How to Decorate a Christmas Tree in 20 Minutes
Start at the Top
"I work my way down a tree. Don't start in the middle, because going up and down will disturb the decor or even break ornaments. And wear an apron, because evergreens prick clothing."
"Using decorations that are too small is like a woman in a majestic outfit wearing tiny earrings. Perfect the balance by using large ornaments (8 to 12 inches) for an 8-foot tree and smaller ones for a tabletop tree."
Hang 'em Right
"To create a color story, group ornaments to draw the eye in. This tree has red, gold, and white accents. Don't hang orbs on the branches' edges, because they might fall off. Tuck them farther into the tree."
"The sparkly dimension softens the tree and makes the whole ensemble dazzle, sort of like popping the collar on a shirt. My favorite froufrou is ting ting—long glittery branches available at crafts stores."
Finish the Ensemble
"A tree is never fully dressed without a skirt. In showy spots, use brocade or red velvet. If your skirt or decorations start getting tired looking, try using them on the back of the tree, or donate them."