So here’s what happened—you pulled off an elaborate Thanksgiving gathering, and even though your guests left wildly impressed, you were a little spent. A month later, you didn’t learn from your mistake and decided to invite everyone back to ring in the New Year. Expectations are high. Your energy, however, is low. It doesn’t have to be daunting. In fact, with a bit of smart planning—plus a hard-and-fast goal for doing things with as little effort as possible—you might get to kick back and relax the day away. Here’s your

Whether you live in a house in the suburbs or an apartment in the city, decorating your door for the holiday season is an easy and inexpensive way to share the holiday spirit. Swags are charming, customizable, and are cheaper and easier to make than wreaths! They’re perfect for holiday decorating on a budget! This swag incorporates seeded eucalyptus, evergreen, curly willow and huckleberry branches for an organic look. DIY instructions here. The burlap bow and berries give this do-it-yourself swag a rustic look. Don’t have a lot of time on

Looking to put together a high-end holiday look on a low budget? We’ve pulled together all of the holiday decor must-haves from the top stores, and found nearly-identical items at a fraction of the price at other retailers! Tartan Throw – a super easy way to add a little winter charm to your entry, living room, or bedroom! $129 from Williams Sonoma $49 from Lands End Golden Antlers – perfect for decorations on your mantle, shelf, or coffee table! $295 at Neiman Marcus $65 at One Kings Lane Lighted Wreath – a holiday

We’ve teamed up with Photos.com, Lamps.com, and Paintzen to give away a room makeover package for the Ultimate Holiday Host! Get your home picture perfect and ready to host family for the holidays with the prize package. One lucky winner will get a room makeover package worth over $1,300! The prize package includes: 1 Laurel & Wolf Classic Design Package 1 Large Framed Photo from Photos.com $250 Credit from Lamps.com 1 Room Painting Credit from Paintzen   Enter now! The winner will be announced on Thanksgiving Day! xo, Laurel & Wolf