Mix Traditional With Modern
If you don’t want to mess with the traditional red and green color combination, but want to mix in something new, add some metallic accents (like the candleholders and gold deer accents on the mantel pictured) for a modern look. This year, Target is making it easier for you to trim the tree with Wondershop, a one-stop shop with decorative items like ornaments, mantel accents, and more.
To buy: Wreath with ornaments, $30, target.com. Tree with Ornaments, $20, target.com. Birch Wood Tree, $20, target.com. Gold Moose Figural, $20, target.com. Dark Wood/Gold Candlestick, $25, target.com. Red Knit Fair Isle Christmas Stocking, $13, target.com. Moose Throw Pillow with Red Stitching, $25, target.com. Red Leather Stitch Bench, $100, target.com. Plaid Tassel Throw Blanket, $30, target.com.
Dress Up Your Bar Cart
Don’t forget about this spot—guests will be congregating around it at your cocktail party. If you already have a bar cart, put some ornaments, garlands, or fake Christmas trees on display to make it more festive. Metallic accents like cups, bar tools, and wine chillers also make for a shimmering display.
To buy: Marble & Gold Barware Tool Set, $30, target.com. Marble and Chrome Bar Cart, $130, target.com. Hammered Wine Chiller, $20, target.com. Copper Moscow Mule Mug, $10, target.com. Wire Tower Figurine, $20, target.com. White Crane Snowglobe, $13, target.com.
Create a Tabletop Vignette
This is a great solution if you don’t want to put up a tree this year (or if you’re dealing with a small space). Clear out an accent or side table and place your favorite holiday items on it. Add greenery, candles, and even display Christmas cards on the surface.
To buy: Marble Tree Figurine, $19, target.com. Birch Bark Pillar Candle Holder, $15, target.com. Cylinder Glass Vase, $8, target.com. Lanham Marble/Wood Medium Square, $130, target.com.
Change Up the Palette
Surprise guests with an unexpected color palette. This wintry modern combination of blues, grays, and white means you can keep these cozy pieces out past December 25th.
To buy: Faux Fur Stool, $70, target.com. Oversized Faux-fur Pillow, $35, target.com. Pom Pom Garland, $13, target.com. Origami Snowflake Pillow, $25, target.com.
Decorative trays do double-duty—they not only help set the scene, but they also encourage guests to serve themselves to whatever treats or drinks you've placed on them. Keep a few on hand for your holiday party buffet table, or even your coffee table.
To buy: Long Decorative Tray, $25, target.com. Noel Melamine Appetizer Plate, $8, target.com. Hammered Oval Serving Platter, $15, target.com. Wood & Copper Star Tray, $35, target.com. Antler Tray, $20, target.com. Hammered Round Serving Tray, $10, target.com.
Hang Up Some Oversized Ornaments
Rather than use a bunch of smaller ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree this year, make a modern, whimsical statement with oversized alternatives. You’ll need fewer ornaments if they’re larger, and it will probably take you less time to trim the tree this year.
To buy: Lit Gold Dew Drop Star Topper, $25, target.com. Large Glitter Shape Christmas Ornament, $3, target.com. Winter Foiled Pattern Ball Christmas Ornament, $3, target.com. Ribbed Glitter Ball Christmas Ornament, $3, target.com. Sugar Paper Blush Gift Wrap Collection, $3-15, target.com. Tree Stump Accent Table, $80, target.com. Marble Tree Figurine, $20, target.com. Reindeer Figural, $20, target.com.
Use Everyday Dishes
You don’t have to buy new dishes, serving platters, and flatware to set the table for the holiday dinner. Make your everyday dishes, flatware, and glassware feel celebratory by weaving in some festive napkin rings, placemats, and greenery.
To buy: Hammered Round Serving Tray, $30, target.com. Salt and Pepper Shaker Set, $15, target.com. Gravy Boat, $10, target.com. White Metallic Chindi Placemat, $5, target.com. Coupe Dinnerware Set, $50, target.com. Izon Flatware Set, $20, target.com. Light Silver Jingle Bell Napkin Rings, $10, target.com. Brown Linen Lurex Light Napkin, $10, target.com.