Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Tree Party, 2014

Well hello! It’s that time again! I’ve hosted this little shindig for six years now – crazy! It’s time to gather together and show off your beautiful Christmas trees and decor:

Thrifty Decor Chick Christmas party

But first, mine! :)

We usually have four trees in our home – it sounds crazy but one I’ve never even decorated till this year:

skinny Christmas tree

And it was so easy and cheap – check it out here if you missed the bedroom tour earlier this week.

Another one is a real tree for the kiddo’s stuff – the fun one with colorful ornaments. I love it. (Check out last year’s party to see it more of that one.)

Those two are minimal effort and don’t take up much storage space.

A few years back I picked up a flocked tree for our newly finished basement:

flocked tree

Goodness, I love this tree. It was from WalMart and I’m still so happy with it. It doesn’t shed a ton of “snow” and you would think it would. It’s just so beautiful.

It’s only three pieces and super easy to set up – I had it up and fluffed within 30 minutes. Every Christmas break we pretty much hibernate in the basement for two straight weeks so it is lovely to have this down there:

flocked tree Walmart

Of our three faux trees I think this one looks the most real. It will look spectacular one day when that electric fireplace behind it is actually built into the wall. Been dreaming up that project for years now. :)

And our last one…I have a confession to make about our big tree. I call her Big Bertha. The Beast. Pain in my butt.

She’s huge and I kind of dread getting her out every year – isn’t that awful? When she’s up I’m so happy but the process wears me out. My husband goes along with pretty much all of my ideas for decor around the house and rarely has a strong opinion about things…but this tree is his baby. He loves Christmas decor and loves. this. tree.

Last year he was out of town and my sister helped me get all the pieces down from the garage – I thought I would be able to make things a bit easier by making it 10 feet tall instead of 12 feet (I didn’t put the bottom piece of the tree on so it was shorter).

Swear to God he noticed when he walked in the door – nobody would ever notice!! He did. So this year he pulled it down and we set up his baby in it’s full glory.

Twelve feet of tree takes some time to decorate – and it’s a workout on the ladder. Another reason this tree wipes me out? The cats LOVE IT. Our insane kitty literally climbs up around the inside of it and will poke his head out the top. It drives me absolutely crazy:

Colby cat

But last night I was taking pictures of it and I have to tell you…after pulling the cat out for the 15th time, my heart warmed and I just sat and appreciated Bertha:

brown, gold and red ornaments

That snowflake is made from the old Hoosier Dome top for you locals by the way – we spent a lot of time there back in the day so I had to get one. :)

She is a beast but my goodness…she is spectacular:

12 foot Christmas tree

It’s all worth it. :) And I love that my husband loves the tree so dang much:

train around tree

Although I’d be fine if this guy lost a little of the love:

Lowe's fake tree, 12 feet

I’m not gonna lie – I got a little emotional standing there last night, just taking a moment to enjoy it.

It is magnificent. :) Here’s the view from our second level:

12 foot tree

My “Fa la la” prints went back into the frames and they reflect the light beautifully:

Fa la la art

And of course a little bokeh never hurts:

bokeh Christmas tree Whew. It’s a lot of work but after all is said and done…so worth it. There is NOTHING like sitting by a lit up tree with all the lights off, am I right? So grateful.

Now I can’t wait to see your tree and decor! Link up here – and if you’d like to link back to TDC it would be appreciated but it is not mandatory.

I’ll be back on Monday – I’m currently in freak out mode to get all the shopping done. ;) Have a great weekend my friends!!

39 comments:

  1. Love the 12 foot tree with a train around it too! But that would be a pain to decorate! lol! I also loved your flocked tree! For some weird reason my teenage son is very anti flocked trees. I think I need to get a second tree that is my own and I can decorate however I want! :)

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  2. Lovely trees! Bertha is huge! She's pretty though. LOL about the cat. Luckily ours haven't climbed the tree!

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  3. Wow... 6 years! Thanks for putting this link party together. It is always SO much fun to see what you and others have done. Merry Christmas... and jolly ol' shopping to ya!

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  4. Thanks for the fun party! Merry Christmas! :)

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  5. Your trees are beautiful! I cracked up at the thought of the cat peeking out of the tree! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for the party!!

    Brittany
    www.BeckyandBrittany.com

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  6. Love all your trees ! The big one is spectacular ! I got the flocked tree from Walmart this year and love it ! Thanks so much for the party !

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  7. Gorgeous trees Sarah! I had a 12 footer in another house, and I sure miss the grand scale. Yours is beautiful! Merry Christmas, and thanks for hosting!

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  8. I love the flocked tree from WalMart! When I have a larger house, I need to have multiple trees! And that view from the second floor of your ginormous tree -- gah! It's gorgeous!
    www.jessicastoutdesign.blogspot.com

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  9. Bertha. I'm dying here. I love that your husband noticed right away, ha! Everything looks so pretty and festive! Thanks for hosting one of my favorite house tours! Merry Christmas! =)

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  10. How fun is this?? I love seeing everyones trees and their decorations! Thanks for the opportunity to show off our trees after so much work!! Whew!! Merry Christmas xo, Kathy@The Daily Nest

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  11. All of your trees are so beautiful! Question about the flocked one - is that really a tree skirt under it, and if so, where did you get it? It looks like it might be a blanket which I could easily recreate, but if it's actually a tree skirt I would love to know where you got it. It's so perfect under that tree!

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    1. Yes it's a tree skirt and I can't remember where I got it! It's so nice and fluffy. :) I'll check it to see if there's a tag on it.

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  12. Gorgeous, Sarah! Love all of the red, your twinkle light fa la la pic, and the cat! ;)

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  13. Love love love the train that goes around the bottom! I think I'll get one for next year, my son will be 2 and I think he'd love it :)

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  14. I love tall Christmas trees, and yours are beautiful!

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  15. Your trees are beautiful Sarah,that 12 footer is so grand.I love your bedroom, its really beautiful. Thanks for hosting have a Merry Christmas.

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  16. The twelve foot tree is gorgeous! I would say it's worth all the trouble, except I'm not the one who has to set it up ;). Thanks for hosting!

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  17. Love all your trees! And your pictures are great, what settings to do you to get that?

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    1. I turn down the aperture and just try to stay as still as possible. :) A tripod helps tremendously but I didn't pull it out for these. Also, to get the lights to really shine on the tree I make sure the rest of the lights are off in the room. Hope that helps!

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  18. Your trees are lovely. I like the idea of multiple trees. If I have have the space I would like to have more than one tree. Thanks for hosting the link up party.

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  19. Wow what stunning trees!!! All your pictures are awesome! Thanks for hosting the party hun, hang in there. Have a great weekend.

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  20. Wow, love all of your trees! So beautiful! And love seeing everyone else's too. Thanks for hosting :)

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  21. Love all the trees.. Thanks so much for hosting!! Happy Holidays!

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  22. So, so, pretty, Sarah! So funny, we got that same flocked tree from Walmart this year to replace our beast that I hated putting together every year! I had no idea it could possibly be that easy to put up a tree, I was in heaven putting those three pieces together! Merry Christmas to you and your guys! :)

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  23. We also have 3 Christmas trees each with a different creation. Bertha is absolutely breathtaking with her monarch stance! Have a Merry Christmas and God Bless!
    Linda

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  24. I completely understand...I have the ceiling height and the ornaments for a 12' tree, but a 9' wears me out so enough is enough. My old tree had begun to "flame out" and last year Brian bought me a brand new 9' with ALL working lights...HEAVEN!!! I still add colored lights but it is so wonderful to NOT have to mess with sections that don't light up...just stack and plug. Perfect!

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    1. Yes having the lights already on there is a huge help!!

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  25. You should make the photo of your cat on the ladder looking at the tree into a Christmas card--I'd so totally buy it! (And so would a million other cat lovers!)

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    1. Ha! You are not the first to suggest that -- I may have to do it! ;)

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  26. Thank you for hosting this festive gathering of Christmas! This is my first time sharing our home on an online Christmas tour!!! Everyone has such beautiful, clever and whimsical decor.

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  27. Thanks for hosting the party! So fun to see everyone's Christmas tree's! I know how you feel about the weekend and shopping - I'm right there with you!!!!

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  28. It's so beautiful! Your kitty looks just like our Abby girl. Yours seems to be thoroughly enjoying helping out. What a lot of work you put into decorating the tree. I love your photos. Thank you for sharing!

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  29. Your trees and your home are beautiful! My cats love sleeping underneath our tree but don't climb it thank goodness. It's a real tree, so I don't know if that makes a difference?
    Thanks for the link up. Merry Christmas to you!

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  30. Thanks for the fun party! Your home looks beautiful!

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  31. That is one Beautiful Christmas Tree! Merry Christmas

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  32. Where did you find that gorgeous faux fur tree skirt under your basement tree? Love it!!!

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  33. That tree is amazing, also the train is a great little idea, I now kinda want one myself maybe having the train meander around the presents, then again I'm dreaming slightly.

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