Elves at Work!

23601356211_8d592751cb_zDesigning a themed Christmas tree can be a wonderful way to show your creativity. For the past four years I have been involved in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Festival of Trees.  Designers from the Valley get together to showcase their talents and donate their special creations.

I always designed my tree with children in mind. I looked to children’s books, movies and stories for inspiration. Last year’s tree was all about Santa. It was based on the movie The Santa Clause. All the elves at the North Pole were decorating a tree for Santa. I had a six foot life-sized Santa standing front and center with all the elves scurrying up ladders and hanging ribbons and ornaments to create the perfect tree for Santa. The bidding always starts out with a cocktail party. Last year I decided to up my marketing skills and dressed as an elf to promote my tree!

This year I am donating a tree to the Monark Premium Appliance showroom for the Designer Circle’s annual Christmas party.  The tree will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to the No Kid Hungry program. I am designing with a color pallet in mind. The colors will be silver, navy and teal with metallic and white. I will use dried flowers, crystal branches along with numerous ornaments, ribbon and fabric to create an artistic but sophisticated tree.

One of my favorite trees was titled “Waiting for Santa.” It was a snowy woodland forest tree surrounded by life size black bears along with rabbits, raccoons and other forest creatures all coming together for a Christmas Eve Dinner.

My own personal trees are themed as well. One year I found small picture frames and showcased my two sons lives over the past thirty years. (Much to their embarrassment!) But that’s what mothers are for….

Having a theme is a fun way for your family to join in and create special memories. My advice would be to start early in the year collecting items to illustrate your theme. Give yourself plenty of time to create and enjoy your special Christmas tree.

cbethdonlanheadshotBeth Donlan, Allied ASID ,Owner designer of Quite Lovely Design, has been involved in the arts for the past 30 years. She founded Quite Lovely Design in 2007. Services provided are New Build, Remodel, Outside Spaces, Residential Styling, Home Staging, Open House, Photo Stylist, Holiday, Parties and Special Events. Beth’s website is Contact her at 602-516-8646

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