Everyone wants their family to enjoy the Christmas tree. The problem is, small children sometimes want to enjoy the tree a little too much. Just like the family cat, Christmas trees do not enjoy babies pulling their limbs. The cat might hiss, but the tree might fall. Christmas tree safety is something to consider when the wee ones are not quite old enough to fully understand “no.” Or in the case of my children, just pretend not to hear it.

Girl with Christmas tree

Kids love Christmas trees

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Learn how to bring out the full beauty of your Treetopia Christmas tree with Treetopia’s Design Council 2014. 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 terrific tips and amazing advice straight from the pros.

Decorated Treetopia Oh Christmas Tree

Use understated tree decorations for an elegant look.

Shape plays a major role in showing off your Christmas tree’s lovely profile. Some of you may love the glitz and glamour of an extravagantly decorated tree, but for Lindsay, the understated route is her preferred road to tree-decorating bliss. In a recent post, she showed us how she helped her dear friend Olivia properly, and beautifully, trim a stunning Oh Christmas Tree.
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Caitlin, Crystal, and Jeanne around their Treetopia tree

Tree-decorating parties can be glamorous events!

As tree-decorating parties go, Sacramento Street’s may just be one of the most stylish. Blogger and designer Caitlin invited two of her closest girlfriends, Crystal from Rue Mag and Jeanne fromShop Sweet Things, to spend an afternoon of friendly conversation and, of course, tree decorating.

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Treetopia’s Black Friday Christmas tree Deals

Treetopia’s Black Friday Christmas tree Deals

Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping craze, and what better way to kick off the Christmas season than with the perfect tree? If you’re looking to replace your grandma’s tree with a stylish and smartly designed alternative, Treetopia’s got you covered. Here’s the 411 on Treetopia’s best deals on Black Friday.

Winter White Tree

Winter white Christmas tree perfect for traditional or modern decorations

Winter White Christmas Tree

 

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Black Friday marks the start of the Christmas shopping rush. With people looking to get the best deals, this can be an intense, exhausting, yet rewarding experience. A little bit of planning and prioritization can go along a way in securing the best prices. Get the most of this year’s super sales event with this ultimate guide for Black Friday shopping from Treetopia.

Use your smartphone

There is a variety of smartphone apps specifically made for shopping on Black Friday. Apps like the Black Friday 2014 Ads App for IOS or Black Friday for Android offer thousands of deals that you can get your hands on without walking out the door. National and local retailers have also jumped on the tech bandwagon, so check out the Google Playstore or Apple’s Appstore for store-specific applications, like Amazon’s mobile app. From easy parking to coupons, smartphone applications should be your first stop when looking for a great deal.

Find the best deals online

Some of the best deals can be found through the internet. In fact, some stores offer “web only” discounts that you wouldn’t be able to take advantage of otherwise. You have two options when ordering online —either you have your item delivered to you, or you wait for the volume of shoppers to decrease and make your way to your local store to pick-up your package. For hassle-free Christmas tree shopping, Treetopia offers direct-to-your door deliveries for artificial trees of all sizes, shapes, and colors from our website. If you can find a great deal online, there’s really no need to go out and keep the Thanksgiving leftovers waiting.

Do your research

 If you can’t find the best deals online or on your phone, a bit of diligence can make shopping a whole lot easier. If you are looking for a laptop, find out if the store 10 minutes away has a better price on MacBooks than the one around the corner, because some discounts could be worth the quick drive. Familiarizing yourself with store policies is also a must. Is there a restocking fee? Do you need to bring a magazine cutout or coupons to avail of the price slash? The answer to these questions can save you from a lot of headaches down the road.

Avoid the rush

More and more retailers are slashing their prices on the eve of the big day. If you have time on Thanksgiving Day, why wait for the Friday rush? Watch out for early bird promos and midnight madness sales that happen between 12 am to 4 am. Check out stores after buying supplies for your Thanksgiving dinner, and you could avoid waking up early and standing in lines altogether.

Stock up on supplies

If you decide that braving the lines and possibly bad weather is the way to go, make sure that you come prepared. It’s a jungle out there, and you’ll need rest, hydration, and rations if you want to survive. Get as much sleep as you can after your Thanksgiving dinner. Bring small snacks and bottled water to keep you full and hydrated while waiting for the stores to open.

Prepare for the long queue 

Long lines on Black Friday are as certain as death and taxes. You can be standing in line for hours, so make sure to have something to keep you busy. Bring your smartphone so you can play Candy Crush, or get through a few chapters of your favorite book. It’s going to be a long and tiring day for sure, but bringing a distraction can help ease the wait. Some bring lounge chairs for a quick snooze while waiting in line, but don’t get too comfy; you’ll need your wits about you once the queue starts moving.

Make it a group activity

It may be best to leave your children at home, but shopping with friends or family can be very exciting. If you coordinate, you can cross things off your list faster than when flying solo. Travelling in a group can also be safer. With limited stocks and sleep-deprived shoppers, crowds can get rowdy and unpredictable, and it would be best to have someone watching your back.

With a bit of prioritization and some help from this guide from Treetopia, you can save yourself a lot of hassle during the biggest shopping event of the year . If you’re on the hunt for a new Christmas tree, check out this post on 5 Treetopia trees with exclusive Black Friday deals!

Kitschy Christmas 2014

Christmas decorating is a highlight of every décor enthusiast’s year. For Jennifer Perkins, Christmas decorating morphed from being a hobby to a healthy obsession—and she has 80 beautifully decorated trees from last year’s Christmas to prove it. Jennifer now makes it a point to create extraordinary and thematic decorations throughout the year, be it Christmas, Labor Day, or Halloween. In a previous post, Jennifer showed us her own take on the Treetopia Candy Corn Christmas Tree, showcasing her eclectic style and penchant for kitschy collectibles through its decor.

The Treetopia blog was able to pry Jennifer away from her decorating to answer a few questions about her design preferences and inspiration. This post features our short interview with Jennifer and shows what makes an eclectic designer and crafter like her tick.

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According to a survey conducted by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the US candy industry will make $2.5 billion this year from Halloween candy sales alone. That’s a lot of candy, and it probably doesn’t all end up being eaten.

If you’re one of the many who end up with excess candy, don’t toss it! Turn your candy corn, gummy bears, M&Ms, and Jolly Ranchers into delicious desserts and kitchen eye candy in time for Thanksgiving.

Read on for three easy, creative recipes that will soon empty your Halloween candy bags, and add some appetizing color to your dining table.

Cookie Dough Truffles

Not everything that is deliciously crumbly and gooey comes from the oven. These cookie dough truffles only require a bit of rigorous stirring and some time in the freezer. For this decadent chocolate recipe, you’ll need to get some M&M’s, marshmallows, and hard candies from your Halloween loot.

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It’s that time of the year again; that time when you get to be a different person—or object—and do some roleplaying as your favorite movie or cartoon character. With Halloween just a few days away, you’re either dressed up and raring to go or stressed out and desperate to find a costume. If you’re in need of a get-up fast, these DIY ideas can help get you out of a bind and inspire you to get creative with your Halloween costume this year.

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From Elsa Schiaparelli’s 1937 lobster dress to Lady Gaga’s iconic meat dress, food has long been a visual treasure trove for designers hungry for inspiration. Lately, fashion shows have been a smorgasbord of culinary-oriented clothing and accessories, with Moschino serving up fast-food styled dresses and Kate Spade models toting bags shaped like Chinese take-out containers.

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Throwing summer parties, like weekend barbeques, birthday bashes, and dinner parties, are always fun, but let’s face it, these warm-weather months can get too hot for comfort.  When the sun’s scorching heat beats down on your summer celebration, serve ice-cold refreshments to help guests keep cool and in the right merrymaking mood.

From delicious cocktails to kid-friendly drinks, these thoroughly satisfying thirst-quenchers fit perfectly with the Christmas in July party theme we presented in a previous article, and are an exciting addition to any summer party menu.

Iced Eggnog

The signature beverage of the Christmas season, old-fashioned eggnog may be too heavy to enjoy in the summertime. Instead, serve a batch of Iced Eggnog, an easy-to-prepare concoction that originates from the land down under. With their Christmas taking place at the height of summer, our Aussie friends are experts at cooling down while whooping it up. (more…)