Posts Tagged ‘decorating for the holidays’

Weekly Spotlight: Trimming the Tree with New Holiday Ornaments

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Handcarved Santa Wood OrnamentGlittered Santa Ornament SetDo you put your Christmas tree up immediately after Halloween, or wait until the turkey is carved and leftovers are stored away? No matter the timing, trimming the tree is always exciting, especially when you add new holiday ornaments.

Here are five of our favorite new ornaments – both from the pages of our catalog and exclusively on our website. Happy holidays!

Primitive Felt Stocking Ornaments

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa ornaments combine festivity with the comforting nostalgia of the season – especially when they are embellished with glitter and arrive as a set. These glittered Santas add a cohesive look to your Christmas tree, and twinkle among string lights and other holiday home accents. This wooden Santa is hand carved – no two are alike – by artist Les Smith, and adds a rustic, log cabin feel to your ornaments and decorations. It also makes a unique gift to bring to a holiday party.

Stockings Hung by the Chimney with Care

A primitive take on Christmas stockings, these felt ornaments feature a slender design and antiqued jingle bells. Made right here in Maine, you can place a piece of the Pine Tree State on your Christmas tree this year, give one of these ornaments as a gift to a party hostess, or even use to embellish a Christmas gift.

Folk Art Festive Moose OrnamentNathan Reindeer Costume OrnamentNot a Creature was Stirring

You may recall the George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other Bert Anderson folk art ornaments. This year, we are introducing his new folk art moose, featuring the whimsical twine arms and legs and a blue Christmas gift wrapped beautifully. This ornament makes a charming complement to your country home accents and rustic decor.

Also from a customer favorite artist, Nathan the Reindeer is a glittery holiday spectacle that adds childhood whimsy to your tree or festive holiday displays. The large candy cane adds a pop of color, as do the striking blue eyes of this character designed by artist Bethany Lowe (find more of her ornaments here).

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Thursday’s Theme: Table Decor for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Leaf Harvest Table RunnerThere are countless ways to style your table for Thanksgiving dinner – besides with what you’re cooking for food. Here we feature some of our standard recommendations for creating a beautifully decorated table that still has room for all of your delicious side and main dishes, no matter the size or space of the tabletop.


Tealights and votive candles are the perfect accents for creating a little mood lighting and adding a touch of elegance to any table. Scatter a few across the table just as they are, use fall-colored candles to add a warm look and/or incorporate them into other décor and centerpieces. Use your favorite scented candles for an inviting atmosphere or opt for flameless varieties so you can leave them lit without worry.

Garland and Wreaths

Long, lush festive garland looks beautiful when draped along a rectangular dining room table – especially when you add pumpkins, turkey figurines and other accents to it. However, if you have a smaller or round table, a small wreath or candle ring can step up the style while still leaving you plenty of room for food and guests.

Place Settings

We love the look of coordinating runners and placemats; they really bring the table together in warm, autumn style, and for family meals, when they are machine washable we love them even more! Whether you use a matching set or not, don’t underestimate the power of decorative (and usable!) plates and glassware. Choose a color scheme like warm reds, yellows and oranges; or use one color like silver, black or brown to make your centerpiece(s) really stand out, while still maintaining coordinating and decorative place settings. This includes festive linens too – for laying beautiful silverware on top of and catching crumbs during the meal.

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Holiday Decorating with a Red & White Theme at SYW

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Decorating for the holiday season means unpacking all of those boxes of ornaments, accents and decorative sculptures that have been tucked away since last year, waiting patiently to shine on display once more. Many people decorate with different themes in their homes, be it certain color combinations, types of sculptures such as all snowmen or all penguins, or the like. Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we aim to make decorating your home as easy as possible, and have compiled some of our favorite decorating themes for you to gather inspiration from. Today we are featuring a red and white theme. A classic, as sweet as peppermint decorating choice that works year after year.

Red and White Lighting

Red is a warm, emotional color whereas white is an innocent and simple color. Perhaps the combination of these two is what truly makes the contrast so enjoyable.  Here we feature very easy ways to incorporate red and white colors into your home decor this year, starting with lighting options. For flame-free, smoke-free lighting, try our Scented Forever Candle, in the Pomegranate scent and red color, or choose white, with a vanilla scent. Or, try our set of two Lighted Cardinal Glass Jars. Crackled glass and painted features make for magical lighting.

Pomegranate Scented Forever Pillar
Set of Two Cardinal Glass Lights

Peppermints Collection Storage Peppermint Accents

Peppermint may be the most popular treat during the holiday season. A candy cane slowly melting in hot chocolate, a swirl of white and red sweetness with the familiar scent of peppermint. Have your fill of peppermint, without the sugar, with our collection of red and white striped items. Here we feature our Peppermints Collection, to store all of your baking supplies in the kitchen, and other items, too! Store your salt and pepper in the Peppermint Salt and Pepper Shakers all season long for added festivity.

Peppermint Salt and Pepper Shakers

Red & White for Dining and Living Rooms

You have carried the theme throughout the house, but how about your dining room table? Enhance the look of the red and white contrast by using our Believe Table Runner, or the Felt Star Runner on your table or mantel space all season long. Comfortable wool chair pads like our Snowflake Hooked Wool option, offer sturdy seating with red and white charm.

Believe Table Runner
Snowflake Hooked Wool Chair Pad Felt Star Table Runner

Mini Chenille Candy Canes Bring It All Together on Your Holiday Tree

Nothing says the holidays more than a fresh evergreen tree adding a wonderful scent to your home all season long. Decorate that tree in tune with the rest of the red and white decorations around the house. Start simple with our set of two Crochet and Burgundy Glass Ornaments, and enhance the theme with our set of 12 Mini Chenille Candy Canes. The red and white Felt Pinecone Snowman Ornament will add a touch of whimsical charm. Any of these items would also make fantastic gifts!

Red Felt Pinecone Snowman Ornament

How do you like to decorate for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

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