This season, outdoor holiday decorations are simpler than they have been in years. You will find the old say, "less is more", really applies here. Sometimes, when you put too much effort into something like this, it can just look like a lot of clutter and you won't really appreciate the focus and what has been created. It takes more planning and you can't just go to the store looking for the best outdoor holiday decorations without knowing where you are going to place them. You have to have a plan of action.
Create a focal point and the rest should be easy. This, of course is the less expensive way to decorate so you don't have to watch the dollars and cents quite as much. You want to think of focusing on the porch railing or the steps and putting some tinsel or a couple of lights there. Foliage is always a winner and you could drape this over the railing along with the lights. Make sure you don't go crazy with your colors. Rather keep it elegant because this is the simple way of decorating and you can't really go wrong with this. This style of decorating always looks good. Ribbon can also work very well. Use a pair of scissors to make it curl at the ends and you will create some loops which would drape down.
It's also worthwhile looking at creating a theme. There is so much that you could come up with. You could use a Victorian theme with appropriate decorations, which will give you a sense of elegance or you could be more rustic with ferns, for example. Make sure you have a design so you are not simply just throwing things everywhere. This can happen if the whole family is doing the task together so make sure you plan ahead with your outdoor holiday decorations.
Outdoor holiday decorations can also be natural in origin. Of course, if they are edible, then you will have a problem because you don't have any control with sticky fingers. More and more people are going green, using biodegradable ribbon to hang food on. This may only work if you have live in a trustworthy area.
In the back garden, you could create a fantasy garden with candles and lights. You can get solar lights now so this will save you a lot of money in the long run. Silver candles placed in a big glass bowl can create a beautiful effect. You must decide what kind of theme you want because if you want something more elegant then you will want all blue lights with a couple of metallic ornaments here and there, but if you want something more vibrant, then you should opt for colorful outdoor holiday decorations.
If you have a tight budget to stick to then you will find that making outdoor holiday decorations is really not that difficult. You can hang these from the tree or from the porch. It is always nice to have something that your kids have made as well.