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Holiday Decorating – The Dinner Table


No holiday dinner is complete without an elegant table setting. This sophisticated setting takes elegance to another level with unexpected pops of chartreuse, peacock feather place mats and assorted glass ornaments along with oversized faux gems scattered along the center of the table.


Carnation Centerpieces: These three wreaths are easy to make with florist’s foam wreath bases, pearl ornaments, and scarlet carnations. Add glass hurricanes and ivory color candles for classic Christmas centerpieces.


Flowering Martini: This drink is stylish with a single ornament holding flowers. Simply remove the silver hook on the ornament and stick the flowers of your choice inside.

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December 14, 2009 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

Holiday Decorating – The Tree

  

  • When Decorating your Christmas Tree, put the lights on first, then garlands, then ornaments.
  • Work from the inside out: start arranging Christmas tree lights near the base of the tree. Weave strings of lights on the along the branches “inside”, then move to the outer edges of the branches.
  • Placement of ornaments: Don’t hang all of the ornaments on the tips of the branches. Place ornaments and other decorating ‘inside’ your tree to add depth and interest.
  • Basic ornaments for fill: Start by arranging the “filler ornaments” evenly spaced around the tree. This would include basic solid color balls that are easily found at discount stores in a wide range of colors to coordinate and enhance your decorating scheme. You’ll need about 20 “filler ornaments” for every 2 feet of Christmas tree. 
  • Special themed, collectable ornaments: Mix one-of-a-kind special ornaments between the basic ornaments. Plan to use at lease 10 special themed ornaments for every 2 feet of tree. As your collection grows, place the special ornaments closer together. 

Think Overscale

Our tree above illustrates a technique that most home decorators miss: using overscaled ornaments. The large silver balls and stars have a huge impact. Though oversized decorations may cost a bit more, you won’t need many (about a dozen for an average size tree), and the effect will be stunning!

The second tree, a fir tree, covered in vintage clock faces creates a timely theme. The vibrant pink-and-gold color scheme extends to Christmas stockings and a tree skirt fashioned from old quilts by Sis Boom, and clock-inspired trimmings.

Stick with a Theme: A large white butterfly gives a clue to the leafy garden theme of this tree. Green dragonflies and a selection of artificial leaf sprays add to the theme that’s further enhanced with green ornaments and glittered netting. Even the tree skirt was embellished with floral sprays.

Design with Line: Ornaments in one color and style get a designer look by varying the sizes (small, medium, and large) and by choosing them in a unique matte luster finish rather than a standard shiny gloss. Slim ribbon garlands crisscross horizontally across the tree while dozens of glass icicles add a vertical element.

Glam It Up: Crystals add sparkle and shine to any tree. Because they are see-through, however, you’ll want to place them near lights and mix them in with more colorful items.

Color Your World: Designers create trees using colors and themes that relate to the room where the tree is displayed. Repeat your room’s hues and motifs using ribbons, wrapping paper, garlands, and ornaments to harmonize with or complement what you already have.

Remember to Repeat: Repeat one type of ornament so it creates a color, shape, or theme through a tree. These red decorations help unite the other one-of-a-kind ornaments. We recommend buying two to four dozen of a main theme element (like these red balls). Various sizes, shapes, or finishes of such an element will add even more flair.

Rustic

Clean-lined Rustic is one of the most relaxing and fresh styles of the holiday season. Simple color schemes with metallic accents and lots of nature inspired colors make a room bright and airy.

Natural

Vivid Robin’s Egg Blue ornaments lend this conifer top (often sold by tree farms and vendors) a touch of whimsy. Handmade taffeta birds alight in the branches, making their home among faux nests and glass and foil-covered eggs. A champagne bucket makes a one-of-a-kind tree stand.

Shimmering Vintage-Style Tinsel

This type of tree lights up a seldom-used area, such as an alcove beneath the stairs, creating an ideal spot to stow gifts for guests. When placed together, different-sized trees — each set in a classic urn and hung with glittery ornaments and glass garlands — evoke the feeling of an enchanted forest.

Serene

Pure White Doves flock en masse to the miniature tree’s branches, proclaiming “peace on Earth.” Cut your own from white card stock and hang from lengths of ribbon, or use doveshaped gift tags for a quicker solution. In keeping with the humble theme, the tree sits inside a pale blue-painted galvanized bucket.

An upside-down Christmas tree?

Who has ever heard of anything so ridiculous?
Well, you may be surprised to hear that an upside-down Christmas tree is one of the hottest fads of the season. But it’s actually not so new!

Hanging fir trees upside down goes back to the Middle Ages, when Europeans did it to represent the Trinity. But now, Christmas trees are shaped with the tip pointing to heaven, and some think an upside-down Christmas tree is disrespectful or sacrilegious.

The trees were recently introduced to retailers for in store displays, so more ornaments could be displayed at eye level to the buying public. And they left more floor space to hold extra stock of decorations.

December 2, 2009 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment


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