Looking for Christmas decorating ideas for the porch? Here’s how I decorated my front porch with the Christmas color of the season.

Each year I work on decorating the outside of my house for Christmas.

Just between you and me?

It’s a little challenging.

I’ve been looking at this house and all its Christmas decorations for 40 years.

I can see the way my mother decorated it and my heart wants to recreate it.


Except I never could get it exactly right. I tried so hard. I added this and took away this and tried to put more of this.

I was soooo close, but it never really looked like the Christmas house of my childhood.


Until now. This is the year. I FINALLY got it right.

And the best part? If I squint and click my heels together?

I’m back in high school again.

// red velvet bows // faux potted poinsettias // lighted Christmas wreaths //

Christmas Decorating Ideas For the Porch

Here’s the front of the house this year.

The secret?

What I finally figured out?

IT’S the RED.

In a world where people use teal and purple and blue and sequins to decorate for Christmas, I went all old school with the Christmas color of all Christmas colors.


I added red bows everywhere.

And not just any red bows.

Red bows with tails. Bows on sleds. Bows on lanterns. Bows on porches. Bows on wreaths.

RED bows everywhere.

I made them all just like I made this Christmas bow.

If you don’t want to make the bows? I’ve used bows like this before and you can see them here.

// lighted Christmas wreaths //

See them on wreaths.

I also hung them on the greenery.

I added them to the door.

I tied them to lanterns and the front of a vintage sleigh.

// red velvet bows // faux potted poinsettias // lighted Christmas wreaths //

/ faux potted poinsettias //

And then I placed buckets and planters full of these poinsettias around the house.

They aren’t real.


Just between us? I’ve tried real poinsettias before and they went south with the first frost. I always tell myself I’ll bring them in, but I forget.

So I went with faux poinsettias and peace of mind this year.

You can see them here.

 // faux potted poinsettias //

// ho ho ho pillow //

I added Ho Ho Ho pillows to each of the benches on the front porch. They aren’t meant to be outdoor pillows—I just added them to the porch for the party. They are SO CUTE—the letters are stitched onto the top of the pillow.

Next the top of the balcony on the porch and the front railing was swagged with greenery and a GIANT bow on the front of the house.

And of course.

Wait for it…

…more red bows.

// red velvet bows // of these poinsettias // lighted Christmas wreaths //

I added nutcrackers to the porch this year.

The most inexpensive place I could find them was CVS. You might check your local store and see if they have any. If you don’t have a CVS, I found these that are super similar to mine and 3 feet tall.

You can see them here.

They add a little pop of color and some fun on a budget.

And the best part about this house at Christmas?

It looks cute during the day with its greenery and plethora of red bows.

// lighted Christmas wreaths //

And even cuter at night with its twinkling lights.

I cannot even begin to explain to you how much I adore this house.

All the memories. All the joy. All the Christmas.

If you live in my neighborhood or you are visiting McKinney and you drive by my house, don’t be surprised if you see me sitting on the porch with a Santa cup of coffee.

Or working on my homework.

I’m back in high school after all. 🙂

PS I’ve put together classic Christmas ideas I used to decorate the porch. I tried to link almost everything under the pictures, but I listed them again again here.

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  1. Image for Karen B. Karen B.

    It looks great. The house is the perfect style for the added reds and greens. You did a great job! Karen B.

  2. Image for Diane Diane

    Christmas relived, glad your so pleased with your house And you have such vivid memories of your childhood home It’s gorgeous!

  3. Image for Sandi Sandi

    Absolutely beautiful!! I love all the red! I think your house lite up at night is even more gorgeous! Merry Christmas! Hugs,

  4. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    Job well done KariAnne. I know what you mean about the frost and poinsettias. I lived in Alaska and remember taking my poinsettias to the car and the leaves fell off before I made it home! So the other day when I bought some on a cold day I had the clerk put plastic bags over them! LOL She looked at me like I was crazy. The house has such a classic look and the decorations are perfect. Continue to enjoy my friend

  5. Image for Beth Beth

    Love Love Love the red!!! There's a reason they made stop signs red it's a color that makes us stop and LOOK at ME! You're house looks absolutely magical - now to go off and add some more red to our front stoop😘 Thanks once again for the beautiful blog!

  6. Image for Teresa Teresa

    Decorating our tree this year retro using ornaments from 50 years of marriage. Enjoyed seeing you doing similar on your home. Checking out the poinsettias today! Hosting our annual SS Christmas Brunch Sunday and largest crowd ever! Need you to come help host, ha. Love your house exterior especially the nighttime picture. AMAZING!

  7. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    So beautiful and special! Your story brought tears to my eyes. It is exactly how my mom always decorated my houses. Sometimes with red velvet bows and others with homemade cotton (that we sewed). They were always huge bows and everything had one! Reminded me so much of those times with her! Thank you!

  8. Image for Diana Diana

    The nutcrackers are the perfect touch. The red pops everything against the white house and black trim of the house. At night it looks amazing. Thank you for always sharing.

  9. Image for Sharon Ann Sharon Ann

    You made it absolutely beautiful! I love it! Thank you for sharing with us. Such a gorgeous very well taken care of home! Merry Christmas ! ❤️🎄🎄❤️

  10. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Red is my color for Christmas then I add touches of silver and white. Inside and out!! Its a happy and festive color and definitely pops against all the snow... Your home is gorgeous as always. Thank goodness for Moms that know and daughters who remember! Big Hugs,

  11. Image for Patricia Johnson Patricia Johnson

    KariAnne……I have had the pleasure of viewing the outside of your Beautiful House at Christmas for years AND YES you have got it NOW!!! Love the RED! When I see a picture of your house inside OR outside I always look at “everything” in the background, the foreground etc etc. I take it ALL in. Okay, I noticed your beds in the front of the house AND what caught my eye is something I have been trying to figure out for a year!! You have two plants/shrubs at the front of your house that has yellow or beige leaves and parts of the plant is gone or has died. I have the same thing in the bed in the front of my house BUT they are ALL dead!! What do I do??? Do you know what caused that?? Now I have to spend mega dollars to replace them!! Please Help Me understand what has happened!

  12. Image for Mary Lou Mary Lou

    During her snarky teenage years, my oldest daughter told a guest at Christmas time “Don’t stand still too long or my Mom will put a red bow on you”. The last laugh is mine - guess who decorated her house to the max this year? - That not so snarky daughter of mine!

  13. Image for Alice Hanson Alice Hanson

    KariAnne, It is truly perfectly magical! Your home holds such wonderful memories for you and us your readers! Thank you! Smiles, alice

  14. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Funny because for the first time in a long while I am poking bits of red into my otherwise neutral world this year too. I think it's because I needed something a little bit different and wasn't going to spend a single dime doing it. So I got out some of my "old school" bins and did just that. I even brought out my faux red poinsiettas and put them in my black urns outside too! I usually do real evergreens (easy here in Ohio if you mist them they last till all winter) but I didn't. Well my garland is real cuz my hubs gets that and puts it up for me year after year. ♥ I absolutely love the way your home looks with the green and red against the black and white home. It's beautiful. Classic, Timeless. Well done, KA.

  15. Image for Kellie Z Kellie Z

    You're right, it's perfect! I think the nutcrackers go so well with your door and trim colors. And as a Valentine's baby, red is my favorite color.

  16. Image for Kris Kris

    I love old-school red. It never ceases to delight. And speaking of delightful .... those nutcrackers!!!!!!!!! Love!!!!

  17. Image for Debbie Debbie

    It is just beautiful just like always! It's a beautiful house made gorgeous with your talent! Love it! Merry Christmas my friend ❤️

  18. Image for S. Marie S. Marie

    The sled/carriage! Where is it from!? Beautiful house! Beautiful Christmas decorations! It is all in our memories, is it not? What its all about when push comes to shove.....

  19. Image for JC JC

    This shouts, " A Very Merry Christmas and I'm ready for a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie to be Shot in my House! It's magical day or night! Merriest of Christmas' friend!

  20. Image for Suzanne Suzanne

    Beautiful! As I read your post, I thought that it was just too much, but it’s just perfect! Definitely not too much! Thank you for your positive attitude and inspiration! My house isn’t decorated yet…this seems to be the year we do it in baby steps! (Always have 2 trees-but 1/3 of the lights on my favorite one decided not to work this year. Spent the day yesterday taking all the lights off that tree. It started with me trying to remove only the strand that didn’t work , but -of course- that strand was hard wired to the rest!!) Now we have an unlit, undecorated tree in the dining room, a lit, undecorated tree in the living room, and a few (one plastic bin) of decorations put up! Maybe we’ll get it together by Christmas! Honestly, I didn’t comment to complain, but to thank you for inspiring me to do better!!

  21. Image for Leisa Haynes Leisa Haynes

    Can I be invited to your Christmas Party? I'll bring anything you need. I love the decorations and your home...I bet a lot of people drive by your home to see what you're doing! I live only 2-3 hrs away. LOL

  22. Image for Jolene Jolene

    Gorgeous! I love the red and it pops against the white and black of the house so beautifully. I love the wreaths on the windows too. How do you hang them? I would love to do the same, but live in the Midwest rural country and worry that they would blow off in a minute. What's your secret?

  23. Image for Mary Beth Mary Beth

    Karianne! I'm with you-RED, Green and White touches all the way. It all looks so divine with your beautiful white house and the black accents. Just gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you and your family-Just a couple of weeks early!

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