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Holiday Decorating, Easy Recipes & DIY Ideas With Debi Lilly by Donna John

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Holiday Decorating, Easy Recipes & DIY Ideas With Debi Lilly

Holiday season is officially here! And that means it's time for holiday decorating, festive parties and time spent with family cozied up by the fire. During a #30Seconds Twitter Chat, we talked with our very own 30Seconds contributor Debi Lilly. Debi is CEO and founder of A Perfect Event and an extraordinary event planner. Read on for her fabulous holiday ideas.

Q: What are the season’s top holiday décor trends?

  • Soft, neutral palettes are white hot – a nod to “Scandi Style” – Ikea/Scandinavian modern minimalism.
  • Mixed metallics – from gold to copper to silver – mixed together add instant sparkle and shine. 
  • Organic, natural blooming gardens with long-lasting, low money plants grouped together create big wow focal points.

Q: What are fast and easy DIY tips and tricks for easy entertaining?

  • I love setting tasting bars, “set it ‘n’ forget it” style, so you can relax and enjoy the party and your friends and family.
  • Chill bottles of prosecco, wine, sparkling waters or premix cocktails in large pitchers for self-serve in style.
  • Appetizers for noshing, salads and meats for entrée, sweets for dessert that look and taste delish.

Q: Any time-saving tips for setting the holiday table?

  • I’m obsessed with wrapping paper runners down the table – so fast and fun!
  • Candles create instant winter warmth – and then just need hints of floral for a pop of color.
  • Love elegant details like rosemary and cinnamon folded in napkins. Perfect for the kids – always get them involved!

Q: Straight from your recent culinary training in Paris, what are your favorite new holiday recipes?

  • Obsessed with boozy shakes (strawberry vodka milkshakes) with gingerbread cookie babies tied with twine.
  • Endive + herbed goat cheese + pastrami smoked salmon + herb = no cook and delicious!
  • Chicken fingers + waffle cones + thyme and rosemary served inside small juice glasses = epic.
  • Sliced pound cake + whipped cream + pomegranate seeds = fast, fab Pom Parfaits.

Q: What are some elegant, easy hostess gifts?

  • Love filling canning jars from the grocery store with Epsom salt, fresh herbs or citrus rinds in fave flavors for homemade gifts.
  • Same canning jars + favorite holiday cookies = a beautiful cookie jar. Top with our pattern papers on!
  • Long-lasting paperwhites or amaryllis bulbs bloom in four to six weeks, creating beauty plus holiday happiness.

Be sure to follow  @debililly and @aperfectevent, visit DebiLilly.comlike her on Facebook and check out her 30Seconds page!

Photos courtesy of Emilia Jane Photography, Roots of Life, and Amy Boyle.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Yaaaas! So excited to chat with you, Debi Lilly - my Christmas decor needs a refresh!!
Kelli Porcaro
Yay I missed the last couple of chats. Looking forward to this!! Missed this tribe! :)
Funderful love to get tips and ideas! Looking forward to joining in. Thank you.
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Yay, can't wait to see you tomorrow, Kelli Schulte and kymi! xo
Lori Leal
It's almost time! See you all tomorrow night, Putting the wine on my shopping list now. Cheers!
Looking forward to the chat! Tweet you later tonight :)
Yvonne Woodstock
I'll-be-there-as- @ EARTHANGEL2B
Carrie Beth
Awesome!! Tweet you soon Forever30ishMum
Dolores Hall
count me in @DaQueen_MrsDIVA
Bailey Paige Tate
Looking forward to this! Love Christmas love decorations! Just love it all!
sherry bracy
Cant Wait To Chat Again!! Looking Forward To The Tips! Yayyy! :) sherry bracy
Jeannie Greener
Can't wait to hear all of Debi's tricks and tips!
Can't wait to tweet at Christmas decorations! Especially since my family going to decorate my home for the holidays this weekend !! RSVP MrsTaylor2U
jennah jackson
Can't wait for tonight! jennah jackson 🤗🤗🤗
Amber Cheras
sounds like fun! rsvp shadow62310
diane conover
Trying to RSVP diane conover tweet ya all there
Looking forward to chatting with you wonderful ladies tonight!
Dr. Shayna Mancuso
15 minutes and counting ladies!!! 💃
Kim Kusiciel
Excited to joIn in on the fun!
Tiffany C
rsvp Tiffany C <3 #30secondmom chats

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