Holiday Decorating Book Reviews

Holiday Decorating Book Reviews
If you need ideas for your holiday decorating this year, here are some books from Oxmoor House that make it so easy.

"Christmas with Southern Living"

A must-have, this features decorations and gift ideas along with great menus and recipes. This title covers every type of theme and decorating style from the totally natural to the sophisticated. This devotes sections to all kinds of decorations or areas of the home. There are chapters devoted to wreaths, garlands, mantles, and doors. There are even arrangements for dining chairs and napkins.

This displays every imaginable kind of decoration. Examples include urns filled with berried stems for use outdoors or indoors. This also shows how to create distinctive table settings. These display every type of plant materials from fresh flowers and fruits to berried stems, nuts and seed pods, moss, twig balls, and other items.

The delightful pumpkin project can be used from fall through Christmas. Just exchange the fall foliage in the urn for some holiday greenery.

These decorations are arranged by theme. Just pick one that suits you, and follow the easy examples. For holiday entertaining and dining, there are centerpieces featuring fresh flowers, fruits, berries, and greenery. There are also delightful mum balls. Replace those ho-hum place cards with delightful mini boxes filled with holiday greenery.

The living wreath project will delight the hearts of gardeners. This has seasonal flowering plants, such as pansies.

"Southern Living Christmas Cookbook-All-New Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Guide"

With over 400 delicious recipes, this is intended primarily as a cookbook. However, it contains so many examples of holiday decorating that it is a must-have. Of the 250 color photos, many of these will appeal to gardeners.

Throughout the book are decorating ideas you can use for those holiday parties and get-togethers you’re planning. The table settings and table décor are just exquisite. The examples include everything from centerpieces to place settings using plant materials, such as sprigs of rosemary.

All of the floral arrangements are incredible. Some of the featured flowers include cut poinsettias, roses, euphorbia, star of Bethlehem, lilies, amaryllis, and white tulips. Greenery, such as holly, also plays a prominent role in these table decorations. Pine cones also appear as well.

In addition, fruits of all sorts can be found here. These include gorgeous hypericum berries, apples, and many kinds of citrus. In some examples, apples are used instead of vases for flowerss. Flowering potted plants are also used in these examples for table décor.

In a number of the examples, flowers, berries, and/or greenery are used as napkin holders, place card holders, and table decor.

"Christmas All Through the House"

By Gooseberry Patch, this collectors’ edition features over 200 simple and easy craft and decorating ideas along with over 400 delicious recipes. Some of the projects, such as the paperwhite garden kit, are suitable as gifts. This book truly lives up to its name.

As with all of the Gooseberry Patch books, this is beautifully illustrated with color photos and signature line art for which the authors are so well known.

Presenting all sorts of decorating themes, many of these projects use either plant or garden related materials, or are embellished with motifs from nature. Among the most spectacular projects are monogrammed wreaths made of holiday greenery. The authors explain how to create your personalized monogram.

This has ideas for table décor and entertaining, including wreaths of greenery for dining chairs. There are also throw pillows, basket liners, Christmas tree stands, and Christmas tree decorations of all kinds. Gardeners will really love the painted flower pots and painted buckets. This also shows how to add holiday touches to houseplants.

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