Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Balsam Hill. As always, all opinions shared are honest and my own.
Several years ago, I pitched my artificial Christmas tree, purchased at a 75% off after-Christmas discount. It clearly looked artificial and shed worse than a long-haired cat. I was tired of storing it and wanted to give live trees a try. I hadn’t had a live tree since I was a child. We adopted two Siamese cats when I was in 2nd grade and their first Christmas in our home, they climbed the live tree and drank the water in the stand, resulting in two kittens with belly aches from the sap. From that point on, we had a fake tree and I carried that tradition into adulthood.
I love live trees, but I have learned the downsides. I had a few trees dry out before Christmas, so I had to take it down and get a second tree and go through all of the light-stringing and tree-trimming again. The investment of a live tree and live greens each year wasn’t anything to sneeze at. I also learned the royal pain of belly-crawling under the tree in order to add water to the stand. My curiosity about having a live tree had been satisfied and I was ready to head back into the world of artificial trees. Only, now they are so realistic, they can stand up to close inspection, photoshoots, and even a needle pet.
The one I got last year was the 8′ Noble Fir with Clear Incandescent Lights from Balsam Hill. It is a gorgeous tree and we just finished setting it up for the second year yesterday. We’re trying it in a new spot…
I can’t wait to get it all decked out. But in this post, I’m sharing about the tree that went up in my dining room. Last year, I had a live tree in there, but I ended up having to pitch it before Christmas, sadly. So, this year I was excited to partner with Balsam Hill again to get one of their trees for the dining room.
I wanted to put it in the corner like I did last year and in the goat cart again.
Since I was going to be putting it in the cart, I knew I needed a smaller tree. I also wanted one that had some character and personality – both things that you get when you select a live tree. So, I selected the 6′ Yukon Spruce with micro-LED lights.
I loved that it’s not a perfect triangle “Christmas tree” shape. It’s a little wonky, just like some of my favorite live trees have been.
The stand fit perfectly inside the goat cart, so I just set it in there…
Since this is a smaller tree, it came in just three pieces, so it was very easy to assemble by myself. Our 8′ Noble Fir is a larger tree and I definitely need help getting it up, so it was nice to see that the 6′ tree would be a great option for someone who wants a full-sized tree, but is nervous about their ability to set it up. This one was no problem.
As with our other pre-lit tree, the lights are wired through the center “trunk” of the tree, so you can pop the pieces in place and the lights come on. There is no fumbling with plugs, trying to guess which string plugs into which outlet.
I can’t get over how realistic this tree looks! Our Noble Fir looks real, but it looks like the most perfect live tree on the lot. This one looks like you found a tree with just the right amount of gaps to fill with your garland and ornaments.
Balsam Hill pays attention to every detail and even the trunk, which is more exposed in this style of tree, looks mossy and textured.
I wanted to keep the decorations on this tree simple since it isn’t a grand tree. I didn’t want the ornaments to overwhelm it.
The picks are very generous in size, so I had to trim them down a bit for this tree.
I wrapped the wire ends around some of the branches and they added just the right amount of texture and interest but played nicely with the style of the tree…
For a little sparkle, I added the Antiqued Snowflake Ornament Set of 12. They were hung on gold cording, but I swapped that out for some cream wool yarn.
These ornaments are so beautiful and the mix of sizes proved to be ideal for this tree. The larger ones could hang in the “gaps” and the smaller ones could fit where the spacing of the branches was tighter.
Lastly, I added some LED Christmas Tree Candles that I got last year from Balsam Hill.
I topped it all off with the Antiqued Snowflake Tree Topper and some felt star garland I bought a few years ago.
I also tucked some pinecones in around the tree stand, so it wouldn’t be visible in the goat cart. And I’m so happy with how the tree turned out! I feel like I can have the quirkiness of a real tree without the hassle of it drying out before I’m done with it!
Here is a GIF showing how the tree came together…
The only negative thing I can say is that I learned that I am not fond of the glow cast by LED lights, even the warm ones. It just isn’t the same as incandescent bulbs. I am really picky about light, though, and I am overly sensitive to color! I shared this on Instagram and one of my followers suggested adding a string of incandescent clear bulbs, the large, vintage-style bulbs, to create that warm glow. I added a couple of strands today and that did the trick!
I ordered a couple of other things from Balsam Hill, but I’m going to use them on my larger tree, so I’ll share about them in another post.
Balsam Hill teamed up with eleven other bloggers, so if you’d like to see more of their trees and ornament styles you can click on the links below…