A Christmas Sleigh in Four Easy Steps

Here at Christmas Place, we are always ready to offer holiday tips to help you create memorable moments to cherish with family and friends.  It’s what we live for!  Here’s a super-simple project – a beautiful candle-and-poinsettia-in-red-sleigh centerpiece for your Christmas table, in just a few easy steps.  I’ll include all the elements, most (but not all*) of them available at the store.

Christmas Sleigh Centerpiece

1.  Assemble your base:

  • Red sleigh (so new, it hasn’t even come over from the warehouse yet, give us a few days)
  • Red candle(s)*
  • Green foam*
  • Green moss*

Mini red sleigh with candles and grass

2:  Next, add:

3.  Mix with:

  • One talented floral designer*
  • Hot glue gun*
  • Wire and chenille stems*

4.  Leave everything alone together for about two hours.  When you return, voilà!

Mini red sleigh with candles and Christmas floral

The perfect centerpiece for Christmas dinner – besides the turkey, the ham, and Mom’s sweet potato casserole (with pecans and marshmallows).

Mini Red Sleigh and Candles Christmas Floral Arrangement

I told you it was super simple!  You will find lots of ideas in our [on-line floral selection at ChristmasPlace.com] to help you create a Christmas masterpiece – or just come by the store, and let us do the work for you.  (We’ll let you take the credit, we don’t mind.)

Come back for more quick and easy holiday projects to help you prepare for the best Christmas 2016 ever!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  While you’re planning your trip to pick up supplies for your super-simple centerpiece project, why not come on an event day, meet an artist or author, and take home a signed piece?  It’s a great tradition for those ornaments and collectibles you’d like to hand down for Christmases to come.

List of artist signings and events for oct-nov-dec 2016

Two for Tuesday

I don’t know why I started this with only two –  I complain about that a lot, don’t I?  Well, I’m sorry.  But if you were here in the store with me every day, you’d find it just as hard.

I don’t remember if I’ve yet shared a photo of Santa Claus this year – we just celebrated National Tailgating Day on Saturday, and Santa was in his football jersey, autographing mini footballs for his fans. We may be “All Vols” here at Christmas Place – but we sure wouldn’t turn away any other SEC team fans – or any football fans.  Sports fans, we just love all sports fans.  And spectators.  We love you, too!  Anyway, not the point, Santa is here Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  It’s a great time to come and meet him and get a head start on your Christmas card photo session for 2016.  [But if you, too, are All Vol, click here for some UT items!]

Santa tailgating in the courtyard

I hesitate to share this next one, because I know it might inspire a lot of un-Christmas-like envy in some of you .. but here goes.  Yes, if this is your idea of heaven for a workplace, you may have a future on the Christmas Place floral team!  Here, in a secret location in the store, is found a veritable wonderland of design resources.  And yes, I could only enter this room in a pocket-less jumpsuit with booties over my shoes.  True story.  [Click here if you’re immediately inspired to stock up on your holiday ribbons!]

Floral Area Work Station

Okay, yes, I was kidding about the booties!  Wouldn’t you love to have all these design riches at your fingertips each day?  Come to think of it, we probably have some very similar ribbon bolts and floral stems on sale (70% off) in our tent right now.  Hmmm.  Of course, all of this will work in your Christmas tree as well as your garland, wreaths, swags, and other arrangements.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S.  Our Labor Day tent sale continues through Sunday, September 18th – if we don’t run out of goodies before then!  Shop early, and shop often – we’re putting out new things every day, as we have room for them.  You’ll find the tent behind the store.

Memorial Weekend Tent Sale

But you can shop all week! The tent is staying up until June 5th, and you have 9 days to save 50% on all kinds of things for your Christmas celebrations – and other items, too. We’re liquidating some home decor and spring flower inventory. Come take a peek – we can’t list everything you’ll find in the tent, there’s just too much.

Charles Viancin silicone storage solutions:

Christmas Place tent sale Memorial week - housewares selection.

Pre-made bows and ribbon sampler collections:

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - ribbon bundles and bows

Lawn decorations – in need of a little loving care, but oh, so fun!

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - Exterior elf and reindeer figures

Lemax and Department 56 lighted houses – and I think I see a cookie jar or two in there, plus a Possible Dreams and a Jim Shore Santa?

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - Lemax and Department 56

Pre-made floral items in glass and metal containers:

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - pre-made floral arrangements

Unassembled floral arrangements (wink wink!):

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - floral stems and arrangements

Unbreakable ornaments and glass decorations:

Christmas Place Memorial week tent sale - unbreakable ornaments, glass Christmas decorations

Just for fun .. look who was on time to work this morning – Ms. Canada Goose with two of her goslings! They love the river behind the store for a morning swim. One of the mamas has 10 babies to herd, I’ve been told – I’m hoping to see her soon.

Canada goose with two goslings

As we always say – shop early for the best selection, and shop often for new sales merchandise being put out each day! Happy first-weekend-of-summer!

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Even if you can’t make it to Pigeon Forge for Memorial Day, you can still order gifts in honor of your military service men and women – check our selection here.

Two for Tuesday

So many trees, so little time to take pictures!  How can I keep up when they are decorating over three in a week?  Here are a couple of the beautiful floral elements they are incorporating into today’s Vintage Christmas tree design.

These beautiful silk geranium blossoms vary in color from lighter to deeper red, and some of the petals are tipped in gold leaf – gorgeous!

Geranium Stem with gold leaf tips

Geranium Stem with gold leaf tips

These beautiful holly stems have a golden-green leaf color and are accented with bright metallic red berries in among the natural berries.  Another beautiful choice.

Holly Stem with metallic finish

Holly Stem with metallic finish

As always, the store is filled with a colorful and imaginative array of floral stems for Christmas 2009.  I’m continually impressed with the way our designers mix elements in our trees.  As soon as they remove the ladders and red ribbon keeping me from getting close to the current work in progress, I’ll post some photo examples of their stylish choices.

Are you thinking red and green?  blue and white? burgundy and gold and silver?  purple and lime green and lipstick pink?  You know we have what you need to satisfy that color craving, and I look forward to sharing more ideas with you!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place