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What better way is there to kick off the holiday season than with an old-fashioned tree decorating party? It’s time to gather your girlfriends (or loved ones), heat up the a pot of hot cocoa and put on some of your favorite holiday tunes. This is truly one of my favorite times of year. I invited over Jeanne from Shop Sweet Things and Crystal from Rue Magazine for some quality time to catch up about our holiday plans and get advice from Jeanne about motherhood – both Crystal and I are expecting. Plus, who wouldn’t want to spend a fun-filled afternoon surrounded by Christmas cheer!
Last year, some of you may remember that I partnered up with Treetopia to decorate my first artificial tree. I was in awe of the beauty of their trees. It looked like a real tree and we didn’t have to worry about the messy needles, watering or most importantly, getting bugs in the house. When we cleaned up Christmas last year it was so hassle free that both Eric and I were converted.
Fast forward a year – We took out last year’s tree and decided that we could’ve gone a bit larger with the tree. That’s when I decided to partner with Treetopia again to get a new tree. We went from having a seven foot tree to a nine foot tree. I never thought we’d have a tree this big but let me tell you, after putting it up, I can’t imagine anything smaller.
When it comes to food, make sure you have nice bite sized treats that your guests can enjoy while decorating. Amanda, our food editor put together a beautiful spread – crostinis, a dessert trio and cheese puffs. We’ll be sharing each recipe this month for you to enjoy and make for any holiday party you are hosting or attending. All of them are easy!
Decorating a tree can be quite a task – that’s why we wanted to gather friends to help with this occasion (especially with me being 9 months pregnant)! The art to hosting a tree decorating party is just few simple steps.
I hope this has inspired you to host your very own tree decorating party. Just remember – it’s all about being surrounded by the people you love and cherish. So spread some holiday cheer and host your very own soiree!
Now for the fun part, one lucky reader will win $500 towards any tree of your choice from Treetopia! Enter using the rafflecopter widget below.
This post is a partnership with Treetopia. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.
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I’ve been following Holly Becker of Decor8 for years and years (since 2006) – it’s one of the first blogs I started reading. It ultimately inspired me to start Sacramento Street over three years ago. I couldn’t believe it when I was asked to participate in the Decorate Workshop, A Creative 8 Step Process for Transforming Your Home book tour.
In Holly’s second fabulous book, she shares all of her design secrets and also the eight step process/workshop to help you transform a home or room that will reflect your personal style. This is something a lot of people struggle with – no need to fear anymore friends. Holly asks questions throughout the book that will have you getting one step closer to your perfect interior style. It’s a brilliant way to approach design – see the first four steps below!
Here’s how you can enter to win a copy of Decorate Workshop:
Leave a comment on this post telling us what room in your home you’ve been having trouble decorating.
I will draw one winner on Sunday, December 2nd at noon (PST) and announce the winner on Monday, December 3rd!
Photos taken of Decorate Workshop by Caitlin Flemming
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Our neighborhood is full of amazing small boutiques – one of the many reasons we have never moved. Over the past seven years I’ve been able to build relationships with the small business owners of many of the shops – even if it’s a quick wave as I’m walking by. So when Bae Home & Design (one of my favorite shops on the street) contacted me about doing a giveaway for my readers I jumped at the chance. I love sharing my secret resources with all of you.
Bae Home & Design is on the corner Sacramento and Baker. It’s filled with affordable smalls to spruce up any space in your home and also has beautiful furniture that I absolutely adore. It’s actually one of my go-to spots for gifts when I’m in a time crunch because I know that I’ll be able to find something there that suits all of my friends – plus who doesn’t love a little something for their home?
Today, Bae Home & Design is giving away a $75 gift certificate to a lucky reader! Believe me friends, there are some amazing things you’ll be able to get with this certificate. I’m in love with their array of design books, vases, stunning pillow collections and not to mention if you love trays (like myself), they have some that will make your heart beat very fast.
To enter, all you need to do is:
Good luck friends!
Photos by Caitlin Flemming
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Yesterday in my “four favorites” post I featured the Ornate bed – well I can’t stop thinking about it and Christiane from Dwell Studio asked how I would decorate it if I owned it. I was totally up for taking a little bit of time to get creative and put together an inspiration board.
As you all know, I had to stick to my neutral colors, but added in fun textures to spice it up. The mix of a Madeline Weinrib rug, Bungalow 5 lamp, CB2 dressers and West Elm and Dwell Studio pillows make for a cozy sanctuary to cuddle in every night.
Now that I’ve created this board I wish the bed could magically appear at my doorstep.
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