Tree Classics’ Holiday Guide: Thanksgiving Tokens for the Host

Have you been invited to a Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t show up empty-handed. Express your appreciation for your host’s hospitality with these thoughtful gift ideas from Tree Classics’ Holiday Guide.

1. Holiday Candles

Holiday candles as a gift to the host of the dinner party
Contemporary Candles And Candle Holders by San Francisco Furniture & Accessories Pottery Barn

 

Give your hosts a box of holiday candles, which they can use to decorate the Thanksgiving dinner table or warm up their home on cold winter nights. You can choose from simple to fancy designs molded in different shapes. A set of scented candles with a fall harvest fragrance of apple strudel or gingerbread spice is a nice, seasonal gift anyone would love to receive.

2. Wine

Wine as a gift to the host of the dinner party
Contemporary Barware

With a variety of spirits in the market, it is often hard to choose a wine that a host can appreciate. To be safe, show up with something that is always in high demand at holiday dinners, such as champagne or any sparkling fruit wine. In case you’re not sure if your beverage selection pairs with the menu, it’s good to inform the host that your gift is intended for his or her enjoyment after the event.

3. Homemade Spice Blends

Spice blends as a gift to the host of the dinner party
Contemporary Food Containers And Storage

If the host loves to cook and throw dinner parties, present him or her with your very own homemade spice blend. You can make a blend of Italian seasoning, rosemary, and garlic herb rub, steak mix, or anything that you think suits the host’s taste. Package this perfect little gift in a nice jar or spice shaker with a pretty label.

4. Crocheted Coasters

If you’re feeling crafty, why not crochet a lovely set of coasters? You can use fun or dainty patterns in warm autumn colors as a reminder of the beauty of the season. These coasters will make a fabulous Thanksgiving gift, especially when wrapped up in a lovely package and finished with a ribbon.

5. Herb Plant Box

Herb plant boxes as a gift to the host of the dinner party
Traditional Outdoor Planters

An herb plant box is a thoughtful, creative Thanksgiving token for a foodie host. By combining herbs that complement each other in a rustic wooden box, you create a practical gift your host or hostess will love to display right outside the kitchen window. Personalize the planter by inscribing the host’s name to make it extra special.

Hosts give their best efforts to prepare for a Thanksgiving gathering – be it a potluck or a conventional dinner. Expected or not, a small gift is always a nice way to show your appreciation for their warm welcome.

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table in 2 Easy Steps!

Fall entertaining calls for thoughtful gatherings. Make celebrations more memorable by prepping your table for Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving with these inspiring autumn tablescapes.

Step 1: Highlight Your Own Style

Traditional Table Decorations

Traditional dining room with orange pumpkins

Decorating with natural elements this fall is not only stylish but also easy and festive! Mini pumpkins, flowers, and candles make this table setting traditionally elegant. The low height of the floral arrangement ensures that diners still see each other during the meal.

Modern Table Decorations

A unique and edgy centerpiece, such as this tree branch candleholder, creates the perfect focal point in a modern dining room. Dried autumn leaves that serve as the runner and apples in a warm copper hue add to the autumnal look.

Eclectic Table Decorations

Fresh, modern matte white pumpkins mixed with chic gold flatware and elegant crystal show seasonality with an eclectic twist. A rustic bird figurine brings interest while subtle patterns in the linens create texture.

Modern Cottage Table Decorations

This modern cottage tablescape foregoes traditional autumn colors but still exudes that familiar warm feeling of fall. Turkey prints, wicker chargers, and silver candlesticks combine to give a fresh take on a Thanksgiving look. A distressed candleholder filled with moss and large acorns for a centerpiece make this table setting extra inviting.

Step 2: Play with Color

Orange Table Decorations

Nothing says autumn like pumpkins in the traditional tones of orange. Showcase the symbol of fall by placing a pumpkin inside a hurricane jar. Add sunflowers to bring in cheer and also candles for a warm glow.

Black & Gold Table Decorations

Go for black and gold if you want a tablescape that’s fun but still subtle and elegant. Combine gold pumpkins, chargers, and candlesticks with black and white patterned accents. Use simple white plates and wine glasses to complete the neutral look.

All White Table Decorations

Grace your Thanksgiving table with sophistication by using all white table décor. The white turkey and pumpkins embrace the fall theme in a fresh yet elegant approach. Crystal and fine china complete the formal setting.

Pink, Yellow & Orange Table Decorations

Fresh roses, leaves, and pumpkins decorate this simple tabletop with a treasure of color, texture, and shape. A table runner with vibrant hues of orange and pink provide a bold backdrop.

A beautiful fall table setting is a great way to embrace the season. Showcase the captivating colors and shapes of fall with a stunning tablescape done in two simple steps.

DIY Classics: 5 Gorgeous Ways to Make an Autumn Wreath

Nothing celebrates this gracious time of year quite like a homemade fall wreath. Tree Classics features five gorgeous wreath projects that you can make yourself to help you add a statement of hospitality to your front door.

1. Fall Wreath with Fancy Bow from Tidbits & Twine

Elegant yet inexpensive, this fall wreath can be transitioned from season to season. You can use a bare twig or grapevine wreath as the base, and just wire in accent pieces that depict the season. For autumn, faux berry stems, pussy willow branches, faux hydrangea, pine cones, a small sign, and a fancy burlap bow are just perfect! Learn how to make this gorgeous décor from Tidbits & Twine.

Tidbits and Twine Fall Wreath with grapevine wreath as the base, Autumn accent pieces like faux berry stems, pussy willow branches, faux hydrangea, some pinecones, a small fall sign and a fancy burlap bow.
Photo from Tidbits & Twine

2. Moss and Pumpkin Wreath from 320 Sycamore

Inspired by a pricier counterpart from Williams Sonoma, this wreath by 320 Sycamore captures the festive spirit of autumn with its pumpkin patch appeal. Best of all, it’s easy and affordable to make. All it requires is a crown, reindeer moss, faux pumpkins, plus a rustic burlap ribbon!

320 Sycamore fall wreath with moss and pumpkins
Photo from 320 Sycamore

3. Dried Hydrangea Wreath from Julie Ree

Enjoy these beautiful flowers well after they blossom with this dried hydrangea wreath. With its browns and whites and touch of green, this wreath by Julie Ree gives your front door the perfect autumn look that is subtle and romantic.

Dried Hydrangea Wreath from Julie Ree
Photo from Julie Ree

4. Potpourri Wreath from Sweet Something Designs

Unique and rich with the stunning colors of autumn, this wreath by Sweet Something Designs is a gorgeous way to add warmth to your home décor.  Old potpourri in red and orange hues is upcycled to replicate a vibrant fall palette that would look great in both traditional and contemporary homes. A beautiful checkered bow makes a nice finishing touch.

5.  Wheat Wreath from Thrive

Bring natural beauty into your door front with a simple yet elegant wheat wreath. This traditional harvest wreath may look challenging to make, but it’s really very easy to. The base of the wreath is nothing more than cardboard wrapped in scrap fabric. Wheat was attached using generous beads of hot glue. Make this at home with DIY instructions from Thrive.

wreath made of wheat by Thrive
Photo from Choose to Thrive

Celebrate autumn with Tree Classics’ selection of five gorgeous DIY wreath projects and fill your door front with warmth and style.

Classic Halloween Films for the Family

Nothing makes Halloween more fun than watching the perfect not-so-scary movie in the dark with the whole family. For your wholesome entertainment, here are Tree Classics’ picks for some of the best films that will put the entire household in the mood for a great Halloween night:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Poster1. Harry Potter (2001-2011)

A world full of wizards, witches, ghosts, centaurs, unicorns, trolls, demons, owls, and other magical creatures make any Harry Potter installment truly apt for the Halloween season. This is, of course, aside from the fact that many critical events in the series appropriately happen on October 31st. But one particular scene that is sure to put everyone in the Halloween spirit is the yearly Halloween Feast at Hogwarts – just because the Great Hall is festooned with candy-filled pumpkins, black cauldrons of big lollipops, carrot cake, bats, and orange streamers during this bewitching night.

Casper the Friendly Ghost movie poster2. Casper (1995)

Featuring the classic friendly ghost and his three mischievous ghost uncles, “Casper” sets a fun, spooky mood for Halloween. In this comedy fantasy film, a paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in a drafty old mansion with not-so-mortal inhabitants, who have their twisted ways of getting rid of the unwanted guests. As if to make it more appropriate for the occasion, the movie ends with a dance party on Halloween night.

The Corpse Bride movie poster3. Corpse Bride (2005)

Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” tells the story of a shy groom who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a deceased young woman as his real bride waits in the land of the living. Perfect for a Halloween night with the family, this animated fantasy horror is spooky and twisted, but sweet and magical at the same time.

 

Ghostbusters movie poster

4. Ghostbusters (1984)

In this supernatural comedy film, three unemployed parapsychology professors set up a ghost-catching business as unruly haunters run amok in New York City. Kids will love the spooktacular adventures the trio embarks on as they attempt to prevent a disaster of Biblical proportions!

 

Scooby Doo movie poster5. Scooby Doo (2002)

With a humor perfect for kids of all ages, the live action “Scooby Doo”, much like the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, is a fun movie to watch during Halloween. In this horror comedy film, the Mystery Inc. gang find themselves reunited on a resort called Spooky Island for some spine-tingling ghost hunting.

 

Coraline movie poster6. Coraline (2009)

From the director of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Coraline” tells the story of a neglected child who discovers a strangely idealized parallel version of her frustrating home, but she later finds out that this Other World is not as good as it seems. With disturbing themes such as sewing buttons into eye sockets, this stop-motion 3D horror film is perfect for Halloween night but not with kids below eight.

Beetlejuice poster7. Beetlejuice (1988)

Directed by Tim Burton, “Beetlejuice” revolves around a recently deceased young couple who hires a bio-exorcist to scare away the obnoxious new owners of their house. Comedic with dark undertones, this fantasy film is suitable for a fun, not-too-terrifying Halloween evening.

 

The Addams Family movie poster8. The Addams Family (1991)

Who better to entertain you this Halloween than the eccentric and macabre members of the Addams family? In this comedy film, Gomez’s lawyer attempts to steal from the bizarre family’s vault using an accomplice who claims to be long lost Uncle Fester.

 

 

Hocus Pocus movie poster9. Hocus Pocus (1993)

On Halloween night, three witch sisters are inadvertently resurrected in Salem Massachusetts after their hanging 300 years ago. This time, they intend on getting eternal youth and beauty by sucking the life force out of children. Complete with song and dance numbers, this fantasy/comedy film casts the right spell for Halloween fun!

 

The Haunted Mansion movie poster10. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Inspired by the Disney theme park attraction, “The Haunted Mansion” shows some fun moments with creep factor. This fantasy comedy film revolves around a workaholic realtor who is trapped inside a haunted house with his family. Of course, he learns a valuable lesson in the end.

 

A fun Halloween night doesn’t have to be terrifying. Curl up on the couch together and be entertained by these family-friendly flicks.

Top 10 Silly and Spooky Halloween Decorations

Halloween is a fun time to get creative with your home decorations. Whether you are planning to set up a scary scene, or finding a way to show off your silly side, there are lots of ways you can wow trick-or-treaters. Get inspired by these silly and spooky finds!

1. Twisted Vine Wreath with a Vintage Photo

Who knew such a simple, easy-to-make wreath could give your home the nostalgic appeal of American Horror Story? Twisted vines, spiders, cobwebs, a pumpkin, and a ‘Boo!’ sign give this Halloween décor undeniable spooky (and, well, seasonal) charm! Plus, that old mysterious photo provides the creep factor!

2. Bloody Hands Bathroom Shower Curtain

Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain

Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain

Build up the suspense in your home by creating a shower scene reminiscent of the Hitchcock horror film Psycho. Featuring gory hand stains and the words ‘Help Me’ written in blood red ink, this bathroom shower curtain will give anyone a good fright!

3. DIY Graveyard

Makeshift Graveyard for Halloween

Photo by Tammra McCauley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Turn your front yard into a creepy cemetery. Make eerily realistic tombstones with scary epitaphs using wooden boards or plastic foam. Accents like skulls, chains, and a zombie bride will amplify the spine-tingling effect.

4. Pickled Brains as Edible Decorations

Bring the Halloween jitters to your dining room with a spooktacular hors d’oeuvre that is sure to satisfy every zombie or hungry monster on your guest list. Make pickled brains by soaking cauliflower in a mixture of water, vinegar, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and onions.

5. Spiders on Cobwebs

Spiders on cobwebs Halloween decor

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Halloween is not the same without spiders on cobwebs! This classic Halloween décor is cheap and easy to make, and is great for draping furniture and covering windows. You can use store-bought spider webbing or an old net. Either way, these arachnids will give your guests a hair-raising experience.

6. Scary-looking Pumpkin Carvings

Take fright night to a whole new level with ghoulish pumpkin carvings. Put your own creative spin and let their fearsome faces peer out from porches and doorsteps. Illuminated by candles, these jack-o-lanterns will stare out at passersby.

7. Spooky Eyes

Spooky eyes for Halloween

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Add fun to your Halloween lawn décor by putting chunky eye balls in your trees and bushes. This pair of peepers can be made easily out of old beach balls or pumpkin buckets. With this creative decor, trick-or-treaters are sure to do a double take as they pass by your watchful trees!

8. Witch Flying into a Tree

Witch Flying Into Tree - Halloween Decoration

Witch flying into tree Halloween attraction

Head on over to the silly, humorous side of Halloween by displaying funny yard decorations. This witch who has flown straight into a tree will give kids and grownups a good laugh, and will help you create that grim ambiance on this fun holiday.

9. Ghoul Hiding in Tree

 

Ghoul hiding in tree

Scary looking tree

Create a hauntingly realistic yard décor by hiding a ghoul in your tree. This clever décor will trigger screams as guests find themselves looking into a creature of the night just when they least expect it.

10. The Classic Ghost

Classic ghost decoration

Photo by this lucid moment via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The classic ghost makes a perfect family-friendly decoration that gets you into the Halloween, er, spirit. Hang this happy ghost silhouette in your lawn or beside your front door as a fun welcome to trick-or-treaters!

Whether they’re for a fun or fright night, our picks for Halloween decorations are guaranteed to bring out the screams. Start prepping your house for Halloween with these creative ideas.

5 Heartwarming Gifts for Teachers

October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Tree Classics joins everyone in saying ‘Thank you!’ to the people who have shaped our minds and helped build our character. Show your appreciation for your own mentors and teacher-friends with these thoughtful gifts.

1. Baked Goodies with a Lot of Heart

Teachers deserve a sweet treat on World Teachers’ Day. Express your appreciation by spending a little time in the kitchen to whip up a scrumptious gift. Remember to place the baked goodies in a decorated bag or cute box tied with a ribbon, and add a personal note saying: ‘You are the sweetest teacher ever!’ This sample from Canada’s Sweet Flour Bake Shop is perfect for the world’s #1 Teacher.

Baked goods for teacher - A great gift for World Teacher's Day
For the world’s sweetest teacher!

Have fun and be creative in your presentation. You can bake special apple-shaped sugar cookies that say: ‘Thanks for making me a smart cookie!’ You can also give away S’mores and attach the note: ‘We need S’more teachers like you.’

2. A Fancy Flower Pen Bouquet

Give your favorite teacher a set of pens whose tips blossom into a colorful bouquet. This heartwarming gift featured on Kreations by Kendall carries a message of gratitude and provides useful supplies in the classroom.

A colorful flower pen bouquet featured on Kreations By Kendall
A colorful flower pen bouquet featured on Kreations by Kendall

Create flower pens by gluing your choice of silk flower on top of the pen and wrapping the tube casing all the way to the base with green floral tape. Place the flower pens in a cute watering can or mason jar decorated with a fancy ribbon. Finish it up with a special note that says ‘Thanks for helping children bloom!’

3. A Bright and Groovy Sun Jar

Teachers enlighten young minds. Give our mentors these colorful DIY sun jars to symbolize their own brilliance. Choose a fancy shape and an enchanting color of lights. It’s as easy as applying frosting to the jar then gluing to the lid a self-contained solar unit, which can be found in any hardware store. Make your gift more meaningful by writing a note on the jar that says ‘You light up our world’ or ‘Thanks for making us bright!’

4. A Cute Owl Mug Cozy

For years, the owl has come to represent wisdom and teaching. Show your appreciation for your mentor with this meaningful owl mug cozy from BellusThreads on Etsy. You can also knit your own nice and thick owl hug using a three-millimeter crochet hook and DK yarn. Choose your teacher’s favorite colors to make it more attractive.

An owl mug cozy as a gift for teachers
A cute owl cozy for your teacher’s mug

A cute way to dress up a mug, this little owl not only protects your teachers’ hands when holding a hot drink but also reminds them of the fulfillment they get from their profession.

5. A Classy Chalkboard Journal

Simple, meaningful, and useful, a personalized journal is a great gift for any teacher. Wrap a plain composition notebook with chalkboard contact paper. Get creative as you scribble stories, quotes, and anecdotes on the cover of this lovely journal. With a chalk pen, you can decorate the notebook with different sayings, such as ‘Teachers have class’ or ‘Teachers rule’. Tie a bow around the notebook and place a pretty note card that says ‘Write on!’

Teachers deserve only the best for molding the minds for our future generation. Bring a smile to a teacher’s face by giving any of these heartwarming gifts on World Teacher’s Day.

At Home With Tree Classics: Comfy Cushions to Spruce Up Your Home

If you want to keep your home looking fresh and vibrant, but feel that a complete design overhaul may be too drastic a change, you’ve got nothing to worry about! With throw pillows that double as decorative accents, there is no need to sacrifice comfort for style. Here are two easy steps you can follow as you spruce up your home with cushions:

Step 1: Choose the Perfect Throw Pillows for You

The first step to decorating with throw pillows is knowing which design to use. There are:

1. Throw Pillows that Add Color

Pillows not only provide comfort. They also help you bring your home to life. Give your living room a pop of color with vibrantly hued cushions. Stay close to your original motif with a pillowcase color that goes harmoniously with your interiors.

2. Throw Pillows that Add Texture

Texture is a powerful element in home design. They add unique, eye-catching details to what would otherwise be a plain fabric or surface. Rich textures also give a tactile component to your design. A soft and fluffy cushion underlines the luxury and warmth of your home, while a firm and clear-cut throw pillow gives structure and elegance to your living spaces.

3. Throw Pillows that Play with Shapes

The shape of your cushions has an impact on the look of your space. Different shapes also have practical benefits. For instance, a square throw pillow is most commonly used not only because it is versatile, but also because it provides back support on a hard chair or sofa. A rectangular cushion, on the other hand, is great for neck or lower back support in armchairs. If you have stiff or hard chairs, you can also soften up the look by adding round pillows. Add comfort with a flat round cushion you can sit on.

If you have a leather sofa, you can add a bolster pillow instead of a square one, which tends to slide down incessantly. Bolster pillows can be used as an armrest or a headrest. More importantly, they are good for providing support from the neck down to the lower back.

Step 2: Get Creative with Your Choice of Throw Pillows!

1. Combine, combine, combine!

Don’t be afraid to bring together cushions of varying designs. You won’t know if a grouping works if you don’t try to mix them up!

Geometric Patterns. The pillows on this couch all boast of geometric shapes, which are perfect for a simple couch with a subtle color scheme. The way the cushions are unevenly positioned also gives the room a hint of asymmetry.

Solids + Pattens. Make your sitting room more vibrant by combining pillows with patterns and pillows with solid colors. In this room, the solid pillow mirrors the curtains to unify the theme. Making it more interesting are the patterned pieces, which not only come in the same shade, but also reflect the foliage of the plant behind.

Same Pattern, Different Shades. This is probably the safest way to combine your cushions. Find a hue that can blend harmoniously with your seat, then look for a pattern that features different shades of that color. This deck features patterned pillows in reversed or inverted colors.

Different Patterns and Solids of the Same Color. A daring combination will give you a satisfying spectacle like this one. Mix different pillow styles that don’t follow a theme. As long as they are in the same color palette. It will turn out just fine!

2. Have endless fun!

Make them. Buy them. Choose them. Simply have fun. At the end of the day, there are no rules in mixing and matching pillows. Whether you go vivid or safe, take comfort that you can change them up in just a few minutes of your time.

When you showcase your collection, not only do you show your personal style, but you also tell your story. Be bold. Tell us how you would use cushions to spruce up your home!

Featured Tree Classics Product: Ontario Spruce with LED Lights

Cozy up to the Perfect Christmas with an Ontario Spruce from Tree Classics

treeThe crisp winter air, cozy holiday baking and rumors of chilly weather that offer the chance to wear your favorite winter sweaters. These are things that make you love the Christmas season. And at the center of it all is the classic silhouette of your Christmas tree. Make your holiday icon one to remember (and last) with an Ontario Spruce from Tree Classics.

Inspired by the white spruce that grows in southern Ontario, this lush tree features Real-Feel needles on the outside and classic PVC needles on the inside. That combination creates a flowing, natural exterior with a sturdy frame that’s built to last.

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Christmas All Year? Check Out These Christmas Blogs

Wish Christmas could be a year-round thing? Wish granted. These four Christmas-themed blogs keep the holiday alive from December to December, so you don’t ever have to say goodbye to your favorite holiday. From crafts and treats to gorgeous Christmas pics, you’ll find everything you need to keep the season close to your heart.

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Spring’s Over, but Don’t Forget to Organize Your Winter Mess

Try These Winter Organizing Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Less Daunting

spring_cleaning2A big part of spring cleaning is putting away your winter “mess.” So, why not make your future a little brighter by starting to organize your winter mess now. Prepare for warm-weather clean up with these winter organization tips.

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