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Alternative trees are a great way to get your festive juices flowing without the commitment of an actual tree. For those that travel during the holidays, or for those who don’t have the extra space for an actual tree these are perfect alternatives for your decor. I love these images because in the simplest of ways you can create the joy of Christmas time!


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Oh Happy Day

Ready for something new and tired of decorating with that beloved (but old) tree decor you have had for years? It is okay to keep tradition but change it up a little bit. I found some of my favorite non-traditional trees around the web for those of you eager to try something new and wow your family with your abundance of creativity. I’ve included some advent trees because we all know that (and elf on the shelf) is the best way to keep your kids preoccupied and excited leading up to their favorite morning!

Above: Switching up the tree doesn’t have to be spendy. This wire tree is accompanied with chalkboard spray painted paper boxes with a candy or prize in each one. Use ribbon bows to dazzle and chalk to write on the outside of the boxes and countdown the days until Christmas!

Hauptsache Weiss

Table trees are an easy way to save space and have your beautiful tree front and center in your front living window. Keep it simple. This tree has different colored beveled christmas balls and hanging silver ribbon.


Use this DIY to go completely unconventional with your tree. This will save you more space than you can ever imagine and allows your tree to be floor to ceiling {full of excitement} without taking up your whole living space.

A Beautiful Mess

Another crafty advent tree that can conquer both a Christmas countdown and traditional tree. Wood planks and goodies hung by string on spaced out nails couldn’t be any cuter. Make this as tall or short as you want and also add a string of blinking lights to complete this look.



I feel like Christmas trees are going up world wide alot earlier than years past. We had planned on getting our tree up this last weekend but we havent been successful yet. For all of you that are getting your trees this week or need some decorating ideas for your tree, I have a treat for you today!

The talented celebrity event designer and wedding planner Matthew Robbins has been kind enough to give Simply Grove readers tips on how to create a beautiful, family friendly Christmas tree. Listen up and take some notes on how to create the prettiest tree on the block!

Choose a monochromatic or tonal color palette such as a range of white tones or a range of silver tones as an approach to bring in playful, whimsical elements without sacrificing style! If your family owns a huge collection of wacky red ornaments, toys or collectibles run with this as your theme and supplement with inexpensive red ornaments to bring it all together. This will lead to a more contemporary and aesthetically pleasing tree for your home. 

Find a fun theme to inspire your tree. Your kids might love safari animals for example so buy bags of inexpensive, small plastic animal toys/figurines and paint them all one tone. Attach ornament hooks or decorative ribbon to each. For a whimsical, magical, woodland inspired tree buy faux ferns, ivy and mushrooms. Paint these in wonderful tones such as dove grey and silver and nestle into the branches of your tree. 

I love giving everyone their own small tree to decorate. Give each family member a small (2ft-3ft max) tree to embellish and display these throughout the house or as a group. Your kids will enjoy personalizing their own tree!

Remember to have fun with color. Your tree can be an extension of a color palette featured in your home or use it as a one time opportunity to try out a crazy, wild color you have been dreaming about. If you love chartreuse or magenta for example have fun and build a tree layered in one of these tones. 

Thank you so Matthew! I already feel more inspired to tackle my tree this year.

Make sure to check out Matthew’s new book, Inspired Weddings.

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Happy Monday!

I’m really into table top trees this holiday season. They’re cute, practical for small spaces and easy on the wallet. Here are three perfect trees (that are all on my Christmas Pinterest board) to inspire us all!