Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
While we all want to infuse a little holiday cheer into our homes, we don't always want to spend a fortune or an entire weekend doing it. Some years we go all out on the decorating front, and others we stay quiet and subdued. Often, this is situational: Some of us live in studio apartments with no shadow of a space for a Christmas tree, and some are not even home for the holidays. Others are spending their first holiday at home with their S.O. or gearing up for their newborn's first Christmas—an event that can trigger decorating frenzy.
Because our decorating endeavors often correlate with our lifestyle, we packaged four ways to deck the halls for all budgets and life stages. Are you looking to add a little cheer to your first apartment? Are you hosting your in-laws for the first time? Are you looking to make your baby's first Christmas unforgettable? We've got you covered with how to decorate for every budget.
For Your First Apartment: Under $150
When working with a small budget or a small space, skip the tree and focus on a statement garland instead. Hang it above the mantel or above a console or dresser, and adorn it with a few ornaments. A Christmas stocking and a wreath on the front door will complete the look.
Total Spent: $144
For a Christmas for Two: Under $250
If you're decorating your first tree, keep it minimal with string lights and paper garlands. Buy colored baubles in bulk to fill up the tree and focus on a few statement ornaments. Keep your front door minimal with a white snowball wreath. Next year, you'll already have a good base of ornaments to work with.
Total Spent: $210
For Your Baby's First Christmas: Under $500
Focus on little luxuries that will make your home feel extra special this holiday. A fresh Eucalyptus wreath smells great and will set the tone for your home. Inside, have fun with quirky ornaments and trendy stockings, and finish off your holiday ambience with a luxe candle from Diptyque. The goal: heightening all senses.
Total Spent: $444
For Throwing a Big Holiday Party: Under $800
If you want to go all out this holiday season, focus on ornaments that will make a statement. Choose an unusual color palette or theme, and have fun with it. Choose one item to serve as the pièce de résistance for your holiday décor—like a bright Otomi tablecloth—and choose ornaments that will play off this statement piece.
Total Spent: $763