Decorating the outside of your home for the holidays is easy. All you need is a quick trip to your local Big Box store and a couple of bucks, and you’ll have a winter wonderland of inflatable Santas and his friends the reindeers, the Grinch, and even Shrek all over your lawn. Throw in a few dozen plastic candy canes, and you have a party!

Decorating the outside of your home for the holidays while maintaining the elegance of your home and staying within your style aesthetic—that’s a bigger challenge. We have three key tips for outdoor holiday décor to create the perfect blend of holiday splendor and upscale design.

1. Light it up

No holiday décor would be complete without lights. But that doesn’t mean you have to turn your house into The Griswolds. A tasteful display of holiday lights can give your home some seasonal sparkle. Lights strung along your house can also highlight the architecture, while twinkle lights in trees and net lights on hedges create uniformity without going overboard.

Sea of Lights

Holiday lights are constantly evolving, and today’s choices are better and easier to use than ever. “String lights continue to evolve, so know what to look for before you hit the store,” said Better Homes and Gardens. “LED lights are more expensive than incadescents but are designed to last longer. They also tend to have more lights per string, which compensates for any loss in brightness.”

To take the hassle out of having exterior lights, HGTV has a simple solution. “For a low-maintenance approach to exterior holiday lighting, consider timer activation. One of the most popular products available is a plug-in on/off module which can handle up to 1500 watts. Although there are many styles available, most options simply plug into an exterior outlet.”Does the idea of cords crisscrossing your lawn give you anxiety? Go cord-free with solar lights that charge during the day and stay lit for about eight hours at night.

Another trick to hiding cords is to wrap them in greenery, said Southern Living. “Disguise unsightly wires from string lights by winding them around a column or post with Christmas greenery or garland.”

For more holiday light ideas, see Better Homes and Gardens. And for what not to do, see Huffington Post’s rundown of tacky holiday lights.

2. Let it shine

The holidays are the perfect time to bring out the pretty. Gather up those silver bells, those glittery candles, and those gilded bowls and create sparkly displays that attract the right kind of attention to your home.

This easy display under glass from Better Homes and Gardens is a great way to create a colorful vignette on a porch or patio—and use up an extra ornaments that didn’t make it on the tree. Or, raid your kitchen for a serving tray that can hold a festive candle collection. “Take this silver serving tray,” said Better Homes and Gardens. “It offers the perfect receptacle for a collection of shimmery candleholders, evergreen sprigs, pinecones, and holiday ornaments.”

Large trees in your front yard make the perfect spot to showcase holiday decor. Hang these mercury glass outdoor ornaments and create a beautiful, reflective focal point. Don’t have the right trees for hanging ornaments? Bring in a trio of pre-lit trees for a festive display.

3. Keep it natural

Even if you don’t have abundant greenery in your yard, you can still create a verdant atmosphere during the holidays by bringing in garland. Choose a pre-lit version to dress up a doorway or to swag along a fence. You can also create a welcoming atmosphere by framing your entry or walkway with pre-lit pinecone greenery set inside column planters.

Grandin Road’s pre-lit outdoor reindeer figures allow you to bring in some of the whimsy of Christmas but with an elegant hand. Not a big fan of reindeer? How about penguins?

Line a walkway with these mini staked trees. Or, if your home’s size and stature warrants, use a full-size tree on other side of your entry for instant holiday glamour.

Have an idea for elegant outdoor holiday decor? Share it with us in the comments!