Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bitches Deck the Halls

While it may be beginning to look a lot like Christmas, chances are your house may not be up to par quite yet. Us Bitches are busy as all hell, but have still made the effort to make the house look festive.

Who says you have to spend hundreds on inflatable Santas and eighteen-foot Christmas trees? Here are some of our tried-and-true ways of bringing the holidays to your house, Bitch-on-a-Budget style:

  1. Visit K-Mart on Astor place to pick up a few boxes of Christmas lights. White and colored lights are currently on sale for $2/box. Once you’re ready to get decorating, think outside the box in terms of placement and style- we don’t all have fences and trees in the suburbs, after all! Some of our favorite uses for Christmas lights include:

-Lining the inside of window frames

-Covering a mantle place or bookshelf

-Outlining a window ledge

-Wrapped around the railing of your fire escape

-“Exploding” out of a huge bowl or ceramic pot

2. Good old paper snowflakes have never been cheaper! Gather up a crew of your girls and spend an afternoon folding cutting white construction paper. A sprinkle of silver glitter turns these paper cut-outs into fabulous magical snowflakes.

3. Stir your hot chocolate (whether it’s Swiss Miss or Godiva) with a candy cane. Because it just tastes better.

4. Cheap white garland, hung on a mirror, reflects until infinity and makes everything look just a little prettier.

5. Go on a hunt for pine cones. Scour the nearby parks, craft stores, and kindergarten art classes for the biggest ones you can get. Spray paint them silver and put them in a jar.

6. If you’ve got the time, it doesn’t take much to make your own tree- albeit it may be more of the Charlie Brown variety. Gather several long branches (with lots of twigs to hang things on), and place in a tall vase or jar. Arrange so the twigs are self-supporting, and decorate with mini paper snowflakes, Christmas lights, or glass balls.

7. Place a few Christmas balls in a glass bowl. Embellish with a few sprigs of greenery or ribbon (if desired). Makes a great centerpiece on your coffee table or kitchen counter.

8. If you’re more fortunate with at-home houseplants than I am, you might have a few trees or assorted potted plants to decorate with ornaments, garland, and lights. If not, resort to #6.

9. Hang a wreath. It doesn’t have to be your mother’s standard evergreens with red velvet ribbon trimming. You can make your own from twigs, sticks, Christmas balls and twinkle lights… possibilities are endless.

10. Fill pretty glasses with marshmallows and sugar cubes, and stuff with candy canes. Looks waaaay fancier than it actually is, plus it’s yummy to snack on all day.

It's time to get crafty! Send us pics of your homes in all of their holiday glory at bbonabudget@gmail.com!

xo

B

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