As the Christmas breeze sweeps through Jamaica, there's an excitement in the air that rivals few things – and one of the most anticipated events is undoubtedly Christmas dinner. As the host, ensuring perfection is key. While I won't be handing out culinary secrets, I'm here to sprinkle a bit of magic on your outdoor Christmas dinner decorations!
In last year's Christmas blog, I gave general tips for successfully hosting your Christmas dinner outdoors. I covered choosing the right space and furniture as well as protecting you and your guests from pesky mosquitoes. For this blog, the focus is on decorating tips to help you create a festive and welcoming outdoor space that captivates the spirit of the season.
Revitalize and Renew
In Jamaica, the Christmas season brings with it a sense of renewal. Many of us engage in home renovations and redecorations around this time, whether it's a fresh coat of paint or a complete remodel. Embrace this tradition by checking if any outdoor furniture or structures need repairing, refreshing, or replacing – and get it done pronto.
Wreaths with a Twist
Give your wreath a makeover with ribbons or a dusting of faux snow. Feeling adventurous? Try your hand at crafting a DIY palm leaf wreath to infuse a tropical twist into your decor. It's a unique touch that adds a bit of Jamaican flair to the traditional holiday wreath.
Luminous Elegance with Decorative Lighting
While the staple Jamaican Christmas decorations, pepper lights, are a must, consider elevating your lighting game with thematic lanterns. Local stores offer solar-powered options or those that require a lit candle. The latter provides a dreamy, intimate ambience, and, as a bonus, you can use mosquito-repellent candles for added comfort.
Plant Pots as Festive Accents
Embrace a charming trend by infusing Christmas spirit into your planters. Elevate them with seasonal colours, and motifs, or adorn the pots with ornaments, garlands, and lights. Smaller pots can even double as stunning centrepieces for your outdoor table setting, adding a touch of botanical elegance to your Christmas soirée.
As you prepare to host your outdoor Christmas dinner, remember that the decorations play a vital role in setting the mood. With these Christmas outdoor decor tips, you're well on your way to creating a festive and welcoming atmosphere that captures the true spirit of the season, Jamaican style. Check out our holiday guide and our Pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration.