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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Balsam Hill’s 2012 Christmas Tree Shopping Guide

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Selecting a Christmas tree for your home may sometimes feel like a difficult task, especially with the wide range of choices available in the market. We here at Balsam Hill aim to create a pleasant tree-buying experience for you with our helpful Christmas Tree Buying Guide that offers valuable information that will hopefully aid you in your decision.

Artificial Christmas Tree Varieties
Balsam Hill provides customers with quality trees that mimic the look and feel of freshly cut trees from a Christmas tree farm. Our collections are often named after the actual trees that served as inspirations. So when browsing through our site, you’re bound to come across three of our more popular varieties: Fir, Spruce, and Pine. What do these terms mean? Basically, they describe the overall look of the tree with regards to its needles’ build and placement. Choosing the right variety is important because the needles of a tree should complement the ornaments you plan to use. If your ornaments are on the heavier side, you should ideally pick a variety that’s apt to handle the extra weight, such as the Spruce tree.

For a more detailed review, read our post on The Differences between Fir, Spruce and Pine.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

How to Create an Elegant Place Card

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Place cards are great decorative additions to parties, providing a personalized touch to the occasion. This season, impress your guests with this classy home-made place card idea inspired by The Frugal Crafter.


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Items you need:

Card stock
Decorative ink stamps
Scoring board and scoring knife
Ruler
Scissors
Decorative punchers

Step One:

Select card stock in a color that goes well with your table décor. For an autumn-inspired table setting, you may want to choose pastel shades of orange, yellow, or red. A winter-themed dining table is best complemented by shades of off-white. Stick to paler shades as they highlight the decorative details of the card. Cut the card stock into 4×4 inch squares, or larger depending on your table arrangement. Score them down the middle to make folding easier later on.

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The Wait Is Over

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If you are just like us here at Balsam Hill, you’ll appreciate how delighted we are that the Christmas season is finally upon us. As purveyors of exquisite artificial trees and decorations, we’ve eagerly waited all year long for that nip in the air to arrive, inviting us to enjoy a cup of warm cider by the fireplace as we gather ‘round with our families to decorate our trees with beloved ornaments.

This season, allow us to help you create the perfect Christmas scene in your home. Enchant your guests with one of our top-selling artificial Christmas trees, like our Vermont White Spruce, and radiate the sparkle of the season in your holiday design. If you need some help choosing the right tree, take a look at our Christmas Tree Buyer’s Guide for some tips to help you figure out what type of tree is best for your home.

We wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas season ahead!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Entertaining Etiquette

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Entertaining can be quite a daunting task. Not only do you have to decide on an appetizing menu and plan sophisticated décor to match, as a host, you also have to ensure that your guests are reveling in the festivities. Lighten the burden with some of our practical tips – your next event will definitely be a smashing success.


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Invites & R.S.V.P.

Above all, remember to send out invites up to a month prior to the planned party. This ensures that your guests have ample time to R.S.V.P. and note your party in their calendars. Sending invitations out too early may result in guests losing their anticipation for the event. The key is to entice your guests with a marvelous invite that drops hints on what they may expect, so that they will arrive ready to have a magnificent time.

Welcoming your Guests

Once your guests arrive, welcome them with a vibrant greeting, and let them know where they can attain refreshments and scrumptious appetizers while waiting for the main event. Making your guests feel welcome from the start puts everyone in a pleasant mood, creating an ambiance in which your guests can comfortably mingle with each other. Read This Entry