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12 Bloggers of Christmas

Balsam Hill teamed up once more with talented friends for our 5th annual 12 Bloggers of Christmas. We welcomed the festive holiday season with our Brand Ambassador Courtney and 11 other bloggers, as they decorated their homes with inspirational themes that highlight this joyous occasion.

Let’s take a look back at their exceptional décor and be inspired to adorn your spaces this Christmas. Read This Entry

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A Guide to Christmas Tree Ornaments

Now that you’ve decided on what artificial Christmas tree to buy, you may find yourself asking, “How many ornaments do I need to hang on my tree?” Considering how you plan to decorate your tree is key to creating a centerpiece that you’ll be proud to display in your holiday home.

The number of Christmas ornaments you will need depends on the height and width of your tree, the size of your ornaments, how much of the tree you want to cover, and your personal taste or theme. We’ve created this guide to help you determine the ornaments most suitable for your Christmas tree.

Suggested Number and Size of Ornaments

There is no exact calculation on how many ornaments you choose to hang on your Christmas tree – this is ultimately determined by your own inclination. However, you can refer to our handy chart below as a starting point to help you make sure that you’ll have even coverage based on your tree’s height.

Height Light Coverage Heavy Coverage Ornament Size
4.5′-6.5′ 35 pieces 70 pieces 4” to 8.75”
7.5’ 70 pieces 105 pieces 4” to 8.75”
9’-10’ 105 pieces 140 pieces 4” to 8.75”

Combining Different Ornament Sizes

Decorating with different sizes of ornaments is a fantastic way to increase depth and add variety to your design. When decorating, place larger ornaments near the tree’s interior, while making sure the branches are strong enough to support their weight. Small ornaments are ideal near the tips of the branches. Use varying sizes to fill gaps in the tree, but make sure to keep things even. Step back once in a while to check your work and make sure there are no remaining gaps.

With so many options, it’s essential to consider your tree’s profile and branch construction when choosing ornaments. Keep in mind that your tree’s size and structure will generally determine the size of your ornaments and how many you will need. If you’re going for heavier ornaments, you’ll want to make sure your tree has sturdy branches.

Types of Materials

It’s also important to know the types of materials your Christmas ornaments are made from and which ones suit your household. Glass ornaments exude beauty and grace, but delicate ones can be easily broken – especially if you have small children or pets in your home. In this case, consider using other options, like thicker glass ornaments, shatter-resistant ornaments, or ornaments made from other materials such as metal, ceramic, wood, or natural fibers.

Know Your Color Scheme

Having a color scheme that complements your tree’s foliage is key to creating the mood and style you want to achieve. The shade of your foliage helps you determine what to look for when choosing ornaments for your tree and create the mood you want to achieve. Some foliage hues are best suited with certain colors: trees with warm yellow-green foliage tend to look best with warmer-colored ornaments, while trees with cool blue-green shades look stunning with cooler-colored trimmings.

Consider Different Themes

If you have more than one artificial Christmas tree, consider decorating with multiple different themes. Check out some of our suggested themes:

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope that you have a delightful experience shopping for your Christmas ornaments. If we can be of further assistance in choosing your perfect Christmas tree and ornaments, please contact Customer Service.

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

6 tips for easy holiday entertaining

‘Tis the season for all things merry & bright… and if you are like me, you might have some holiday parties and entertaining on the calendar as well.

This time of year is so full of magic and wonder and beauty – and busy. So something I like to do to keep the to-do list under control when it comes to entertaining is to tackle a few things ahead of time, and use some of my secrets for easy holiday entertaining. Read This Entry

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Every memorable Christmas feast begins with a wonderful tablescape. From the elegant place settings to the thoughtful seat arrangements, the amount of preparation shows how much the host appreciates the presence of friends and family during this special occasion.

A romantic Christmas table setting by Courtney of French Country Cottage

The art of setting a formal dinner table goes beyond putting together flatware and china; it’s about creating an atmosphere where guests can truly enjoy each other’s company during the holiday season. Be inspired by these Christmas table decoration ideas from Balsam Hill. Read This Entry

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Undeck the Halls: Clever Christmas Storage Solutions

Proper storage is very important for maintaining the beautiful look of your artificial trees, foliage, and ornaments. Unlike cardboard boxes or plastic bags, high quality Christmas storage containers provide your valuable holiday decorations with better protection against damage, dirt, and moisture. In this post, we review a selection of smart storage solutions and the reasons you may want to consider investing in them.

Foliage Storage On The Go

Rolling Multi-Purpose Greenery Bag

Store a small Christmas tree, wreaths and garlands together in our Rolling Greenery Bag.

If you own a number of artificial foliage, then our premium Rolling Multi-Purpose Greenery Bag is a great option. Its large size allows you to store wreaths, garlands, and Christmas trees all in one container. An inner compression system secures foliage pieces in place and sturdy wheels make moving around quick and easy.

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Celebrate Another Season of Giving with Balsam Hill

It’s the season of giving and Balsam Hill hopes to embody that spirit by spreading cheer to those in need. We will be featuring six charities with partnering influencers, each giving you the chance to help out.


From December 7 to January 5, 2018, you can spread cheer with a single click. Check our Facebook page on the dates below and leave a comment, react, or share. For each comment on a blog post—whether from our blog or one of our guests’—we will donate $2 to the featured charity. For social media comments and shares, we will donate $1; for social media reactions, we will donate 50 cents.

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European Dishes Part 1: The Festive Flavors of the Balkans, the Baltic and the British Isles

The Christmas meal is among the most cherished of traditions during the Yuletide season. Across cultures, this feast is made special because it is shared in a warm gathering with family and friends.

Christmas Meals Around the World with Balsam Hill

Not only is it a joyous occasion, it is a delicious one, too. In this Balsam Hill series, we’ll take you on a journey of discovering Christmas feasts as they are prepared around the world. Get ready to sit down to 25 distinct meals and traditions, and have the chance to taste them for yourself with helpful recipes included from every region.

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Thomas "Mac" Harman | CEO of Balsam Hill

Ask Mac: Which Balsam Hill Tree Should I Get?

‘Twas almost Thanksgiving
and all through the house,
none of my offspring were stirring,
not even my spouse.
And while I know I should get some rest,
I can’t help but write,
a note to all of you,
before I sign off for the night.
So many friends have asked,
“Hey Mac, what tree should I buy?”
I can barely keep up, in providing my replies.
So here are my thoughts, lucid and true;
I very much hope, they are helpful to you!

Balsam Hill Vermont White Spruce

Vermont White Spruce

(Impatient friends who want an immediate “80/20” answer: buy the Vermont White Spruce.)

For everyone else, first, thank you for your interest in welcoming Balsam Hill to your home! I’m honored. I know there are a lot of trees to choose from. In fact, I’ve personally designed all of our 50+ tree families.

I must admit this exercise is a bit like having multiple kids and the hazard of picking a favorite. Even the trees you might find on deep discount aren’t “bad” trees – they are just ones that apparently our customers didn’t like as much as I did!

3 Questions to Answer When Picking Your Tree

1. Did you grow up with a real tree?

Balsam Hill BH Noble Fir

BH Noble Fir

If so, I’d suggest buying one of our replica trees from the region where you grew up as everything about them should seem familiar to you. If you grew up on the West Coast, I’d recommend the BH Noble Fir. If you grew up in New England or the Philly-NYC corridor, I’d recommend the BH Balsam Fir. If you grew up along the Atlantic Seaboard or in Florida, then the BH Fraser Fir. Anywhere else, I’d suggest the BH Blue Spruce.

If you didn’t grow up with a real tree, then I’d recommend the Vermont White Spruce (you just can’t go wrong with this tree – it is full, gorgeous, and versatile) or the BH Noble Fir (note it is a green-gray color). The BH Blue Spruce (a blue-green color) is pretty awesome, too. All three of these trees are terrific for hanging lots of ornaments, and easy to “fluff” to be super full and lush. Read This Entry