Whether you love Mardis Gras or simply enjoy colorful parties, Treetopia will show you how to plan a FUN-tastic Carnival party

You may have missed the festivities during this year’s Mardis Gras Parade but that doesn’t mean you have to wait another year to experience the glorious festive atmosphere that comes with it. Read on below for tips on how to organize your very own Mardis Gras, whether you’re planning for next year or you just want to host a carnival-themed party any time of the year.

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Food, Glorious Food!

Mardis Gras is not the English translation of “Fat Tuesday” for nothing. Since this day of celebration is held before Lent and fasting begin, it’s only natural to gorge on glorious food. So if you really want a carnival-inspired celebration, it is a must for your party to be filled (if not overflowing) with food. You can start off with a simple appetizer like this scrumptious shrimp canapé recipe from Leslie Styles’ blog. Caryn Ross also shares a couple of easy-to-make Mardis Gras recipes on her blog, Cooking with Caryn. Follow it up with three or four types of main dish until your guests reach the delicious moon pie dessert or traditional king cake. You don’t have to worry because there’s always room for dessert.

moon pie photo by steevithak via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0 (left) and king cake photo by syvwlch via flickr. CC BY 2.0 (right)


You may be on our own but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day. Here are some home decorating tips to make your home ooze a romantic atmosphere.

Valentine’s Day is an occasion met with a full spectrum of emotions: from excitement to hatred and simply not caring. While many single people tend to express dislike for this day, the truth is, you don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to enjoy Valentine’s Day and neither should you feel sorry for yourself. This day is an occasion to celebrate love and every kind of relationship founded on love, not just romantic ones. One of the ways you can have your own celebration is by sprucing up your home décor to give your guests a warm, fuzzy feeling when they step inside your abode. Here are some simple Valentine décor to consider:

Reds and Pinks

They say red is the color of love, so if there’s any color combination that’s spot on for Valentine’s it’s the full spectrum of red and pink. Bring out or buy a red carpet, hang pink curtains, and protect your dining table with red and pink place mats. You can also add some white accents to soften the effect.

The Single’s Guide to Decorating for Valentine’s: Red and Pinks
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Roses may be red and chocolates brown but Treetopia trees win the Valentine crown

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Love songs on air, women with twinkling eyes and men with nervous smiles, romantic restaurants with a long waiting list – these are some of the signs that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. However, with the busy schedules of career-driven individuals and equally career-driven partners, romance sometimes takes a back seat. Take a break this Valentine’s Day and treat your partner to a romantic celebration.

When it comes to preparing for a special romantic day, it’s best to be fully prepared and pull out all the stops. These moves may be cheesy, but you can rest assured that by the end of the night, you’ll bring a smile to your partner’s face and feel flames of love ignite once more. Let Treetopia trees be your accomplice as they show you how to kindle love this Valentine’s.


Instead of following the crowd, show the crowd how fabulous you really are

Many choose to follow trends because it’s easier and more accessible since stores are always well-stocked on trendy design items. However, like all predictable things, trends soon run out of style and are quickly replaced by another. More often than not, trends that people can’t get enough of at one point just as quickly go out of fashion, like how the retro trend started gaining popularity again, only to die down months later.

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If you’re thinking of revamping the style of your home, Treetopia gives you a preview of some top home décor trends for 2013

If you’re one of the many who belong to the hip, stylish, sophisticated crowd, then you’re probably looking for a way to revamp your home according to the new fashion trends. Since Treetopia appreciates what rocks the world of fashion and design, we have gathered some of the top home décor trends that will certainly make your nest the fabulous home it was meant to be.


Treetopia shows you how to create something fabulous out of old Christmas cards

When Thanksgiving ends, the influx of Christmas cards starts to pour in within weeks. Each one is unique in the sense that it contains imprints of those fantastic people whom we hold dear and who took the time to scribble messages to warm our hearts during the chilly Christmas season.  Instead of stuffing all those gorgeous Christmas cards in a box, never knowing when they will be touched by the sun’s rays again, channel your creative energy into preserving those little cards filled with love and sentiments. Treetopia has thought of ways on how you can give your old Christmas cards new life.

Wall of Fame

While we all say that every unique Christmas card is a treasure, it’s impossible not to have a favorite among your collection. Choose an empty area in your home, perhaps a small wall space or at the back of one of your doors, and display all your favorite Christmas cards in that area. You can even purchase a large cork or laminated board where the cards will be tacked or taped if you don’t want to stick the cards directly on your wall. Name this space the Christmas Cards Wall of Fame.

reuse old christmas cards
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A look at some fabulous celebrity Christmas homes this holiday season

Now that we have reached the climax of 2012’s holiday season and we have showcased the beauty of our fabulously decorated homes, it’s time to put our feet up and take a breather before we start removing all the holiday décor. As you relax, we invite you to enjoy or draw inspiration from celebrity home designs for the holidays. (more…)

If you’re tired of the usual Christmas décor, read on for weird Christmas decoration ideas you can work into your home.

Christmas is just around the corner, so the chance of coming across a home that isn’t decorated is slim. While some homes display classic and elegant décor, there are some people who would prefer to personalize their décor by displaying weird Christmas decorations. If you’re looking for ways to embrace some weird and wonderful ideas for your home this Christmas, Treetopia has some ideas for you.

Cartoon-inspired Décor

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Go with decorations inspired by cartoon characters in Christmas gear to fill your home with lighthearted fun. It would certainly be a weird but wonderful sight for an adult’s home to be filled with youthful amusement.

Dried and Preserved Food

You can go natural this season by hanging an array of handmade preserved fruits on your Christmas tree for an oddly delicious display. The frosty sugared fruit will not only sparkle under the lights – it’ll also provide a quick snack for anyone who can’t stand to wait for Christmas dinner. If you think that’s not weird, just put yourself in the shoes of people who prefer to display traditional ornaments.

Wicked Christmas

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Have a wicked Christmas by displaying ornaments crafted into the likeness of your favorite villains. Add some weird Christmas ornaments into the mix to make your décor all the more unique by not being too Christmas-inspired. Be sure to practice your evil laugh to demonstrate to your guests when they enter your home.

Buggy Ornaments

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If you love insects or simply love to creep everyone out with bugs, you can display insect ornaments in your home. It’s up to you whether you want elegant and beautiful insects to crawl all over your tree, or a creepy crawly infestation that will surely make anyone cringe upon entering your home.

Laugh out Loud Décor

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Since the Christmas season is already a season of smiles, turn it into a full-blown season of laughter and merriment. Think about ways to elicit laughter from anyone who passes by your home. It can be as simple as displaying funny or weird Christmas ornaments or something more intricately planned that will garner a response from passers-by before they realize the trick.

Since there’s a little bit of weirdness in everyone, it’s not difficult to incorporate weird Christmas decorations in the home. Just embrace your inner weirdness and let it take the lead in your Christmas decorating.

If you have suggestions on how to decorate your tree or house with “weird” as concept, please share your thoughts with us.

If you want to blend in fabulously this season, decorate your home for Christmas with these themes.

Christmas has long since moved away from the red and green color combination that used to adorn our homes. While some people choose to inject their personality into their holiday decorations, there are many who enjoy following holiday decorating trends. If you’re looking for tips and ideas about what is hot this season, keep reading and Treetopia will show you the way.

Metallic and Pink Christmas Trees

Metallic and Pink Christmas Trees

Good news for everyone who loves to grab attention with shiny or startlingly colorful décor. Metallic Christmas trees and pink Christmas trees are trending in 2012. You won’t need to put a lot of decorations on your tree when it’s already a stylish centerpiece. Enjoy your time in the spotlight with your shining, shimmering Christmas tree, or increase the girly atmosphere in your home this season.

LED Christmas Lights in Cool Colors

Christmas Decoration Themes

One of the most contemporary and refreshing themes this season is using energy-saving LED lights to brighten up both your home and your Christmas tree. It is a triple benefit situation: (1) your home dazzles with the current trend, (2) your home and tree are bright and shiny, and (3) you lessen your energy consumption by using LED lights. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

Glitter, Vintage, and Glass Ornaments

Glass Ornament

Another one of the current must-have trends is to decorate your home with glitter, vintage, or glass ornaments for a bit of retro sparkle. A salute to old fashioned style that is simple but elegant, luminous ornaments will surely make you reminisce about traditional Christmas celebrations.


Red Ornaments

Coming up with a personalized decorating theme is a major trend in 2012. It’s hard to go wrong with such a subjective theme but if you are looking for style guidance, color combination themes are always a safe bet. You can go with a classic red and gold, white and turquoise, blue and silver, or a multi-colored décor theme. Whatever you choose, just make sure that you have enough décor on hand to fully carry out your theme.

Handcrafted Ornaments

Hand made Santa Ornament

Take personalization to the next level by decorating your home with handcrafted ornaments for innovative visual flair. Whether you make the ornaments yourself or you buy them from the local craft store or holiday bazaar, handcrafted ornaments will surely make your decoration more distinct.

Decorating your home for the holidays doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend more to make your home more beautiful. The trends and themes for 2012 point toward spending less by saving energy and paying homage to old fashioned glamour. However you choose to decorate your home, just be sure to remember that this season is all about hope and happiness.

If you’re stumped about how to style your pencil tree, read below.

Pencil Tree Banner

When space around your home is scarce but you want to keep the spirit of Christmas alive, set up a space-saving pencil Christmas tree instead of a  fuller, traditional one. For first time owners of pencil trees or those who have tried but were unsuccessful in their attempts to make it look as fabulous as they imagined, Treetopia has gathered some one-of-a-kind tips and tricks to help you make your tree look more amazing.


Formally Yours Black and White Ornament Set

Having over the top, flashy ornaments hanging on your Christmas tree is not always the best option. Sometimes, you have to take the simple route when decorating, especially since conventional decorations associated with traditional Christmas trees do not always look good on pencil trees. You can choose a minimalistic theme in a monochromatic palette and decorate your tree with ornaments of the same color, but in varying degrees of shade, for a polished and modern look.

Go 3-D

Femme Fatale Glass Heel Ornaments

Go for a dramatic three-dimensional design scheme with your pencil tree decorations by adding the illusion of depth. Creating depth is actually simple. All you need are ornaments in different sizes and a strategy for layering the ornaments around the tree. Place all the smaller ornaments in the inner portion of the tree, while the larger ones should be in full display. Think of the inner parts of the tree as the farther edge of your line of sight, while the outer part is the plane nearer you.

Be Consistent

Starry Night Satin Dream Ornaments

If you do not have the time to create the illusion of depth or arrange Christmas ornaments according to size, you may choose to decorate your pencil tree using only large ornaments instead. This will surely make your tree glamorous and noticeable, because the size of the ornaments creates a stark contrast to the size of the tree. You can even wrap the tree in a garland as a unique finishing touch.

Ribbons and Sashes

Decorate with Ribbons

You can also create a fabulously decorated pencil tree using only ribbons and sashes. These materials are easy to find; you just have to go to your local hobby store and ask for a ribbon or sash with an appropriate width so that it will easily be seen. We are fans of Cheri’s and Kristen’s blogs, which both teach how to decorate using ribbons.

Decorating a pencil tree is actually easy. All you have to do is select chic and stylish materials and ornaments and keep things simple. Leave the bulk of the ornaments off the tree. After all, you did get your pencil tree to save space in your home.

If you have any tips or tricks on how to decorate a pencil Christmas tree, we invite you to share your ideas here.