5 ways to decorate your porch for the holidays

 directional lighting

Decorating for the holiday season is an incredibly exciting way to embellish your stylish taste in home decor. So, when you’re preparing your setup of unique, festive touches, don’t forget to deck out your front porch in order to really make it feel like a home for the holidays. Shake things up by mixing in a few natural elements in with your lighthearted, jolly Christmas accents and make the front of your home is a heartwarming invitation for all your joyous guests. That being said, you have the rest of December to take advantage of these decorating tips and to let the holiday cheer spill out of your home by making your front porch extra merry and bright.

Decorate an outdoor Christmas tree

Although your holiday resources, such as ornaments and tinsel, are most likely all used up after decorating your meticulous, indoor Christmas tree, if you have any left over, a second tree on your front porch would be an easy way to embellish the outdoor of your home. Not only does an outdoor Christmas tree curb the appeal of twinkling lights, but it also adds to the festive spirit and draws attention to your beautifully decorated home.

Now, if you don’t want the hassle of dragging out a secondary tree, perhaps consider decorating the trees directly in front of your porch instead in order to provide a contrasting balance of lights and decorations.

Use symmetry to your advantage

To achieve an element of cohesive style, decorate your porch considering the use of symmetry. Match the wreaths and garlands on each side so that spectators can easily follow a visual pathway through your outdoor design.

Fill the outside of your home with warm lighting

Directional lighting is one of the best additions that you can add to any outdoor illumination project. You can use it as a way to direct light from your home into the darker corners of your property or simply allow it to up light a garden feature. Directional lighting would work well to highlight all of your Christmas decorations that you have spread across your porch and lawn. While path and area lighting would also be a good addition to brighten up your outdoor walkways. After all, how are your guests supposed to make their way to your beautifully illuminated porch if they can’t see where they are stepping in the first place. Outdoor lighting plays a huge role in decorating for the upcoming winter season and for the holidays.

Get crafty with your decor

A decorative lantern can serve as a perfect centerpiece to your outdoor porch decor. Fill the lantern(s) with some shiny ornaments and bulbs and top it off with a little greenery, a bow or some ribbons. This is a fun, easy and unique way to add a pop of cheer to your front door.

Wrap Christmas lights tastefully

Swaddle your porch with some added Christmas glee when you wrap Christmas lights around the banister or the outline of your front door and windows. Not only does it provide an aesthetic visual framework, but it also lights up your outdoor area so it can be seen from further away. How cool is that?

How do you plan to use Christmas decorations and directional lighting to dress up your front porch for the holidays? Tell us in the comments section below.

Enjoy The Holidays Outdoors

Enjoy The Holidays Outdoors

Holiday celebrations are as varied and unique as the families that celebrate them. Whether you and your family want to enjoy hot cocoa on the patio or roast marshmallows around your fire pit, there are a number ways to celebrate the festive season outdoors. From decoration suggestions to party ideas, here is a list of ways to enjoy the holidays outdoors.

Outdoor Decorating Together

It is always fun and festive to decorate your lawn for the holidays. This year, try making special handmade ornaments with your family and displaying them on a tree or bush outside your house on Christmas Eve. For those with little ones, your ornaments can display holiday messages for Santa. Be sure to use well lighting to create a stunning visual that will accentuate your handcrafted decorations.

Outdoor Patio Gathering

After your festive dinner, your family can meet on the patio for hot drinks and snacks while the little ones play outside. Use a combination of warm decorative white lights and inviting patio lighting to make your patio feel like a Winter Wonderland.

Christmas Film Festival

One creative way to celebrate the holidays outdoors is to hold a Christmas film festival in your yard. You do not need a giant movie screen; simply hang a white bed sheet and connect a projector to your TV or computer. Some great movie choices include It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street, along with any of your holiday favorites.

Stories Around the Fire Pit

Instead of a traditional campfire tale why not read a classic Christmas Story to your guests around the fire pit? Whether you choose Twas the Night Before Christmas or A Child’s Christmas in Wales, there is nothing like a fantastic Christmas story to get people in the spirit of the season. Set up a small picnic table of snacks and drinks for your guest to enjoy as well. Use floodlights and path lights so your guests can navigate to your property during your celebration.

Dinner Outdoors

If you happen to be celebrating the holidays in a warmer climate, why not enjoy your holiday meal outdoors? Simply set up a large table on your deck or patio and adorn it with holiday decorations and centerpieces. Be sure to use flameless candles and patio lights to show off your decorations. And if you happen to have an outdoor kitchen, be sure to utilize it during your outdoor holiday celebration.

Other Ways to Enjoy The Holidays Outdoors

  • Viewing your neighbor’s Christmas light displays with your family and friends.
  • Hiding a special Christmas present from Santa outside. This works best if it is an outdoor gift such as a sled or a pair of skis.
  • Having a snowball fight or a snowman making contest on Christmas Eve. The winner gets to open a Christmas present early.
  • Sledding or ice skating

Will you be celebrating the holiday outside this year? Tell us about how you plan to enjoy the festive season outdoors in the comment section.

Staying Safe With Your Holiday Landscape Lighting

It may be Spring but are you ready to climb up into the attic and dig around for those ‘ol holiday lights to decorate your home and yard for another festive season? It’s never too early to prepare for the holidays. The holidays are a time to impress the neighbors, look at your landscape with pride, and experience the happiness and joy that accompanies the holidays.

Do you adorn your landscape with lighting? Whether you desire to add a few twinkling lights, or you are the envy of the block, any lighting addition will help to brighten up your landscape and contribute to the holiday cheer.

But wait.  How old are those holiday lights?  And when was the last time you did a test to make sure the lights were working properly? It is important to check your lighting before using them.  Before conducting a test run, check for frayed or twisted cords and broken bulbs and make sure there is no moisture that might have accumulated inside the bulbs.

If you used the same holiday string of lights for a few years, it is a good idea to replace them. It may not be worth the risk.

First and foremost, when selecting new outdoor lighting, make sure they are weather resistant, and don’t plug too many lights into one extension cord.  A weather resistant electrical strip strategically placed away from the elements of Mother Nature would be a safer option.

Have you ever considered solar for your holiday lighting? This is not only a safer alternative, but it is also a more energy-efficient way to decorate your home with colorful lighting. Most solar lighting does not require any type of wiring making it a safer set up, and the use of long extension cords is obsolete for solar outdoor lighting.

Solar lights can be used in a broad range of climates, though the best usage occurs in warmer areas where the sun is out even in the winter months. The solar lights use batteries to store the solar energy and house a sensor that turns the lights on after dusk, so a timer is not necessary. For holiday solar lighting you can also opt for LED bulbs.  They traditionally last 10 times longer. Because of our energy-conscious society, solar lighting has become more and more popular, so your holiday decorating options are more plentiful and cost effective.

In addition to the traditional walk way solar lights, use strings of tree-light type lanterns. Be creative in your design concepts and make your home festive while being safe.

Whether you decide to use traditional lighting or solar lighting or a mixture of both for your decorations, be sure to prioritize safety and you’ll have peace of mind throughout the holiday season.