Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

How to Decorate for a Backyard Barbecue

Summer is all about spending time outdoors in the company of close family and friends. If you’re planning to host a backyard barbecue, organizing it around a cohesive theme will help make your gathering more fun and memorable.

A theme provides a clear direction not only for your decorations, but for other details as well, such as the time of day and duration of your party. It helps you decide on who to invite, what refreshments to serve, and the type of table setting to arrange. Today, let’s look at some tips and ideas on how to dress up a backyard barbecue with a bit of country flair.

Send a Fitting Invitation

Invitations help set the tone for your party by giving guests a glimpse into the festivity that awaits them, so choose your design carefully. The design of this invitation is simple yet bold, and reflects the country style of the party.

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Balsam Hill | Balsam Hill Editors

The Difference Between PVC and PE Christmas Trees

While artificial Christmas trees may seem similar from afar, a closer look will show substantial difference in terms of material, fabrication, and durability. There are two types of artificial Christmas trees: the standard PVC and the ultra-realistic PE.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

When artificial Christmas trees were first introduced, needles were made of PVC. This material is hard-pressed into thin pieces, then cut into fine, rectangular needle-like strips. The strands are then twisted between two strings of wire to outline the tree branches. Read This Entry

Balsam Hill | Balsam Hill Editors

Top 5 Most Realistic Christmas Trees

Here at Balsam Hill, we take pride in our commitment to creating the most realistic artificial Christmas trees. Our trees are highly regarded for their beauty and exceptional realism, and we’re constantly finding ways to make our products even better.

Through thoughtful design and our True Needle™ technology, we are able to replicate nature’s finest foliage—from the color and texture of the needle tips, to the structure and shape of the tree. Here are five of the most realistic Christmas trees crafted by Balsam Hill.

BH Balsam Fir™

BH Balsam Fir by Balsam Hill

BH Balsam Fir™ by Balsam Hill

One of Balsam Hill’s best-selling trees, the BH Balsam Fir received high marks from Good Housekeeping Magazine for its color and natural-looking branches, emerging as the “Best Overall” of all the trees tested. Crafted with an abundance of True Needle foliage, our tree mimics the teardrop shape, distinct needles, and lush tips of Abies balsamea in amazing detail. Read This Entry