We asked Cassandra Scully, of Creative Elegance to take over the blog today, and give us some ideas on how to create a Christmas tree everyone will remember.
Christmas is absolutely my favorite time of the year, and yes, decorating my home and our Christmas tree is a huge part of why I love Christmas! Your Christmas tree is a representation of you and your home, after all you will be the one living with it for the remainder of the holiday season. I personally like to think outside the box, and stray away from doing the typical cookie cutter tree decor. Here are some of my tips for creating and decorating the perfect Christmas tree everyone will remember.
CHOOSING A TREE:
Real vs Fake:
I have had both and I personally prefer the fake tree because I don’t have to worry about it after I put it up. (very low maintenance) I’m not a fan of real trees for the following reasons: I have to go out in the cold to search for one, then select one – hoping the one I choose fits in my car. I like my trees to be perfect in shape and full in size. Once you are home with the tree, you hope once again, it fits through your door. The main reason I don’t like real trees is because of the maintenance they require; they are messy! You have to keep watering real trees and sweeping up pines needles due to shedding.
If you put up a real tree for the holidays, hats off you. I do realize that a lot of families prefer the real trees as it seems more festive.
NEW TREND: Your Christmas tree doesn’t have to be “Green” – a lot of families are now going with the trends and getting a white tree, which I think is so pretty, you can also find pink trees in some stores as well. When getting these types of colored trees, you will find that that you are limited as to what you can do decor or color wise, so keep that in mind.
CHOOSING A THEME AND OR COLOUR:
At the end of every Christmas season, as I am taking down the tree, I instantly start to think of what my theme, or color will be for the upcoming year…(I hope I’m not the only one that does this…) You can choose from the traditional colors such as; red & green with a hint of gold or blue & silver or just gold, or family ornaments or whatever goes…you get the drift.
CHOOSING THE DECOR AND ACCESSORIES:
I am a creative and love to try different things. Last year (2015) I decided on a “peacock” themed Christmas Tree, yes that’s right, a peacock theme. You may be wondering, what does that look like? Well, the colors consisted of purples, turquoise and greens. As for accessories, I found these perfect little birds (blue in color) and peacock feathers and used them as my tree toppers as well as through out the tree with some matching tulle.
My 2016 tree theme is “Mad Hatter” …in neon pink – I felt extremely playful this year and used a top hat as my topper and everything fell into place, all the ornaments are all different colors with pink & blue flashing and still lights…my best creation yet!
THEMED TREE ON A BUDGET:
You may think to have a “themed” and well decorated tree it may break the bank, nope, think again. This just is not the case. What I’ve found that works for me is, the end of season sales. when the stores are selling out all the Christmas decor and accessories on the discounted shelf, you can get these items at low as 50% off or more. Canadian Tire, Walmart and Michael’s are great for finding discounted items at end of season sales.
I truly hope these tips will help you in choosing, creating and decorating the perfect tree for you and your family this year. Remember to make it fun and exciting as well and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
You can always head to pinterest for creative out of the box ideas.
Christmas is about being with family and making memories and what better way to do that than creating amazing tree memories with your family.
Cassandra Scully is the Owner and Event Stylist of Creative Elegance. Creative Elegance is a Toronto based event planning company with a niche for creating custom designs for special events.