Christmas in July: A Time to Plan a Theme

It is so hot outside that it’s hard to think about Christmas. Today I’m joining a group of my favorite bloggers, who are all sharing Christmas Inspiration and ideas hosted by Rachel from the Ponds FarmHouse.

If you are joining me from, Chas, I’m so glad you stopped by. She has so many creative ideas, and they are things I actually feel like I could make. I loved the idea of ornaments for the porch. Be sure to join all the participants by clicking at the end of this post.

Before you know it Christmas will be here, so take a look and see if anything gives you some ideas for this year. If it’s too soon for you, it’s still something you can do in the coolness of the indoors.

Three Things I Decorate

I am not the kind of person who decorates all the rooms in my house. I don’t have the space to store a lot of decorations so I like to limit my Christmas decorations to the Christmas tree, the mantel and my dining room.

Getting these three things done each year makes the house feel like it’s the holidays. Limiting my decorations allows me to choose a different theme each year, which helps make each one a little more memorable.

Here’s a look at a few of the themes from my Christmas Past plus a taste of what I’m thinking about doing this year. This year involves the pets in our life.

Past Christmas Themes

For my tree I have tried a few different themes. These are a few from the last few years. This tree is mostly decorated with ornaments from my childhood.

Cottage Chirstmas tree

This is the year Star Wars was big in our house, so I made a bunch of Star Wars ornaments to go with it.

Star Wars Tree

Another year I had a simple tree with just ribbons and a salt dough star garland. I had just discovered that salt dough ornaments could be reused every year.

ribbon tree

My favorite mantel from the past was the year that I made a magnolia garland. I really wanted to buy one, but they are so expensive. And I love to use this Christmas card holder every year (an easy DIY project)

Past Christmas Tables

The tables are challenging because I don’t have a lot of dishes, so it’s harder to do a different theme every time. My most recent one was the most different, it was a dark moody Christmas table.

black holiday table

I’ve also done the opposite, using mostly white for Christmas dining.

white Chrismtas table

I hope you enjoyed all of these Christmas decorations from the past. This year I’ll be trying a new theme. Here’s a hint (it’s full of dog ornaments).

Christmas in July

Join the Christmas In July Blog Hop for more holiday inspiration. To follow along, click the highlighted blog name. Next up is Kelly at The Tattered Pew. You are going to love seeing her gorgeous home in Colorado.

The Ponds Farmhouse / Cottage on Bunker Hill / Chas’ Crazy Creations

Design Morsels (you are here) / The Tattered Pew / White Arrows Home

Midwest Life and Style / Bricks N Blooms / Simply 2 Moms

Shiplap & Shells / Down Shiloh Road / Country Road 407

Celebrate & Decorate / WM Design House / Peacock Ridge Farm

Robyn’s French Nest / Life At Bella Terra

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  1. Andrea,
    Perfect. Thanks for sharing your great tips and ideas for planning Christmas themes. I appreciate you for participating today.

  2. Andrea, I just love that Star Wars tree and those hand-made ornaments~so very clever! I love your plaid and poodle theme? I cannot wait to see what you do with that. So fun hopping with you, my friend!

  3. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says:

    I love your decorations and I think it’s just the right amount. I used to go overboard on the decorating every year because the kids liked it. Now that they are grown and gone, I do what I want and it’s not dragging all the bins out only to put them up in a month or so. Enjoyed hopping with you today. 🙂

  4. I was just thinking about my Christmas theme this morning!! You’re so right about needing to plan early! Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Thanks for all of these planning tips! So helpful and loved seeing your past decorating.

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