Back in October, I went into Michael’s to pick up something (I can’t even remember what) and I ran across the most amazing brightly colored starburst metallic picks. There were on sale, so I quite literally bought every single one that they had on their shelves.
I posted a sneak peak image of them on Instagram, and the reaction was definitely mixed. That’s how I know I’m on the right track, y’all.
Yep, those little starburst picks were the genesis of this (dare I say amazing) tree. But let me back up.
After I had the picks, I needed the white Christmas tree. I searched and searched to find a solid white one that was a good height and reasonable price. I issued a call on my personal Facebook page. I posted a wanted ad on Craigslist. I looked in every. single. store. in my town that carries Christmas trees. What I found was either entirely too expensive or small, sad and wimpy.
Then, someone suggested that I check out a site called Treetopia. Y’all, my heart grew three sizes that day. These are the most beautiful trees I’ve seen. I quite literally looked at the site at least 3 times a day for a week. They have traditional evergreen trees, but then they have all sorts of brightly colored, striped and glittered ones, too. If you are in the market for an artificial Christmas tree, you need to check them out right now. As of today, there’s an excellent sale going on and the shipping is free. And I KNOW a lot of you don’t want to talk about Christmas before Thanksgiving, but if you want to buy an artificial tree this year, you need to start thinking about it now.
But, I digress. I had never had an artificial tree before, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew I wanted one that was solid white with lots of lights and branch tips (which makes it full), but that’s all I knew. Another Christmas tree supplier who had emailed me put me in touch with a contact at Treetopia, and she picked out a gorgeous 7 foot white tree for me and sent it my way.
As I had never had an artificial tree, I was worried about the ease of set up. But it was really easy. This tree came in three sections that fit together and was already prelit. I spent about an hour fluffing the branches, but it was well worth the time spent.
I decided to go for a “merry and bright” theme on this tree. I began by adding silver beaded garland from Garden Ridge on the entire tree. Then, I added the Michael’s starburst picks to the tree. To fill it in, I added 2 packages of faceted ornaments from Home Depot and a few interesting ornaments from Target – these stars and some wire balls (which I can’t find online, but they were part of the Mod Made Merry collection). After that, I added a package of metallic and glitter balls from Target, leaving out the neon yellow ones that came in the package since they were the wrong hue for the rest of the collection. The tree topper is the so ugly it’s lovely red tinsel star that Tom and I have always had atop our tree. The vintage looking tree skirt is from Hobby Lobby.
The tree’s pièce de résistance is my small vintage Blow Mold Santa that I wedged into the tree. I’m addicted to the old blow molds and buy them whenever I see them at a good price. He’s so cute in the tree, and his friend Frosty is hanging out on our staircase landing.
Tom was so worried that a solid white tree was going to be tacky – he’s much more of a Christmas traditionalist than I am (which should surprise anyone who knows him). But even he thinks it looks great. And the kids? They think that it’s the greatest tree ever put together. They are the reason I decorate for Christmas in the first place, so that was definitely the reaction I was going for. It’s even fun when it’s unlit.
This is a sponsored post from Treetopia. I was sent a tree in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are of my own.