Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class.

Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.

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About Dagmar Obert

Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Super Bowl Party Ideas

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Super Bowl Sunday is an extraordinary day, with millions of football fans gathering to watch NFL’s championship game. Families and friends flock their television sets to watch and support their teams, making this day a great opportunity to host a party. Here are ideas to make Game Day even more fun and exciting:

Décorating your Home

Craft up some decorations to liven up the party. Think of the teams playing and the people supporting it, and incorporate them into your décor.

Football Paper Lanterns

Give regular paper lanterns a Super Bowl touch by making a football-inspired version. You can choose to have the entire string of lanterns made of brown cardstock, or make them in different colors for a more cheerful décor. Find out more about football-inspired DIY projects from these step-by-step guides.

Football Pompoms

Adding football pompoms to the venue, whether as props or as décor, is a fancy way to cheer on your favorite team. Pretty yet very easy-to-make, football pompoms only require brown tissue paper, white card stock, twine, scissors, and tape. Use them as accents on the snack station, stick them up onto your living room walls, or leave them lying on the table or chairs for guests to pick up and use to cheer during the game.

Team Flags

Team flags are a great way to spread fun and sport some team spirit during the big game. Make sure to have flags for both teams and let guests choose as they arrive.

Selfie or Photo Booth Props

Create flashy, colorful props that people can use for selfies. You can also decorate a corner of he house and use it as a photo booth. Make sure to provide props that represent both teams so people can choose.

Snacks to Whip Up for Game Day

Keep your friends and family full and satisfied while watching the game with these easy-to-prepare snacks:

Chili-Garlic Chicken Wings

The special chili-garlic sauce and green onion garnish makes these chicken wings a real crowd pleaser. Before deep frying, the wings are generously seasoned with salt and black pepper, and dredged in flour. Get detailed instructions here.

Oregon Tuna Melts

Guests would be raving about the balance of tuna and cheese in these sandwiches. Onions, olive oil, vinegar, basil and crushed red pepper make the tuna salad extra rich. Mustard, mayonnaise and cheese complement all these great flavors.

Party Dips

Enjoy munching crunchy vegetables, potato chips or tortilla, while watching the game with delicious dips. Both these Walnut Pesto and Goat Cheese Dip and Caramelized Onion Dip are easy-to-prepare and can be made ahead.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Footballs

Indulge your guests’ sweet cravings with these cute chocolate-covered strawberry footballs. Dip strawberries in chocolate, refrigerate and add the white chocolate details. Click here for more detailed steps.

Take advantage of America’s biggest football game of the year to organize a fun gathering with friends and family. Try these party ideas for a fun-filled Super Bowl tradition.

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

A Night of Festivities: A Look Back

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The contest-winning wreath

The winning wreath in Balsam Hill’s Showroom Event

As the holidays conclude, so too does Balsam Hill’s Showroom Sale. As a token of gratitude to all who participated, we would like to look back at what took place last December during the special event dedicated to our Bay Area blogger friends. The night was definitely a night for the holiday-decorating enthusiast, with décor giveaways, a wreath decorating contest, and of course, great wine and good food.

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Ask Balsam Hill with Dagmar Obert: On Keeping your White Christmas Tree Looking Pristine

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Dear Dagmar,

I recently bought a white Christmas tree for our home. Can you give me advice on how I can better care for it so I can keep it looking pristine?

Angelica

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Dear Angelica,

To keep your white Christmas tree clean and pristine, I suggest you store it as soon as the holidays end. This will reduce the amount of dust it can accumulate. However, before you do that, you must first clean the tree and its tips with a feather duster or a bottlebrush. You can use the vacuum to get some dust off, but use it carefully and with caution. Wrap it up in paper then keep it in the Christmas tree storage bag it came in. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions if there are any.

Rolling Christmas tree storage bag from Balsam Hill

Balsam Hill offers storage systems that allow you to conveniently store and retrieve your artificial Christmas tree.

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Ask Balsam Hill with Dagmar Obert: On Storing your Foliage Décor

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Dear Dagmar,

Most of the holiday decorations in our home this year are foliage-based. I want to store them properly so they will still look great for next season. Can you share some ideas on how I can store my wreaths and garlands properly?

Rachel

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Dear Rachel,

To keep your wreath looking vibrant, prevent it from being squished during storage. Keep it in a box with more than enough space like a large plastic container. You can also hang it from a clothes hanger to keep it away from larger boxes. Invest in storage products like Balsam Hill’s wreath storage bags, which are designed to keep your wreath in its best shape for the next holiday season.

Garlands can be stored in large boxes too. Make sure to wrap them first in tissue or bubble wrap to protect their needles and embellishments while not in use.

Wreath and Garland Storage Bag from Balsam Hill

Store your wreath or garland in a wreath storage bag and keep it in a cool, dry place.

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