Gamechang­ing recipes, ac­tu­ally good host­ess gifts and other en­ter­tain­ing sur­vival tips.

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Mistle­toe makes life awk­ward, tin­sel’s bad for your cat and no­body likes poin­set­tias any­way—so how’s a grown woman sup­posed to dec­o­rate her home for the hol­i­days? En­ter Becky De Oliveira, owner of Toronto flower shop Blush & Bloom and the per­son who’s here to save your space from look­ing like Home Alone 4 threw up on it.

1. Skip the tra­di­tional tree. “I’m not a fan of Christ­mas trees, gen­er­ally speak­ing. A good al­ter­na­tive is three in­door wreaths of as­sorted sizes mounted on a wall to cre­ate a fo­cal point in a room.” 2. Think out­side the ever­green-bough box. “I re­ally love us­ing stems of cot­ton (yes, as in the plant). It is so win­tery, beau­ti­ful and tall, and it just needs to be in a sim­ple vase on its own. Rose­hips are a fresh way to add a splash of red to your decor with­out be­ing too lit­eral.” 3. Don’t for­get the kitchen counter. “For par­ties, I love one large flo­ral ar­range­ment sur­rounded by can­dles to de­mand at­ten­tion in a room—ei­ther on the man­tel, in the foyer or even on the kitchen counter.”

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