Getting Christmas Ready for a Progressive Dinner Party

I live in a small neighborhood, so I have gotten to know quite a few of my neighbors really well. They in turn have gotten to know me, and some of my unique skill sets. My neighbor Nancy called me wanting to know if I could come over and help her get her decorations ready for the progressive dinner party that we were having in the neighborhood that Friday. I really love that my neighborhood tries to do this every year, and three to four homes volunteer to host a specific part of a four course meal. She along with my neighbors Chris and Andre had agreed to host the Appetizers. Because of this, even though she was going to be away for Christmas, she had decided to decorate.

When I arrived she asked my opinion about some poinsettias that she was going to add to her stairway garland, and she also wanted to get my opinion on the fireplace mantle decorations. Well, let me just say after we finished the balcony and mantle, she starting thinking bigger – about 7.5 feet bigger to be exact. She had a very nice Balsam Hill tree – see one similar here, that she was going to leave bare. Well, I couldn’t in good conscious let her do that, so after she showed me what she had, I sent her out to purchase some additional gold stems from Michaels and then I went to work creating some bows for her tree.

These are bunny ear bows, and they can be made quickly by using two cut pieces of ribbon and creating a loop in each one, and then tying them together with some floral wire. I made about 20 of them for her tree. After Nancy returned with her stems, I asked her to gather all of her red, green and gold ornaments and items. Then I went to work on her tree. Stems and bows first, the tree topper, and then the ornaments.

It took me about two hours from start to finish to decorate her tree. Here is what it looks like with the lights on:

She had a very pretty raffia angel that we added to the top of her tree.

She was very pleased with the results and I surprised myself at how quickly I was able to pull together a finished product for her.

Leave a comment and let me know how you think it turned out.

Christmas 2017 Home Tour – The Office Tree, Part 3 of 3

After purchasing a new dining table, I felt like there wasn’t enough space in the Dining room to accommodate a large tree, so I made the decision to move the tree into the Office.

The front Christmas tree is always red and gold and I typically use the same ornaments year after year. So last year I had a trio of trees, the year before I had a wide tree, and the first year in this home I had a live tree. Well, not to be outdone, this year I had to have yet another new tree. I thought a slim tree would fit the bill for its new home space.

I found just the tree I wanted from Sam’s Club. It’s a Sherman Spruce, and it’s magnificent. Even though I have room for a 9′ tree, I decided that a 7.5′ tree would be best as I would have more options to display it. This tree has 1000 led lights – Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah…. because just speaking of it makes me want to sing.

100 lights per foot of tree is ideal, and it is what you should look for when purchasing an artificial tree – but 1000 lights for a 7.5′ tree is not typical, so I literally jumped at the chance to own it. For once, there is no need for me to add any additional lights, (insert more singing here).

In the past I have used a big bow at the top of my trees, but I decided I wanted a different look, so I bundled some sprays and picks together and created this as my tree topper.

After my topper, I added the rest of the picks and sprays and ribbon garland to the tree.

Next I got inspired to create three tiered loops out of my existing string garland to place around my tree. I had seen these at Frontgate and at Raz Imports, but instead of purchasing them – I decided that I could fashion some on my own. This process actually took quite a bit of time, but was well worth the effort.

Once I finally finished with my beaded garland I started to add all of the ornaments. After adding some of my existing ornaments and some new glass ornaments that I purchased at Costco, I still thought the tree was missing something…Whimsy.

That sent me on a hunt for some objects that I could stuff into the tree. After a trip to Hobby Lobby and two hours later, I returned victorious. Notice the newly added gift boxes stuffed into the tree. That added that touch of whimsy that I was missing, now all I had to do was add the tree skirt and the gifts – Voila.

A more close-up view.

I hope you enjoyed my Winter Whimsy Christmas Home tour, and hopefully I inspired you to create your own Merry. Click on the links to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the tour. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Enjoy Decorating!!!