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.
Your Christmas table setting doesn’t have to be elaborate or traditional to be elegant. Set a contemporary tablescape for a sophisticated holiday scene that’s simple yet strikingly stylish. Check out our Christmas table decorating ideas for some sparkling inspiration.
Pick a Pretty Palette
Instead of the classic Christmas combination of red and green, get creative with bold, vivid colors. Whether you love electric purple, robin egg blue, or Crayola orange, decorating with an unconventional palette adds extra excitement to your holiday table.
Layering various shades of the same color is a great way to achieve a rich, well-defined look. Replicate this pink-hued setting by placing a pink runner on a black table top or over a black tablecloth. Build up the theme with color-coordinated dinner candles and napkins, and mixing in pink salad plates with fine white china. Clear stemware and glass candle holders, along with small silver table accents, help enhance the impact of colorful pieces.
For a mod and minimalist look, go with black and white plates, silver cutlery, and white candles. Spice things up with napkins and paper-craft accents with graphic patterns. Neon yellow soup bowls or goblets bring a festive pop of color and flair to this monochromatic scheme.
Select a Sensational Centerpiece
As we’ve mentioned before, centerpieces are essential to a beautiful tablescape but are sometimes the last item on many holiday to-do lists. Instead of a lavish traditional centerpiece, opt for one that’s fun and easy to make.
Play around with scale and space to create a dramatic centerpiece, like the one shown in the image above. First, set colored candles in varying heights on a mirrored or metallic table runner. Then, use varying lengths of nylon fishing line to hang polished ball ornaments from the chandelier.
The holidays are a time for merrymaking, quality time with family and friends, and decorating the house to get into the spirit of the season. Add some punch to your home décor this Christmas with gorgeous centerpieces. Rediscover their beauty and use them to add some flair to your festive mix of artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands.
In a previous post, we showed you how the centerpiece can enhance the décor in any room. In this post, we go into how you can make it one of the unifying elements in your overall holiday décor.
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.
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.
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.
Miniature Christmas trees may be small but they provide plenty of style. Even if you already own a full-sized artificial Christmas tree, potted trees and tabletop trees are perfect for adding a touch of holiday cheer anywhere in your home. Here are some simple Christmas decorating ideas for brightening up your surroundings with mini Christmas trees.
Accentuate Your Mantel
Tabletop Christmas trees help complete the festive look of your mantelpiece, transforming your fireplace into a major focal point of your home. If you’re planning on having a sleek and sophisticated holiday mantel, use our Snow Capped Mini Flocked Trees to bring a lovely wintry touch to your display.
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
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.
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.
Centerpieces are par for the course when it comes to the dinner table, but did you know that they can also be used to decorate other parts of the home? On your mantel or in the sitting room, they’re extra elements you can use to match or complement your lovely Christmas ornaments and other holiday decorations. From mercury glass centerpieces to fall-inspired motifs, centerpieces are a great way to foster a festive mood in your home for the holidays.
Before you start with your Christmas decorating, read on to find out how you can make your home a Christmas wonderland with the help of centerpieces, and a bit of resourcefulness.
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