Mindy Weiss on decorating for the holidays on a budget

Mindy Weiss
Credit: Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography

Event planner extraordinaire Mindy Weiss throws fabulous big-budget parties and weddings for A-list clients such as Fergie, Josh Duhamel, Jessica Simpson, Carmelo Anthony and Gwen Stefani, to name a few. So we were intrigued to see how the lifestyle expert — who recently teamed up with HomeGoods — uses the affordable brand to decorate for the holiday season. She shares her tips and product picks here.

Hand-Crafted Scandinavian Throw
Wool throws, $49.99

Cozy accents
To give your living room a seasonal face-lift, “change out your pillows and add new winter-y blankets and throws,” Weiss advises. “Not only does it make for a new look, but if you move your guests outside for some s’mores or a hot chocolate, they provide warmth.”

Green & White Striped Tray
Tray $16.99

Put it on a tray
For the party-planner, fun with trays doesn’t just stop at serving food and drinks. “I love displaying various sized candles on one and placing it on a coffee table,” says Weiss. “I also love to buy little trays to put in the guest bathroom with perfumes, towels and a small votive candle.”

With large trays, she gets a little more creative. “I love to place glass apothecary jars [on a tray] to make a mini candy shop, and I often use a large tray to make a hot fudge sundae bar for the family.”

Mercury Glass Perfume Bottles
Mercury glass bottles, $16.99

Fab on a budget
Weiss loves metallic accents to add a touch of glam. She says about her evolution: “I’ve gone from bronze, silver, copper, and this year I went gold!” This doesn’t mean going over the top with, say, gold curtains; accessories such as vases, votives and napkins will do the trick.


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