazine spreads all the while their spouses, kids and pets wander around comfortably. I know I must look like an audience member of a David Copperfield show when I visit. It's quite mesmerizing all of this domesticity with so much flare and elegance. I quietly ask myself if they were born with a special Martha Stewart gene, one that I missed out on.
Off to tackle the bag of decorations. Wish me luck!!
Just in case I'm not alone in this - elledecor.com, southernliving.com, housebeautiful.com They are great idea resources.