Holiday Hosting Tips from Meadowbrook Farm

The holidays are all about spending quality time with loved ones. If you plan on hosting a dinner or a party (or a dinner party, perhaps), you might want some advice for making your home welcoming and cheerful.

Help is here! The staff at Meadowbrook Farm knows how to do the holidays right. If you were at Saturday’s Open House, you saw first-hand how festive the gift shop and estate house looked. As Lisa Baxter says, “We want people to feel confident that they can recreate these design ideas at home. At Meadowbrook we carry all the items you need to get the perfect holiday look for outdoor planters, festive trees, and decorative touches for each room of your house.”

This year the preferred materials include birch poles and branches, mercury glass, lush terrariums, and arrangements made from cut greens.

“Rather than garland, I like using swags of cut greens as a foundation for tabletop and mantle displays,” Lisa says. “The natural look is inviting and it’s another way to bring that fresh pine scent into your home. Here at Meadowbrook we sell cedar, winterberry, juniper, and other favorites.”

While Lisa’s focus is inside the Meadowbrook Gift Shop, her colleague Tom Reber is responsible for the outdoor display gardens. As Tom makes his rounds preparing the property for winter, he collects pinecones—and recommends you do the same.

“Once you have a good amount you can put them in a basket or on the mantle,” Tom says. “For the past few years my wife has put pinecones in a shallow glass bowl with colorful beads and baubles—it’s a great centerpiece.”

Tom is equally interested in grapevine. He says, “It is great fun to remove a weed from your garden or the woods and turn it into something beautiful. Grapevine is fantastic for homemade wreath-bases or even as the focal point of a holiday display or container. At Meadowbrook we are using it in our containers to construct large globes that we wrap with white lights. Inside the garden center we use grapevine and birch poles to dress up some of the building’s support columns.”

Thanks for the tips, Lisa and Tom! We’ll share more holiday decorating ideas in the days ahead, but if you want to talk directly to the staff and brainstorm ways to give your home some extra holiday flair, visit Meadowbrook Farm at 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook, PA. Don’t forget to pick up some firewood and/or your Christmas tree too. Directions, hours, and more can be found at

3 thoughts on “Holiday Hosting Tips from Meadowbrook Farm

  1. Lovely, but I jujst wish that you would hold more classes – very hard to sign up for, example, the December one – why not hold a couple?

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