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Holiday Organizing 101: How to Store Christmas Lights in 4 Easy Steps

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A good set of Christmas lights always spells a more breathtaking and memorable yuletide season. Maintaining the quality of these sparklers can, however, become a challenge. When taking down and storing Christmas lights after the holidays, decorators often face a mess of tangled electric strands and busted bulbs.

Christmas Lights

To avoid this headache of organizing after Christmas, Balsam Hill has created a convenient guide to storing Christmas lights. With these four quick and easy steps, you won’t have to worry about your holiday lights losing their brilliance.

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Holiday Organizing 101: Smart Tips for Storing Christmas Ornaments

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The art of storing Christmas tree toppers, stockings, icicles, and balls takes patience and organization. As homeowners and decorators collect more and more ornaments over the years, it also becomes more difficult to keep track of each decoration and maintain the quality of every piece when they are put away.

Aside from keeping tabs on your ornament collection, you would also have to consider the fragile construction of these yuletide accents and the special steps you need to take to keep their luster from fading while they are in storage.

Christmas Ornaments on a Christmas Tree

In order to help you keep your cherished holiday pieces, Balsam Hill has created these simple and practical tips to storing Christmas decorations. With this easy-to-follow guide, you won’t have to worry about your favorite ornaments losing their yuletide charm.

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The Great Gatsby Style: How to Host a 1920s New Year’s Eve Party

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End the year in style with a show-stopping New Year’s Eve party inspired by the Roaring Twenties.

Balsam Hill shows readers how to throw a stylish New Year's Eve party inspired by The Great Gatsby

The 1920s was a great time in America. Free markets were working overtime. Research and development that led to technological advancements kept things progressing. There was a boom in the car industry. Working people were well paid and everybody seemed to have great buying power. The working man had more money in his pocket to spend. The country easily became the strongest and richest nation in the world, thanks to its vast economic power.

But the 1920s became the Roaring Twenties not only because of America’s prosperity during this decade but also because of the dynamic culture of its bustling society. It was from this period that the iconic Great Gatsby emerged.

The Great Gatsby

Balsam Hill takes inspiration from the opulent lifestyle of Jay Gatsby, an icon of the Roaring Twenties
Leonardo Di Caprio in the title role of The Great Gatsby

Jay Gatsby is primarily known for the lavish parties he throws. Think along the same lines as this young, mysterious millionaire from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel if you are looking to create a decadent party that exudes the opulence of the era. Step back into this wonderful decade of style and sophistication with these tips on hosting a 1920s Great Gatsby party of extravagance.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Elegant Tablescapes: Ideas for Your Christmas Table Settings

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One of the most unforgettable moments during the holidays is when the family sits down for a traditional feast and spends time together. This creates an opportunity for you to fill your dining room with the festive, cheerful, and stunning appeal of Christmas and show how much you care about everyone present. A great way do this is by preparing a beautiful table setting. Here are eight elegant Christmas table decoration ideas we love:

Class and Sophistication during Your Holiday Dinners

a classy table setting featuring white, silver and clear glass

A timeless and refined tablescape is always a delightful option during the holidays. In the photo above, we see a lace placemat breathe an air of grace into the room. It is gorgeously accompanied by china with a silver border as well as silver cutlery, a combination that adds stately elegance. Finish it off with napkins wrapped in silver rings and glassware that echoes the pattern of your mat. Guests will certainly feel the beauty of a winter wonderland on your table.

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VIDEO: Casey Leigh of The Wiegands Decorates with Balsam Hill

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Be inspired by the holiday decorating ideas of some of the best home décor and lifestyle bloggers. Learn how they are giving a personal touch to decorating their favorite Balsam Hill Christmas items through their unique video tutorials.

Casey Leigh Wiegand decorates with Balsam Hill

For celebrity blogger Casey Leigh of The Wiegands, faith and art always go hand in hand. Her unique spiritual perspective reflects her design concepts. And even as she juggles between her creative ventures and being a hands-on mom to her adorable children, she still finds ways to turn every project into a colorful celebration of life.

In her latest design project, Casey Leigh shares her signature Christmas tree decorating ideas. With a little bit of help from her lovely family, Casey Leigh was able transform their Balsam Hill Nantucket Blue Spruce Christmas tree into a beautiful holiday masterpiece filled cherished mementos. Watch the Wiegands’ heartwarming take on yuletide decorating by typing in the password: tree in the box below!

Tune into the Balsam Hill blog for more holiday design inspiration from your favorite bloggers! You can also visit our YouTube channel for other videos from Balsam Hill.

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

The Minimalist and Modern Style of Christmas Decorating

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Christmas is often associated with lavish decorations that exhibit the beauty and splendor of the yuletide season. But while traditional holiday decorations are a popular choice, there are still home owners and home decorators who prefer something simple yet equally refined, something less busy and less intricate – a style that perfectly matches the modern aesthetics of today. Here are several minimalist and modern ideas that are ideal for the holidays:

Creating a Striking Modern Display on Your Mantel

a clean mantel with a garland, silver candlesticks and christmas stockings

 

The key to a sophisticated minimalist display is to use very little color. In the photo, we see an elegant mantel that features subtle but captivating pieces. The slender Christmas garland and string of lights give the mantel a holiday touch, while silver candleholders effortlessly offer a stately gesture. What’s particularly interesting about this is that the light illuminates the metal ornaments, creating a dazzle that doesn’t overpower. At the same time, the garland, with those chartreuse and turquoise balls and silver accents, highlight the pieces above while guiding our eyes toward the classic white Christmas stockings that add a dash of character.

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VIDEO: Janel Hutton of NellieBellie Decorates with Balsam Hill

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Balsam Hill has invited some of the blogosphere’s most talented writers to give our dear readers wonderful design inspiration for the holidays. Next on our list is a Christmas tree decorating idea from the delightful Janel Hutton.

janel hutton Janel Hutton of NellieBellie has been providing her readers with fancy and whimsical ways to bring color and life into homes with her decorating ideas, DIY projects, and mouthwatering recipes. This loving mom and business owner also provides tips on parenting and offers her personal and often stirring views on life and motherhood.

One of her life goals is to inspire others to infuse their home with love and laughter through creative projects that are easy on the budget, time, and skills. According to Janel, she’s all about ‘simple ways to make a glorious life, with a little glitter and gold thrown in for good measure.’ In this video, we have Janel show readers how to put a sweet and festive touch on a Balsam Hill Stratford Spruce.

 

Instead of using traditional ornaments, such as Christmas balls, ribbons, and trinkets, she uses candies, pixie sticks, and truffles that guests can pick out and enjoy. This marvelous take on the Christmas tree does not only create a captivating holiday centerpiece, but also becomes a treat for all. We would like to say thanks to Janel for this exquisite holiday décor inspiration.

Tune into the Balsam Hill blog for more holiday design inspiration from your favorite bloggers! You can also visit our YouTube channel for other videos from Balsam Hill.

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Stylish Christmas Tree Toppers: An Expert Guide on How to Choose the Perfect Top Ornament

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Decorating with a tree topper is the perfect finishing touch to a Christmas tree. Not only does a top ornament add another expression of delight to your holiday masterpiece; it also evokes a beautiful sentiment that communicates the meaning of the yuletide season for the family.

an elegant star christmas tree topper

However, like other ornaments, there are certain matters to consider before finding the perfect one for your home. To help you with the process, here is a comprehensive guide that will teach you how to choose the best Christmas tree topper.

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VIDEO: Lia Griffith Decorates with Balsam Hill

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Be inspired by the holiday decorating ideas of some of the best home décor and lifestyle bloggers. Learn how they are giving a personal touch to decorating their favorite Balsam Hill Christmas items through their unique video tutorials.

Lia Griffith

Lia Griffith is a designer who lives a handcrafted life. With an impressive background in photography and graphic design, it was quite natural for Lia to let her artistic skills take centerstage in her DIY projects.

She has even expanded her sophisticated touch into interiors and party styling, creating a distinct sensibility that fuses the principles of practicality with the elegance of fashion.

After years of exploring the various fields of design, Lia decided to found her own media company to help promote the beauty of paper crafts. Her signature Papier Couture showcases her stylistic talents in envisioning high-fashion gowns made of paper. She won the Scotch Brands Most Gifted Wrapper in December 2012.

These days, Lia produces tutorials and other materials for downloading as well as her inspiration with fellow practical designers through her blog liagriffith.com.

Lia’s latest video A Handicraft Holiday features her with her family, decorating their favorite Balsam Hill Christmas tree for the yuletide season. Watch how Lia livens up their Christmas celebration using unique handcrafted holiday décor made of paper.

A Handicraft Holiday

Tune into the Balsam Hill blog for more holiday design inspiration from your favorite bloggers! You can also visit our YouTube channel for other videos from Balsam Hill.

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How to Flock a Christmas Tree: An Expert Guide to Decorating with Artificial Snow

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Flocking an artificial Christmas tree gives your home a wonderful wintry effect. Here are three of the safest ways to flock your holiday masterpiece using artificial snow.

Option 1: Soap Shavings as Christmas Tree Flock

Balsam Hill shows you how to make flock for your Christmas tree using soap
Soap-based Flock

Soap shavings are a popular choice for making Christmas tree flock because they are cost-efficient and readily available. With simple additions to the mix, such as glitter or food coloring, they can also be customized to fit any style or décor.

SAFETY FIRST!

Wear appropriate protective gear, such as a mask, a pair of gloves, and safety goggles to prevent inhalation, ingestion, or contact in the eyes when making and applying the flocking mixture.

Make sure to keep Christmas lights away from the flock.

Ingredients and Procedure:

To make the soap-based flocking mixture for a 5-foot Christmas tree, combine 2 cups white soap shavings with 2/3 cup liquid corn starch or white glue in a mixer on medium speed. Add 4 tablespoons warm water and continue mixing. This is also the time to mix tint or glitter if desired. Beat until the flocking mixture forms stiff peaks with the same consistency as nougat.

Flocking Steps:

On a ladder, stand close to the crown of the tree so you can flock the top needles first then work your way down. Use a paint brush to scoop up a dollop of the mixture, and flock only the needle tips. To create a more natural snow-fallen look, let the foam stay in clusters, or even drip off the tips and land on the lower needles. Allow the tree to dry for about eight to 24 hours, depending on the size of the tree and the amount of flock applied.

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