Classic Christmas Decor for a Traditional Front Porch

Friends! Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? I’m hoping today’s Decked + Styled Christmas Tour, a blog hop filled with holiday inspiration from some of my favs, will help start your week with a little bit of “happy”. If you’re a regular reader, you already caught the inside of my home in my Christmas Home Tour I shared earlier this season. So, today, I’m going to be sharing what’s happening outside our house. If you are new here, linking over from my friend Megan of Honey We’re Home, I’m so glad to have you visiting with me! I adore Megan and assuming you do too (how could you not?! 😉 ), we’ll get along great. If you want to check in more often, I’d love for you to subscribe to my emails at the bottom of the post so we can stay in touch. If you don’t know Megan, you’ll have to pay her a visit today, along with everyone else on today’s tour. I’ve included all eight at the bottom of the post so you can be sure to check out each after you wrap up my classic Christmas decor for a traditional front porch.

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Y’all. Something crazy happened this past weekend. You probably already know but unless you live around here, I don’t know that you’ll fully appreciate the magnitude that was our record breaking pre-Christmas snow! In Georgia, we may get one snow per year; it’s usually icy, melts quickly, and most definitely happens long after the twinkling Christmas lights have been put away. If you saw some southerners celebrating like they’d never seen the white powdery stuff (ahem… me!), it was for good reason haha. But the best part- I was scheduling to shoot my Christmas porch photos this weekend and as luck would have it, was able to capture it soon after the snowfall began. I can’t recall a time in my life where I was able to see Christmas lights and snow simultaneously so, this truly was a treat. For time reference, most of these photos were taken early in the day, before 10:00 a.m. Where I live, our accumulation was around 9″ before all was said and done.

A full source list is included at the bottom of this post. 

traditional style craftsman home in georgia, decorated for christmas

I actually tried to make it down the hill to take another full house once the snow had accumulated but after taking one step out of my garage and almost busting it, I decided that view would best live on in my memories haha.

Snowy Christmas Front Porch on Brick Home with Traditional Decorations

Living in North Georgia, we’ve always kept our outside Christmas decor very classic on our traditional craftsman-style home. It’s all about the greenery, simple white lights, and red accents. I love that our neighborhood is big on outdoor decorating; it makes me appreciate them all so much for taking the time to create displays for others to enjoy!

Front Porch Railing Decorated for a Classic Christmas

One of these days, we’re going to outline our home, in lights, add lights to the bushes, etc. but since the front porch is always last on our list, honestly, we usually run out of steam time before we do anything too crazy. A few after-Christmases ago, I bought enough wreaths to go on each window. You’ve never seen those displayed either (haha)- maybe next year 😉 And, I actually thought we were going to net-light the bushes when I discovered a pile of unopened lights in the basement, underneath one of the trees. But, it turned out, those were icicle lights and well… no icicles have been hung here 😉

Snowy Christmas Front Porch with Red Bows on Railing

With the weird weather this year, our holly bushes also have not yet sprouted their red berries. But, I am more than “ok” with it because this year we got a big ‘ol blanket of snow- and that has been the more beautiful outside decoration of all.

Front Steps on Traditional Christmas Home

Christmas Front Porch Garland with Classic Red Bows

Red Plaid Bows for Christmas front porch railing

One of my favorite statements we add to the porch is our DIY flocked Christmas tree. It was an older tree from our previous home and instead of getting rid of it, I tried my hand at covering it with snow a couple years ago. I gave it a quick 10-minute touch-up again this year and still LOVE the result. I have the full, easy tutorial HERE on how to flock and the best flock to use. If not this year, you can bookmark for next year 😉 I also did a huge wreath during my flocking session, which also worked beautifully.

Christmas Porch Decorating Ideas with Flocked Christmas Tree

Simple, beautiful front porch christmas garland

In our urns flanking the front door, I use a combination of live and faux. I shared in my Christmas Home Tour that I always head to Lowe’s to take advantage of their huge bin of tree clippings. They are free for the taking and usually last throughout the entire season. I mix the real fir some some faux pine and red berries as a little filler, and stuff them until they are looking just a tad crazy and over the top 😉 We also keep bricks stacked inside the urns which helps to support all the limbs. For reference, these clippings are over 3 weeks old, unwatered, and are still green.

Fresh and Faux greenery in outdoor urns for the holidays

Aside from some red berry sprigs, the porch tree stays naked. Hey, I am totally ok with one less tree I have to fully deck out 😉 I’m always excited to start the first tree at the beginning of the season but by tree four or five, I start to look forward more to the end result that I can enjoy 😉

Rocking Chair Christmas Front Porch with Red Accents

If we’ve been friends for a while, you already know my love affair with bar carts and THIS ONE was the perfect investment this past summer, especially for outdoor entertaining. It’s out of stock but World Market, you totally need to bring this back!

Christmas Bar Cart Served on the Porch

When I was growing up, I lived for (what we called) “special drinks” throughout the holiday season. They were basically different versions of Shirley Temples but you could give me anything – if it had a fruit garnish – call it a “special drink”, and I would be in Heaven. We always dedicated certain evenings to whipping up some “special drinks” in our classic holly-bordered stemmed glasses, gathering around the Christmas tree, turning on our favorite classics, and sharing what we were thankful for that year. Sometimes, I wish I could re-visit those days when all it took to make me excited was for Mama Nan to pour a dash of maraschino cherry juice in my ginger ale.

Christmas Bar Cart Inspiration and Ideas

These tiny little wooden paddle boards (HERE) are a new addition and y’all- they are about the size of my fist. SO dang cute! they come in a set of six in three different shapes and are perfect for tapas, snacks, or to even run down a table as an edible centerpiece. (They are also only $18 for the set, plus free shipping ;)).

Copper wine glasses with Christmas Cocktails

The stemless copper wine glasses (HERE) are also a new addition and I think I need to buy another pair before the holiday season ends. I was actually shocked at how beautifully they wash up. They coordinate with my new marble and copper handled tray (HERE) and copper-edged marble coasters (HERE).

Christmas Entertaining with Frosted Cranberries and Oranges

These new beverage napkins can basically be used for any occasion – how cute would they be for a bridal shower?? I recently found them at Express (they are now out of stock) but I did find them on Amazon (HERE). I love THESE too that they do still have in stock.

Festive Napkins for Celebrations

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Copper Wine Glasses for Christmas Entertaining

This little elephant corkscrew (HERE) is a new addition, too. How could I say no?! They also have a crab who can be displayed 😉

Cute Wine Openers and Cork Screws

Frosted cranberries with orange slices for christmas drink ideas

My blanket scarves serve double duty this time of year. Bring those babies out of the closet and cozy up your baskets, favorite sitting spots, and the backs of chairs by using them as festive throws.

Plaid Throws for Front Porch for Christmas

Front Porch Flocked Christmas Tree

Speaking of “throws” this gray one with pom poms (HERE) has been making its way all over my house. It keeps selling out and coming back in stock momentarily, but it never stays long. If it is sold out, THIS ONE is super similar and available in several colors.

Front Porch Rocking Chairs for Christmas

Flocked Christmas Tree with Red Berries

Red and Green Front Porch Christmas Garland

While I was outside snapping pics, Maggie was inside, mesmerized, watching all the white stuff falling from the sky. It’s a close call but out of all three “kids”, I would say Maggie was the most addicted to begging to go outside to play in the snow.

Christmas puppy under the tree

By mid-afternoon, this is what we were looking like in our cul-de-sac…

North georgia 2017 snow

And by late afternoon, here’s where we were. If you saw my Insta-stories, (follow me on Instagram HERE), you saw what things were looking like the next morning 😉 I don’t remember seeing my porch in the snow before but now that I have, I think this is definitely her best look! Maybe we’ll even get one more snow surprise this season, but I won’t push my luck.

Snowy Front Porch Decorated for Christmas

Next on today’s Christmas hop, you MUST stop by my dear friend Bree of ZDesign at Home. She is truly one of my personal design heroes and her Christmas inspiration is always, well, just incredible! Here’s a little peek of what she’ll be sharing…

Christmas Bedroom with Live Wreath

Head over to see her holiday dining room and bedroom HERE.

After you visit with Bree, you won’t want to miss anyone on today’s hop! Here’s the full lineup to make sure you stop by each home.

It’s been a heartbreaking year for so many; sending my love to all of you and hoping we can love on each other just a little harder this Christmas.

Monogram Door Mat | Rocking Chairs | Pom Pom Throw | Bar Cart | Black Urns: Lowe’s | Garden Stool: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Wreath: Michaels (SIMILAR) | Garland: N/A | Red Bows: Michaels | Elephant Corkscrew | Copper Wine Glasses | Marble Tray | Marble Coasters | Wooden Serving Boards | Stag Drink Stirrers | Noel Pillow- Target several years ago | Red Pillows- MANY years old | Blanket at Base of Tree | Cheers Napkins | Blanket Scarves



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See more Christmas favs HERE

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  1. 12.11.17
    Adrienne said:

    Oh my goodness Kelley!!! This is amazing! I need to up my outdoor decor game – BIG TIME! The snow makes it look all the more beautiful. If another box shows up on my front step, I think my husband might lose it! 😉

    We’re in Alpharetta and enjoyed the beautiful snow too! Not too much, not too little, it was just right! Happy Holidays!

  2. 12.11.17

    How amazing to have snow for those gorgeous pictures you took. I Love all your cute bar essentials. That is one thing I lack (good bar stuff) and need to get some at the after Christmas sales. My son still likes a good Shirley Temple when we go out to dinner sometimes. I used to do a tree on our back porch a couple of years ago and your gorgeous porch tree inspired me to do one again next year. Wish me luck.

  3. 12.11.17
    Gretchen Thomas (Nan) said:

    Your front porch is so festive and welcoming! You are right…just look what that special snow added. This will certainly be a year to remember. Love the homage to our special toasts. Cheers!

  4. 12.11.17
    Lisa said:

    Kelley I always so enjoy seeing what you’ve done! Your front porch looks amazing and I love the bar cart all styled out there! So glad you had snow just in time for this porch tour, so pretty! Now let’s trade places and you can enjoy snow all winter long while I bask in Georgia sunshine 🙂

  5. 12.12.17

    Kelley, it’s really quite lovely! I like that you are simplistic on your outdoor decor. It looks very warm and inviting! Perfection! We loved getting snow in Houston, but we didn’t get the coverage you did. It’s so pretty and serene. My daughter is praying for more snow…”maybe Christmas”, she says. Happy Holiday Season! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  6. 12.12.17
    Megan said:

    Wow, this post is beautiful. I love the photos, even with all that lovely snow I want to snuggle up on the front porch!!

  7. 12.13.17

    Kelley I had no idea that you got nine inches of snow – I thought it was just a dusting! I adore your front porch and would brave the cold any day to go hang out there over some of your amazing drinks! I love, love everything about your holiday home this year! XOXO

  8. 12.14.17
    Bree said:

    Kelley, I can’t believe you were blessed with snow for this tour!!! How amazing and you’ve made everything look and feel so beautiful! What a wonderful Christmas surprise my friend. Thank you for being on the tour once again…wouldn’t be the same without you! Love you, girly!! xoxo

  9. 12.15.17
    Mary Johnson said:

    Just discovered your blog and Oh My Goodness ………you have exquisite taste and your home is beautiful. As a fellow southern, you epitomize ‘southern hospitality’. Thanks for a beautiful blog!

  10. 12.18.17
    Jen said:

    Kelley I was so excited for you when you posted on IG that you got snow, what perfect timing to be able to photograph it for this tour ?! Your porch decor is on point as always, but the beautiful snow falling in the photos was the icing on your already stunning cake. Your photos are always amazing my friend! Happy Holidays my dear! Xx ~ Jen

  11. 12.20.17
    Karen said:

    What a festive winter wonderland! I love that you put a tree on your front porch! It’s so beautiful, along with your other Xmas trees. I was thinking of doing something similar on top of our garage (ours is out front) but I also run out of “time” after decorating the house. I have all these ideas and can’t wait until I can actually implement them!