Easy & Green Holiday Décor

rafanelli_apple.jpgLast week I had the pleasure of attending another media luncheon hosted by Stop & Shop, and in addition to chatting about holiday survival tips with Stop & Shop, event planning guru Bryan Rafanelli offered some fabulously chic yet inexpensive holiday décor ideas. These three green ideas were my favorites:
1. Apple Décor

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This idea is absurdly easy yet looks so elegant for the table or mantle. Tie a ribbon (in both directions, and form a bow tie on top) around red apples. (Bryan used ¼ inch satin, which is inexpensive and available at local craft stores.) If you want to use the apples for place settings, attach name tags to a toothpick using a glue gun or piece of tape, then pierce the toothpick into the top of the apple, as shown.

2. Green Garland


I really loved how natural and beautiful this garland looked, and thought the use of unexpected materials was so clever. String radishes and brussel sprouts using a sharp, strong needle. I recommend using clear plastic thread or fishing line; it won’t show up, plus you won’t have to worry about cotton fibers inside the radishes and brussel sprouts when you eat the veggies later.

3. Organica


These centerpieces were so pretty. Fill glass cylinder vases with nuts or lentils and – similar to the apple décor concept above – top with an orange tied with a ribbon. Attach a single orchid bloom to each orange if you want to fancy it up (but still on a budget; you only need one bunch of flowers since each orange requires a single bloom).

Image credits: Steve Meyer Photography