Countdown to Christmas

Since 2017, Charlotte Garvie, the Christmas expert and owner of The Christmas Decorators, has wowed corporate and private clients across the North-east with her breath-taking festive displays perfectly capturing the magic of Christmas. Here’s her take on how to decorate a tree worth talking about…

The countdown to Christmas is truly on and with people trying to bring some much needed joy to their lives amid all the cancelled events and parties, we are seeing a trend for even more extravagant festive displays being created at home.

Traditionally Christmas decorations go up on the first day of advent, but this year there are no rules as people try to salvage what’s left of 2020 and bring some Christmas magic into their homes. So, if you’re ready for some Christmas cheer, get your decorations out of storage and turn your living room into a Christmas wonderland. 

At the Christmas Decorators, we use artificial trees, simply because they last longer for our clients and don’t make any mess. If you’re buying a new artificial tree, I would highly recommend buying a pre-lit tree. This means you don’t have to untangle any lights or break up the visual impact with stripes across the tree. 

When you take the tree out of the box, it’s really important to invest some time in fluffing it. By making sure that all your branches are puffed out and there are no holes you’ll get a much more uniform finish which gives the perfect backdrop for your beautiful decorations. 

We like to start decorating the tree with lengths of material. This really helps to fill it up and give it a luxurious look. You can do this with swathes of velvet, silk or mesh – there are a huge range of choices in fabric or haberdashery shops, or even try your local garden centre. As long as your material is pliable it should work well. Thread the material through the tree at an angle from top to bottom as a starting point before adding any of your smaller details.

We like to use a mixture of shatter proof and glass baubles. Instead of using the normal string hangers we use floristry wire to attach them to the tree. This makes them a lot more secure and means they will stay exactly where you want them to, especially if you have inquisitive pets. It’s also an idea for any treasured family heirlooms that you really don’t want to fall off and break.

To add the finishing touches we use ornaments which you can pop into the tree and secure with either the branches or floristry wire again. Using unusual decor, perhaps linked to a theme or colour scheme can really add an extra level of detail to your decorating making it eye-catching and memorable.

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Find out more about The Christmas Decorators by getting in touch with Charlotte at The Minklets, Crathes, Banchory, AB31 5QQ

Tel: 01224 928543 or 07758 129 750

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