10 Tips For Decorating The Perfect Christmas Tree- Tip # 8- The Tree Topper

Your Christmas tree topper will give your tree personality. As a child I remember my mother being an expert tree decorator, she always topped our trees with the most beautiful Angels. Even her very last small table top tree was topped with a small angel ornament. Over the years I’ve used my own assortment of tree toppers including angels, stars, floral sprays, explosions of stars, ceiling hung toppers, groupings of ornaments, icicles, but this year we will have to see what I come up with. Maybe we will start to see some of my mother’s Christmas angels on my trees. Wire and secure your tree topper carefully and if you have left space while planning your tree height, you will have plenty of room for a beautiful tree topper. So, be creative and have some fun, either handmade, store bought or an old heirloom that can be passed down to future generations, the top of your tree will surely be the focal point of your Christmas tree.

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10 Tips For Designing The Perfect Holiday Table- Tip # 7 Table Linens

Table linens include table clothes, napkins, runners and placemats. Mixed together properly, table linens can pull together the entire look of your holiday table. When choosing these items, it is important to size them properly to your table. Measure your table top and be sure you find a table cloth that is bigger than your table. I like quite a bit of overhang on a tablecloth, be sure the overhang is even on all sides of your table. If you use a runner, be sure it is long enough for your table, these should overhang as well. Mix patterns and fabrics together but be sure to keep your china as the focal point. Use unexpected fabrics for your table, beautiful wool blanket, a scarf, some crisp casual dish towels, if the colors coordinate,these items can make a beautiful unique choice for table covers, placemats, or napkins.

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10 Tips For Designing The Perfect Holiday Table- Tip #4- Add Something From Nature

Add something from nature- So many natural elements can be used as part of the decoration of your holiday table. A touch of nature adds an organic element to your decor. I have used everything from pinecones, fruit, vegetables, branches, tree bark, and every nut, berry, and greenery variety that I could find in my area to enhance my table. Some of these elements add fragrance as well. Fruit combined with greenery can make a great centerpiece. Small arrangements of flowers or greenery at each place setting can add a touch of nature to your table. Add paint, ribbon, candles, be creative, just remember to clean everything thoroughly before bringing it in from the yard. I little goes a long way with natural elements, stick with one or two items in multiples.

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10 Tips For Decorating The Perfect Christmas Tree- Tip #7- Ornaments

Yes, it is finally time to hang some ornaments. Time to bring out all of those precious heirloom ornaments, handmade ornaments, mixed with a careful hand, these are the touches that give the tree personality. Always hang your largest ornaments first, depending on the size,then work your way down to the smallest of ornaments. Any really large, oversized ornaments could be hung before you ribbon and garland, but most ornaments are easily hung after ribbon and garlands. Take a step back once and a while to view your tree, this will help you space your ornaments. Ornament hooks work fine, but for large, heavy ornaments, wire works best, just wire them to each tree limb.Thin ribbon works well in households with small children and pets, as hooks might be a safety hazard. Just hang each ornament from a small piece of ribbon. Continue hanging ornaments and balance them out throughout the tree, hanging some ornaments on the inner tree limbs to give the tree depth. Have fun adding to your collection in the years to come.

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10 Tips For Designing The Perfect Holiday Table- Tip #6 Place cards

Use place cards. This is a great way to make your guests feel welcomed at your holiday table. When my children were little, I always involved them in creating place cards for everyone. A simple fall leaf can be transformed into an elegant place card with a marker. Have fun and get creative, everyone with be trilled to see their name at their place setting.

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10 Tips for Decorating the Perfect Christmas Tree- Tip # 6- Garlands and Ribbon

Every great Christmas Tree has a mix of elements to give it depth and interest.Garlands and ribbon should be the first layer on your tree. Garlands could be made of anything strung on a string,from simple popcorn and cranberries to garlands of beads and glass,depending on the size of your tree, most garlands come in 6-9′ lengths, so you will need several for a full sized tree. Don’t be afraid to mix and match multiple garlands on a tree. Garland can be draped horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, depending on how heavy or garland is, and how sturdy your tree limbs are, I usually see how well it is laying on the tree and adjust where needed. Ribbons could be hung now as well, if my tree topper will consist of ribbon, then I will weave from the top and work down, creating what I need for the topper. Simple craft ribbon or beautiful wired ribbon, the weight and feel of the ribbon will determine what you can do with it on your tree.If you are having trouble, remember that simple ribbon bows will always work and can be individually placed on the tree. Use some creativity, this will take some practice, but just have fun and enjoy the process!

Merry Christmas and Happy Decorating!

One of this years Christmas Trees.

One of this years Christmas Trees.

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