While Floridians can’t rely on a fresh blanket of snow to set the stage for a gorgeous winter wonderland, we can still devise festive outdoor holiday-scapes to showcase our merriment for the season. Whether it’s a statue of Santa in beach baggies or depictions of flamingos pulling his sleigh, Florida residents have been known to have a little fun with the fact it may be 80 degrees outside on Christmas morning. 

From the classic and classy to the jolly and whimsical, here are five ideas to help you decorate your LifeStyle home for the holidays. 

1.Whip Up a Wonderland. For snowbirds, or for those who can’t fathom the holidays in the heat, there are many outdoor decorations that will help you invoke a cooler Christmas season. These decorations may be especially pleasant on the rare cool nights we experience in Central Florida. To get started, hang some cool blue or bright white icicle lights from your roofline, as well as some snowflake-shaped lights which can be hung on your front porch or on tree branches in your front yard. Add some faux evergreen planters with frosted leaves and branches. You can also opt for artificial snow and artificial snow spray that can be applied to outdoor plants and shrubbery, or to windowpanes. And finally, decorate with snowmen statues, a “let it snow” sign, a pair of ice skates, a sled, or any other snow-inspired items you adore.

2.Florida Flair. For those who are happy to leave the cold behind, Christmas is the perfect time to show off your Florida lifestyle. Nothing says Christmas in Florida like a Christmas tree built out of seashells or sea glass and topped with a starfish. Want to get a smile from your neighbors? Prop a surfboard up next to a Santa statue, add a pair of sunglasses to a snowman, or deck your palms with Christmas lights. You can also conjure a coastal Christmas by simply switching out the traditional red and green color palette with holiday pieces in a palette of soft blue, turquoise, and white.

3.Waterfront Fun. And speaking of a coastal Christmas, the abundance of waterfront properties in our area offers a unique and fun opportunity for outdoor holiday decorating. If you’re lucky enough to have a dock, why not light it up for the holidays? Another fun tradition is the local boat parades, where the owners of fishing boats, flats boats, sail boats, pontoons, and other watercraft jazz up their vessels with Christmas lights, reindeers and elves and take them through local waterways in a procession on certain nights.

4.Keep it Simple. If you’re just settling into your new LifeStyle home, or if you’re just getting started curating your outdoor holiday collection, you can still make a big statement with a few simple pieces. Hang a beautiful real or faux wreath over the front door, scatter poinsettia planters around the front porch, add a holiday doormat, and/or place some holiday throw pillows on an outdoor bench or rockers, and voila, you’re done.

5.Classic Christmas Style. But for those who want to take their outdoor holiday decorating further, you can achieve a gorgeous look with classic Christmas style. Today’s decorations have evolved a great deal from inflatable or plastic lawn decorations. From oversized ornamental and jingle bell décor, to stunning lighted floral garlands and greenery, to lanterns lining porches and walkways, there are innumerous ways to create a stunning outdoor visual display. Of course, Pinterest is a good source of inspiration, as are holiday catalogs and design blogs.

We hope all of our customers are enjoying decorating their LifeStyle homes for the holidays. If you’d like to get started building one of your own, give us a call at (321) 727-8188.