Decorating this tree is not easy! You can do the top only by leaning out over the stair railing, or by reaching through it. One has to be a sort of daredevil to attempt it. My forte is bows and ribbon. I did 99% of the bows and ribbons in these photos.
We did this tree today at Brier Creek Country Club. It is in the main ball room of the club. The main colors we used were burgundy, antique gold and purple, because they lend themselves to the carpet and wall colors of the club. You'd be surprised at how many brides ask if the colors can be changed to fit the color schemes of their weddings!
This is the main tree in the lobby of this club. It is (I think) 15' tall. Twig deer lie and stand at the base of the tree, along with wrapped presents.
One of the many wreaths we hang at Brier Creek. I think there are about 25 of them, in sizes ranging from 6' in diameter to 24" ones, for doors. Every two years, we take out the old lights and replace them, re-do the ribbons and change out the ornaments.
One of four carriage lamps flanking the entrance doors of the club. I caught the ribbons in a very rare moment of stillness. Usually they are blowing in the wind.
Today was another 8 1/2 hour marathon of ribbons, lights, wreaths and garlands. Tomorrow we do the Capital City Club, and I hope to have time to take more photos to show you. All of the decor here is artificial, since it has to remain in place for more than a month.
Monday we do Sullivan's Restaurant and then we start the Governor's Mansion, where everything has to be fresh, most of which is cut from the mansion grounds or other state properties.
If you have access to the latest issue of "Our State" (a North Carolina Magazine), please check out the photos from last year's Mansion decor. On P. 97, there is an interesting article about the Mansion and Christmas decor, and my employer, Mel Day, of Dogwood Tree Florals.