Far too many people have guests over during the holidays and simply let their tree stand stoically in the corner as a mere token of the season. Using the tree and the lights and ornaments on it as fodder for conversation provides an interesting and memorable way to entertain your guests. Here are some ways to make sure that your tree gets some pizzazz this holiday season to entertain your guests and make your decorations that much more effective and interactive.
Embarrassing Family Picture Ornaments
You know that really good photo of the first time your oldest child ate spaghetti? Photos like these are cherished by families and hidden by their subjects, so it makes sense that tiny framed versions of these pictures would make hilarious Christmas tree ornaments. The stories behind these photos will no doubt have your guests laughing and sharing memories of their own, and create some fond memories of the night.
Playing "Find the Ornament"
Having a full set of traditional Christmas ornaments like bulbs and chimes creates a gorgeous scene, but having one "odd duck" ornament can make things even more interesting. Having a strange ornament like a pickle or car tire, for example, can create a fun game of "Find the Weird Ornament" at holiday parties. Even just an index card next to the tree with a picture of the ornament and an announcement of the prize can spark a lively treasure hunt for some friendly competition during any party.
Much like a statement necklace is designed to stand out from the rest of your jewelry, a statement ornament is designed to be the centerpiece of your Christmas ornaments, and when done well, can be a smash hit for inspiring conversation. Picking one out that reminds you of a vacation trip or a store bought one that looks eerily like your cat breaks the monotony of having endless golden ball ornaments on your tree and gives your tree some unique flair.
Add Some Motion
Ornaments that move are inherently more interesting than ones that simply dangle, so having some fun with ornaments that can move around can bring your Christmas tree to the next level. Bells and chimes are a good start to add some movement and sound to your tree, and a moving wooden Santa or Rudolph ornament with jointed arms and legs can get a good laugh if you can get one to dance.