Christmas Decorating 101: the tabletop tree

Welcome back to the third installment of Christmas Decorating 101! 
 I'm so glad you could join us!

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One of the biggest trends I am noticing the last two years is the tabletop tree.  Here is why I think it's a great idea, and not just a trend to make you feel guilty about not following. ;-)

1) The number one reason I love this idea is that it allows you to have more than one tree in your house without costing a fortune and without taking up too much space.
2) Many people have downsized.  The McMansion seems to be less common.  If you find yourself in a smaller space the tabletop tree is the perfect choice!
3) The smaller the tree, the less stuff you need.
5) You can mix up your decorating styles.  For example, our main Christmas tree is in our living room.  We have a really open floor plan so you see it everywhere...except the dining room.  Ideally I would put a white tree on either side of our buffet, but that's more cash than I want to spend.  You guessed it, I went with a tabletop tree I found on sale at JoAnn's Fabrics.  This tree has a totally different feel than our main tree, but since it's tucked away from the living room, it works.  
4) I like the tabletop tree for the kiddos' bedrooms.  Especially if you have toddlers that want to pull off the ornaments.  This means you can put their ornaments (can you say a Lion's football ornament?) all on their tree and add Christmas magic to their room at the same time.
5) Face it. It's just a beautiful statement during the holidays!

Here is some inspiration and motivation to turn this trend into tradition.
Take note that the tabletop tree does not need a tree skirt.  Cover the base with faux presents, or really any decorations you love.  Also, you can use alternative vessels to hold your tree.  A trophy?  An urn?  A galvanized bucket?  Shop your house.

The image above is from December's Country Living Magazine.  I love everything about Eddie Ross's work.  

Many of you have built-in bookcases next to your fireplace.  Perfect spot for a tree.  Same goes for those open spaces next to the fireplace.  

The tree above wrapped fabric around the base.  That's what I used for mine as well.  I didn't want to spend extra money so I pulled from my extra fabrics.  Perk of the job. ;-)

More Eddie Ross goodness from Country Living.  This is the same house just a different room.  

That bench in your entry way would love a small tree.

If you're lucky enough to have a mud room, it wants a tree!

Again, they used presents as the base.  If less is more, in your eyes, this type of tree in your main living space is ideal.

It's not obvious which room this is in, but your "tree" could be all branches.  You can really think outside the box with your tabletop tree.

This is my absolute favorite.  Go big or go home.

What do you think? Will you give this a try?  
If you have added one to your home I would LOVE to see a picture.

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There is more to come--like adding Christmas to your kitchen, advent calendars, and setting your table.  If you have any questions or ideas you think I'm missing, let's keep the conversation going on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest.

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  1. I would love to have a table top tree this year but my kids would probably throw a fit! :)

  2. Im doing one in my dining room today. This is GREAT Inspiration

  3. I love them all but I'm partial to anything blue and white...especially that one that's frosted in fake snow. Gorgeous!

    By the way, I'm having my home tour today if you want to stop by!


  4. I really want a mini tree for our bedroom, or actually every room. I'm obsessed with Christmas trees :)

  5. I have moved to a tabletop tree now that my kids are older. Mine is vintage and white and I've decorated with different shades of green and gold ornaments. Thanks for posting!


  6. For the first time ever I did a tabletop tree this year! My grandma always did one on her little cocktail table and now that I've inherited that, I'm doing it as well. With a 1 year old, it's perfect - you still get the beauty and the smell too. And I love the images above of the trees in pots! next year.


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