January 14, 2014

Christmas decor, as the popular catchphrase goes, are gifts that keep on giving. Some holiday pieces are so beautiful that it would be a shame to simply keep them in storage. Treetopia lets you in on a few tips on how to reuse Christmas decorations that you can display all year long.

1. Use Christmas lights as decorative lighting

The delicate, comforting glow of Christmas lights look great any time of the year. To make your bedroom feel warmer and cozier, hang strands of Christmas lights on your walls. You can also wrap them around your bed’s metal frame, or arrange them against the wall to form a bright faux headboard. For an even more dazzling touch, use holiday lights to outline your window frames and illuminate your mirror.

If you have a garden, place strings of clear lights on the trees or potted plants that line the path to your front door. Mount clear or multi-colored Christmas lights on window sills and patio covers to keep your home’s façade looking fun and festive.

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January 12, 2014

Put on your gown and high heels, folks, because we’re going posh and pretty this weekend! The stage is all set for the 71st Annual Golden Globes Awards, and Treetopia is there to help spice up the red carpet!

An annual formal ceremony, the Golden Globes awards the entertainment industry’s best and brightest in film and television, both local and foreign. In that one special night, Hollywood’s elite gather to honor their peers and delight fans with a glimpse of their favorite stars at their most glamorous.

This year, the awards will broadcast live from the posh Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and we’ll be adding eye-popping color and flair to the evening’s proceedings in true Treetopia style.

Three orange topiaries from Treetopia

These lovely orange topiaries, designed especially for the occasion by Treetopia, will be rubbing shoulders with your favorite celebrities in the press room and on the red carpet. With their sparkling array of clear lights, these orange topiaries echo the iconic look of the Golden Globes statuettes. Personally, we’re crossing our fingers for American Hustle for best picture and Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler for Best TV Actress in a Comedy. (She deserves that award, seriously!)

So invite your family and friends to keep an eye out for our fabulous creations when you watch all glitz, glamor, and fun on January 12, 2014. And if you’re looking for something special for your own industry event, visit Treetopia for the perfect tree that will fit right into your party. You can also contact us at media@treetopia.com for more details on a custom-made tree.

January 9, 2014

After the holidays, it’s important to take the time and effort to properly pack away your Christmas decorations. Maintaining the good condition of your tree ornaments, Christmas lights, and wreaths means you can use them again next year instead of buying new ones. Keep your holiday décor safe and sound with these easy and effective storage tips.

Christmas Lights

Christmas lights have a tendency to get tangled up easily if they’re not stored properly. To avoid messy knots and broken bulbs, try some of these simple organizing ideas.

Tangled and twisted string of Christmas lights

Plastic bag – Wrap a light strand around your hand and elbow to form a circle, then use zip ties to secure the bundle. Place the lights in a large zip top bag, and label the bag according to color, type, or where it’s placed around the house. Store the bags in a sturdy plastic bin.

Cardboard – Take a sheet of strong cardboard, cover it with leftover giftwrapping paper, and cut small slits at both ends. Carefully wrap the light strand around the sheet and use the slits to secure the plugs.

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January 7, 2014

Your marvelous Christmas tree has been a great source of beauty and inspiration all season long, but now it deserves a well-earned beauty sleep.

To preserve the look and condition of your tree, avoid packing your tree in the original cardboard box it arrived in. Once a tree has been fluffed, squeezing it back into its box is difficult and can damage the its branches, tips, and lights. Also, cardboard boxes deteriorate over time, potentially exposing your tree to pests, dust, and the elements.

If you’re serious about keeping your tree in tip-top shape, consider these top-notch storage solutions.

1. Big Red Tree Storage Bag

If you’re looking for a convenient, high-quality Christmas tree bag at a wallet-friendly price, Treetopia’s Big Red Tree Storage Bag is a great option.

Treetopia's Big Red Tree Storage Bag

Its lightweight construction, durable side handles, and three solid rolling wheels are specifically designed to make moving your tree into storage quick and hassle-free. The roomy interior of this tree bag provides tons of space to pack full-shaped artificial Christmas trees, even those up to 9 feet tall. With its removable ID tag, you’ll know exactly what’s inside the bag without having to open it. Another feature you’ll love is its festive red color, which makes it easy to spot in a crowded storage room or closet.

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January 2, 2014

It may seem ironic, but feeling stressed after Christmas is not uncommon. After enjoying a fun and exciting vacation, many people dread returning to their usual work routine. Factors such as pressure to become productive again, anxiety over New Year’s resolutions, and other expectations can make it hard to relax and focus. Let’s look at some ways of coping with post-holiday stress.

1. Clear out remnants of the holidays.

Don’t wait too long to take down the Christmas tree and pack away decorations. Seeing these can bring back memories, good or otherwise, and prolong your holiday hangover.

Various Christmas decor scattered on table

Less clutter and distractions allow you to concentrate on more important things. Look at this as a great opportunity to rearrange the furniture and redecorate for the rest of winter. (more…)

December 31, 2013

The Christmas season has left an inedible mark on all of us with its inspiring visions and dazzling looks. Before the New Year arrives, let’s reflect on the beauty of the holiday season and look back on the stylish and unforgettable Christmas tree decorating trends of 2013.

1.       Nature-inspired 

In 2013, decorating a Christmas tree with elements gathered from nature continued to give homes a sense of warmth and authenticity. Pine cones were a popular choice, along with antlers, feathers, and acorns, which together offered a tasteful and masculine theme. (more…)

December 26, 2013

The past year has been quite a roller coaster ride and everyone is looking forward to starting 2014 with a bang. Pulling off the perfect New Year’s Eve Party is easy if you follow these simple suggestions.

Décor

A simple way to enhance the festive look of your existing Christmas décor is to add balloons. Get helium ones in white, silver, or a color that matches your holiday palette. Allowing them to float freely on the ceiling instead of tying them to objects creates great visual impact.

A white table cloth helps reflect light to keep your party space bright. Embellish the table with confetti and a bit of glitter to give it a magical sparkle.

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Party favors such as hats, tiaras, carnival masks, feather boas, horns, streamers, and noisemakers double nicely as décor. Get them in a variety of attractive colors and designs, and let guests take them home as parting gifts. (more…)

December 25, 2013

Christmas is a time for giving, caring, and sharing blessings with those you love most. The best part comes when you all sit down at the dinner table to enjoy a great, home-cooked meal peppered with great conversation. But just as you’re about to dig into your second helping of sweet potato pie, the inevitable happens. You find yourself in the hot seat and the same old embarrassing questions about your weight, job, and love life start to flow like the wine which you suddenly wish you had more of.

This year, deflect uncomfortable questions and steer towards more pleasant topics by impressing your relatives and friends with these fun and fascinating Christmas trivia.

1. Rudolph’s red nose

What’s the real cause of Rudolph’s famous crimson-colored nose? Allergies? Too much peppermint schnapps? In 1986, a Norwegian scientist speculated that a parasitic infection of the respiratory system discolored poor Rudolph’s honker.

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December 24, 2013

Holidays are a time for indulgence. Serve these creative Christmas drinks to put everyone in a festive mood.

1. Snowman Hot Chocolate from Meet the Dubiens

There is nothing quite like curling up with a mug of steaming hot chocolate to warm you up on a cold winter. Make your regular hot chocolate even more special by dissolving a candy cane to give it a hint of mint. Throw in some whipped cream and toss snowman decorated marshmallows on top for a cute and adorable treat!

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December 19, 2013

Christmas is fast approaching and your shopping list is still looking rather long. Fret not! Here are quick last minute shopping tips to get you through the holiday rush.

 

1. Shop Online

computer mouse and credit card for online shopping

Do your online shopping early. Check out online retail stores at least a week before Christmas. While some retail companies now offer same day delivery at a higher cost, it is still best to order it in advance to avoid stress and disappointment. Read the FAQ section of your chosen online shop to find out their shipment schedules. If the website has an unreliable schedule, start looking for other online stores to save yourself from the hassle of figuring out whether your purchases will arrive on time. As an additional tip, avoid purchasing items that may take longer to deliver, like customizable gifts and large items.

Pick up the items instead of having them shipped. Save time by using the “in-store pick-up” feature of online shops. Some stores send a message via email or text to inform you that your item is ready; all you have to do is drive by the store to pick it up. No need to waste time searching around the aisles because you have already picked items online. Not only will you eliminate waiting time with this feature, you also save on shipping charges.

Shop safely. Do your research on the item you are purchasing by reading up on product reviews and looking for comparative features and prices. Because you will be giving out personal information, such as your phone number, address and credit card number, make sure to shop only from secure websites. Aside from product reviews, read up on testimonials about the online store as well to learn from other people’s experiences.

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