Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Decorate a Christmas Tree


Once upon a time, Christmas only came every 365 days but, with Christmas in July making a more regular appearance on the party calendar, many of us are trotting out the Yuletide spirit not once but twice a year. It’s great fun, of course, and a terrific excuse for another party, but it also means dragging the Christmas tree out from under the house yet again. Here are a few tips to help make your Christmas tree magnificent.

  1. First, decide on a ‘theme’. Are you going with one colour palette – white, blue, pink? Do you prefer a tree that’s dripping in multi-coloured tinsel and decorations? Are you a Spartan or does a more ‘carnivale’ spirit suit your tastes? Make a decision and stick to it.
  2. If you’re using lights, put them on your tree first. These form the base of your display, plus they’re less likely to get caught up with the rest of your decorations when it’s time to put them back in the box!
  3. Next, drape tinsel across the tree, starting at the top and working your way down in circular loops.
  4. Now for the fun part: hanging your ornaments. This is where you can get really creative. Why not try something a little different? Use happy-snaps of your family. How about hanging individual playing cards? The red, black and white combination is both festive and quirky. Or maybe you’d like to travel the edible route with gorgeous chocolates in festive foil. Ferrero Christmas hampers are the first choice to spring to mind. They’re the perfect size and they can even be divvied out on Christmas morning – provided your children (or you!) don’t succumb to temptation before time…

Use your imagination and your tree will be the envy of the neighbourhood. Happy decorating!

This post was provided by Monique, an avid Christmas decorator and lover of chocolate.

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