6 Simple Christmas in July Kid Activities

Celebrating Christmas in July gives children a chance to enjoy summertime with a unique holiday twist. With school out, you can have some good ol’ family fun with Tree Classics’ six simple Christmas in July activities with the kids.

1. Have a Snowball Fight

Keep the kids happy and busy this summer with this new take on a classic winter game. Have a friendly snowball fight with family and friends but instead of using snow, you can use white balloons filled with water. This is a sure-fire way for the little rascals to keep cool this season.

2. Decorate Christmas Cookies

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Whip up a batch of crunchy sugar cookies or oatmeal cookies and decorate them as Christmas tree ornaments. You can make stars, snowflakes, or angel-shaped cookies dipped in confectioner’s sugar for a snowy effect.

3. Watch Christmas Movies

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After a tiring day of playing outside, give the kids some time to rest and unwind by letting them watch their favorite Christmas movie. Set up your DVD player and put on films such as FrozenA Christmas Story, Home Alone, or The Grinch. Kids will enjoy the spirit of the holidays even in the middle of summer.

4. Make a Snowflake Factory

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Dreaming of a white Christmas in July? Help bring the magic of snow to your summer holiday party by teaching the kids how to make beautiful DIY snowflakes. All you need are a pair of kid-safe scissors, snowflake patterns, and a few coffee filters.

5. Craft Holiday Reindeer Hats

Let the youngens dress up as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer with these adorable hand-printed reindeer hats. Have a craft table set up and show the kids how to make their own pieces. You can even throw in a prize for the best looking reindeer hat.

6. Light up Sparklers

Enjoy the clear evening sky by taking the kids outside and letting them light a few sparklers. This will also get them excited about the real holidays by the end of the year!

This summer, Tree Classics invites you to spend time with the family and try these fun kid activities to celebrate Christmas in July. Have a merry summer-y holiday!

Fun Easter Ideas for the Family

From Easter baskets to Easter brunch parties, Tree Classics gives you unique ways for celebrating your family’s favorite occasion for spring. Decorate your home in bright colors, get set for a fun Easter egg hunt, and wind down with a hearty meal with your loved ones. We have Easter decorating, gift, and party ideas for you!

Easter Decorating Ideas

Easter Egg Mini Planters

Fill your home with the loveliness of spring with these Easter egg mini planters. Transform eggshells into botanical planters by filling them with soil then planting in seedlings, such as these colorful alyssums. Create drainage by puncturing a hole at the bottom of the eggshell using a small knife.

Eggshell Votives

You can also repurpose hollowed-out eggs by turning them into lovely votives. After removing the contents, rinse the inside of the eggshell using vinegar. Dye the shells using food coloring and place them in a carton. Fasten wicks inside the eggshells and pour in melted wax. Let it dry for about one to two hours.

Flower & Eggshell Centerpiece

Recreate the beauty of nature in your home by adorning it with this delightful flower and eggshell centerpiece. Create the nests by reusing old holiday twine wreaths and filling them with artificial foliage for bedding. Next, place a few choice flowers planted in mini eggshell planters. Voila! An instant table decor!

Easter Egg Nest and Easter Egg Wreath

Give your fireplace some rustic charm by decorating it with spring foliage and candles. Create a lovely base for your glass candle holders by placing them on top of a twine nest embellished with vines and Easter egg ornaments. For a more woodsy appeal, you can also use your beautiful Tree Classics Countryside Christmas wreath for the nest instead of using twine.

Add an elegant highlight to your outdoors with this charming Easter egg wreath. You can also reinvent your evergreen Christmas wreath, such as the Classic Fraser Fir artificial wreath, by placing spring blooms, such as pansies, lilacs, and daffodils. Add Easter items, such as colored eggs and bunny ornaments, to make your wreath more in tune with this sunshiny season.

Easter Brunch Recipe Ideas

Spinach and Cheddar Muffins

These spinach-and-cheddar muffins from Food Beam is perfection in every little bite. They combine sweet and savory flavors of greens and dairy in a buttery, milky, crumby texture. And it’s a complete meal in itself!

Multi-Grain Waffles with Yogurt and Pomegranates

A marvelous way to welcome Easter is to enjoy some crispy waffles with the family. This multi-grain recipe from Sprouted Kitchen guarantees a fruitier and more fiber-enriched brunch. It is also a healthy but yummy alternative to the classic breakfast favorite. This dish also comes with a dollop of thick yogurt and pomegranate seeds, giving this wonder an additional layer of acid and crunch.

Avocado and Eggs Breakfast Pizza

This recipe from Justina Blakney tops freshly baked pita with generous helpings of avocado and fried sunny side up eggs. Healthy and tasty, this power-packed pizza will have you coming back for another slice.

Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas

Honey Glazed Glower Lamb Chop

For a delicious and satisfying main course, try My Little Welsh Kitchen’s honey glazed glower lamb chop in a sweet red wine sauce. This dish features a tender piece of meat made more delicious by a thick and complex sauce. This recipe guarantees an unforgettable Easter meal.

Lemon Garlic Herb Rubbed Chicken

Enjoy a delicious medley of flavors with Our Best Bite’s lemon garlic herb rubbed chicken. This recipe is not only perfect for Easter supper; it’s also a wonderful way to welcome the zesty and aromatic flavors of spring.

Easter Cupcake Ideas

Funny Bunnies

Funny Bunny cupcakes are guaranteed to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces. And they’re especially fun to make with kids. Decorate any cupcake with white frosting to make the little bunny’s back. Melt white and pink chocolate to make oval shaped feet on wax paper. Moisten a mini marshmallow then dip it in white sprinkle dots for the tail.

Easter Egg Hunt Cupcakes

To create a tasty treat that celebrates the classic Easter egg hunt, simply ice your cupcakes with green frosting to mimic grass. Top the grass with some jelly beans or candy-coated chocolate mini eggs.

Chirpy Chick Cupcakes

Kids will love the adorable chick faces. Begin with any cupcake recipe and pipe a swirl of butter cream on top. Make the little chicks by mixing yellow sugarpaste with some CMC. Cut out the circles using an Ateco cutter, and the wings using a heart cutter. Add the eyes and finish off with little flowers.

Easter Basket Ideas

For Babies


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Welcome the newest addition to the family with a precious gift. Fill a simple wicker basket with a blankie, pinwheel, Easter egg, and plush toy. This small treasure will be useful to the new bundle of joy and appreciated by the doting parents.

For Kids

For children, get a sturdy plastic basket and fill it to the brim with candy, chocolate bars, and trinkets that they can play with. They will go absolutely crazy for this simple but exciting treat.

For Neighbors


Contemporary Holiday Decorations

Show how much you care for the people in your neighborhood with this lovable Easter basket. Fill this small but stylish container with tiny chocolate eggs and a large chocolate bunny. Your neighbors will love you for these little tokens.

Creative Ways to Recycle Gift Wrap

After all the merriment that comes with holiday gift giving, it is time to put away the gift cards and wrappers to avoid cluttering your home this new year. But a better way of handling excess or leftover gift wrap is by repurposing them! Tree Classics shows you creative ways to recycle these colorful pieces of paper.

Holiday Origami

Begin recycling your Christmas gift wrap with a quick and simple origami project. Originally from Japan, the art of origami or paper folding became popular over the years as a means to transform pieces of paper into sculptures. By coming up with different themes, you can transform your excess gift wrappers into other year-round ornaments, such as these adorable origami stars featured in Home by Linn.

Cookie Tins 

Create adorable packaging for your cookies by dressing cannisters up in Christmas wrappers. This is a great gift idea especially for those who prefer giving presents that not only satisfy the tummy but also the eyes with dainty designs! You can start off with these two wrapping ideas from jenthousandwords.com.

Gift Bands

Recycle old and torn gift wrappers by turning them into colorful bands for packages. Simply cut off the damaged parts and reuse the remaining gift wrapping paper on your present. This is a fine way to save up on packaging costs while also adding a nifty accent to your gifts.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

You can also find new uses for gift cards by turning them into Christmas ornaments. Dinah Wulf of DIY Inspired features an easy-to-follow project which you can do with your kids. All you need are some old gift cards, glue, a pair of scissors, a stapler, ribbons, and some plastic rhinestones to embellish your DIY Christmas tree décor.

Patchwork Greeting Cards 

Another fun way to recycle gift cards is by transforming them into patchwork greeting cards. Cut old gift cards into squares of different sizes and rearrange them on a bigger piece of cardboard. Next, glue each piece to the cardboard then draw small lines around the gift cards to make them appear like they were sewn together. Depending on the design of the gift cards, you can create greeting cards for other occasions as well.

Holiday Luminaries 

Looking for more ambient lighting for your home? Turn your leftover Christmas wrappers into lovely paper lanterns, such as this one featured in Nifty Thrifty Things. Create luminaries by making use of different patterns seen on gift wrappers.

Do away with post-holiday clutter by transforming leftover Christmas gift cards and wrappers into other useful items. It is an excellent way to save up money and be environment-friendly at the same time.

How to Plan a Classy New Year’s Party

There’s no better way to say farewell to the year that was and celebrate the arrival of a new one than with the company of family and friends. On December 31, pay tribute to endings and welcome new beginnings by having a marvelous and classy New Year’s Eve party. Here’s a quick guide on how to throw a memorable year-end celebration:

Send Out Invitations

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Send out invitations to friends, family, and neighbors at least three days before the celebration. Give them the location and time that the cocktail party begins (at 10pm preferably). Invite them to come in their most posh and dapper outfits. After all, it’s only right to welcome the New Year in style.

Choose the Perfect Location

The foyer and living room are the perfect venues for this kind of party. If you live in the warmer states, you can also have it in the garden or in your terrace so people can watch fireworks displays. Don’t forget to place cocktail tables and decorate your space with light strings to make the area more captivating. Set up a mini-bar and stock it with wine, champagne, and other hard liquor. Fancy cocktails, like martinis, tequila sunrises, Napa sours, and mimosas are also ideal for this occasion. For some New Year cocktail inspirations, check out Mix that Drink and Saveur.

Serve Delicious Party Snacks

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Most of your guests have probably had dinner around this time, but it’s still important to serve some yummy food choices in case anyone gets hungry. This is especially needed if you plan to have a party until the wee hours of the morning.

Traditional party food works! Try these fried mozzarella cheese sticks from Copykat, breadcrumb stuffed mushroom from Laura in the Kitchen, or these delicious Baltimore crab cakes from Epicurious. Serve loaded nachos from The Pioneer Woman or these delicious Pigs in a Blanket from Just a Pinch.  Put out bowls of chips, salted pretzels, and various dips so that everyone has something to munch on while waiting for midnight.

Keep the Cocktails Flowing and Turn Up the Music

Make sure that everyone has a drink and is having a good time. Talk to all your friends and introduce people to each other. Play some celebratory music to provide an exciting atmosphere for the occasion. You can also create your very own party playlist before the festivities begin.

Welcome the New Year Together

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Two minutes before midnight, call everyone’s attention and announce that you are only moments away from the New Year. Start a countdown 20 seconds before the clock hits twelve. Welcome the New Year together and party until the morning.

Have a blast this New Year’s Eve with this party planning guide from Tree Classics.

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Heartwarming Christmas Tree Traditions

Christmas has always been a time for cherishing family traditions and building memories around the Christmas tree. Here are some traditions that have stood the test of time.

old-2066_640The holidays are always the most opportune time for the family to bond and instill new traditions. As the years pass, simple family customs are cemented into our lives – and those who once established such traditions begin to hold a special place in our collective memory. Here are a few Christmas tree traditions with heartwarming beginnings.

The Wessler Christmas Tree

While stationed in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1963, Bob Wessler, his wife Anne and sons Tony and Jim wanted to honor the holiday tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in their home. But the lack of traditional evergreens in Ecuador at that time made it nearly impossible to set one up. Since Ann Wessler did not want to adopt the local custom of attaching painted sticks to a base, she decided to have an artificial tree sent to their home.

After 49 years, this same tree still stands strong and has now been adopted by Tony and his wife Beth. They have been continuing the tradition of decorating this family treasure. In 2012, the couple decided to share this tradition with their community by putting the tree up in their office in Sullivan, Montana.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

When you talk about Christmas trees immersed in tradition, you can be sure the Rockefeller Christmas tree is among them. First displayed during the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Christmas tree was once just a small, unadorned tree set up by construction workers.

In 1933, the tree was replaced with a lighted one, and it has since become grander each year. More than 80 years later, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree remains an icon of New York City.

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The Oldest Christmas Tree

Do you have a family heirloom that has been passed on from generation to generation? For the Parker family, one of their greatest treasures is their 126-year-old Christmas tree. Measuring only 14 inches tall and bought in 1886 for a mere sixpence, this diminutive masterpiece has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the oldest known artificial Christmas tree in the world. It now has a value of £1,000 or about $1,500.

For Paul Parker, the third generation owner of this incredible tree, the miniature ornamental Christmas tree is priceless.

Family traditions truly leave an imprint on our individual lives, and Christmas is the perfect season for strengthening these bonds. For one family, Christmas traditions may involve prepping the tree and the family feast. For another, it may be the opening of gifts on Christmas morning. One thing is for certain: time-honored family traditions live on.

We would love to hear from you. What are the Christmas traditions of your family?

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Christmas Tree

Selecting the perfect Christmas tree for your home is a difficult task. One has to consider a number of factors before making a decision. Luckily, with the right questions and the right answers, one can find the ideal holiday showpiece. Courtesy of Tree Classics, we’ve compiled a helpful list of frequently asked questions on how to choose a Christmas tree.

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1. Should I get a live Christmas tree or an artificial Christmas tree?

Live Trees

  • Live trees are the classic choice for the holidays. They offer a fresh and crisp profile and have that familiar scent and feel that remind people of the season.
  • Live trees are all-natural. They are biodegradable.
  • Unfortunately, live trees attract insects that can be a nuisance to your home.
  • These trees also shed needles, which can be a hassle to clean up.
  • Finally, these trees need to be maintained. To keep them fresh, their tree stand must be constantly filled with water.

Artificial Christmas Trees

  • Artificial trees beautifully capture the profile and look of real evergreens.
  • Fake trees are user-friendly and convenient. They can be bought online and are available in various colors, sizes, and types. Most of them are also prelit – perfect for people who don’t have the time to string lights on their tree.
  • Most artificial trees are fire-proof and hypo-allergenic. Since they are made from synthetic materials, they don’t attract insects.
  • Artificial trees also cost less since they can be used repeatedly for years.
  • Fake trees are also easier to maintain.

2. What should I be on the lookout for when buying trees?

It’s important to consider the branches and needles before making a purchase. See if they are durable and can carry all your precious holiday ornaments. Also take a look at the profile of the tree. Make sure you purchase something that’s lush and with ample space for all your holiday adornments.

3. How tall should my Christmas tree be? 

A Classic Fraser Fir Tree from Tree Classics

Height is an important factor to consider. After all, no one really wants a tree that’s too tall or too short. Before leaving your house or going online to shop, take a tape measure, and gauge the distance between your ceiling and your floor. The height of the tree should be at least a foot lower than your ceiling. If you plan on using a tree topper, factor in its height as well.

4. How wide should my Christmas tree be?

Measure the floor area of your chosen location as well. When allocating space for the width of your Christmas tree, there should be at least a foot of distance between the walls and your holiday tree.

5. Where should I buy my Christmas tree?

Christmas tree farms are still your best bet for live Christmas trees. These establishments guarantee that all of their evergreens are freshly harvested. Best of all, consumers can take a look around, check the trees for themselves, and even have their choice evergreen cut or trimmed on the spot.

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For artificial Christmas trees, Tree Classics is an excellent and top-notch choice. Tree Classics provides a wide variety of artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, lights, and holiday ornaments for everyone’s yuletide decorating needs. Best of all, it provides a wide selection of types and sizes perfect for any home.

Tree Classics is also proud of its Real Feel™ technology, which accurately captures the appearance of live trees found in evergreen forests.

6. What’s the perfect location for my Christmas tree?

Foyers and living rooms are always an ideal location for your Christmas tree. These are usually settings with a lot of foot traffic.

Go for rooms people use for gatherings and celebrations. Make sure that your tree is far from heat sources, such as air vents and fireplaces. This will significantly reduce the chances of accidents.

It’s also important to place your tree in a location where it won’t block the way. Corners or areas close to the wall are great choices. Put your tree in a place where there is a lot of space around it.

7. What accessories will my tree need?

First, your tree needs a stable and sturdy stand. Make sure to purchase a stand that resists rust and will prevent the tree from falling over with the slightest push or tug.

If you want your tree to have a bit more life, consider adorning it with Christmas lights, which are also available on the Tree Classics website. Ornaments are never a bad idea. These decorations bring an air of festivity to any space. Pick out a theme before going out and purchasing these fine holiday accents. Lastly, think about getting a tree topper to complete your Christmas scheme.

8. What kind of Christmas lights work best?

Consumers traditionally use C7, C8, and C9 lights for their holiday needs; however, these types of bulbs quickly overheat and easily burn out. At present, most consumers prefer LED lights. These nifty alternatives cast a brighter light compared to their counterparts. They also don’t overheat, making them the safer choice. Best of all, they’re energy-efficient, which means they cost less money in the long run.

9. What kind of ornaments work best?

Frosted Candy Cane Ornaments from Tree Classics

Ornaments made from plastic, resin, fiber, or silk are great choices. They’re durable and won’t get destroyed if ever they fall off the tree. Paper is out of the question. These can be destroyed and may even pose a fire hazard since they burn easily. That being said, lit candles are not advisable. Finally, glass decorations should also be avoided. These shatter and may cause harm to family members.

10. What kind of tree topper should I use?

A wonderful star Christmas tree topper

Tree toppers are a great way to make a statement about what Christmas means to you and your family. Choose a top ornament that complements your tree and holiday decorative theme. Don’t choose a heavy tree topper. This might cause the whole tree to topple over.

With these helpful and smart tips from Tree Classics, you’ll have the information you need to buy the Christmas tree of your dreams.

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Films that Honor American Heroes

Heroism and patriotism have always been a favorite subject in film. These narratives are a wonderful way to remind people about the importance of struggling against injustice and defending our community and country against all that threaten them. At the same time, these narratives also honor the bravery and sacrifices made by the people who chose to fight for what is right. Here are five American films that pay tribute to our modern day heroes:

All the President’s Men (1976) 

the film poster for Alan Pakula's All the President's Men

Alan Pakula’s All the President’s Men focuses on one of America’s most talked about controversy: the Watergate Scandal. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford play Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, two journalists who try to uncover the secrets behind the strange burglary at the Watergate complex. Aided by a secret informant, who calls himself Deep Throat, the investigation leads the two newsmen to a startling discovery that might compromise the integrity of the president and the administration. Based on real-life events, this movie shows Bernstein’s and Woodward’s unbreakable commitment to the truth, to journalistic integrity, and to what they owe the public.

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July is part of Oliver Stone’s trilogy of films about the Vietnam War. This critically acclaimed movie takes the subject matter out of the deadly battlefield and brings it to the home front, in the invisible war that the media did not cover. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, a soldier taken out of the war zone due to injuries sustained during combat. In his hometown, the audience becomes witness to his difficulty in adjusting to the life he once knew before seeing everything he had seen in Vietnam. He finally gets his bearings, realizes that he does not want what he experienced to happen to anyone, and joins a coalition protesting against the war. The film is a testament to the horrors of war while honoring the men and women who would put themselves in the line of fire for their country.

The American President (1995) 

Rob Reiner's The American President

Rob Reiner’s The American President is an enthralling look into the life and responsibilities of the world’s most powerful man. Written by award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, this film focuses on President Andrew Shepherd, played by Michael Douglas, as he deals with re-election, a debate over a crime bill, the conflict in the Middle East, and an impending environmental crisis, while trying to make a relationship work with a liberal lobbyist. The film expertly showcases the dedication of a man in his efforts to improve a country and his willingness to sacrifice his personal happiness for the betterment of the electorate.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan

Considered a modern-day masterpiece, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan is a breathtaking and harrowing account of a small band of soldiers under orders to retrieve and bring home Private James Ryan, a paratrooper who had lost three of his brothers in World War II. With uncertainty, the soldiers plunge head-on into enemy territories, risking life and limb just to save one man. This film exhibits the bravery of our soldiers fighting out of the country and their dedication even in the face of death.

United 93 (2006)

Paul Greengrass' United 93

One of the most heartbreaking movies in our list, United 93 takes a look at the greatest tragedy of our times. On September 11, 2001, against the threat of an attack on US soil, the passengers of United 93 bond together and stop the nefarious plans of the Al Qaeda. Armed with nothing but their bravery, without any military training whatsoever, they fight off the terrorists and bring the plane down, just so they could save the capital from an act of violence designed to take hundreds of lives. This movie is beautiful and stands as an inspiring reminder that everyone can make a difference.

Remember the heroism of our dear countrymen with these stirring and inspiring film recommendations from Tree Classics.

DIY Classics: How to Preserve Memorabilia

Mementos, keepsakes, and souvenirs are part of every American family. They are special items that instantly call to mind memories and even transport people to the past.

Of course, these objects need to be preserved and taken care off. Tree Classics gives you a quick and easy guide on how to preserve these precious objects for the next generation to appreciate.

a wonderful collection of photographs

1. Organize Your Memorabilia

a collection of precious mementos beside a staircase

Organizing keepsakes is always the first step. Take all the memorabilia you want to preserve and display. Arrange them by material. Make sure all the objects made of paper are together. Keep everything made of wood separate from those made of metal. For items composed of two or more materials, place them in the pile of the material they have more of.

2. Choose a Suitable Location in Your Home 

a superb collection of mementos elegantly displayed

The location of your memorabilia is vital in the preservation process. Most materials are affected by factors such as heat, light, and moisture, so it’s important that the environment is ideal.

First off, attics and basements are not good choices. These are usually breeding ground for dust, and the extreme temperatures in these locations are especially harmful to delicate items. The best locations are those that are found at the end of a corridor or in the corner of a room.

The temperature has to be between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The light coming in from the outside must be minimal. Most importantly, the location has to be far away from hazards, such as pipes, air conditioners, and any ventilation shafts. It’s also smart to put memorabilia in a place where children or pets won’t be able to reach them easily.

3. Store Your Items Properly 

mementos encased in safe and elegant frames

There is a difference in how paper mementos and normal items are stored. Objects made of paper are usually encased in frames. Before being sealed off, however, they have to be mounted on acid-free or archival copy paper. This is especially important for photographs.

When attaching clippings and pictures, use acid-free mounting corners. Pins, paperclips, rubber bands, and tapes can damage your mementos. For comic books and newspaper clippings, transparent polyester sleeves are excellent options. When it comes to frames, pick out something with a thick glass frame. This will be additional protection against light and moisture.

an elegant display cabinet filled with precious mementos

Cases should have glare-free conservation glass. This will prevent any discoloration caused by sunlight and heat. It’s also important to pick out a stable and durable case that has several levels. The multiple levels will give you the opportunity to arrange your items properly.

When mounting the items in your display case, avoid using pressure sensitive adhesives, such as tape, glue, and superglue. Use acid-free mounting corners. This is the safest option for your mementos.

4. Clean Your Memorabilia Regularly

Maintenance is vital to taking care of your memorabilia. Cases and frames need to be wiped clean at least once a week. Using a normal cleaning spray can do the trick.

Paper does not need to be cleaned. In fact, it’s actually better if it remains untouched inside the frame. Wiping the frame with cotton swabs dipped in warm water is enough. Make sure to clean every inch of the item and leave it to air-dry before displaying it once again.

Keep your precious memorabilia and mementos safe for the next generation to enjoy with the help of this guide from Tree Classics.

How to Throw an Autumn Picnic

an autumn picnic with the family in a beautiful scenic spot

The fall season brings remarkably beautiful changes to the landscape. Before the cold settles in and the lovely rustic colors of nature fade into winter, clock in some quality time with the family and throw an autumn picnic. Here’s a quick guide you can use for this unforgettable outdoor meal:

1.  Pack the Essentials

a picnic basket filled with the essentials

Make sure to have everything in a large autumn-inspired wicker basket before you take off. Pack a big picnic sheet and several blankets in case the wind gets crisp and chilly.

Bring paper plates, paper cups, utensils, and condiments. Check if you need other kitchen tools, such as a bottle opener, cheese grater, or pepper grinder. Bring garbage bags and cleaning materials so that you can take care of any mess afterwards.

2. Choose the Ideal Location

a quaint place perfect for an autumn picnic

The perfect place for an autumn picnic is one that truly showcases the exquisite splendor of fall. Head out of the city to the nearest state national park. A beautiful setting should feature the wonderful colors and delightful blooms of autumn.

3. Prepare a Wonderful Autumn Menu

a delicious and refreshing cheddar and potato bacon

Prepare easy-to-pack but warm and filling food choices for your outdoor meal. Start off with a delicious autumn salad or Naked Avocado’s Paleo Chicken Caesar Salad or Simply Potatoes’ delicious and creamy Cheddar and Bacon Potato Salad.

a filling ham, brie and apple sandwich

Sandwiches are always an excellent choice for picnics. Thy can be prepared early on and are easy to manage. A delicious recipe is Fabtastic Eats’ Chicken, Sun Dried Tomato, and Asparagus Pesto Sandwich and Serious Eats’ Ham, Brie, and Apple French Toast Panini.

a delicious glass of strawberry iced tea

Dessert is always a plus. Prepare a crunchy and yummy apple pocket pie or a delectable peach cobbler. Don’t forget to blend refreshing drinks, such as Gimme Some Oven’s Sangria and Deep South Dish’s Southern Strawberry Iced Tea.

4. Play Games with the Kids

an exciting game of frisbee with the kids

Before packing up, spend a few hours in your picnic spot and relax. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a little fun with the kids. Take out the old pigskin or Frisbee and have a short game of catch. Or take a nice walk and see the gorgeous sights. Catch up and swap stories. Take a lot of pictures.

5. Wrap it Up before the Day Ends

a scenic view to end the day

Autumn evenings can get real cold. Make sure to end your picnic before sunset. Pack up your things and clean up your picnic spot. Don’t leave anything behind. Take a last group picture against the backdrop of your picnic destination! Turn this into an annual tradition so that your family will always have a date to look forward to every year.

Have a lovely and memorable autumn picnic with your dearest family members with this guide from Tree Classics!

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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.