Brighten up your home for the holidays with decorating tips from Austin experts

With fall temperatures here, it feels like the perfect time to spruce up the house for the holidays.

We get tips and tricks from the experts to create an inviting space in no time.

Tips for setting a party table from Camille Styles

  1. Create a canvas Dress the table with a linen tablecloth or runner to lay the foundation for everything that comes after.
  2. Dress the table with a linen tablecloth or runner to set the foundation for everything that comes after.
  3. Go Green A low evergreen garland in the center of the table gives the scene a natural, organic beauty, but doesn’t impede conversation like a large floral arrangement would.
  4. A low evergreen garland in the center of the table gives the scene a natural, organic beauty, but doesn’t block conversation like a large floral arrangement would.
  5. Light it up Now it’s time to light the twinkling candlelight that makes any dinner party setting special. Candlelight is the fastest and most affordable way to add a magical glow to any gathering.
  6. Now it’s time to jump into the twinkling candlelight that makes any dinner party setup special. Candlelight is the fastest, most affordable way to add a magical glow to any gathering.
  7. A place for everyone Taking a few minutes to write simple place cards is a festive table setting idea that goes a long way, but really couldn’t be easier.
  8. Taking a few minutes to write simple place cards is a festive table setting idea that goes a long way, but really couldn’t be easier.
  9. Choose a palette Christmas doesn’t have to be red and green – a palette of warm neutrals, natural greens and metallic accents can also create a festive look. Sturdy white plates, linen napkins and wooden-handled cutlery are classics, and handcrafted products like those from Casa Zuma can feel very special and meaningful.
  10. Christmas doesn’t have to be red and green – a palette of warm neutrals, natural greens and metallic accents can also create a festive look. Sturdy white plates, linen napkins and wooden-handled cutlery are classics, and handcrafted products like those from Casa Zuma can feel very special and meaningful.

Simply elevate your space with natural elements

  1. Greenery like wreaths, garlands, and the new Gracious Garlands drop-in bouquets are a great way to add fresh and fragrant Christmas decor to your home.
  2. You can add extra natural elements, such as a banana fiber vase, and give it a festive look with lights.

Build a cheese and charcuterie shelf for the holidays

It’s all about layers! Here’s Camille Styles’ foolproof checklist.

  1. Choose the right size plate for your guests
  2. Start with a variety of cheeses. For a smaller shelf, choose 1 soft cheese (goat, brie or blue) and 1 hard cheese (cheddar, manchego, parmesan). For a larger shelf, you’ll want to use 3 or 4 different textured cheeses.
  3. Fill holes in your plate with some pretty seasonal fruit, like grapes, figs, or pears, then add your meat, like prosciutto or salami.
  4. Add a few small bowls of salty or sweet items, such as nuts and olives.
  5. Add your crackers or French bread to serve the cheese on.
  6. Take your board to the next level with a few styling tips. Sprigs of rosemary around the holidays look really festive, and I always trim and crumble the ends of the cheese to keep it from looking too perfect and to encourage guests to dig right in.

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