Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas tree party, 2012

christmas tree party 

Well hey! It’s time to show off all those beautiful Christmas trees as we finish up our holiday home linky series again this year! This is probably my favorite little party of the year and it’s become a tradition for me here at TDC. :)

I’ve shared our monster, beast of a tree before – we got it last year at Lowe’s and it’s 12 feet of Christmas CHEER. At least that’s what I repeat in my head as we’re setting up. Under my breath:

tall christmas tree

Why 12 feet? Well, ask my husband. ;) He’s got a thing about tall Christmas trees. Seriously, he asks for SO little when it comes to decor, but he’s all about a big tree. I would be happy with a much more normal 10-footer (well, normal for us), but no.

Last year was the first in my 37 years that I did not have a real tree, for numerous reasons (a few:  cats, water, hardwoods, trees falling over, etc.) and I do miss a real tree a little, but man, not putting all those lights on (and ripping them off) is a TREAT. I’ll take it!!

I have to admit, when it’s up and decorated (we do all red and gold on this one) and lit, it’s absolutely stunning.

Yet again, the hubby is right (GAH):

tall christmas tree

But this year I have a new crush. I’ve ALWAYS wanted a flocked tree. One of my BFFs has one and every year I ooh and ahh over it, touching it, staring. (It gets a little uncomfortable.)

I never saw one in a store that looked great though, at least for what I wanted to pay. Until this year. I think WalMart (yes, Wally World) may have had flocked trees for awhile, but I just noticed them this year. It looked REALLY good in the store, I was quite surprised.

So I got my flocked beauty last month and I LOVE her. She’s got just the right amount of flock:

flocked christmas tree

And the stuff doesn’t come off either, I’ve even dragged this baby across a room and it didn’t shed much at all.

I think it is just beautiful – the whole thing just glows:

flocked christmas tree

And yes, I know all Christmas trees glow…this one is just different.

We used all of the glittery (WalMart!) ornaments that I used on my little office tree last year, and then some of our white and silver ones as well:

flocked christmas tree

I was going to do just white, silver and blue, but then we stuck a few green on there and I was smitten. It works perfectly with the basement decor:

flocked christmas tree

Isn’t she a beaut? I’m pretty much obsessed. (And yes, it barely fits our ceilings down there. It’s a close one.)

I usually DIY my tree skirts (just yards of fabric fluffed up) but I saw this fluffy one at Marshall’s a few weeks ago and knew it would be perfect. And. it. was:

flocked christmas tree blue and green

We spend so much time down in the basement now, I wanted to have something Christmasy down there. Next year, as more is done, I hope to decorate this space even more. But for now, this tree is plenty.

It sits in the spot where we plan to install/build a fireplace someday (soon?):

flocked christmas tree

It’s 7.5 feet tall for $130 I believe. Since then I’ve kept my eye out and I haven't seen anything close to it as far as quality for the price. Target has one that’s 7 feet tall for $230 and you know I LOVE Target but it doesn’t even compare. (Not enough flock for my taste.)

Meijer had a 7-footer for $20 more I think, that was just sad. I think it was because no one had fluffed up the branches but still. Poor guy.

I still can’t get over how pretty this one is for the price – I’ve seen some for hundreds (and hundreds) in specialty shops that rival it:

flocked christmas tree

And of course, the Peanut Butter loves it too:

bokeh lights

He would sit in front of it all night long if we let him.

So now it’s time to see yours! YAY!! I’ll leave this party open for a week so you can continue to link up for a while.

I would SO appreciate a link back with or without this button:

christmas tree party Thanks so much!!

Here you go, link them up!:

59 comments:

  1. Your trees are beautiful. I am with you on the artificial vs. real. I remember being the one to string all the lights and it was no fun. Still, there is something wonderful about a real tree. Thanks for hosting this fun Christmas Tree party. I love seeing how everyone decorates theirs. Have a very Merry Christmas.
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  2. Sarah, your trees are just beautiful. That 12-footer really is something--very few houses have ceilings that would accommodate a tree that tall, so I don't blame your hubby for wanting to make the most of that tall room. And your flocked tree looks great! How cool to have a tree in the basement. I know you're loving that space!

    We're a one-tree family, and this makes me really glad to live in a state where Christmas trees are grown. When we lived in Michigan we always had a Douglas fir (that's what grows there); here in North Carolina we have a Fraser fir. I just love fir trees for Christmas. They do get a bit prickly by the end of the season, though, and the lights? Ugh. But I do love a real tree, so we'll keep it up for awhile, I suppose.

    Thanks so much for hosting the party! :)

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  3. Wow, what gorgeous trees! That 12 foot giant is stunning! Thanks so much for hosting and Merry Christmas!

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  4. LOVE the new tree!! Ohhh, SO pretty!

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  5. Sweetie Sarah! THanks so much for hosting! I finally made to one of the Holiday parties and I'm so excited to link with you. Blessings to your family.
    Much love,
    edie
    :)))

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  6. That gigantic tree of yours is a show-stopper for sure. My itsy bitsy tree just fades in comparison. But I love it anyway.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  7. Your trees are gorgeous! Thanks for hosting! XO, Aimee

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  8. Oh my, they're gorgeous! I've always wanted a flocked tree, it's over the top pretty, so elegant! I'm with Peanut Butter! :) Thanks so much for hosting ~ hope you're enjoying the holiday prep at your house!

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  9. Your trees are spectacular! I especially love the flocked tree (didn't even know what it was called until you mentioned it! :-))! I've always wanted that type of tree too. Thank you for hosting!

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  10. BEAUTIFUL!

    I got my first real tree this year and it's amazing! I wish we could have gotten a 12 ft tree like you. Happy Holidays!

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  11. We're a fellow 12' tree owner. Go big or go home at Christmas, right? ;)

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  12. Wow your monster tree is AMAZING! So beautiful, but I'm really in love with the flocked tree.
    I sooooo badly want one but instead I bought some cheap flocked garlands and wound them thru my tree. Not quite the same but still gave me a little of the beautiful flocked look :) Thanks for hosting!

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  13. Wow! your trees are stunning! I love big tall trees, too, so I'm totally smitten with your living room tree. And the flocked tree in the basement? I'm pretty sure I need one of those for our house. My parents always got real flocked trees growing up, so it's a bit of a sentimental thing for me. Thanks for the heads-up about where to find one. It looks lovely with the green and blue. Just perfectly icey.

    Thanks so much for hosting. I'm looking forward to making my way through all the eye candy.

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  14. ValenzMom (aka Helen)December 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    LOVE both of your trees! I've been bugging my hubby for a white tree for a some time now, but I scored a vintage aluminum tree at a garage sale this year so I'll have to keep quite for a while.
    I have to ask about the Santa sitting in the little rocker next to your flocked tree. Does he say, "The magic of Christmas lies in your heart" when you press his hand? I think I have the very same Santa! I collect Santas and a friend gave this one to me several years ago - my grandchildren just love him!

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  15. Thank you so much for hosting! Your trees are fantastic! Great job!

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  16. Absolutely love both of your trees Sarah! The flocked beauty looks so lovely in your basement! I love the color you chose for your walls, we just repainted our entire main level Sherwin Williams Mindful Grey and it's so calm and beautiful! First time I have painted walls grey myself, isn't it amazing how it makes the space look bigger? Thanks so much for hosting this fun party!

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  17. Beautiful trees! Thanks for hosting!!

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  18. Oh your trees really do shimmer and glow!

    Be merry and bright!

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  19. I love your tree! I want a flocked tree too. I hope you have a Merry Christmas. Thanks for hosting.
    Debbie

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  20. love the flocked tree and the colors you chose. . wow!! Thanks for such a fun party. . .I look forward to looking thru all the trees.

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  21. Look at all this magic! It 's like a fairy tale. Thank you for this lovely party and happy holidays!

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  22. Thank you for hosting this fun party today, Sarah, and I think your trees are beautiful, although Peanut Butter steals the show for me! What a cutie. I've never had a flocked tree before, but yours is certainly very pretty. We are short on space, so we have a tabletop tree this time.

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  23. Gorgeous, as always!
    The last doggie picture is my favorite. :o)

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  24. Very lovely trees Sarah. I've been looking for one like the one you have in the basement with the white tips, and can't seem to find it! I hope I have better luck next year.

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  25. I am so jealous of your 12' tree. It is gorgeous - I wish I had room for a big tree like that!

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  26. Thanks for hosting! I am sharing our new flocked tree also and I agree-LOVE!! Your giant is a beauty too (and here I thought ours was big at 9 feet). Ps for the Canadians out there I got the flocked tree for $119 75% off after Xmas last year at Canadian tire ☺

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  27. That's so funny that your husband likes to have big trees! It does look so pretty in the space though! :-)

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  28. Helen, yes that's the same Santa! From Polar Express -- my son's absolute favorite movie. :) I found him at Goodwill, can you believe it?

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  29. I love your trees! They are amazing. The blue and green is beautiful with the flocking. That being said...it was the doggie that grabbed my heart. What a cutie! ;)

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  30. I want a flocked tree so so so bad! We buy real trees as well and I even bought the spray snow to flock it myself...well, when I saw how flipping messy it is, it was a "No-Go"! I love the artificial one that you have! I may consider buying an artifical to satisfy my urge to Flock! haha

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  31. Thanks for hosting, Sarah! Your trees are beautiful. The green totally made the whole tree- you're right. Lovely! We had a flocked tree last year and I loved it. This makes me miss getting it flocked!

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  32. That tree of yours makes my jaw drop every time I see it. AMAZING!!! Your son will never forget it, what a cool memory to grow up with! Thanks for having me at your party! :)

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  33. love the white, blue and green tree.

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  34. Lol, I have the same flocked tree from Walmart! I love the way the blue and green looks with it. I wish, wish, wish I could do that, but they clash with all those darn red sentimental ornaments. ;)

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  35. Such a beautiful tree. I really like the flocked look also. Love the portrait of your dog with the bokeh lights. Awesome!

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  36. You have one truly big, beautiful tree there, it's gorgeous! The flocked one is so pretty in your new room! Thanks for hosting!

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  37. Your trees are gorgeous! Thanks for hosting.

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  38. Thank you so much for hosting this Christmas Tree Link party. I have enjoyed viewing all of the wonderfully decorated trees! Your trees are so beautiful. My favorite shot is that of the large tree with the train going around it. I love how the lights glow up from the trains movement. So pretty! Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  39. Beautiful trees!Thanks for hosting! So many trees...so little time! xo Kristin

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  40. We just bought a new house with a 12 foot ceiling in the living room. Maybe 15, I'm not sure. I can't wait to get a taller tree to put in it! Yours is phenomenal!

    http://lott2love.blogspot.com

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  41. Sarah, your trees are all soooo pretty! I was eyeing a flocked one this year...they are gorgeous! Congrats on finding a beautiful one...it's perfect!
    Merry Christmas!

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  42. Oh nice spam comment before me :( Anway, thank you so much for hosting the party! I linked up earlier but had to run out and didn't have a chance to thank you and comment! I love your flocked tree. I would love one, maybe next year :) Your bokeh dog picture is awesome!

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  43. Great teams and great ideas. Good luck! DB Mall

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  44. Great teams and great ideas. Good luck! DB Mall

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  45. So fun to see all the decorations and get ideas for next year!
    Hugs

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  47. Wow, your flocked tree is absolutely beautiful! Of course, your 12 foot tree is gorgeous, yada, yada, yada :-) but that flocked tree made my heart skip a beat! Beautiful!!

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  49. WOW...that is an impressive tree! Thank you for hosting!

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  50. They're all soooo pretty! Thank you for this link party!

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  51. I linked to your party - thank you again!

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  52. Your tree is stunning and I love the grandness of it! Thanks for hosting the Christmas Tree Party! I linked in!

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  53. Oh my gosh, so pretty! And tall Christmas trees are the best! hehe All of the trees are just beautiful. :)

    :o)Sarah
    restlessromantic.blogspot.com

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  54. YOUR Trees are so beautiful .. Love your dog too .. SUPER Cute !!! Love the blog .. Sherry @ The Rusty Pearl

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  56. It's gorgeous!! I never would've thought to put the green with the blue but it looks soooo pretty!

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  57. your trees are beautiful, and i love your wall colors, too... just beautiful!

    merry christmas!

    patty @ findingserendipity.com

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  58. Thank you so much for hosting this huge party!

    My husband wanted a 12ft tree but it would have been too big in our space. He settled for a 9.5ft tree. lol Love you Christmas decor style and trees! :)

    Julie

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  59. Your trees are exquisite! I am a wee bit late to the party. Things have been busy. But every day I love taking a peek at a few more of the links. Thanks for hosting, what an incredible way to let everyone show off their gorgeous decor!

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