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Share Your Own Family Holiday Traditions in the Tree Classics’ Christmas Sweepstakes

Attending midnight mass, cooking up a storm in the kitchen with Grandma, and gathering around the Christmas tree – heartwarming holiday celebrations never grow old.

Each family has its own tale of holiday traditions to tell. Whether it involves candy canes and stockings, bountiful Christmas feasts, or chestnuts roasting on an open fire (as the old song goes): it’s Christmas at its purest and you celebrate it with your loved ones.

Allow us here at Tree Classics to spread the holiday cheer and share a couple of your heartwarming snowman stories through our Family Holiday Traditions Sweepstakes, where you could be one of five winners to receive $50 gift cards!

How to Join

Simply like Tree Classics on Facebook, and provide your full name, email address, and state. You can enter every day from October 27 to November 9, 2014.

The good news is you can double your chances of winning: share the contest on Facebook and Twitter, answer the question: “What is your favorite Christmas family tradition?” and include the hashtag #TreeClassicsHoliday. This way, you earn bonus entries!

Win Tree Classics Gift Cards!

Five (5) lucky Tree Classics fans will be randomly drawn at the end of the contest period and will be awarded Tree Classics Gift Cards worth $50 each. Winners will be announced on November 11. No purchase is required for you to qualify in this sweepstakes.

Get a head start by following us on the Tree Classics Facebook page now, and spread the happy holiday bug this early by sharing your own family’s cherished Yuletide tradition! We’d love to hear about your kids making cookies for Santa or reindeer dust or your grand homecoming for this special time of the year.

Tree Classics Product Feature: Venetian Elegance Wreath and Garland

As far as holiday decorating goes, artificial wreaths and garlands provide an excellent way to enhance the timeless appeal of Christmas displays. Whether used as accents or as centerpieces on their own, these decorative pieces easily infuse space with the warm and festive atmosphere that the Yuletide season is known for. And since they are a lot smaller compared to Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands also make versatile decorating options that allow you to highlight different corners of your home.

To help you choose the best holiday accents for your home, we take a look at Tree Classics’ Venetian Elegance Wreath and Garland. Featuring a gorgeous combination of evergreen foliage and classic Christmas trimmings, this holiday showpiece brings the magnificence of the season to your display.

Quality Evergreen Foliage 

Venetian Elegance Wreath and Garland

Inspired by the rustic beauty of live evergreen trees, the Venetian Elegance Wreath and Garland features lush dark green needles made of a mixture of high quality pine and PVC tips. The rich foliage of this wreath and garland lets you add the elegance of nature to your Christmas display. Place the Venetian Elegance on your entryway to turn it into a heartwarming welcome for guests, or hang it above your holiday mantel to create a charming centerpiece that your family and friends will surely love.

Classic Holiday Adornments

Pine cones, red flowers and bronze ornaments

The beautiful foliage of the Venetian Elegance already makes it a breathtaking fixture on any room, but with its lavish adornments of holiday trimmings, our Christmas wreath and garland combination simply transforms spaces into a vision of Yuletide elegance. Decorated with pine cones, bronze ornaments, gold streaks, and red flowers, the Venetian Elegance infuses homes with the timelessness of classic Christmas décor.

High Performance Christmas Lights

The Venetian Elegance wreath and garland also features UL-approved bright clear lights to let you decorate both indoor and outdoor spaces. Professionally strung to hide the light strands, these high-quality Christmas lights allow our wreath and garland to sparkle with a warm and inviting brilliance seen even in dark winter evenings.

This season, usher in the holidays with a magnificent Christmas display with Tree Classics’ charming Venetian Elegance Wreath and Garland. For more information on our Christmas products, stay tuned to the Tree Classics blog.

How to Brighten Up Your Holiday Display with Tree Classics

Christmas is a season of lights, colors and sounds. Now that the holidays are just around the corner, households are turning to holiday displays to create a brilliant atmosphere that will inspire the season’s festivities. In this post, Tree Classics features some ideas for brightening up your home and welcoming the Yuletide spirit with the gentle luminescence of Christmas lights.

Christmas light strings

Christmas lights are indispensable especially in months leading to Christmas and New Year. They create an energizing ambiance that rouses cheer and excitement in everyone. Because of the popularity of these lights, homeowners have come up with a lot of ideas to put them up uniquely.

Christmas lights are commonly seen as a complement to other holiday decorations. But more than an ornament, these lights can actually turn into a light fixture!

This homemade chandelier is a brilliant way to combine a holiday decorating purpose with the everyday function of a light fixture. To create this wonderful showpiece, wrap your Tree Classics’ Christmas lights all over a metal chandelier frame. Hang your new Christmas lights chandelier and enjoy its radiance as it lends your home a unique touch and a festive glow.

Pre-lit wreaths

Christmas wreaths are most commonly seen on the front door, and over the fireplace mantle. Because most of them come pre-lit, they are often placed to give rooms a lovely and inviting glow.

Pre-lit artificial Christmas wreath

If you want to display a wreath in a space that’s away from an electrical outlet, a battery-operated wreath makes an excellent choice. The Grand Fir Christmas Wreath from Tree Classics not only boasts of lush and layered foliage, it also gives off a heartwarming radiance with its battery-powered LED lights. Its timer feature makes it easy for you to hang it anywhere you want and have it turned off automatically at a certain time.

Grand Fir Christmas Wreath

To enhance the glow of your pre-lit artificial wreath, try hanging it over a mirror or any other glossy surface that can reflect your wreath’s luminosity.

Another unique way to display your pre-lit wreaths is to turn them into a hanging Christmas tree. First, stack the wreaths according to their sizes, with the small wreaths placed on top of the big ones. Next, tie the wreaths together using a ribbon, leaving a space between each one to allow the ribbon to be seen. Finally, display your unique Christmas tree by hanging it from a ceiling hook, or secure it to a sturdy chandelier or pendant light fixture. You can also use a single wreath for this project, as long as it is dazzling and exceptional on its own.

Pre-lit garlands

Christmas garlands make stunning decorations on any space, and when pre-strung with Christmas lights, they become even more enchanting as holiday accents.

Garlands are a must-have for homes with staircases. They highlight the beautiful angles and lines that add interest and draw attention your home’s design. Whether you stretch them along the handrails, or let them drape, pre-lit garlands are a gorgeous accent for your interiors.

Show your guests the way to your home by highlighting doorways with pre-lit Christmas garlands. Not only do they illuminate the entryway, they also serve as a preview to the ornament ensemble you have put up throughout your home. Tree Classics’ Venetian Elegance Christmas Wreath offers a timeless and luxurious accent for your entryways courtesy of its pine cone and bronze ornaments, gold streaks and red flower embellishments.

Venetian Elegance Christmas Wreath

No cupboards and countertops will ever be overlooked when brightened up with pre-lit garlands. By making your kitchen look as festive as the living room, you will get more inspired to prepare your best dishes for the holidays.

Your creativity is best unleashed for this season of merriment. Have a brighter home with the brilliance of Christmas lights and pre-lit foliage products.

Autumn Table Settings for Your Dinner Party

Table Settings for a Fall Dinner Party

Autumn is here, and it’s evident through the cool breeze and the wonderful colors in the trees. For most, this season is one of the busiest in the year, what with the fall dinners to prepare and the coming holiday rush that brings with it a joyful list of chores. A fall dinner party need not be stressful, however, and these simple fall table settings will help give you get a headstart on your fall preparations.

The Farmhouse

If you’re hesitant to bid the summer farewell, keep the fall leaves at a minimum and focus on a harvest theme that comes with brighter colors reminiscent of the summer. For a centerpiece that symbolizes abundance, arrange clusters of wheat in a clear glass or silver container. To dress up the container, use a small wreath underneath it. For the individual plates, use silver napkin holders to go with the silverware. Add some pumpkin-scented votives to the centerpiece and you have an ideal table setting to help you transition from summer to autumn. If you want to add some fun to dinner, you can add a small scarecrow to the centerpiece and use plates that go with the theme, such as those with farm animals or a farmhouse design. A burlap runner also adds to the country charm, especially when combined with place mats in the shape and color of leaves.

The Woodlands

Most fall décor themes feature pumpkins in some way, and this table setting is no exception. Select pumpkins with neutral tones and use them as big, bold centerpieces; then use the smaller variety as candy bowls to add some accents. The main element of this table setting are the dried twigs and branches, which give it an earthy feel. Wrap the pumpkin centerpieces in them and use matching table linen to complete the look.

To add a modern touch to this rustic mix, place some dried twigs and branches in a clear glass vase or container and place a candle in the center. Add this to the pumpkin centerpieces for some warmth. If you decide to do away with the pumpkins, pinecones are an excellent alternative because they add to the table ambiance and work as a prelude to the holiday season.

The White Autumn

Color plays a major role in many fall décor themes, but the absence of the bright thematic colors will give your table setting an air of mystery and anticipation. For the centerpiece, use white pillar candles and small white pumpkins or gourds of varying sizes. Crystal tableware will tie up the white elements with the silverware. You can also do away with the conventional tablecloth and use several linen table runners placed crosswise on the table for an elegant but laidback look.

Give the monochromatic table setting a touch of autumn by placing a fall leaf and some dried twigs on each individual plate or tying them with white ribbon on the table napkin. Adding natural elements will elevate a simple table setting to a grand display of the season’s beauty.

Make sure that you incorporate elements of nature into your décor every season, whether as accents or as a focal point. These small touches will act as the fulcrum of any seasonal décor theme, unifying other design elements into a cohesive—and stunning—whole.

Photo by Gisela Francisco via Flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Patio with Unique Outdoor Lawn Ornaments

Autumn is a time for reflection and looking back at life’s wonderful moments. With its splash of earth tones and cool weather, the season provides décor inspiration for preparing your patio with that old outdoorsy charm. Tree Classics presents outdoor decorating ideas you’ll love.

Outdoor Fabric Canopy

Fabric canopy over outdoor table setupInvite family and friends over for a good old-fashioned al fresco dinner. With a wooden table and some outdoor chairs, you can create the perfect table setting crowned by a country-inspired fabric canopy. You can also use outdoor lawn chairs for a more relaxed atmosphere. Sunup or sundown, you can create wonderful memories and inspire heartwarming conversations with this outdoor setup

Old Chair Swing

A swing made from an old chairEncourage family and friends to play outside by repainting an old chair and hanging it on a sturdy tree to be used as a swing. Aside from a place to relax and play, this old chair swing gives your home a friendly, welcoming appearance. You can also use it as your own quiet place where you can reflect, read a good book, or drink some tea.

Outdoor Spheres

Outdoor chicken wire spheresFor a quick and easy patio or garden makeover, mold chicken wire into spheres and use them to decorate your outdoor space. Use spray paint to give them a colorful or monochromatic look. You can even add some lights inside the spheres if they’ll be used near a power socket. Beautifully practical, they can be reused each year with a quick respray and reshaping of the chicken wire.

Potted Trees and Topiaries

Tree Classics Potted Natural Cut Fraser Fir TreeFor many, the fall is also the season of the harvest. Foliage fall décor is ideal during autumn because it denotes abundance and prosperity. Use them on your patio as homage to the harvest season and embellish them with dried flowers and pumpkin ornaments for a fall-inspired look.

The Classic Wreath

Tree Classics Classic Cranberry WreathA traditional décor piece, the wreath has been used to decorate front doors and mantels for years. A variety of types, colors, and shapes make it a versatile piece, allowing it to be used throughout the year. This fall, decorate your front patio with a wreath that carries the colors of the season. Bright reds and earthy tones make for a picture-perfect fall décor piece.

With a tad of resourcefulness and a little bit of effort, you can make your patio an autumn haven for you and your family. The ideas shared above show how you can make your outdoor patio more beautiful and enjoyable during the fall. Combine them with some of your original ideas and enjoy the great outdoors before the holiday rush comes.

5 Fun Ideas for Christmas in July Invitations

July is one of the best months to throw a party in the outdoors. With bright clear skies and the cool climate about, this month offers you a chance to have fun in the summer sunshine with friends and family. This is also the perfect season to celebrate Christmas. You read that right: now is the best time to celebrate Christmas in July! And once you’re set on celebrating Christmas midyear, get the word out about your wonderful summer shindig with five fun ideas for your Christmas in July invitations.

1. Open with ‘Sea’s Suns Greetings’

Seashells

Make your Christmas in July party invitations more exciting by switching up the classic Christmas card saying “Season’s Greetings” with the clever “Sea’s Suns Greetings” instead. This is super fun if you’re having a beach or pool party. You can even try dressing up your card with a few seashells or a sprinkling of sand.

2. Require Presents for a ‘Bad Santa’ Gift Exchange

Man Carrying Gifts

Want some good-humored fun? Ask guests to bring a summer-inspired white elephant gift for a traditional “Bad Santa” gift exchange. Let them pick out an item that would entertain the recipient in a light-hearted way. With a little bit of creativity, you can save up on expensive gifts while having lots of laughs with your guests.

3. Send out Santa Hats for Guests to Wear

A Santa Hat on a Christmas Tree

Instead of handing out the usual party invitation, try sending Santa hats to guests. Ask them to decorate their hats beforehand and wear them to the party. The guest with the best decorated Santa hat wins an awesome door prize.

4. Deliver a Box of Christmas Goodies

Chocolate Cupcakes

Satisfy cravings for sweets with a sampling of Christmas treats as the invitation to your dessert buffet. Don’t forget to add a gift tag indicating the date, time, and venue of the party. You can also ask guests to bring their family’s own favorite Christmas dessert. This way everyone will leave with jolly tummies.

5. Have Guests Wear Ugly Hawaiian Shirts 

Instead of asking guests to wear ugly Christmas sweaters (it’s too hot for that!) ask them to wear an ugly (or pretty) luau shirt. The best, er, worst dressed party goers get a prize!

With a little effort, you can have lots of laughs coming up with fun Christmas in July party invitations. What’s your unique way of inviting guests to your summer parties? Tell us!

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Tree Classics’ Favorite Recipes: Delicious Winter Soups

With the winter season now in full swing, what better way to fight off the cold than savoring a nice hearty bowl of home-cooked soup? Filling and nutritious, a good soup dish can easily warm you up during long chilly nights and can also perk you up when you feel a little bit under the weather.

For this edition of Tree Classics’ Favorite Recipes, we give you five healthy and mouth-watering soup recipes. Simple and easy-to-prepare, these delectable dishes are sure to keep you warm and cozy for the cold winter days ahead.

Simple Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons 

For a quick and easy dish, try this simple tomato soup and grilled cheese crouton recipe from All Day I Dream About Food. A bowl of this delicious soup can provide you with your daily dose of lycopene that can help prevent cancer in the body. The tomatoes also contain niacin, folate, and vitamin B6 that reduce the risk of heart ailments.

The grilled cheese croutons, on the other hand, are made from gluten-free ingredients so you don’t have to worry about the harmful effects of this protein on your health.

Cauliflower Hazelnut Soup with Fried Sage

Want to incorporate more fresh produce in your diet? This cauliflower hazelnut soup with fried sage from What’s Cooking Good Looking gives you a scrumptious and nutritious choice for your meals. A generous serving of cauliflower provides you with vitamin C and manganese, two well-known antioxidants that help cleanse the body. This vegetable is also a great source of vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids that reduce the risk of inflammation-mediated diseases, such as arthritis, obesity, and diabetes mellitus. The hazelnut and fried sage help add a burst of flavor to every spoonful of this soup.

Easy Minestrone Soup

Bring back memories of the old country with this easy-to-cook minestrone soup from Lemons and Anchovies. Made from a potful of pantry and refrigerator staples, such as beans, tomatoes, cabbages, and cheeses, this Italian recipe is an excellent filling meal on its own. Whip up a nice batch for those spontaneous sleepovers during snowstorm shut-ins.

French Onion Soup

Titillate your taste buds with this delectable French onion soup from The Curvy Carrot. This version of the French country dish substitutes meat stock for vegetable stock, making it a little longer to prepare but tastier and healthier. Pair it with a slice of crusty baguette for a fine meal during long rainy days.   

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

Put a spin on the famous cure for colds with iVillage’s Chinese chicken noodle soup. This Asian-inspired recipe combines satisfying taste of chicken broth with the refreshing flavor of ginger. And while experts are still not sure whether or not there is truth to the myth, a healthy serving of this chicken soup can help ease bronchitis, coughs, and flu thanks to the watercress leaves.

This season, fight off the cold by enjoying a nice warm bowl of these healthy and delicious winter soups.

A Berry Merry Christmas: Holiday Decorations with Charming Berry Accents

Christmas berry wreaths and garlands have long echoed nature’s splendor during the holidays. These lovely symbols of a bountiful harvest never go out of style.

Tree Classics presents five charming Christmas wreaths and garlands that feature realistic foliage and luscious berry accents. These vibrant decorative pieces have been created to bring the harvest of the season into your home.

The Classic Charm of Rustic Holiday Wreaths

Winterberry Christmas Wreath
Winterberry Christmas Wreath

Adorn your holiday home with the fine Winterberry Christmas Wreath. Crafted from high-quality PVC needles, our yuletide wreath features lifelike dried foliage decorated with small, bright red berries. Pine cones also add a warm, rustic allure to this lovely holiday piece.

Classic Cranberry Christmas Wreath
Classic Cranberry Christmas Wreath

Another fine example of a holiday favorite, this Classic Cranberry Christmas Wreath captures the charm of a traditional Christmas celebration. With its lively red hue, our stunning decorative piece is sure to fill your guests with yuletide cheer.

The Bountiful Beauty of Harvest Wreaths and Garlands

Classic Holiday Christmas Wreath
Classic Holiday Christmas Wreath and Garland

Fill your home with the festive atmosphere of the holidays with our Classic Holiday Christmas Wreath and Garland. Made from Real Feel® and PVC needles, these holiday creations are designed to add class and elegance to your space. With their masterful combination of red berry and golden acorn accents and bright UL lights, our Christmas wreath and garland are excellent complements to any style of home – from rustic to traditional to transitional.

Alpine Grand Fir Wreath
Alpine Grand Fir Wreath and Garland

For a cool and wintry highlight ideal for the season, decorate your space with our timeless Alpine Grand Fir Wreath and Garland. Inspired by the beautiful Grand Fir, our yuletide accents feature a combination of deep green Real Feel needles, frosted pine cones, red berries, and apples. This Christmas piece, complete with high-quality UL lights, helps create a perfect display with a lovely pastoral look.

Woodbury Classic Noble Fir Wreath
Woodbury Classic Noble Fir Christmas Wreath and Garland

Deck your halls with the beauty of classic holly with our Woodbury Classic Noble Fir Christmas Wreath and Garland. Featuring realistic fir foliage that uses our signature Real Feel needles, these decorative pieces make stylish focal points on your holiday mantel. The green holly, bright red berries, and deep brown pine cones infuse your home with the natural beauty of wintry woodlands.

Transform your home into an ideal holiday retreat by embellishing it with these classic berry wreaths and garlands from Tree Classics.

The Wintry Charm of Silver and White Christmas Trees

Artificial Christmas trees today don silver or white needles that create a whimsical wintry charm. What are the best silver and white Christmas trees on the market? 

In the first edition of our holiday trees special, we take a look at two Tree Classics Christmas trees that capture the loveliness of wintry woodlands.

The Timelessness of a White Christmas

Long known as one of the finest white Christmas trees around, Tree Classics’ Arctic White Pine Christmas Tree offers an excellent wintry accent for holiday homes. Made with only the finest PVC needles, this pine tree fills any corner with coolness and calm. And with its flame-retardant material, you don’t have to worry about your favorite tree catching fire.

Arctic White Pine Christmas Tree
Arctic White Pine Christmas Tree

Our pre-lit Arctic White Pine tree is designed to enhance the captivating appeal of a white Christmas. The ever-reliable UL lights cast a beautiful ambient glow. Whether you place it in your living room or foyer, you will witness how our remarkable white Christmas tree turns your home into an ideal winter paradise.

The Everlasting Sheen of Silver

Recreate the vision of illustrious snow-capped forests with Tree Classics’ Silver Bells Silver Christmas Tree. Combining the design elements of frosted trees and sparkling winter dew drops, this fine silver Christmas tree takes the elegance of silver Christmas trees to a higher level. The high-quality, flame-resistant PVC tinsel needles provide a pristine charm. The slim profile also fits any corner of your home.

Silver Bells Silver Christmas Tree
Silver Bells Silver Christmas Tree

A perfect complement to any home design, our Silver Bells Silver holiday tree adds a fascinating centerpiece. The pre-lit version is crafted with worry-free UL lights to bathe your home with a mesmerizing glow worthy of the season.

Usher in the holidays with these charming white and silver artificial Christmas trees from Tree Classics.

DIY Classics: How to Tell a Story with a Family Quilt

For decades, quilts have been used across cultures as a form of narrative art. Its lively colors and intricate designs often portray momentous events in a family’s history. From weddings to births, these stylish patchworks have symbolized our celebration for life. In this edition of DIY Classics, we take a look at how these colorful quilts are used to tell heartwarming and unforgettable family stories.

Sewing a Family Quilt
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Baby Quilts

One of the most well-known patchwork projects around is the baby quilt. Commonly sewn to celebrate the arrival of a new member of the family, these quilts feature simple yet colorful patterns that represent joy and excitement. Compared to other storied cloths, baby quilts are easier to make because they do not take as much fabric. Families often embroider the baby’s name and date of birth on the quilt and hand it down from generation to generation.

Baby Quilt
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Begin your own patchwork tradition by creating adorable baby quilts for your family. You can try sewing your own baby blanket design or a full-sized flannel quilt blanket.

Graduation Quilts

Sewing a graduation quilt is another popular American family tradition. This special patchwork project features patterns that represent the years spent by a family member in high school. It includes embroidered pictures of friends and classmates. Some graduation quilts also show high school varsity uniforms such as basketball or football jerseys. In this sense, sewing a graduation quilt is more personal, and it is often taken along to college later on.

A T-Shirt Quilt
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Celebrate memories from your high school years by making your own graduation quilt. Try collecting old shirts and uniforms and sewing them into a stylish t-shirt quilt.

Wedding Quilts

Quilts are also used to tell stories of romantic unions. In many cultures around the world, wedding quilts are sewn by relatives and friends of brides-to-be in honor of the occasion. These patchworks feature vibrant colors and elaborate patterns to echo the esteemed family background of the woman. Wedding quilts are considered one of the most challenging to sew because of the fine details associated with their patterns.

A Wedding Quilt
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Create the ideal wedding gift for your loved ones by sewing them an intricate wedding quilt. Start with this chic asymmetrical design to understand the concepts behind this storied cloth.

More than just mere decorative cloths, quilts have become part of hallowed family traditions. These sophisticated patchworks chronicle a rich and colorful history.