I love decorating for the fall and winter holidays, but buying new things for each occasion can get expensive. I am excited when I find something that can work several different ways. One great piece to have is a large glass hurricane candle holder for your dining table. Look around (Pottery Barn) and find one with a glass or metal insert for the candle, so that you can use the bottom for displaying fun holiday related items.
If you used your glass hurricane as a Halloween candy corn holder, it’s time to take out the candy corn and throw it away. It’s been in there a month, so I wouldn’t recommend eating it. Put tiny artificial pumpkins and/or pine cones in the bottom of the hurricane. These are cheap and easy to find (Pier 1, Target). I like a deep orange candle for this look. You can keep out the chalkboard table runner and have each family member write down things they are thankful for. Artificial leaves in fall colors, some glass gems (google “table scatter” and you will be richly rewarded) and a few of those little pumpkins left over from Halloween complete your harvest table.
I think living in the South makes me crave snow, as I so rarely get to see it. So for my own take on a white Christmas, I put fake snow in the bottom of my hurricane in December. There are so many options for a holiday candle. I love doing a glittery red or candy cane stripe. The chalkboard runner makes a dramatic background for lots more fake snow and fake crystal snowflakes. I like to lay red and silver garland beads on the runner as well. Very small red and silver glass ball ornaments look fun too. Merry Christmas!
This is a fun holiday to celebrate as we ring in the New Year. I like to put small silver bells (ringing in the new year, get it?) in the bottom of the hurricane and add glittery, frosted tree branches sticking out from the top. This way, not only can you celebrate new beginnings, but also the remainder of winter weather. Change out the chalkboard table runner for a mirrored one and toss a smattering of snowflakes along with clear stones for a dramatic look that will brighten those gloomy winter days!
I could go on and on through the year: conversation hearts at Valentines or little candy eggs at Easter. A trip to Walmart or Hobby Lobby should provide lots of inspiration!