We’re sharing our sweet shop-themed Christmas tree as we team up with some of our favorite ladies for the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop hosted by the always fabulous, Cindy of County Road 407!
If you’re coming over from Christy’s blog, Our Southern Home, welcome, we’re excited to have you here. Christy has such an elegant style that inspires me all the time, I can’t wait to see what she has for us today!
Our Lifestyle of Love group has been together for many years now. But if you’re new, here’s a list of all the things we’ve created together so far…
- How to Create Farmhouse Crocks from Paint Cans
- Easy Tips for Styling a Bookcase (one of the most popular posts from this series)
- Simple Ways to Organize the Pantry with Baskets
- Simple Tips for a Fall Cider Bar
- Easy Ways to Decorate with Frames
- DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy
- Jadeite Inspired Cupcake Stands
- 8 Easy Tips for Styling a Dining Room Hutch
- 11 Architectural Salvage Decorating Ideas
- Simple Chalkboard Decorating Ideas
- A Beginner’s Guide to Chair Upholstery
- How to Clean Vintage Pillowcases
- French Country Script Ornaments
Our Sweet Shop Christmas Tree Inspiration…
Truth be told, I’ve wanted to do a sweet shop or candy-themed Christmas tree for several years. I just couldn’t get the timing right.
But this year we’ve had a lot to celebrate both personally and professionally. So, I decided early on that if there was ever a year to do it, it was this one.
And since we were fully embracing a new theme anyway, we should probably get a flocked tree as well.
We were basically starting from scratch.
While I had plenty of glittery blush pink ornaments, I didn’t have a single one that looked like it would belong in a sweet shop.
So, just before Halloween, we started shopping up our favorite big box stores and even Cracker Barrel to help us build our sweet shop-themed Christmas Tree.
Here’s a look at the sweet shop ornaments we chose, and a few tips we learned along the way…
Sweet Shop or Candy-Themed…
Any Google search will quickly net you thousands of candy-inspired ideas from birthday parties to holiday celebrations.
Decide if you want a sweet shop, candy land, or peppermint-themed tree. This will help you narrow your focus and your color palette too.
Determine Your Budget…
Ornaments and holiday decorations in general can really add up, so determine your budget in advance and stick to it.
As I mentioned above, we were starting completely from scratch save for a few glitter ornaments. Thankfully, we found almost everything we needed on sale because the discounts started early this year.
Crafting ornaments during the lazy days of summer and in the weeks leading up to the holidays gets me all kinds of excited.
I started crafting ornaments for our sweet shop-themed Christmas tree in July. Then around the 25th of each month from that point forward I made progress on our ideas.
Most of the time, I made an actual ornament.
A few months though I got caught up in other projects. So, the only thing I was able to do was to make a decision or order supplies.
Still, committing to one thing a month really helped to keep us stress-free and organized during the holiday season.
Tell Your Friends and Family What You’re Looking For…
There is no way our sweet shop-themed Christmas tree would have even been possible without the help of my Mom and my bestie S who also helps me run the TCG website.
My Mom has a completely different style than I have. She also sees interesting things that I would normally pass up.
S on the other hand is solutions based. She loves to research and find just the right thing.
Working with them was like a holiday dream team. They literally helped me scout multiple towns and stores for months and I could not be more thankful for their help!
Where to Shop for a Sweet Shop-Themed Christmas Tree…
We found the majority of our holiday decor at Hobby Lobby this year because they marked everything down really early. Some of these ornaments were even 60% off at the time of purchase.
Lemon Cookie Ornaments
Sugar Cookie Ornaments
Faux Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks
Faux Candy Covered Cake Pops
While Michaels didn’t have anything deeply discounted the day we were there, we were still able to pick up two favorites.
Cotton Candy Ornaments in Pink and Blue
Beaded Pink Donut
This is the first time I’ve ever bought an ornament from Cracker Barrel but I’m so glad I did. Our sweet shop Christmas tree would not be the same without the ornaments we found there!
Cotton Candy Machine Ornament
Ice Cream Ornament
My Mom shops At Home every holiday season and while she was there she stumbled upon the Mrs. Claus Bakery Collection and scooped up several goodies for me.
Soft Ice Cream Ornament
Pink Ice Cream Cone Ornament
Hot Cocoa Ornament
Pink Pom Pom Picks
Keep Packages Simple…
When it comes to wrapping special gifts, keep it simple. We chose to wrap all our gifts in white paper or to use white kraft bags this year.
If you have presents going to multiple cities, consider color-coding gift tags and ribbons by family or destination. That way, it will help keep you organized.
You can find out how to make these personalized watercolor gift tags here.
Beware Mischievous Pets…
I have no idea why it never dawned on me our sweet rescue Piper might be very tempted by a sweet shop-themed Christmas tree with ornaments that look so realistic.
I guess I was just too excited about finally seeing this tree come to life.
By the time it was all said and done, we lost nearly 10 ornaments. They were mostly felt or made from paper.
Honestly, she probably thought we put toys on the tree for her 😆
I’m not sure if you can see it or not but there is a garland that looks like gumballs. Well, she got a hold of it one day and nearly took the entire tree down.
We love that little cutie to pieces but rescues and puppies are not for the faint of heart. So, if you have a mischievous pet or curious littles be careful with ornaments, picks, and garlands like these.
Celebrating a Sweet Holiday Season…
All in all, I couldn’t be more excited about how this tree came together.
Despite my Mom and her sisters all having special ornaments they look for each year, I freely admit, I’ve never collected or been attached to ornaments in the past.
I just didn’t understand what the hype was all about.
After spending time finding just the right pieces to go with our sweet shop-themed Christmas tree though I totally get it now.
Up next on the Lifestyle of Love Blog hop is my sweet friend Lora’s blog, Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder. Lora is one of the most creative people I know and I can’t wait to check out all her fabulous ideas!
Once you’re finished there, be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies are sharing!Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.