Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
The one thing I can always cherish this time of year: the magic and joy of celebrating with friends and family. From baking gingerbread houses with the kids to hosting cookie decorating contests with the team, I’m all about making the season as bright as possible! If you’re curious about how we stay jolly during the holidays, take a look at our favorite traditions below.
Maybe our festivities will also inspire you to celebrate with your loved ones in a fresh, new way this holiday season!
Sour candy roofs and royal icing glue. Mmm. Need we say more? So, what’s the best part about making gingerbread houses? It’s a well-known tradition practiced by many families during the holidays and for good reason.
It creates bonds with your children and makes them feel special! Abe and Judah have yet to turn down making a gingerbread house with Joel and me. Some years, we’ll make our gingerbread dough from scratch. If we’re short on time, we’ll pick up a couple of pre-boxed DIY kits at our local grocery store instead.
Building a gingerbread house is a fun family activity for us during the holidays. If you haven’t tried it yet, we definitely recommend you do!
Sugar cookies shaped in Christmas trees, ornaments, and snowmen– let’s go! Our annual cookie decorating contest is also a merrymaking event and a well-loved holiday tradition by our team here at Courtney Warren Home!
If you’ve never made sugar cookies at home, you’ve got to try our sugar cook recipe below (we promise it’s super easy and not very time consuming).
Also, check out our lovely team members…
The last of our traditions but always a favorite — hosting our Friends-Gathering on Christmas Eve (with some extras). During the day, we decorate a mini-Christmas tree in a fun theme for the kids. You can never go wrong with Charlie Brown, toys, and baseball (we have two boys, of course)!
We also love ALL the festive Christmas rituals, like decorating our trees with new charms and nostalgic ones. Or finding high-quality essentials that have a built-in smile factor.
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In a holiday decorating rut? Don’t fret! Check out our very best Christmas decor finds for 2020 here!
And we set up a hot cocoa bar for our friends with an assortment of goodies! Like marshmallows, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, and crushed peppermint.
We hope our Christmas traditions inspired you to try something cheerful this year with your loved ones.
By the way, if you’re thinking about designing your home for the holidays but need some help–we’re here for you!
Learn more here about our Christmas Decor packages! I also offer a complimentary, no-strings-attached phone call consultation.
We can also consult by video conference. If you’d like to meet at your home, please know we will use all current safety protocols.