Author Archives: Jennifer Perkins

About Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins is an Austin based mom, DIY project designer, blogger, social marketing strategist and Treetopia brand ambassador.

All pink Christmas trees are not created equal. After receiving my Some Like It Hot Pink Treetopia tree, I am acutely aware of this. I still love my other hot pink trees, just not quite as much as I used to. It’s a Dodge Dart to a Ferrari thing; they are both fine, but one is just clearly going to be a lot more fun to drive and show off to your friends. I did a little comparing between hot pink trees to help illustrate my point.

Jennifer Perkins with a Hot Pink Christmas Tree

Jennifer Perkins with her Some Like It Hot Pink Christmas Tree

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I love pre-lit trees; all the hard work is already done for you. When I get my Christmas tree down, I want to skip as many steps ahead and get to decorating as fast as possible. Sometimes, even pre-lit trees might beg for a bit more light. Maybe you want to layer on larger novelty lights, flashing lights or possibly lit tree toppers. Taking that little bit of extra time to get your tree lights just right before you start decorating is worth it in the end.

Bubble Lights
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Think of your Christmas tree as an ice cream sundae. The tree is the actual ice cream, the ornaments are the sprinkles, and your tree topper is the cherry on top. You eat the cherry first right? Well, same thing with a Christmas tree. Before anyone notices all the ornaments and garlands you strategically placed, they are going to notice your tree topper.

Now, unconventional colorful Christmas trees call for unconventional tree toppers. Here are some Christmas tree topper ideas that you can customize to fit your theme to really make your tree pop.
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When I was a jewelry designer I specialized in unusual findings in my one of a kind creations. Cracker Jack charms, baby rattles and eyeglasses filled the pages of magazines like Elle Accessories and Marie Claire with my designs. Often when interviewed, I would say that if something would sit still long enough I would eventually find a way to make it wearable. I seem to decorate a Christmas tree with the same attitude.

Large or Small: How to Decorate with Ornaments of any Size

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The Oh Christmas Tree with Fisher Price toys and Peppermint Twist Candy Canes

Size is really the only thing you need to consider when decorating your tree (or making jewelry). When it comes to creative Christmas decorations for your tree, anything can become an ornament as long as it is not too large or too heavy. Even items on the heavier side can occasionally be wired to your tree. I’m not talking decorate a tree for your home gym with dumb bells, though I like the concept.

Quick tips for decorating with heavier ornaments:

  • Try to keep items under 2lbs each. These items won’t weigh down your branches, but several of them will make your tree extra heavy.
  • Consider wiring your tree to the wall, especially if you have small children. I often use zip ties around my trees for just this reason.

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Anyone can decorate a Christmas tree, but it takes a special person to make a tree exceptional and inspiring. Treetopia has chosen their favorite holiday tastemakers from all over the blogosphere to be members of their 2014 Treetopia Design Council. These are bloggers with impeccable taste, a keen eye for design and the uncanny ability to decorate a mean Christmas tree. I am honored and thrilled to be working along side such a talented group of designers.

Bloggers of Treetopia's Design Council 2014

Clockwise from top left: Rayan Turner, Michael Wurm, Jr., Lindsay Ballard, Reichel Broussard, Katrina Sullivan, Kami Bigler, Sam Henderson, and Amy Renea Kauffman.

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Yummm I can almost smell the carnitas in the slow cooker and the tres leches cake in the oven. That can only mean one thing in my house, Christmas is almost here. Each year for Christmas my family makes a Tex Mex feast. It all started because of some Christmas plates I bought featuring Santa on a burro surrounded by piñatas. From there our Christmas tradition was born. This year with the help of Treetopia I took our theme a step further with a Feliz Navidid tree! Want to win a $100 Treetopia gift card toward your own tree in our White Tree Mystery Giveaway? Read on and I’ll tell you how.

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I have a big tattoo of a hot pink deer smack in the middle of my left forearm. Some people might say deers are brown. Those same people might also say Christmas trees are green. I say that your tattoos and trees can be any color your little heart desires. Even ombre or rainbow!
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Choosing the right color tree for the right room and then of course the right decorations makes all the difference. Just as if you were choosing the perfect throw pillows to match your sofa you should take the same care in choosing a Christmas tree. Match your tree to your decor and you can’t go wrong. Consider further incorporating your tree into the decor with custom ornaments. As with most things, it is all about the details.

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Are you a traditional or a non-traditional Christmas person? Perhaps you are a little bit of both. Trying to make a life choice on whether to go for a green tree or a colorful tree can be stressful business. Your family’s holiday happiness rests on your heavy shoulders as you try to choose between hot pink, champagne gold or a green Christmas tree. Ok hopefully their happiness is not really contingent on tree color, but it is still a tricky decision to make. With a rainbow of colors as your option, going green can be hard.  Here are a few pointers to help you decide which tree is best for you.

Gold Tinsel Tree Decorated with Vintage Angels
Treetopia’s Toasted Champagne Gold Tinsel Tree decorated by Jennifer Perkins