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I was given the privilege of decorating the Boys Hope Girls Hope boys home in Kansas City for Christmas this year, and what a fun adventure it was! It all started with volunteers and staff members going through decorations in the basement from past years. We used a couple of items, like the artificial tree, but mostly, the house was in need of some sprucing up with new decor for the holidays. With donations from Prairiefire Overland Park for a shopping spree at HomeGoods, we were able to make the boys' home a festive and happy place to live during the holidays. One board member personalized these darling light up stockings for each boy, and we were off to the races!
I added a garland with lots of burlap and red ribbon tied into six-loop bows at the top of each stocking. At the bottom of the stairway, I attached a swag to add extra emphasis at the entrance to the home.
The house does not have a fireplace, so the stairway where the boys run up and down several times each day was the logical place to hang them. I think they get to enjoy them even more this way.
I hung this darling wreath from HomeGoods on the back door going out to the deck which is in the main great room. It had lights, so all I did was add a big six-loop bow that matched the other bows in the room. Burlap in tan and red colors were the perfect complement to the sweater balls on the wreath.
One of the main challenges in the boys' home is the large space. The kitchen is such a nice size to support all the people living there, so I decided to bring a little decoration over the sink. I coordinated the ribbon and just added big bows to this great looking garland from HomeGoods that was already decorated!
Sitting next to the three-ring notebook of chores in the kitchen, is this advent calendar and cute galvanized reindeer bucket full of greens. I added a bow to it to coordinate with our other decor, and I filled each of the doors in the advent calendar with surprises. There is a piece of candy and an encouraging phrase or scripture behind each door. These boys who are living on their own at such a young age need love and encouragement, and it was fun to create this for them.
The extra large dining table was fun to decorate with these cool HomeGoods crates already decorated with greens and battery-operated candles. I added Santa in his sleigh full of presents right in the middle of two of the crates. Ho! Ho! Ho!
And finally, we were able to salvage this artificial tree and add lights and ornaments. It sits in a common room in the middle of the upstairs hallway so that the boys will see it when they walk by on their way to the study room, full of their individual study carrels.
Thank you to the staff and volunteers at Boys Hope Girls Hope and Prairiefire Overland Park for making all of this possible. It will be providing great joy for a very deserving group of young scholars over the Christmas holiday!
More information on Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City is available at www.bhghkc.org. Donations are needed to support these boys who are on scholarship through college.