Tree Classics Favorite Recipes: Mouthwatering Peanut Buttery Delights

Peanut butter is a quintessential American snack. Aside from delighting our taste buds with its sweet and creamy flavor, the well-loved sandwich spread is also packed with nutrients that help build and repair muscles, and also boost energy.

The fiber-rich peanut butter aids in weight loss, lowers bad cholesterol levels with its high unsaturated fat content, and is a great source of antioxidants. It is also rich in potassium, which helps counter the dangers of salty food, paving the way for a healthy heart.

Savor the classic American sandwich spread with these mouthwatering peanut buttery treats.

1. Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Peanut butter cupcakes make a great snack, but you can double the pleasure with a chocolate frosting swirl on top. Moist and rich, these cupcakes are a sure hit among kids (and adults) of all ages, and they are completely worth the hype. You can use your favorite brand of chunky or smooth peanut butter; either way, they’ll turn out delish. Check out Sweet and Savory Tooth for the complete list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions. Oh and don’t forget to add “pretty cupcake liners” in your shopping list!

2. Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie

Indulge in a decadent mix of chocolate and peanut butter with these peanut butter fudge brownie bars recipe. Perfectly chocolate-y, not too light and not too dark, with a heavenly coat of peanut butter goodness, these treats are a fulfillment of many a child’s confectionery fantasy. Get this easy-to-follow recipe from the chocolate desserts experts at Hershey’s Kitchens.

3. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Photo by Taste of Home

Who can resist peanut butter kiss cookies? For those who just love sweet and savory desserts, this tried and tested peanut butter cookie recipe is your holy grail. The best part, it’s super easy to make, using only four ingredients plus a kiss of your choice – you can go for dark chocolate, chocolate with almonds or even peanut butter. Follow this simple and scrumptious recipe from Taste of Home.

4. Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Pie

A throwback to everyone’s favorite childhood combination of bananas topped with chocolate and peanut butter, this Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Pie recipe from recipe from Let’s Dish is over-the-top fabulous! Though not skinny jeans-friendly, it is absolutely celebration-worthy. That said, you’d definitely want to make it as birthday pie for the chocolate/peanut butter lovers in your life. Don’t be intimidated by its amazing look, it’s actually easy to put together!

5. Oreo Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert

Oreo Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert

Photo from Kraft Recipes

A real crowd pleaser, this Oreo Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert is a great ice cream dessert for those who love the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Vanilla ice cream, creamy peanut butter, chunks of chocolate and finely crushed cookies mix together to make this frozen dessert extra delicious! Read the detailed recipe from Kraft.

Ah, peanut butter, it’s healthy, delicious, and goes well with many heavenly desserts. No wonder, we all love it!

5 DIY Snowflake Decorations You’ll Love

Delicate snowflakes are the perfect inspiration for winter craft projects. Be inspired to create a whimsical display at home as Tree Classics features five beautiful DIY snowflake ornaments.

Doily Snowflake Garland

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Create a sweet and romantic winter wonderland décor by crafting a lacey snowflake garland out of paper doilies in various sizes. Begin by folding a paper doily in half over and over until it resembles 1/8 of a pie. Snip designs into your snowflake and unfold the paper. Weave across each dainty snowflake to assemble your adorable garland. Check out the Doily Snowflake Garland here for detailed instructions.

Snowflake Wreath

Snowflake Wreath from Laura’s Crafty Life Snowflake Wreath from Laura’s Crafty Life

 

This enchanting snowflake wreath takes under 15 minutes and about $8 (minus the spray paint and ribbon) to complete! To make, apply a light coat of white, silver, or gold spray paint in a wreath form. Glue various sizes of clear, opaque, and glittery snowflakes onto the front and back of the wreath. Finally, hook one pretty hanging beaded ornament in the middle. Hang your wreath by tying in a knot or bow, or use a wreath door hanger instead.

Woodland Snowflakes

Woodland Snowflakes from Pretty Ditty Woodland Snowflakes from Pretty Ditty

 

Blogger Jamie Christina’s rustic and fragile snowflake decorations with thread-wrapped joints are simply endearing! Easily make them at home by cutting three sticks from twigs at about 4 inches in length. Create a snowflake by gluing the sticks together. Add more dimension by gluing V-shape twigs to the tips of the snowflake. Use bakers twine to give more stability, and embellish the final piece with glitter.

Crystalline Snowflakes

Crystal Snowflakes from Silver & Chalk Crystalline Snowflakes from Silver & Chalk

 

With just a few simple things, you can craft your own stunning crystalline snowflakes and enjoy their sparkle all year long! Make the snowflake by twisting three pipe cleaners of equal length together at their centers. Add one little piece to the end of each side to form a prong. Tie the twine around the end of one spoke and tie the other end of the twine to a holder such as a pencil or stick. Submerge the snowflake in a jar of borax solution (use 3 tablespoons of borax to every cup of boiling water) overnight. Color it blue, if you like, by tinting the mixture with food color. Take it out in the morning and hang to dry.

Snowflake Lanterns

Snowflake Lanterns from Everything Under the Moon Snowflake Lanterns from Everything Under the Moon

 

Light up your space with a dainty snowflake lantern. This creation by Nikki embraces the winter season while giving your home a lovely sparkle. First, look for a snowflake stencil that you can tape around a jar. Make sure that the stencil is attached fully to the glass before taking the jar outside to spray with silver or white paint. Place Christmas lights or a battery-operated candle inside the lantern. Read Nikki’s post for more details.

With these nifty snowflake decorations, you can decorate your home with a touch of wintry charm!

How to Store Christmas Decorations

Storing Christmas decorations can be a tedious chore. To help you get through it and survive post-holiday stress, Tree Classics offers tips and tricks on how to store different kinds of Christmas ornaments and evergreen decorations to keep them looking new and gorgeous for the next holiday season.

Christmas Balls

Of all the types of ornaments, Christmas baubles are the easiest to pack away because of their shape. For these round ornaments, the market offers a lot of options such as boxes or trays with dividers, which can be stacked on top of each other. Just make sure to add padding between each layer to protect the ornaments.

Uniquely-shaped Ornaments

Ornaments with irregular shapes can be so unique that a special storage needs to be created. Use a box to make a container, then divide the spaces using recycled cardboard. To find out the width you need to allot for each compartment, measure the length of the ornaments. Slice the cardboard strips accordingly to create slits. Let the cardboards meet at the slits to create a grid. The grid does not need to be equal across the box so don’t worry about having different measurements. Wrap the ornaments with tissue or insert padding in each cell to keep the pieces from moving around. Create another cardboard grid if your box is deep enough to store more ornaments.

Icicles

Use tissue paper or paper towel tubes to store icicles. Position the tubes upright and glue them onto the box. To protect the ornaments, wrap tissue paper around them first before keeping them in the cardboard tube.

Bell-shaped Ornaments

Storing bell-shaped ornaments is just like storing icicles, only you have to use plastic cups, which can accommodate the bells effortlessly because of their conical shape. Select the cup you are going to use by fitting the ornaments inside. If they fit perfectly, layer a box with a few of these cups. Glue the plastic cups on a cardboard in the size of the box. After gluing, insert the cardboard with the plastic cups inside the box. Create another layer by making another set of plastic cups on cardboard if the box is deep enough. Wrap the bell ornaments in tissue paper before placing them inside the cups.

Breakable Ornaments

Fragile decorations, such as glass and ceramic ornaments, should be kept in a well-padded container. Egg cartons are perfect for these types of ornaments. Not only are they gentle with delicate items, they also come in ready with compartments for each piece of décor. Lay large cotton balls onto each hole, then place the ornaments on them. Add cotton balls on top of the ornaments for added padding. Secure the egg carton with large rubber bands to keep it from opening.

Wreaths and Garlands

Don’t leave a wreath or garland bare if you are to store it in the same container as the other decorations. Cover with plastic or seal it in a box to maintain its quality. For decorated wreaths and garlands, wrapping them in plastic helps keep their embellishments intact.

Sarah Nielsen garland storage
Photo from Sarah Nielsen

These are just some of the clever ways that you can try to store your Christmas decorations. Just make sure to handle everything with care to keep the ornaments and foliage looking fresh and new for the coming holidays.

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: 5 Charming DIY Christmas Tree Skirts

Dressing up the bottom of your Christmas tree with a tree skirt is a great way to hide an unsightly tree stand. More importantly, tree skirts serve as a lovely background for beautifully wrapped Christmas presents. Here are five DIY Christmas tree skirts that can add a heartwarming feel to your tree.

The No-Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt by The Johnston’s

This pretty DIY tree skirt is eye-catching with its lovely ruffles. What is even more interesting is how this was pieced together without being sewn! To recreate this project, you will need about four yards of fabric (to be cut into strips), a cutter, pair of scissors, a glue gun, a rotary board, and an old Christmas tree skirt.

No sew ruffle Christmas tree skirt Photo from The Johnston’s

Lay out your old tree skirt, or use a circular cloth as base. Start pinning the fabric strips along its circumference by beginning at the edge of the tree skirt. Pinch a portion of the fabric strip and press down to create a ruffle. After pinning, glue the strips on the base. Keep going until you reach the inner part of the circle. Check out Ashley’s post in The Johnston’s blog for the complete set of instructions.

The Simply Quilted Patchwork Tree Skirt by Sew4Home

holiday quilted patchwork tree skirt Photo from Sew 4 Home

This DIY Christmas tree skirt features vibrant garden prints that look perfect against a traditional green Christmas tree. For this project, you are going to need a sewing machine, colorful fabrics, see-through ruler, thick thread or yard string, lightweight paper, fabric pencil, regular pencil, scissors or rotary cutter, iron, straight pins, and bias tape maker. This project entails a number of steps but the end product is worth all the work. View Sew4Home to read detailed instructions.

The Ruched Tree Skirt by Teal and Lime

layered Christmas tree skirt Photo from Teal & Lime

This ruched tree skirt is as lovely as the ones sold in stores, but not as expensive. For only $12, Jackie from Teal and Lime was able to make a simple but gorgeous Christmas tree skirt made from two round table cloths of different colors. She made a simple and elegant color combination by layering light blue with a metallic fabric. A printed one on a plain fabric in a complementing color is also a good combination. Read Jackie’s post for more photos and instructions on the project.

Crocheted Tree Skirts

crocheted Christmas tree skirt Photo from Etsy

Brush up on your crochet skills with unique and special patterns. Crocheted tree skirt patterns like this Snowdrift Christmas tree skirt from the Beaded Bundles’ Etsy store adds to the warm feel of your tree. This design makes your Christmas tree look as if it’s standing on a snow-covered mountain. Add an inviting ambiance to your home by crafting a classic crocheted Christmas tree skirt. Visit Beaded Bundles in Etsy for more patterns.

The Felt Polka Dot Tree Skirt by A Happy Nest

polka dot Christmas tree skirt Photo from A Happy Nest

Getting inspiration from product catalogues is a great way to start a project, like this Land of Nod-inspired polka dot piece. This adorable Christmas tree skirt looks very simple, although hand stitching and pinning it may take longer, depending on the layout. Check out this post from A Happy Nest to learn how this charming Christmas tree skirt was created. A DIY tree skirt is worth all the effort. Add a personal touch to your lovely Christmas tree with a tree skirt you can make yourself.

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Energy-efficient Christmas Trees

The warm radiance from a pre-lit Christmas tree is just what you need to make your home cozier and more relaxing in the cold winter evening.

But many home owners presume using pre-lit decorations would double their household electricity consumption. What’s the best way to enjoy the beauty and convenience of pre-lit holiday decorations without racking up your electricity bill? Tree Classics has the answer!

Safety and energy-efficiency should always be considered first. To help you find the ideal pre-lit décor to suit your holiday home, Tree Classics offers practical options that will not only give your space a heartwarming appeal but will offer you a safe and power-saving choice as well.

Power-saving LED Christmas Lights

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In choosing a lit holiday tree for your home, opt for one that has LED bulbs instead of regular lights for their energy-saving potential. These innovative bulbs are specifically designed to consume less power and have a longer lifespan compared to ordinary Christmas lights. LEDs are also made from non-toxic materials and produce less heat, making them safer to use as decorations on artificial Christmas trees.

Clear and Colored Christmas Lights in One

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Another feature people look for in power-saving pre-lit Christmas decorations is the color variation of the lights. It is important to choose a ready combination of clear and colored lights that can easily match different styles. The hassle-free combination will eliminate the need for stringing two kinds of lights. Having color-changing lights not only provides you with a versatile decorating option, but also lets you save money when using different light sets.

Tree Classics® Signature Color Changing LED Lights 

Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas Tree

Tree Classics, the leading producer of high-quality artificial Christmas trees, has come up with a line of decorative trees that feature the latest LED lighting system. With their bulbs expertly strung together, these holiday trees are sure to create an excellent highlight for your home. They are also designed with Tree Classics Color Changing LED, which lets you have clear and multi-color lights all in one Christmas tree.

Choose from our collection of energy-saving and color-changing pre-lit Christmas trees, such as the Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas tree and St. Charles Spruce. You now have the choice of having warm clear lights or festive colorful lights much like a rainbow on your favorite holiday tree.

What’s the best way to enjoy the holidays? By using energy-efficient, hassle-free Christmas trees made beautifully by Tree Classics!

Christmas Tree Decorating Trends: How to Choose a Color Scheme for the Holidays

Decorating for the holidays can be a challenge because of the myriad of options available. But it doesn’t always have to be the case when you organize your ideas based on a color palette. In this post, Tree Classics gives you seven smart tips on how to come up with the perfect color scheme for your Christmas tree.

1. Use Your Favorite Colors

Color choices are highly subjective, and when it comes to decorating your Christmas tree, you need to do what feels right for you. That said, don’t be intimidated by using ornaments in an unconventional palette. Whatever your favorite colors are, they can be the perfect choice for your tree.

Look for a pairing that works. Even the most unusual combinations can yield great results – like this violet and brown color scheme on a white tree.

2. Complement the Existing Colors in your House

A good rule of thumb in decorating a tree is to choose colors that match or contrast nicely with your décor. Focus on what you have in your home and select complementary colors that bring out the seasonal feeling.

If your walls are neutral, your space can work with a lot of different colors. In fact, decorations would be a good way to add visual interest and contrast. Opt for gold, silver, and bronze if you already have a busy room décor. These metallic tones will stand out without conflicting with all the other colors and patterns.

 

3. Check out Interior Design Magazines

Holiday magazines both printed and online offer a lot of ideas and inspiration for home design projects. Browse through the different Christmas tree features from professional designers and choose which one matches your personality and home style.

4. Select a Color according to a Holiday Theme

Choosing a color scheme is a lot easier when you have a holiday theme, as this already presents a harmonious palette. For instance, a winter wonderland décor brings to mind white and silver with a hint of blue and purple with the use of clear lights. Vintage Christmas calls for saturated hues. Reverse Christmas celebrates fun summer colors.

 

5. Stick to Classic Christmas Colors: Red and Green

Stay true to tradition by choosing the red and green color scheme. Nothing can be more Christmassy than combining poinsettias and bows in shades of red with emerald green baubles on a pine tree. If you want to spice it up, try adding white, silver, or gold to the mix.

6. Let your Christmas Ornaments Inspire You

Select Christmas ornaments on which you can base your color scheme. If you have a special holiday decoration from your childhood home, you can make this as your focal point and draw your Christmas colors from its design. Remember, your inspiration can be anything from a favorite tree topper or a pretty ribbon.

 

7. Go for a Festive Rainbow Theme

Still haven’t narrowed down your color choices? Why not use a rainbow theme! Aside from providing a vibrant, festive atmosphere, this scheme allows you to combine the different ornaments you’ve collected from Christmas seasons past. Layer colors for a chromatic Christmas display and bring the hues into your room décor to create a unified look.

More than achieving a visually pleasing décor, your holiday tree should be an expression of how you and your family feel about Christmas. In the end, the perfect color scheme is the one that warms your heart. Have fun decorating!

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.