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UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Thanks for spending Christmas in July with HGTV Magazine.

christmas in july

Get a head start on the holidays! Browse the Christmas in July hub where our hgtv.com editors have found the best ideas for handmade gifts and decorations, kids’ crafts, greeting cards and more. But first, take a second to answer the question below. HGTV Magazine is already prepping for this year’s December issue and asks for your input on the long-standing Christmas tree debate: real or fake?

Christmas decorations

The holidays will be here before you know it.

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Congratulations to Christina F. on her Pottery Barn win!

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all had a magnificent Thanksgiving holiday last week (and that this workweek has treated you well). And here we are — December 6th — just look at us — in a little over two weeks we’ll be celebrating Christmas! Buckle up, this month is going to speed by.

Here on the Home for the Holidays front, the team at Design Happens and Made + Remade focused their attention this week on everything from holiday fashions (you gotta look good at your party!) to easy DIY holiday decor (super easy stuff, I promise!).

Home for the Holidays Recap

From recipes to holiday fashions, Design Happens has it all.

This week’s topics included:
Gingersnap Cookies With Pumpkin Pie Dip
Budget-Chic Party Fashion
How to Make a Light-Up Holiday Star
How to Make an Antiqued Mirror Tray
Easy Ombre Glitter Nails
How to Make Sparkly Swizzle Sticks
How to Make a Magnolia Garland

Now to our giveaway! To help make your home even more festive, we’re calling on Pottery Barn. From their holiday collection, we’re giving away 1 medium-sized Mercury Glass Tree (see below). They are currently sold out, but we have one just for you! Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win. This giveaway’s question: In one sentence, tell me — how do you decorate your Christmas tree?

Mercury Glass Christmas Tree

Silver Mercury Glass Trees From Pottery Barn

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 9:00 a.m. ET on December 6, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 9, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: $39.50. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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Contest is now closed, congratulations Wendy!

Have you finished your holiday decorating yet? Or are you just getting started? Me, I fall somewhere in the middle. The tree is up and trimmed, the mantel is mostly done (I think it just needs some greenery), and I have a few finishing touches to add to the rest of the house. One thing I can’t wait to hang is this Light-Up Holiday Star. It’s kind of amazing. Watch the video below to see how to make this project for yourself, and then read on to win some Pottery Barn stockings!

This show stopper of a star looks great indoors but since it’s made of foam and LED lights you can use it outdoors as well! It would look great next to your front door, don’t you think?

Hanging Light-Up Holiday Star

Faux Fur Stockings courtesy of Pottery Barn

Now on to our giveaway! Here is your chance to deck your halls in style, thanks to our friends at Pottery Barn. Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win two Faux Fur Stockings and two Faux Sheepskin Stockings, each trimmed in gorgeous ivory velvet.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 11:00 a.m. ET on December 3, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 9, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: $98.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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A couple of weeks ago I showed you how to make your very own Wood-Burned Cheese Board (you’ve made yours by now, right?), and now, with Thanksgiving only a couple of days away, it’s time to shop for the right things to top it with. After all, you don’t want to end up with a plate full of pre-cubed cheddar on the big day, do you? Not that there’s anything wrong with cheese cubes, but why not treat your dinner guests to a perfectly crafted cheese feast?

Just watching that made me hungry! This cheese plate would be a great appetizer while waiting for the turkey to finish roasting, or you can serve it with dessert for any of your guests who aren’t in the mood for pie. As long as you stick to our formula, you’ll always have a perfectly balanced (and gorgeous!) cheese board for your guests.

The Perfect Cheese Plate

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Outside the days might be getting shorter and colder, but inside the pages of HGTV Magazine‘s December issue, we’re having a lot more fun! You’ll find merry DIY ideas, a cheerful gift guide, and loads of happy holiday decorating ideas!

December 2013 cover

Come on, we know you’re already listening to Christmas music. Get in the holiday spirit with us!! Here’s a sneak peek of what subscribers are getting in their mailbox, and what you can look forward to when the issue hits newsstands on November 26.

Every year, it seems like Santa’s list has grown. We made shopping a little easier by narrowing down picks from some of our favorite stores in one collective gift guide. Buy presents: Check. (p.s. The elves put together a printable PDF for a wallet friendly list you can take with you.)

hot cocoa set

Hot chocolate ceramic pot and gold monogrammed stoneware mugs, williams-sonoma.com

Decorating for the holidays adds cheer to a home, and no matter if you buy or DIY, the December issue has fun new ideas to help gear up for a celebration. How cool are these personalized gingerbread houses?

gingerbread houses

Personalized gingerbread houses, redenvelope.com and llbean.com

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Have you enjoyed our holiday party posts so far? We have so much more to share with you! Last week, we talked all about the fireplace design in the rustic party space at Knoxville’s gorgeous Botanical Garden. This week, we’ll share our DIY project ideas for creating a perfect holiday table. Today, read on to find our top 8 tips to help you plan and create a table setting that sets a festive mood — without making you pull your hair out. But first, here’s a peek at the finished design:

Holiday Table Setting Ideas From HGTV and DIY Network

Let decorations do double (or triple!) duty. When we started planning a holiday celebration for the Design Happens and Made + Remade crews, we shied away from traditional colors. Why? Apart from the fact that we just wanted something a little bit different for our table design, using a plum and turquoise palette with lots of metallics makes these decorations feel perfectly appropriate from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Eve. One set of DIY projects for the whole season? Yes, please!

Holiday Table Setting Ideas From HGTV and DIY Network

Low centerpieces keep the conversation flowing. We chose a short-in-stature, tall-on-style centerpiece (how-to video coming to tomorrow’s Weekday Crafternoon!) made from a length of gutter and winter florals, plus a hanging branch centerpiece strung with dried cockscomb. That left eye level open, making it easier for guests to chat and enjoy the party.

More Holiday Table Setting Tips

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I love a party, so when I heard about the Design Happens/Made + Remade holiday party, I jumped at the chance to contribute. And I must say, the projects I made for this party are among some of the favorite things I’ve ever made, ever. To kick things off, my sights were set on the food table. I dusted off a wood burning tool and made this rustic modern cheese board — I don’t think I’ve used one of these tools since summer camp!

This cheese board is a simple afternoon project that you will use for Thanksgiving straight through to New Years Eve, and did I mention it also makes a lovely hostess gift?

Wood-Burned Cheese Board

Stick around, in the coming weeks I’ll show you how to top that board with the perfect cheeses, as well as gift wrap, entertaining, and holiday decorating ideas. It’s gonna be fun, y’all.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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By now you might have heard that the Design Happens crew has teamed up with DIY Network’s Made + Remade to host a handmade holiday party. You’re invited to follow along as we design the invitations, put together our moodboards, plan the menu and make the decorations. And of course, we’ll show you how to create it all in your home.

We’ve already shared our plans for the fireplace and mantel, bar area and main dining table. Now, back to that menu. The party space has a rustic vibe, so we chose casual recipes and in-season produce to match.

Holiday Food Table Ideas

We’ll start with a rustic tree backdrop (1) , then line the table with a wood-burned cheese board (2) , homemade lavash (3) and custom winter relishes (7). A DIY tablecloth made of metallic marbled fabric (4) is the base of the table. We’ll also serve sweet potato soup shooters (5) and a variety of savory galettes (6).

Holiday Dessert Table Ideas
For the dessert table, we went for a mix of refined and rustic. Here’s the plan:

Getting hungry yet? We’ll share the recipes and DIYs for the food and dessert table throughout the month.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Home for the Holidays - Holiday Party Planning SeriesHere at HGTV headquarters, we start to plan our winter holiday projects pretty much as soon as we get back from the previous year’s celebrations. Yes, really. As we go through the process, though, certain projects are a little closer to our hearts than others. You know what I’m talking about: That wreath or cake or centerpiece or vase that you *keep* repinning on Pinterest, peeking at in a months-old magazine, gawking at in your favorite retailer, or sketching out on a notepad while at a stoplight (okay, that could just be me.)

This season, we decided to team up with our friends over at DIY Network’s Made + Remade blog to bring those dream projects to life at a real holiday soiree. You’re invited to follow along with our party-planning process all month long, from the color inspiration to the moodboards to the DIY projects to the setup to the final celebration. Along the way, we’ll share tips and step-by-step photos to help you host your own shindig. Here’s a sneak peek of the party as it all came together:

Holiday Party Ideas From HGTV and DIY

Read on to see the colorful moodboard that kicked off our planning process. Later this week, come back to see our moodboards for the four separate areas of the party space.

HGTV and DIY Holiday Party

From the plum, deep turquoise, copper and cream palette, we drew the inspiration for the rest of the party. I can’t wait to show you the rest of our planning process!

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I love holidays. I love getting together with my family and decorating the Christmas tree, dying Easter eggs and, of course, eating as much turkey and cranberry sauce as is humanly possible (which is a lot). I even like Arbor Day – but then again, who doesn’t like a nice tree? Even with my love of holidays, one holiday I haven’t celebrated is National Nude Day, which just happens to be today. I feel like a Scrooge for having never acknowledged this holiday, and yet, I’m stuck. How can I honor this day, while also keeping my job? And then, it hit me. Let’s celebrate with the most gorgeous nudes of all, ahem, the color that is.

Nude Rooms
See even more classic nude rooms.

What’s your favorite neutral?

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Our HGTV Pinning Party on Pinterest was a blast last night!

Pinners mixed and mingled with editors, bloggers and specials guests Meg Caswell, Sabrina Soto, Britany Simon and Tyler Wisler, along with HGTVRemodels House Counselor Laurie March and DIYNetwork blogger Emily Winters.

We shared some of our best ideas for holiday decorating and entertaining. Here’s a digital album of highlights from the pinning party:

It was full of wonderful surprises, like a visit from HGTV celebrity Sabrina Soto.

HGTV Pinning Party celebrity guest Sabrina Soto chats with Pinterest pinners.

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Thanksgiving is a time when families come together. Inevitably, at some point during the big day, one of your relatives might bring up a debate point that could cause some contention – pumpkin pie or pecan pie. Don’t worry, the entertaining experts at HGTV.com are here to help. You can have the best of both worlds by cutting a big slice of pecan pie and pouring a Pumpkin Pie Martini. Recreate the classic pie in a martini glass with vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps and half-and-half.

Holiday Cocktails: Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Want more festive cocktails? From Sake Sangria to a Warm Apple Pie Cocktail, keep your guests entertained with spirited holiday cocktails and party drinks.

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Time to break out the matzoh — sundown marks the beginning of Passover. Are you hosting a Seder? I’ve seen some pretty table setting ideas on Pinterest, but one thing that really caught my eye was this mod, minimalist Seder plate on Etsy.

seder plate

You’d never know it, but this was made with a recycled oak wine barrel head. The elegant little ceramic bowls sit in grooves atop it for the six traditional, symbolic foods to retell the Passover story. Even if you don’t celebrate Passover, this would be a beautiful serving dish. But if you do, what a lovely centerpiece this would be. I may even be more excited about this plate than brisket and flourless chocolate cake. (Okay, not really, but it’s close.)

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On the ninth day of Christmas Daily Delights, I give to thee…NINE LADIES DANCING! (And: EIGHT MAIDS-A-MILKING, SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMINGSIX GEESE-A-LAYINGFIIIIIIVVVEEEEE GOOLLLDEENNNNN RIIIIINNNGSSSSFOUR CALLING BIRDSTHREE FRENCH HENSTWO TURTLE DOVES AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREEEEE!)

nine ladies dancing

Left column, top to bottom: Single Ladies, Ballerina Cookie Cutter, Art Deco Fashion Illustration, Folkdance Shopping Tote. Large image: Art Deco Dancing Flapper Ceramic Sculpture. Middle column, top to bottom: “Gladys” Hand-Stitched Pin-Up Art, Ballerina Wire Wall Sculpture. Right column, top to bottom: The Ballet of Mustache, Mark Shaw Editioned Photo “Chicken Ballerina”-ca. 1950.

It was tempting to post some Degas sculptures and posters and call it a day (I need extra time to find LORDS-A-LEAPING!), but since I’m sure you were expecting that, I found some more unusual choices. Maybe it’s not the most topical print anymore, but I was thrilled to see Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” dance moves immortalized on archival & acid-free paper. And how can the appeal of ballerinas with moustache tutus be denied? All these picks make me want to turn on Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and shake a tailfeather…is that wrong?

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On the eighth day of Christmas Daily Delights, I give to thee…EIGHT MAIDS-A-MILKING! (And: SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMINGSIX GEESE-A-LAYINGFIIIIIIVVVEEEEE GOOLLLDEENNNNN RIIIIINNNGSSSSFOUR CALLING BIRDSTHREE FRENCH HENSTWO TURTLE DOVES AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREEEEE!)

eight maids a milking

Clockwise from top left: Spode Blue Room Traditions Dinner Plate(s) Milkmaid, Milking Stoolixxi Contemporary Pixel Illustration of the ‘Milkmaid’Handstamped Cow on Milk Ad KnobCowhide Pillow Black & White, Blue Cow SoapHarold Import 82-234 Porcelain Cow Creamer 6 OzDiner White Cow Milk Bottle 12 oz.

I’m cheating a little on this one, since I only featured two actual maids (the plate and the pixel wall art of Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid”), but hey, you try finding some attractive milkmaid products! It’s a little ironic that I’m showcasing milk-centric items, considering I’m deathly allergic to milk in real life, but I suffer for my art. At least I am not allergic to those playful milking stools, thank goodness.

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On the seventh day of Christmas Daily Delights, I give to thee…SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING! (And: SIX GEESE-A-LAYINGFIIIIIIVVVEEEEE GOOLLLDEENNNNN RIIIIINNNGSSSSFOUR CALLING BIRDSTHREE FRENCH HENSTWO TURTLE DOVES AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREEEEE!)

seven swans a swimming image

Clockwise from top left: Swan Pedal Boat, Swans Black BowlA is For Art Nouveau Pillow with Double Swans, Black Swan Watering Bucket, Swan Egg Cup, Black Swan Decoration.

Swans are iconic in mythology and even on film, from Black Swan to Bella Swan — and who could forget this Billy Madison shout-out? In many cases, they’re both beautiful and tragic (see also: Bjork’s infamous red-carpet swan song), but these design picks only emphasize their grace. I almost went with the classic Swan Chair, but because I wanted a nod to the “a-swimming” in the lyric, I included a swan-shaped pedal boat instead. I may be just an Ugly Duckling without $2,754 and a private lake to tool around on, but far be it from me to deny you, dear readers. ;-P

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On the fifth day of Christmas Daily Delights, I give to thee…FIIIIIIVVVEEEEE GOOLLLDEENNNNN RIIIIINNNGSSSS!!!!! (And: FOUR CALLING BIRDS, THREE FRENCH HENS, TWO TURTLE DOVES AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREEEEE!) This is my very favorite part of the song, because even people who weren’t singing the carol before jump in just for this line. (On some VH1 “I Love the 80s” special, a comedian cracked that the whole point of R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” is so that groups of frat boys can sing “LEONARD BERNSTEIN!” in unison, and that’s kind of how I feel about this part of the 12 Days. It’s the fun “LEONARD BERNSTEIN!” part.)

five golden rings finalClockwise from top left: Sun Brass Trivet, Aura Shower Curtain RingsGolden Light Cyclos Wallpaper, Gold Leaf Convex Wall Mirror Set, “Golden Circles” Fireplace Screen

I read that the five golden rings lyric actually refers to birds again (like ring-necked pheasants), but we’ve already covered birds exhaustively I feel, so let’s move on, shall we? I’ve gathered a little assortment of ringed wonders here that are sure to be more well-received than any feathered creature, and while I’m not-so-secretly hoping for a golden ring that I can wear on my finger from my true love soon, I’d also take the gorgeous trivet in the top left corner. Which “ring” is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!

 

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