1. Add In Holly
Attach holly leaves to napkin rings. Add a garland as a runner and you’ve got a super easy, but totally festive, table.
2. Use A Ladder
Instead of opening a flimsy cardboard box, hang up a DIY Advent calendar on a ladder or the tree. Decorated muslin craft bags conceal treats, toys, and messages from Santa—and you can fill them again next year, too.
3. Layer, Layer, Layer
Decorate using objects of different height. Start by hanging oversized snowflakes, and building up the table with tall candlesticks. For the mantel, hang a garland made with olive branches.
4. Color Play
Opt for non-traditional colors. Instead of the typical red-and-green palette, mix metals with retro elements, like the pair of little gold votive lamps.
5. Make a Creative Advent Calendar
Turn a kitchen garland into a advent calendar. Attach a ribbon across it and then hang little tin containers labeled with the day of the month and fill them with treats. Now that’s our kind of giving tree.