Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Five pointers that will help you create a Christmas-themed kitchen

Christmas Themed Kitchen

 

Five pointers that will help you create a Christmas-themed kitchen

Furnishing your home with Christmas-themed decorations in preparation for the festive season is one tradition that many a household love to partake in over the winter period.
Creating a new type of ambience in readiness for Christmas and New Year really helps to generate a fresh and vibrant atmosphere that usually signals a time when families come together to celebrate.
However, while many parts of the household receive their individual makeovers, an area that often gets overlooked in the run-up to Christmas is the kitchen.

 
For this reason, this article will attempt to highlight some easy but extremely effective ways of sprucing up the appearance of your kitchen this Christmas.

 
 Use some candles

Christmas Candles

Christmas Candles

With the dark nights well and truly upon us, using candles as an alternative lighting method can really add a warm and cosy aura to your kitchen. Moreover, you can also get some scented candles that can add a whiff of pine with some stores even selling Christmas-specific scents.

 

 

Add a small Christmas Tree to the work surface

Add A Christmas Tree

Add A Christmas Tree

While there is unlikely to be much room in a kitchen for a full-scale Christmas tree that often takes pride of place in the living room, there is nevertheless the option to purchase a much smaller scaled-down tree that can be placed on your kitchen worktops.
Just be careful where you place your tree – making sure that you’re not obstructing any particular working area of the kitchen! As long as you get your placement right, a small tree will add excellent festive value to your kitchen.

 

 

Utilize green wreaths

Christmas Greenery

Christmas Greenery

Wreaths are often attached to the front of a household to welcome guests but utilising them in the kitchen is also a viable option when it comes to decorating the area. You can attach the wreaths to the outer linings of kitchen cupboards and kitchen units to bolster that wintery feel. Again though, it must be stressed that these must be placed carefully to avoid any obstruction.

 

Cook some Christmas treats

Christmas Cupcakes

Christmas Cupcakes

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a chef, then why not cook up some Christmas-themed treats for family and friends? Don’t make them too tasty, mind – they could be gone in a shot!

 

 

Fake snow

Fake Snow

Fake Snow

One thing that Christmas doesn’t always guarantee is snow. However, there is one small trick that you can use to replicate the effect of snow on your kitchen windows by using some temporary frosting spray to decorate them with what appears to be sprinklings of the white stuff.

Matthew Wood is an SEO Copywriter who is currently developing a range of informative and engaging guest posts for the reputable online DIY Kitchen manufacturer Finsa Home UK on the subjects of Kitchen Doors and Kitchen Units.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The different types of Christmas tree decoration themes you can use

Christmas Themes

Christmas Themes

Christmas Theme Ideas

As Christmas seems to be creeping up on us earlier and earlier year after year, everyone is out shopping for gifts and decorations for the home. Christmas is a time when all the family comes together and enjoys everything from the presents to the Christmas spirit of being together. One of the main features of Christmas is, without a doubt, the Christmas tree. The whole decorating process is enjoyed by everyone as we share the arrangement of the lights, to the placing of the angel on top. Throughout the year, we can spend much money and time on decorations, and if you’re one of those people, find out all the different themes you can follow by continuing to read through this article.

 

A popular choice of theme, that any people are now choosing to use, is the snow theme. White lights, either solid or twinkling, create the ultimate snow theme with their glimmering white glow. Then you could try adding a snowman or two as baubles or simple decorations on the tree. Snowflakes also create the snow theme effectively, after all they are made of snow! They also create a really pretty look when placed on the tree. If you generally to stick to white and silver colours when decorating the tree, your snow themed tree will be coming along perfectly. Shops are now selling white artificial Christmas trees, how much closer can you get to a snow theme than a white tree?

 

Another theme is to stick to a certain colour. Whether it’s teal or silver, if you stick to decorating the tree with ornaments of your chosen colour, the tree will look really great. Baubles that are varied shapes, but are the same colour can create a fantastic and neat looking Christmas tree. The same goes for tinsel, keep to your chosen colour and you can’t go wrong.

 

You could also try a traditional theme, which is exactly what it says on the tin. Go all out with the usual Santa Clause, Reindeer, Angels and Christmas pudding decorations, and the tree will look perfect. You can’t really go wrong with a traditional themed tree, after all, nothing brings about the Christmas spirit quite like tradition.

 

The list of themes can go on and on, it really does depend on your personal preferences. However, do try and stick to a theme, as they create some fantastic looking trees. Let your creative juices flow!

 

I (Zora Ahmed) work as the Online Marketing Specialist for The Christmas Tree Farm. I create interesting and unique articles on a daily basis which informs users all about the services offered at The Christmas Tree Farm, and many topics that are Christmas related!

 

 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tips for Selecting and Putting Lights on an Artificial Christmas Tree

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Tips for Selecting and Putting Lights on an Artificial Christmas Tree

If you are new to owning an artificial Christmas tree, you may discover that decorating it with lights is done a little differently than when you put strands of lights on a live Christmas tree. Although it generally takes more time to put light strands on an artificial Christmas tree, the benefit is that once you have placed them on the branches, you won’t have to remove them again. Below are some ideas for selecting the right lights for your Christmas tree and some tips on how to decorate with them.

  • Use 50-foot light strands to decorate your artificial Christmas tree. According to Better Homes and Gardens, 50-foot light strands are less likely to have electrical problems or burn out. If you want subdued lighting, their website suggests 12 boxes of 50-foot light strands for a 6-foot tree, or 20 boxes for an 8-foot tree. If you prefer moderate lighting on your Christmas tree, use 20 boxes for a 6-foot tree or 30 boxes for an 8-foot tree.

 

  • Check the Christmas light strands before you start putting them on the tree. Make sure all the strands are untangled and that none of the light bulbs are loose. Plug each strand in to an electrical socket separately to ensure that they actually works and that none of the bulbs are burnt out.

 

  • Begin stringing the lights from the bottom of the Christmas tree near the trunk. Select a branch at the bottom where you wish to begin. Wrap the lights around the branch starting at the trunk and moving outward to the tip of the tree. If you want the lighting on your Christmas tree to have a more subdued look, you will wrap the strand loosely around each branch. Allow plenty of slack in the strand and gently drape the strand as you wrap it around the branch. If you prefer more moderate lighting, however, wrap the strand tighter and closer together. Remember to allow for some slack in the strand as you want the branches to look natural and not overly stiff.

 

  • Repeat the wrap on the same branch moving the light strand back towards the trunk. Move to the next branch and repeat the process. Once again wrap the branch by working your way out to the tip and then return the strand back to the trunk continuing to wrap it around the branch.

 

  • Continue the same process of wrapping each branch as you go around the bottom branches of the Christmas tree. Work your way up from the bottom level and repeat the process until you reach the end of the first 50-foot strand.

 

  • Attach the end of the first 50-foot strand to the beginning of the next 50-foot strand. Continue wrapping each branch as you did with the bottom level, moving up each level as you go. Continue adding more strands of lights as you continue the level moving upward.

 

  • Wrap the final strand around the branch at the top that usually supports the tree topper. You are now ready to place the ornaments on your tree.

Linda Knighton writes for Christmas blogs where you can find out more about Santa’s Quarters and other Christmas boutique sellers.

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