How To: Festival of Trees

How to: Festival of Trees
(Rustic & Bright)

Every year Kennedy Krieger hosts the Festival of Trees.  This event is filled with gorgeous decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and gingerbread Houses.  There are also many vendors at the event and performances by the hour.

This event always happens during the Thanksgiving Weekend.  If you haven't gone you definitely need to check it out.

This is the first year that me and my friend Nicole decided to become designers and decorate a 7 foot tree.  The event ends up pricing your tree and is open to the public to buy.  All proceeds go to Kennedy Krieger Institute.

In case you're curious as to how to decorate a Christmas Tree for the Festival...or for life, I have provided you the necessary steps to designing your own beauty!

1. Pick a tree and fluff!

Tip: Wear gloves when fluffing whether it be an artificial tree or a real one.
I hate the feeling of pointy things jabbing into my hands.

2. String the lights.
Use as many strands of lights as you like, and weave around the branches.  
Nicole loved to stick them in ever single crevice she could find.  I didn't mind holding the other end for her.

3.  Decorate!
Use ornaments, pinecones, snowflakes, sparkly pointy things, whatever your fancy.  We even sprinkled sparkly faux snow on the branches.

Tip: Don't wear real ornaments as earrings.

5. Step back and admire.
Seriously, just look at it, stare at it, smile at it.

6. Take pictures.
Candids are the best!

My sister-in-law, Laura, is a veteran Festival of Trees Designer, so she gave us some good tips when we were designing ours.  You can see her cute adorable beach themed tree next to our Rustic and Bright Tree!

Within the first hour of the Festival of Trees starting, our tree was sold! Me and Nicole were extremely excited over that!

It's truly a incredible event that really puts you into the holiday spirit!  I am always in awe with all the talent and creativity people display in their Christmas trees, wreaths, or gingerbread designs.

I can't wait for next year to do it again!

Feeling merry and bright!

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