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How To Decorate for the Holidays

December 11th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Lookout Point ChristmasJust in case you haven’t yet decorated for the holidays, I have five suggestions to help your home achieve Christmas cheer without making you crazy. Begin by getting out the décor that you already have in storage boxes.

1. Cull! Remove old, tired decorations and Christmas ornaments unless an item has a very special emotional bond for you. If it’s your Grandma’s homemade ornament, keep it and use it. Otherwise, discard/give away the stuff that has seen better days and do not repack to have to deal with next year. Tired wreaths with sagging bows do not create a welcome on your front door!

2. Organize and group items by themes, textures or colors. For example, gather your Santas together, the snowmen in a separate spot, all of your purple and white ornaments together, etc. Whatever you have in your collection of décor, separate and look at it carefully. Your collections have greater impact when grouped together, so give it a try.

3. Now decide the spots in your home that will really highlight your collections. Is it a mantle over the fireplace, the top of your china cabinet, a bookshelf, a tea cart, or a Christmas tree?

For example, on a mantle at the inn we grouped a couple of St. Nicks together with greenery and ornaments in coordinating colors that are happy with the art work already on the wall. It was so easy, and looks great.

4. Look for objects in your home to enhance your collection that are not holiday décor.  I gathered a collection of snowmen to place on top of a sofa table. A couple of the small, fabric snowmen were “squishy”, so they are now sitting in old-fashioned champagne glasses for a little elevation and quirkiness. Use colorful books or boxes to place under objects in order to provide a variety of heights and interest.

At the Inn, we placed several of our small vases used for weddings, and added them to the mantle and lobby table to complement the mardi-gras themed decorations this year. Jewel tones of purple, green, and blues are featured on the tree and throughout the inn.

5. To decorate the tree, a color scheme or theme makes this job easy. First place the lights. Decide on your color or theme, and then gather those from your stash. At the inn, we adjust or change the color scheme every year, adding a few new ornaments of varying sizes for interest. Don’t limit your tree decoration to ornaments, either. Big, bold colorful flowers are beautiful on a tree, and hide gaps in the branches. The colorful netting, the can be purchased in rolls, adds great interest.

Another idea: gather small tree branches from the yard, and spray paint in a sparkly color that suits your theme. Use wire to fashion your own creative tree topper!

Another theme for your Christmas tree might be simply ideas from your childhood. How about a Barbie tree, or firetruck tree? Just add ornaments and ribbons of complementary colors, and you’re set with a lovely tree that brings joy and smiles.

Finally, when it’s that dreaded time to take down the holiday decorations, CULL! In 2015 you’ll be glad you completed that step.

When to See the Holiday Lights in Hot Springs, AR

October 30th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Downtown AssociationOne of the best things about Hot Springs National Park is the holiday season. I love all of the cheer—the bright lights, festive music, and sense of compassion. This really kicks off downtown near Thanksgiving, when the Hot Springs Downtown Association hosts the Chili Cook Off.

In addition to all-you-can-eat chili, the event is the beginning of the holiday lighting season in Spa City. For four hours, guests eat on Central Avenue while waiting on the colorful display to begin. The historic area takes on a new level of glee, delighting onlookers and preparing them for the holiday season.

This year, for the 12th Annual Chili Cook Off, chili will be available in the Exchange Street Parking Plaza from 4-8pm. Lights will be turned on after the event. All proceeds support the Deck the Park Challenge (the catchy name for decorating the downtown area every year), and the cost is $5 for as much chili as you want!

Cooking begins at 1pm for participants, so you can see the action begin as you walk along Bathhouse Row. While you are in town to see the festivities, consider staying at Lookout Point. You can relax with some hot chocolate while enjoying the gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Hot Springs Glows with Holiday Lights

November 1st, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One of the most dazzling exhibitions in Hot Springs each year is “Lights on the Landscape” at Garvan Woodland Gardens. From Nov. 17-Dec. 31, 5-9 p.m. the Gardens twinkle with more than 1.8 million brilliant bulbs. This display of lights is one of the most anticipated events in Arkansas and is filled with expectation and excitement for the holiday season. As an added treat, the Gardens also allow dogs to come along for the outing.

If you’ve never visited the Gardens, this would be the perfect opportunity to plan a trip to the holiday display and to stay with us at the inn. Or, if you return year after year to enjoy the sights, please consider making us your holiday headquarters during your trip.

As an added bonus, Lookout Point is offering very special low rates ($99/night) in our Queen Standard rooms for the first 3 weeks of December, on weeknights Sunday-Thursday. Just give us a call to make your reservation at 501.525.6155.

Thanks to some great guest photos, enjoy these photos from last year’s Lights on the Landscape.

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