Sunday, July 25, 2010

Book Review: Victoria 500 Christmas Ideas: Celebrate the Season in Splendor by Kimberly Meisner

✰✰✰ Every page of this festive book includes a gorgeous full-color photo of the ideas being highlighted. You'll find suggestions for sparkly ornaments as well as decorations inspired by nature. There are ideas for decorating the inside the home as well as the outside. Additionally, there are tips for decorating with trees, candles, and flowers as well as table top suggestions and party favors for hosting the perfect dinner party.

Besides the introduction and the detailed index, this book is divided into five sections: Home for Christmas; All the Trimmings: Festive Gatherings; Traditions and Crafts; and The Christmas Pantry. While there are no extensive projects included, there are a few "mini" projects that are simple enough for anyone to do. On the other hand, the book includes an assortment of holiday recipes for both sweet and savory treats; these recipes do require some previous baking experience.

The Bottom Line:
With over 500 colorful photographs that correspond to the tips, this guide to Christmas decorating ideas is sure to elevate your holiday spirit and bring sparkle to your home. There are plenty of traditional ideas, and it's so much fun leaf through the pages. Just pick your favorite examples and replicate in your own home. Recommended for anyone interested in examples of holiday decorating. It's a useful book that will look great on your coffee table.

Victoria 500 Christmas Ideas: Celebrate the Season in Splendor by Kimberly Meisner. Hardcover edition published by hearst Books in 2009. 480 pages. ISBN: 978-1-58816-766-8

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