Bold, Colorful Ideas for Non-Traditional Holiday Decor
Ditch the classic red and green for something a little more fun.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:54 AM
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I’m always looking to make things more colorful, especially around the holidays. In a bold, primary palette, I’ve rethought the best in decorations and Christmas vibes. From custom napkins to bright garlands—it’s time to make this season pop.
Holiday Crackers, Meri Meri, from $13
Christmas crackers are a McNeer family tradition, and this modern take goes with any tablescape.
Deluxe Surprise Ball by TOPS Malibu, Domino, $18.99
I always get oranges in my stocking, and these surprise balls are a total upgrade to regular fruit; set them out in a bowl to have on hand for guests.
White Painted Tree Topper, Tictail, $36
The lines of this tree topper are so elegant.
Tea Towel by Sugy, Wilder, $23
I like to tell a color story with my tea towels; this one does double duty for Chrismukkah.
Mini Disco Ball Mirror, Party City, $4.99
I always bring a disco ball and ribbon with me on NYE to do my own ball drop.
Marigold Garland, Cargo Inc., $18
This garland adds some unexpected florals to a Christmas tree (then hang over a doorway to usher in a creative New Year).
Math Class Nap Pillow, Sully String, $150
A party in a pillow in the ultimate festive red.
Garden Solar Magic Globe by Smart Solar, Jet.com, $50
Whether set to one color or cycling through the spectrum, I love how this globe lights up the room.
Ontwerpduo Tallow Candle by Future and Found, Trouva, $24
This candle has such a classic night-before-Christmas-throw-open-the-sashes vibe.
Document the holiday season with disposable cameras…
Colorful 20 Photos Album Collection by Photograph, Amazon, $35
…and then put the printed photos in this chic album as an autobiographical coffee table book.
Hangit Photo Display by Umbra, Domino, $19.99
Display cards or create your own advent calendar.
Custom Napkins, For Your Party, $70 for 50
These customized napkins have an interactive element and work for any occasion—pair them with green glasses for Christmas, confetti for NYE, and heart candy for Valentine’s Day.
The Confessions Game, the School of Life, $30
Set a card at everyone’s place with dessert and affogato to encourage a rousing post dinner conversation.
This story originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue under the headline Party Time Excellence.