In addition to the table and chairs, bring a small, lightweight piece to use as a sideboard. A piece like this antique washstand, with a hallow interior, can also help with storing and transporting food and tableware. Wooden crates are also fantastic for this.
A centerpiece doesn't have to be a fussy (and expensive) floral arrangement. Fill a large shell, basket or silver bowl with mercury glass ornaments, sprigs of fresh greenery and some loosely-looped lengths of burlap ribbon. An arrangement like this is low, so guests can see over it to converse while eating. Design by Marian Parsons
Make mealtime a little easier on large or older dogs by turning an old stool, box or crate into a raised feeding station where food and water are within easy reach. This is also a great gift for anyone who treasures their pet. Make tails wag this holiday with our step-by-step instructions.
If your kitty goes gonzo for catnip (half of all cats do), treat them with a small, handmade toy to hold their stash. Scientists agree that smelling, rather than eating, catnip garners the biggest response but they still aren't sure what neurological reaction catnip triggers for sensitive cats. It's thought that it stimulates receptors in their brains that makes them feel initially energetic, playful and happy, then mellow and relaxed. Stitch up your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Add lots of textures to your outdoor space not only with plants and flowers, but by mixing woven furniture with wood, soft stitched quilts with hardwearing outdoor rugs. The play of textures adds lots of visual interest.
Add a natural touch to your mantel with a preserved or fresh topiary and wreath. They're easy to assemble and can be left plain or embellished with holiday ornaments and trim. An occasional misting with water will keep them hydrated and looking their best. Make your own with our boxwood wreath step-by-step instructions and boxwood topiaries step-by-step instructions
Handmade holiday decor are usually the pieces that become heirlooms. Make this simple and pretty decorative tray for fall with air-dry clay and some paint. It's a perfect craft for adult and kids alike.