The idea of spending the Holidays at home (for the first time since forever!) has made me super excited to go crazy with all things X-mas. :) And what's more festive than a huge gorgeous nostalgic over-the-top X-mas tree?? I honestly didn't anticipate feeling so giddy about it, but I had the most fun picking out our ornaments from Goodwill (they have an amazing handmade selection, including fairies, ballerinas, and candy-inspired options!) and dressing up our tree in the sparkliest way possible. Now all that's left to do is fill up the space underneath with prezzies (easy) and keep Bobke from destroying the entire thing (not easy). And since X-mas is all about sharing, here are my 5 ultimate tips for getting a perfect X-mas tree:
1 / FLUFF IT
The first step is putting in your X-mas lights (I used to do this towards the end, which was always so stressful! :)) and 'fluffing' your tree by adding branch-and-leaf-shaped pieces that make your tree look fuller and more voluminous. This allows you to hang your actual ornaments more near the front of the tree, while avoiding empty-looking spaces.
2 / PICK YOUR COLOUR SCHEME
If you want a tree that's classic and nostalgic but still stylish, picking out (and sticking to!) a colour scheme is crucial. I'm not gonna lie: I need my tree to be festive and glittery, so I went with golden, silver, and white tones. You can then add some pops of colour and a personal touch with ornaments of your choice (such as miniature lipsticks, because, I mean!).
3 / HANG YOUR ORNAMENTS
While you obviously want all your ornaments to be pretty, there's always some that are SMACK BANG gorgeous, and some that are just regularly gorgeous. You want to hang those last ones a bit more in the back, towards the trunk, again to make the tree look fuller, and to create some reflection with your X-mas lights. If you have several ornaments of the same kind, try to hang them close to each other (instead of apart), preferably in pairs of three.
4 / COVER UP THE BOTTOM
It can be a bit of a downer to have a gorgeous tree with a bare bottom part, so I do like the idea of creating a 'tree skirt' that covers up anything that's going on below - in my case, I totally added stuff to make the tree appear taller and create more space for presents (don't judge).
5 / ADD THE FINISHING TOUCH
If you're going for the perfect traditional tree you have to pay attention to the top! I initially wanted to put a bow on it, but then changed my mind to mixing up different X-mas balls and hanging them really closely together in the top. I think it's kind of a more 'modern' interpretation, and I really like how it turned out. :)
What do you guys think? Do you have any other tips for me? :) I can't wait to spend X-mas eve with all my loved ones sitting around this beautiful tree, with hot chocolate and way too many sweets!