There’s nothing like last minute plans that are sprung upon you out of nowhere — especially if you’re the one who ends up having to host. Whether it’s because of canceled plans, a family emergency, or the other side of the family coming to town, sometimes these are things you can’t avoid. Regardless of the reason, and with no time to spare, there are a few things that must be done, decoration-wise, to usher in the holiday spirit. If you’re not the “festive” type or just didn’t have time for it this year, there are certainly some contingency plans that are available on the cheap. You don’t necessarily have to shell out the big bucks to buy an animatronic Santa Claus or a porcelain Nativity Scene display, but sprucing up the place for some additional Yuletide cheer is kind of a must. Luckily, there are plenty of great indoor decorations for the holiday season that are both cheap and aesthetically pleasing. Heck, they don’t even have to be for Christmas — they can serve as a wintery reminder or as a way to ring in the new year. So let’s look at some of the best indoor decorations just in time for the holiday season. You know what they say: better late than never.
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Holiday time usually means more time—and more people—in the kitchen cooking and baking. A small tree introduces Christmas spirit without getting in the way. Green hobnail glass and kitchen utensils from the '40s and '50s inspired the mint green and cherry red palette of this tree. Hang utensils amid homespun touches such as popcorn garlands and crisp gingham ribbon.
It's the season of lights, so make the most of it by filling your home with twinkling colors. Look for mini lights to add specks of color to the Christmas tree or garland in the house. For a more dramatic look, consider C7 and C9 lights to frame your doorways or illuminate outdoor trees. Drape your house in icicle lights that cascade down a few inches from the roof line, or cover your shrubbery with net lights that add instant sparkle. You can stick with a single color for a monochromatic look or spice it up with an array of hues. If you plan to turn your property into a holiday spectacle for your neighbors to enjoy, consider laser lights that dance on the walls or your house and pair them with inflatable characters that expand to take up space and move in the wind.
Whether you’re crafting a Christmas tree for the very first time, or simply want to switch things up for a fun holiday refresh, there are decor ideas—big and small—to spark endless holiday inspiration. Take a little decorative risk and opt for an extravagant tree, or stick to the basics with an unadorned pine. Whether you're set on a color scheme or style, or have ornaments you can't wait to use, your tree should reflect your taste and personality no matter which direction you go.