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Southern Living Christmas at Home

Southern Living Christmas at Home

Southern Living Christmas at Home 2020
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In the South, Christmas means family—and elegant celebrations and traditions that create memories for a lifetime. In this special collector’s edition, our editors gather the best ideas for holiday decorating, from Christmas trees to wreaths and garland. We also share our secrets for setting an unforgettable table with recipes for all occasions, from casual brunch to Christmas Eve dinner.

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Meredith Corporation

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3 min.
sl holiday school

PARTY TRICKS Dress Up Your DIPS Simple styling tweaks to upgrade a veggie platter for any holiday party PANTRY STAPLES Puff Pastry Saves the Day Three fast and flavorful ways to show its creative versatility Cacio e Pepe Puffs Cut 2 thawed puff pastry sheets into 20 (2-inch) fluted rounds with a biscuit cutter. Brush rounds with extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, black pepper, and flaky sea salt. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped fresh chives and additional grated Parmesan. Cheesy Garlic-Herb-and-Ham Bites Cut 2 thawed puff pastry sheets into 20 (2-inch) rounds with a biscuit cutter. Brush rounds with melted butter. Spread with garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese (such as Boursin). Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes. Top with thin strips of prosciutto and chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley. Butternut Squash Triangles Brush 2 thawed puff pastry…

4 min.
garden delights


3 min.
bring out the china

1 The Place Setting “Picking a tablecloth in a rich hue is an easy way to make any pattern feel more festive,” advises Buffy, who set this scene in blue. She layered Royal Crown Derby’s Darley Abbey plates on top of inexpensive gold chargers from a crafts store. That extra hint of shimmer also helps the pastel plates pop off the darker tablecloth. To prevent this setting from feeling too fussy, she used pieces of mismatched silver-plated flatware. 2 The Centerpiece “I love to use poinsettias and amaryllis in colors other than predictable red,” says Buffy, who also incorporated white ranunculus, star of Bethlehem, and silver dollar eucalyptus into the cascading arrangement. You will need about 15 seasonal stems (roughly three of each type of flower plus five eucalyptus stems) snipped at various…

2 min.
time to twinkle

MIX-AND-MATCH PLAID ORNAMENTS For a festive, traditional feel that will stand the test of time, go all in on red. Include a lively mix of shapes, such as balls, teardrops, faux berries, and cardinals. To keep the look from being too one-note, add some gold balls and icicles. RIBBON ACCENTS Blend patterns and create a tree topper with a mix of red plaid ribbons. Continue the theme down the tree with cascading bows tied to branches or a garland. Tip: Wired ribbon is key; otherwise, the loops will lose their shape. GIFTS & WRAPPING PAPER Our stylists say the easiest way to elevate your holiday decor is to use coordinated ribbon and paper. FARMHOUSE STYLE ORNAMENTS Shades of blue, green, and silver—paired with natural accents like pinecones and twigs—form a relaxed and casual palette that works with a lot…

4 min.
right at home

It’s the morning after Thanksgiving and, for the Howards, Christmas starts now—not with stringing lights or hunting for the perfect tree (that will happen in a few days) but with John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together playing throughout the Jacksonville, Florida, home. “We listen to holiday music almost to the point of insanity; it’s nonstop,” interior designer Andrew Howard says of his family’s number one seasonal tradition. So when he designed a new home to share with his wife, Katie (a speech therapist), and sons Jack, 10, and Henry, 7, he made sure to include a whole-house speaker system. It’s just one of the many features he chose for the Cape Cod-style home that he and his wife designed from the ground up. “This wasn’t a house that I put…

3 min.
deck the halls

NATURAL SELECTION Your guide to six types of lasting greenery. The right seasonal foliage sets the tone for your celebrations. These simple decorating ideas can be done in less time than it takes to hang the stockings on the chimney with care. 1 EUCALYPTUS Silver dollar eucalyptus is a fragrant choice that looks more modern than fir or cedar. Best for: flower arrangements. We used it in a wreath, but it has a long life when kept in a vase of water. 2 CEDAR The natural oils and striking edges help give it staying power. Best for: just about anything, anywhere you decide to put it. Cedar’s dramatic draping effect is stunning, and it smells lovely. 3 BOXWOOD Forest green leaves and a compact form make it a favorite. Boxwood can easily last throughout the season. Best for: framing staircases,…