Family sitting around a coffee table, surrounded by snacks. Family sitting around a coffee table, surrounded by snacks.

Make Some Memories

Make Some Memories

When the holidays are over, it’s not the size of the turkey or the score of the game that you’ll remember. So have family and friends stick around after dessert to join you for new traditions—after they all wake up from their naps, that is.

When the holidays are over, it’s not the inches of snow or the number of presents that you’ll remember. So have family and friends stick around after dessert to join you for new traditions. Did someone say, “Holiday movie marathon”?

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Whether you’re calling the plays or can’t tell the difference between a football and a fruitcake, you can win the day by throwing the best football-watching party in town.

Cheese platter. Cheese platter.

We’re no scientists, but we have a theory that dip makes the ultimate party food.

Nutty popcorn. Nutty popcorn.

Grabability and munchability are essential for game-time snacking. Yes, those are totally words.

Mac and cheese dishes. Mac and cheese dishes.

Rethink a classic craving like mac ‘n’ cheese by serving it in a tiny dish. Tiny is always fancy, right?

Whether you’re partial to IPAs, classic cocktails or straight-up spirits, copper drinkware instantly ups the ante on your imbibing. DD for the night? Club soda tastes way better in a mug with a brass handle.

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Copper Mugs. Copper Mugs.
Board games. Board games.

Care to raise the stakes? From charades to checkers, telephone to tic-tac-toe, nothing enlivens a party like good old-fashioned games. Well, that and spiking the punch.

Care to raise the stakes? From charades to checkers, telephone to tic-tac-toe, nothing enlivens a party like good old-fashioned games. Well, that and spiking the eggnog.

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Create a harvest tree

Host an ornament exchange

Need permission to decorate your tree before Thanksgiving? Create a “harvest tree” with fall ornaments and thankful notes—then relax and enjoy a judgment-free holiday.

One of our favorite holiday traditions? An ornament exchange! When you associate each of your ornaments with a friendly face and a fun memory, you’ll look forward to decorating year after year.

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Fall harvest tree

Feelin’ sentimental? Download our free leaf template, then start thinking about what you’re thankful for. (It’s OK to say pie!)

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Since you’re already starting new traditions, why not think outside the ornament box? Our adorable critters fit snuggly anywhere on the tree.

Christmas tree. Christmas tree.

With your harvest tree set up ages ago, all you need to do is swap your ornaments and picks to get ready for Santa.

Picks and clips and ornaments, oh my! A fully decked tree makes a great gathering spot for story-telling and selfie-taking.

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Woman looking at ornaments on a christmas tree. Woman looking at ornaments on a christmas tree.

Make it a party! At the end of the night, invite your guests to help swap your fall ornaments and picks for Christmas ones.

The 12 Days of Christmas may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time to admire the newest bauble from your ornament exchange.

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Patio decorations. Patio decorations.
Fall swingason. Cozy fire pit.

To the patio, pronto

Retire by the fire

Ever heard of a “White Thanksgiving”? Most of us haven’t, so celebrate those remaining crisp fall evenings on the patio. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot for a post-turkey nap, a nightcap or a riveting board game, there’s nothing a little breeze can’t make even better.

Let’s face it—we don’t all get a white Christmas every year. But whether or not Old Man Winter sends you a snowy forecast, why not end your evening by the fire? We hear s’mores go great with, well, pretty much everything.

Squirl pillow on a couch. Wicker chairs with red pillows.

Keep those mischievous squirrels on your pillow, rather than sneaking off with your snacks.

If you’re settling in for a marathon of family reminiscing, don’t forget plenty of comfy pillows.

Copper mug on wooden coffee table. Smores by a firepit.

A word from the wise: Whimsical cocktail mugs always make for great conversation.

Marshmallows, grahams and chocolate are the new peanut butter and banana. Sorry, Elvis.

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Additional tips from a lifestyle blogger

For a new look this season, have fun playing with different colors as well as wood, burlap and faux fur to bring dimension and complexity to your home. I went with a pumpkin theme this year, but I incorporated both real pumpkins; pumpkins made from twigs, and pumpkins in different sizes and colors! If you find it difficult to stray from your usual style, simply ask your kids to pick out some pieces, too. They’ll be sure to embrace different colors and textures, and it’ll make your decor more inviting, memorable and engaging!

Our day begins and ends on our family room couch, and it’s where some of our happiest memories at home have been made! In the morning, we sit down together to watch cartoons; cuddle and giggle; and have coffee in our favorite holiday mug—or, in my daughter Emma’s case, a bottle of milk. And at night, we wind down on the couch. We read stories, eat popcorn, and have a glass of wine together there. (Or, again, a bottle of milk if you’re Emma!)

During the holidays, we change out our throw pillows and add in warm tartan patterns. Emma adores our gift-wrapped accent pillow, too. To make the space cozier, we also drape cable-knit and faux fur throws over the back or arms of the couch. For an element of fun, this year we’re adding Pier 1 Imports’ Frank the Dog Stuffed Animal who’s sure to become our dog Noodle’s best friend.

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Certain things are simply born to end up on Pinterest, like photobooth accessories and chalkboard anything. Show off—er, share—your unforgettable holiday by capturing all your favorite moments and tagging them with #pier1love.

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