For the next several weeks, I’ll share each of my trees with you as I complete them. I’ll provide the meaning behind each tree, decorating tips, pictures, and more.
First up is Starbucks. This is a red and white beauty with a wonderful wintery mix of ornaments on display. The ornaments I’ve collected from Starbucks over the years are the highlight of this tree. From red cups to coffee delivery trucks, I’ve got it all. In addition to the Starbucks ornaments, I’ve added sweaters, snowballs, mittens, and sweets to this tree. I always include a variety of glass or plastic balls as well. This year, I found ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ embossed ribbon. I love this ribbon, it’s beautiful. Plus it’s cold outside, and you need a hot chocolate from Starbucks to warm you up. (Side note: most of our trees are slimmer to save space). I added some wintery picks to the top and a metal tree collar to the bottom.
Why a Starbucks tree? It all started in high school when I was a barista. I really enjoyed making specialty drinks for my awesome customers. I came to know many of them, and the positive atmosphere was contagious. It was truly a wonderful experience for me. I also remember decorating the store for the holidays and those crazy Black Friday mornings. Back then we put snowflakes all over the windows and played Christmas music. The displays were beautiful and bright. Starbucks continues to be one of my favorite coffee shops. The funny thing is that I don’t even drink coffee. I love a good hot chocolate though, and I eagerly anticipate the release of their holiday merchandise every year.
Now that you know the meaning behind my Starbucks tree, here are some Christmas tree decorating tips for you:
- Vary the sizes of your ornaments, go big!
- Attach ribbon with pipe cleaners or garland ties. You can also use the branches, but I don’t like to do that. I want my tree to look fuller.
- Tree toppers are a great way to add interest. Whether you want to add picks or a larger item, think outside the box. It doesn’t have to be a bow or star.
- Use a bow maker if you don’t know how to make a bow. I have one, and I love that thing. You can purchase one at your local craft store.
- Photograph your tree to determine whether ornaments need to be moved or if it needs more.
I really love the way this one turned out. It also looks really pretty up against our dark gray walls in the living room. Only six more tree to go! Stay tuned.