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Learn how to bring out the full beauty of your Treetopia Christmas tree with Treetopia’s Design Council 2013. In this series, we invite expert design bloggers to decorate their favorite Treetopia Christmas tree and share the fabulous results with us. Be inspired and discover the fine art of Christmas tree decorating with these terrific tips and amazing advice straight from the pros.

Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm returns to dazzle us once again. He pulled out all the stops on this jaw-dropping creation.

We began our Design Council series many weeks ago with Michael’s super-pretty vintage golden Christmas tree. His design received so many compliments that we couldn’t resist inviting Michael to work his magic again. In his blog post, “A Colorful Christmas Tree Treetopia Hump Day Giveaway,” Michael takes a Treetopia Slim Spruce Christmas Tree and transforms it into a stunning spectacle of color and cheer.

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If you’re planning to host a Christmas party at home, make sure it’s stylish, stress-free, and bursting with Christmas spirit. Throw the hottest holiday bash without breaking a sweat with these quick and simple Christmas party ideas.

1. Make a list, check it twice

To keep your party manageable, limit your guest list based on the size of your dinner table. Any more than 6 will usually require catering, so be sure to invite only those you really want to spend the evening with. Be sure to send out invitations three or four weeks in advance as people’s calendars can fill up pretty quickly.

Prepare your menu and a corresponding shopping list, and then plot down a schedule for cleaning the house, doing the groceries, setting the table, and cooking the dishes.

2. Set the look

Christmas is often characterized by feelings of abundance, but you should avoid over-decorating. Instead, limit the celebration space to three focal points, such as the Christmas tree, the food table, and the fireplace. A lit fireplace makes your home warm and cozy, but if an open fire is not an option, you can cluster together tea lights and candles to create a relaxing mood.

For your table setting, choose a color scheme from your holiday decorating palette and apply this to your centerpiece, table runner, and napkins. Try to use space saving tabletops such as a small floral centerpiece to avoid overcrowding the table.

Don’t forget the music playlist to enhance the fun party atmosphere.

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Shimmering, silvery tinsel can make your Christmas tree look dazzling and festive. It might take a bit more effort putting it up, but it is well worth it! We are mad about these fancy strands and the way they bring us back in time to traditional Christmases past. We’ll talk more about great decorating ideas using tinsel, and as a special treat, we will show you how to dress up your Treetopia Shimmering Silver Pencil tree.

Putting tinsel on the tree

Invented in Germany in 1610, tinsel was originally intended to mimic the look of icicles and enhance the flickering lights of candles on the tree. To achieve this effect on a traditional Christmas tree, start by making sure all your ornaments are in place and then switch on your tree lights.

Christmas ball ornaments on silver tinsel

Photo from Horia Varlan via flickr. CC BY 2.0.

Beginning at the top of the tree, take two or three strands of tinsel at a time and place them gently on the outer needle tips. Make sure the tinsel strands are spaced evenly apart. Don’t simply place strands of tinsel carelessly or you’ll end up with clumps of tangled tinsel which makes your tree look sloppy. Do take your time and enjoy this simple, once-a-year pleasure.

Using other tinsel décor in the home

To add sparkle to your holiday table, fill clear glass vases and bowls with tinsel and display them as is, or add in poinsettias and hollies. To add pizazz to your table settings, roll up flatware in a cloth napkin and wrap the bundle with a single strand of tinsel tied in a neat little bow or secure with thread and a white tinsel pompom.

Around the house, you may drape tinsel around headboards and mirrors, or tack them to windows or door frames. But take extra precaution if you have young children or pets in your home. These can get snagged and cause injuries.

Decorating your Shimmering Silver Pencil tree

This slim and sleek Treetopia Christmas tree is bursting with glittery light-reflecting needles, making it a tinsel-lover’s dream! With a traditional green tree, the focus is on the ornaments, but with a silver tree like this, you’ll want all of the attention on its sparkling branches.

Treetopia Shimmering Silver Pencil Tree

Decorate this slim tree with small colorful glass Christmas balls or with any themed ornaments, but do so in moderation to avoid overwhelming the tree. Adorning your tree with vintage ornaments creates a stylish look and is an elegant homage to the aluminum trees of the 1950’s. Christmas tree decorating need not be complicated. You can jazz up your home instantly with this radiant beauty.

If you have suggestions on how to decorate your home with shiny, dazzling tinsel, share your ideas or photos with us on the comments section.

 

Holiday cheer shouldn’t be limited to the room where your main Christmas tree is placed. Spread Christmas spirit to every room of your home with these simple and fun decorating tips.

Bedroom

Choose a Christmas color scheme to use in your bedroom. You may opt to adopt the color theme you used on your Christmas tree, or choose an entirely different palette appropriate to the season.

Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine

Make the entrance to your room warm and welcoming with a festive and colorful wreath. Decorate your walls or bulletin board with holiday photos, Christmas stick-on decals, or anything that are easy to hang and take down.

A miniature Christmas tree, such as the Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine, adds a lively glow to your writing desk or night table with its collection of clear lights.

For your bed, place a winter quilt or bedspread that reflects your chosen colors along with a few Christmas-themed pillows. As a final touch, hang a sprig of mistletoe directly over your bed .

Kitchen

Add some Christmas spirit to the room where you create delicious and magical meals. A pair of these adorable Treetopia Snow Capped Mini Flocked Trees on the kitchen counter provides fun and cheery company as you prepare your next awe-inspiring holiday dish.

Treetopia Snow Capped Mini Flocked Trees

Put a dash of color on your tabletop with sprigs of greens and red winterberries in simple vases or jars. Christmas candles in decorative glass or tin holders also add a beautiful touch. Make sure to avoid scented candlesticks though, as they may overpower the appetizing aroma of your cooking.

A gingerbread house and a carafe filled with red and white candy canes are a sweet way to give your kitchen a hint of nostalgia and a pretty punch of color.

Bathroom

Decorating the bathroom for Christmas can be lots of fun. First off, switch your regular hand towels for ones with colorful Christmas designs. Tying red satin ribbons around stacks of towels makes for a quick and beautiful piece of holiday décor.

Next, hang simple ornaments from mirrors and windows but avoid wired or battery-operated décor as spills and splashes can occur in the bathroom. Displaying shiny ornaments in a decorative tray is also a chic, simple, safe way to spruce up your bath.

White candleholder with tealight

Finally, place scented candles in decorative glass or tin holders. The pleasant fragrance of apple, peppermint, or mulberry adds a great layer of comfort to this all-important room.

In all the holiday rush, we tend to focus all our decorating in the living room, dining room, or den. Get your entire home ready for the holidays by extending the joyful look of Christmas to other, often overlooked rooms.

 

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Instead of trudging to the mall with your Christmas gift list, consider shopping online instead. Cyber Monday offers online shoppers great deals with the added benefit of convenience. Make the most of your Cyber Monday shopping spree with these helpful tips.

Make a List

If you plan to visit several websites to make multiple purchases, be sure to have a list of gifts you intend to buy in order to minimize confusion and the time you spend online.

Green keyboard button for shopping

To prevent the lure of impulse buying, write down your budget for each item, and stick to your list!

Research and Compare Prices

Be careful of marketers that try to make regular prices appear like bargains. Before doing any cyber shopping, find out the approximate retail price for your items so you can spot the real deals.

Pile on dollar bills

While shopping, make use of comparative shopping engine apps or tools to check the lowest possible price for your items across the web and at local stores. Sign up for email alerts from price comparison sites for a heads up on hourly deals.

Track Retailer Promotions

If you have a preferred retailer, monitor their blog and sign up for their newsletter a week or two before Cyber Monday to stay informed about upcoming promos and to avail of exclusive subscriber coupons.

Make sure to follow your favorite stores and brands on Facebook and Twitter. They will often announce their latest discounts and deals on popular social sites.

Protect Yourself Online

Guard yourself against identity theft and online fraud. To check if a site is private and secure, look at its URL and see if it says https:// and shows a small padlock icon during the payment process.

Shopping online with a credit card

Make sure your anti-virus software is running and up to date. An effective anti-virus program can detect viruses and key loggers used by phishing scams to steal your personal or credit card details.

You can never be too careful when it comes to passwords. Secure your phone, tablet, and wireless network with a password made up of upper and lowercase letters and numbers. Create a new password for each site that requires you to sign up for a shopping account.

Be Early and Act Fast

Keep in mind that items with low prices may be limited in quantity, so start your bargain hunting early. Avoid peak shopping hours in the late morning and early evening, and look for online equivalents of “door buster deals” where great deals are offered only for a certain period of time.

Hand on alarm clock

Be careful not to be taken in by the rush of the sales tactic or you may end up making a lot of unnecessary purchases.

If you’re planning to buy a new Christmas tree this year, check out our Cyber Monday sale and find a fun and fabulous Treetopia tree that’s perfect for you.

 

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Photo from Stuart Miles via Freedigitalphotos
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Photo from Stuart Miles via Freedigitalphotos

Chic outdoor Christmas decorations provide a stylish welcome to your guests. Give your home and exteriors a dreamy designer look for the holidays with these dazzling DIYs and fabulous finds.

Ice Skate Wreath

Add a playful zip to your holiday exteriors by incorporating an eye-catching accent to a traditional Christmas wreath.

This ice skate wreath from Alderberryhill radiates with nostalgic charm and is surprisingly easy to make. If ice skating is a popular pastime where you live, there’s a good chance you can find a pair of vintage ice skates in your attic, flea market, or yard sale.

Simply take a skate, fill the opening with some artificial foliage and berries, and then tie it to an old-fashioned Christmas wreath. Add a red bow to the neck of the skate to make it look extra festive.

Malta Lanterns

Cast an alluring candlelit glow on your walkway or porch with multi-sized Malta lanterns, such as these black metal lanterns from Pier 1. With their clean, solid lines and old-fashioned look, these lanterns exude elegance and history that match the beauty of the Christmas season.

For a simple yet stunning outdoor display, place pillar candles, along with glittery acorns or holly branches, inside the lanterns. You can choose to hang the lanterns, place them on the steps, or simply lay them on a tabletop.

If you find their basic black too strong for your tastes, pick up a can of spray paint and give your lanterns a new wintry white coat or a lustrous, golden sheen.

Frozen Ice Ornaments

Give your outdoors a truly unique and festive look with these do-it-yourself ice ornaments. From slices of fresh fruit and branches to colorful baubles and plastic trinkets, these frozen décor are super cute and can be customized any way your heart desires.

As demonstrated in Tatertots & Jello by guest bloggers Emily and Jaime from Everyday Art, you simply need to fill various plastic containers with your pretty items, position a length of strong yarn, fill the containers with water, and then leave them in the freezer or your icy outdoors overnight. By morning, hang your fabulous frosted ornaments on your tree to add some pizzazz to your lawn or backyard.

Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine Tree

Bring instant sparkle and cheer to your front porch with a miniature potted Christmas tree. This Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine Tree is all dolled up with pine cones, red berries, and an array of sparkly clear lights, so there’s no need to add any more decorations on it.

Miniature potted Christmas tree with pine cones and berries

It will look great displayed on the window sill, a tabletop, or on the porch steps surrounded by some poinsettias. This potted tree comes with UL-approved lights so it’s totally safe for use outside the house.
Try out these simple and chic decorating ideas and make your outdoors extra impressive and inviting this Christmas season.

Black Friday is arguably the most awaited day for holiday shoppers and bargain hunters. This annual event can be full of frenzy and excitement, so consider these simple and helpful shopping tips when deciding what to buy on this madcap day.

Electronics

Be careful when buying big ticket items like a TV. Some low-priced TVs are derivative models produced especially for Black Friday and may have lower specs, less features, or a shorter warranty than the standard model. This may be acceptable for a second or third set, but if you are looking to upgrade your main TV or build a home theater, remember that the best TV deals are offered right before the Super Bowl in early February.

Widescreen projection TV in a luxurious home theater

The Superbowl season is the best time to buy a TV

Don’t be tempted to buy an outdated smartphone just because it comes free with a 24-month service contract. Chances are very good that you can find great deals on newer phones at the same store. Compared to last year’s models, recently released phones usually have a sharper screen, faster processor, and more convenient features.

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Set a festive mood for your holiday dinner by offering a toast to the wonderful family and friends who have gathered at your Thanksgiving table. At the same time, tantalize them with delectable canapés to whet their appetite before the feast begins.

A Toast to the Holidays

Poinsettia Cocktail

This classic orange-and-cranberry flavored cocktail has a pretty rose-tinged tint that adds a beautiful blush of color to your dinner table.  Light, crisp, and fizzy, this holiday drink packs a lot of fruity flavor. Quick and easy to prepare, this cocktail is mixed directly in the drinking glass and doesn’t require precise measurements.

Poinsettia cocktails on dinner table

Poinsettia for cocktails and for holiday decor

Although recipe variations abound, this classic Poinsettia formula by TheKitchn begins by pouring two ounces of chilled cranberry juice and half an ounce of Cointreau in a champagne flute.  Top up with champagne or sparkling white wine, and garnish with a twist of orange and a fresh cranberry.

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Learn how to bring out the full beauty of your Treetopia Christmas tree with Treetopia’s Design Council 2013. In this series, we invite expert design bloggers to decorate their favorite Treetopia Christmas tree and share the fabulous results with us. Be inspired and discover the fine art of Christmas tree decorating with these terrific tips and amazing advice straight from the pros.

This delightfully decorated Christmas tree comes to us courtesy of Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators.

The lovely and versatile Treetopia Basics – White Tree is the subject of Jennifer’s keen sense of design in her “My White Christmas Tree & A Treetopia Giveaway” blog article.

Jennifer has always wanted a white tree, so she chose this slim, snowy tree to brighten up the look of her basement. Intended as a “kids’ tree,” Jennifer loaded her tree with vibrant colors and craft decorations to make it look super fun and playful. Complementing the array of shimmering ball ornaments are hand-decorated glittery pine cones, pink plastic cups and teapots, and a gorgeous handmade paper chain. As a cute and clever touch, she used two of her daughter’s colorful tutus as a tree skirt.

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Learn how to bring out the full beauty of your Treetopia Christmas tree with Treetopia’s Design Council 2013. In this series, we invite expert design bloggers to decorate their favorite Treetopia Christmas tree and share the fabulous results with us. Be inspired and discover the fine art of Christmas tree decorating with these terrific tips and amazing advice straight from the pros.

Next up on our Treetopia Design Council series is this glamorous tree decorated by Reichel Broussard of Copy Cat Chic.

Check out Reichel’s “Copy Cat Chic Giveaway | Treetopia” blog article and admire her elegant take on Treetopia’s Midnight Black Christmas Tree. Her choice of sparkling gold, silver, and platinum decorations gives her black Christmas tree a radiance that heightens the black and white motif of her living room. Come night-time, the warm, glowing sight of its metallic ball ornaments, rustic pine cones, and little trinkets gives this tree a breathtaking visual impact.

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