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My Christmas Trees

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Putting up the Christmas tree is the best part of decorating for me. I love the anticipation of putting up my traditional trees and then thinking of how I might change a couple to give them a slightly different look. It is all so exciting to me. Is it a little crazy that I already have a couple ideas for next Christmas swirling around in my head? It used to be the most nerve wracking part of decorating, because the trees really are the show stoppers. They take center stage in a home. I have always wanted to be good at decorating my trees, but it really is an art form that takes some practice and skill. I finally have a good formula for decorating my trees. I’ve also been collecting my ornaments for about 30 years. It is definitely not something you can just go out and purchase in a year or two. I personally believe you need to spend your money on a good Christmas tree first and then start collecting the ornaments for the look you’re going for.

It always makes me so sad when I see an estate sale with tons of ornaments they’re getting rid of. Not only did they have sentimental value to the owner, but costs thousands of dollars. You can acquire ornaments by going to garage sales, after Christmas sales, using coupons, and going to the dollar store. If you want a certain style tree, I would not settle. I would wait patiently and set out to find exactly what you’re looking for. Start with an amazing tree and fill in the ornaments as you find them. You can also change your tree drastically by just changing up your garland or ribbon. This is a cheaper way to get a different look without changing all your ornaments.  I have found using the wired ribbon is the way to go.  It is much easier to manipulate and place where you want it to go.

Below you will notice all my trees are very different, but all look uniform and done in the same format.  I will show you my trees in this post.  The next post will break down the materials used step by step and how I decorated the tree.  Keep in mind, all of my trees are artificial.  My husband is allergic to the real deal so we haven’t had a real tree for about 18 years.

black and red plaid tree Collage

My perfectly plaid tree was my favorite to decorate this year. I just love the colors and the ornaments.

 

white tree Collage

 

woodland treeCollage

These are my three main trees and I love each and every one of them for different reasons. We also have a 9′ family tree that my kids decorate with their Hallmark and homemade ornaments.  I featured that tree last year.  The lights are starting to go out in certain places on that tree and will be replaced next year.  Wednesday’s post will give you a play by play on how I decorate these trees and what specific items I use to decorate each tree.  I also specify where I purchased the item so if you’re interested in picking something up you can check it out.  I would love to hear all about your trees in a comment below.  What is your theme this year?

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Christmas Home Tour part 2

I hope you saw the first tour and decided to come back for more decorating ideas.  There were just too many pictures to add so I decided to make this a two parter. If you’re new to my blog, welcome! I thought it would be fun to add some frequently asked Christmas questions as well. In my next holiday post, you will specifically see my trees and it will be broken down into how I decorate each tree step by step. Snuggle up and enjoy the last part of the tour.

Plaid table setting

My MIL gave me this centerpiece years ago. I just added the plaid ribbon.

How did you decide on your theme for this year? I found several pieces of inspiration such as a plaid box, a buffalo check pillow and a great ribbon and decided to use these items to build a plaid theme for this year. I was so excited because plaid seemed to be everywhere even in a ton of fall looks. I had no trouble finding everything from plates to wrapping paper. I had a blast creating the look I was going for. I hope you like it too.

Williams Sonoma Plaid plates

I love the Plaid plates from Williams Sonoma.

 

Traditional red and green with plaid

Sometimes I just love to go back to traditional red and green.

You should never overlook details like setting a gorgeous table. You don’t have to have fancy dishes. White works well and then spice things up with colorful napkins, table runners and place mats.

Traditional table setting

I did the table a couple different ways, but this look was most traditional.

 

gold reindeer table setting

This table setting was a more glam, glitzy look.

What is your best Hosting tip? Do things in advance like setting your tables and moving furniture. This will give you time to attend to the smallest of details which your guests will surely appreciate.

Glam table

Use flowers to adorn your table. It gives the table a beautiful look.

 

2 dozen red roses

Two dozen red roses definitely add a special detail to this table.

What is the entertaining rule you live by? Shop your home first and see what you have. Most times you already have what you need and can mix and match things from other holidays to create a beautiful look.

gold reindeer

I got these gold deer from Target. They also had them in silver.

 

snowflake ornament

I put the snowflake ornament on everyone’s plate. I think it adds a nice touch.

 

coffee vignette

Set up a little coffee station vignette to give your kitchen that Christmas touch.

Favorite Holiday Tradition? I always make Christmas breakfast and then we eat lunch at my mom’s house after we open gifts. I love that we’ve done that for years.

mirrored chest

This mirrored chest is in my mudroom. This is the fanciest it has ever looked. My husband usually uses that dough bowl for his keys.

 

cranberries for Christmas

Using cranberries in your Christmas decor is quite easy and inexpensive.

 

beautiful packages

Beautiful packages can really make your decor stand out.

What is the secret to trimming a perfect tree? Fluff the tree first. Once it is out of the box fluffing an artificial tree is the most important step to making it look more realistic. Also, if you have an artificial tree, stick some real branches in bare spaces.  This makes your home smell really nice and gives the look of a real tree.

metallics

I love how this look came together in my upstairs hallway.

 

Metallics in decoarting

Metallics were very popular for decorating this season.

I hope you made it to the end.  Thank you for stopping by.  If you didn’t see part 1 of my Chritsmas tour, you can check it out here.  Also, I did a collab with my friend Michelle and you can check that post out here.  Please leave me a comment telling me one of your family traditions.

Yours Truly,

Jenn