Glam holiday décor that gets the party started

Kim Cook

AP – Had enough of all that serene winter wonderland decor, the birch trees and reindeer and sleighs? Ready to change it up this year and boogie down?

Then consider digging out the legwarmers and Donna Summer CDs before you start decorating. British retailer John Lewis, known for holiday season décor and evocative holiday commercials, has declared ‘Party’ to be one of the big themes for 2019.

Flamingo, cassette tape and balloon animal ornaments join holographic ribbon bows and sequined tassels in their collection. Home Depot’s Trend and Design Director Sarah Fishburne sees the look as a twist on vintage holiday décor.

“The holiday season is about embracing the over-the-top, and no other era says over the top like the ’80s,” she said. “We’re seeing a resurgence of flocked trees and larger, multi-colour light strands. To incorporate the iconic retro vibe, think about a bright, rainbow palette and layering metallics across ornaments, trees and tabletop décor.” Etsy’s trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson echoes the call for colour, “One of the biggest trends on the rise is using neon tones to deck the halls, a bright look inspired by city lights and billboards.”

What’s great about the glam look is that you can have fun decorating with it regardless of how you celebrate the season. Just bear in mind that you’re aiming for Dance Floor rather than North Pole, so forgo any rustic cabins or woodsy red-and-green plaids. Home Depot’s Twinkly 600-light, 7.5-foot-tall Swiss Mountain tree lets you use an app to programme whatever coloured-light gymnastics you’d like. And for the front of the house, there are multi-coloured laser lights that project eight holographic moving patterns like swirls, fireflies and starbursts.

Lowes’ gold sequined stocking. In keeping with the trend towards 70s and 80s home décor, consider dressing up the home with some sparkle and colour that evokes the festive party aspect of those eras. PHOTOS: AP
ABOVE & BELOW: West Elm’s playful Fringe Disco Ball, which is covered in brightly-hued metallic confetti; and Lowes’ rainbow-hued colour changing starburst treAe topper. PHOTOS: AP

Turn a traditional green tree into a playful decorative element by adding several strings of hot pink or purple lights; Walmart and Target have options in mini and regular sizes. For a small living space or entryway, check out West Elm’s slim pop-up cone tree, which is enrobed in silver tinsel and trimmed with multi-coloured metallic dots.

If you’ve got a little more room, go with one of their bushy gold or blush pink tinsel trees. You’ll find pretty glitter-encrusted, mirrored glass, and gilded-beads ball ornaments here, as well as glass rainbow and confetti balls.

Target has mini bottle and glass ornaments to set the festive tone. And there are boxed sets of mirrored glass disco-ball ornaments in loads of colours.

Feeling crafty? Consider making your own party tree by hot-gluing those shiny ornaments onto a tree-shaped wire frame, available at big-box craft stores. Or make a jazzy wreath out of them, using a circular wire frame. String mini versions onto satin ribbons, or use sparkly black ornaments on hot pink, lime or candy- red ribbon.

Neon-bright paper, felt and crocheted ornaments and garlands can be found on

At Pier 1, there are sparkly teal or pink glitter-encrusted curly picks and red faux-fur pompon picks — party favours for the tree.

Also here, pretty pink flamingo ornaments with glitter-encrusted beaks and real feather wings.

And at White Company , there are snowy, white-feathered bauble ornaments. Cassette tape and ’80s cell phone ornaments can be found at the Ornament Shop, and personalised if desired.

Smoked-glass balls filled with dark sequins, inky wood garlands, cheetah- and leopard-print ornaments, and glass balls that look like black marble all add evening drama to CB2’s holiday collection.

Dress up the base of your tree in Horchow’s satiny pink faux-jewel-encrusted tree skirt, or perhaps a ruffled, multi-coloured one that seems to say, “You should be dancing.”