Enhance your holiday decorating and entertaining this season by re-thinking red! Our creative ideas take the classic Christmas colour and give tradition a twist! Keep it simple and chic by splashing red in your centerpieces, your floral arrangments, even your holiday wrapping. Create a warm and rosy ambiance at holiday get-togethers by adding red to your cocktails. So make spirits even brighter and rediscover red this season and spread the Christmas cheer.


Gifts are even more special when they arrive in a package created with care. Carry the red theme through your gift giving, mixing and matching paper and ribbon.Look for interesting boxes with unusual shapes and personalise gifts by attaching ornaments, faux jewels, glitter, candy or feathers.


Embrace a more contemporary interpretation of time-honoured seasonal elements. Group small glass candleholders together, float red roses in the centre and top with red candles to create a sleek, dining-table centrepiece.


Command attention without overstatement and add texture and dimension to your buffet or entrance table. Gather assorted glass cylinders, fill with water and tightly pack with red carnations. Cover vases with banana or palm leaves and adhere with double-sided tape. For added drama, fashion a lei by stringing carnations together. This will last well into the holidays.


Dig up the treasured family silver and pay homage to tradition. Old fashioned sterling-silver candleholders, vintage napkin rings and antique candy dishes evoke memories of the past and provide a rich and beautiful contrast to red. Add colour by decorating cadlesticks with faux flowers or berries. Using an oasis candleholder, fill wit your favourite red berries – red pepper berries, cranberries or holly and mix with greens or an artificial garland. Top with a red beeswax candle for a traditional look.


Take your holiday theme to the max by dressing up drinks with seasonal candies, Fill a silver punch bowl with crushed ice, display shot glasses, fill with peppermint schnapps and garnish with peppermint sticks.


Guests will love the dazzling effect of stacked cranberry ‘tinis on your bar. Jazz up your favourite martini recipe with a splash of cranberry juice and carefully stack the glasses into a striking pyramid shape.


Toast the holiday season emphatically and dramatically. Embellish champagne flutes with assorted red feathers (available in your local craft store). Make a cuff by sticking the feathers on red electrical tape and attach to the flute with craft glue. It’s a quick and inexpensive way to spread yuletide cheer.


Liven up ordinary ice cubes with cranberries for a splash of colour. Place single cranberries in an ice-cube tray and freeze to create a simple but festive holiday touch overnight.