Christmas 2021 is going to be filled with merriment and memories. It’s time to deck your halls with the best selection of festive holiday entertaining ideas and decorations!
Well, it’s officially the mad dash of the holiday season! Is it just us or does it feel like it sneaks up faster each year? After a difficult year, the feeling in the air is to create a joyful and uplifting space that exudes warmth, familiarity and family tradition.
But what are the biggest Christmas decorating trends for 2021? To kick off the festivities, I’ve rounded up a list of Christmas decorating must-haves. Find out the most popular Christmas colour schemes, and the decor trends that will put a personalized touch on the celebrations.
Trendy Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas
1. It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas (Tree)
Although for years plump pines have reigned supreme, the clean modern lines of sparse trees are surging in popularity. Minimal trees are excellent space savers and also easy to decorate! Sparse trees also allow for you to showcase the various decorations and lights you’ve collected over the years.
Incorporate natural elements for a rustic feel or go completely glam like this one from Julie Banner. Here are some of my favorite Charlie Brown style tree finds:
- Layered Pre-lit Green Spruce
- Hickory Cedar Pre-lit Tree
- Unlit New Growth Balsam Fir
- Bed Rock Pine Unlit Tree
- Antique Silver Tinsel Pine Tree
2. Nordic Vibe is Cozy Chic
Pro tip: When setting up an artificial tree, take the time to hand fluff each and every branch for a natural look. It’s best to fluff each section as you put the tree together rather than after its standing tall.
3. Jewel Toned Trees
While themes of rustic charm and soft neutral shades are still beloved, this season try an unexpected twist. From pink, to black, and bright jewel tones- nothing is on the naughty list when it comes to Christmas tree themes!
Although green is a traditional Christmas color, rich Emerald hues are making a splash like this emerald beauty from Inspired by Charm. It’s adds a splash of vibrancy to muted neutrals. Adding in emerald, or Christmas green accents is an easy way to transition towards a more modern vibe.
Got the Christmas blues? This navy and silver Christmas tree has made a strong case as a new neutral in recent years. It’s versatility allows it to blend seamlessly into almost any decor style. This holiday season you’ll find it everywhere from artificial trees, to ribbon, wrappings and accent pieces.
4. Out with the Tree Skirt
The ye ‘ol Christmas tree skirt has been slowly replaced by the unique items to put around your tree base. From storage baskets to large picnic baskets, give your tree the royal treatment from trunk to topper.
Modern Tree Skirt Replacements: Swap the tree skirt out this year for something more substantial. Here are some fun finds:
- Christmas Tree Collar Box
- Willow Basket-style Tree Ring Collar
- Galvanized Rustic Tree Collar
- Burlap Basket-style Tree Collar
- Hammered Metal Holiday Skirt
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5. Make it Smell Like Christmas
Want an instant serotonin boost? Fill your halls with the scent of Christmas! There’s nothing more joyful than the cozy smells of the holiday season. Achieve the ambiance of warm winter nights with a few of these merry-making ideas:
- Bake gingerbread ornaments.
- Make Pomander balls.
- The Perfect Christmas candle -cinnamon, cider, cookies, and a freshly cut Christmas tree
- Warm Christmas Cookie Candle
- Make a simmering potpourri.
- Mix a few drops essential oils in a spray bottle and add water for a homemade holiday room spray.
- Add fresh greenery to artificial trees get that fresh pine smell!
6. A Touch of Nostalgia
Christmas and nostalgia go hand in hand. While I’m not sure tinsle will ever come back, this year brings the return of creating a Christmas of mixing the old with the new. Showcase old memories while your family creates new one, and hang all the ornaments!
Here are a few ways to add some nostalgia to your Christmas decorations:
- Create a memento tree with ornaments from your childhood or by collecting special ornaments to commemorate each year.
- Family favorite Christmas CD or playlist.
- Old fashioned ceramic Christmas trees
- An old fashioned train set chugging along beneath the Christmas tree.
- Gingerbread house building is a rite of Christmas passage.
- Dust off that Christmas Village collection or try one of the modern paper versions.
7. Snowy Accents
Frosted and Flocked Christmas trees are still going strong. There’s something so cozy about a traditional white Christmas. I can almost hear Bing Crosby crooning in the background.
This year warm splashes of blush, gold and ivory are also on the scene. the best holiday decor is decor that coordinates with items you already have. My favorite thing about these colors? They pair so well with classic red and green!
8. Christmas Plaid is Everywhere!
Plaid prints and tartans have been making a huge comeback the last few years. Traditional Scottish tartans are beautiful and add elegance to Christmas decor.
You can see our dining room theme in this Tartan Scottish Christmas decorations post from past years. If you want to mix in some plaid into your Christmas décor, here are some of my favorite finds:
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9. Tiered Trays for Serving
Tiered trays are so adaptable I dedicated a separate post to them. They make an elegant serving tray for hors d’oeuvres, toppings, or desserts. But they also make an efficient coffee bar for guests, or the perfect seasonal table centerpiece.
Read more about my best ideas for tiered serving trays here.
Pine and firs may be THE Christmas foliage to have around the house, but the options for winter greenery is expanding.
- Bay leaf
- Paper whites
- Iced Branches (really hot this year!)
11. Budget Friendly Christmas Must-Haves
Most of us don’t have huge budgets each year for Christmas decorating or entertaining. The “in” thing to do is to repurpose items on hand, and incorporate heirloom items from Christmas’ past.
I’ve been mastering budget stretching and building my collection for years! Here are some of the tips I use to keep my entertaining budget for Christmas low:
- Plain white plates work year round.
- Goblet style glasses are beautiful to use all year, but extra festive during the holidays!
- Keep the accent to a minimum.
- Make a centerpiece out of yard clippings or a walk in the woods.
- Sprinkle extra glass ornaments in containers.
- Ditch the fancy wrapping paper! Try these creative and budget friendly wrapping ideas.
Looking for some more budget-friendly crafts to decorate the home? Check these out:
- Merry and Bright Christmas Sign – Free File!
- Christmas Stenciled Tea Towels
- Christmas Treat Tree
- Build an Advent Calendar with these activities
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