Ornaments galore

Ryan Zoeller, the special-events designer for Boston-based Winston Flowers, offers tree-trimming tips sure to make your holiday merry and bright.

“The holidays are the one time of year that you have license to be over-the-top for a few weeks,” says Zoeller. “Whether it’s a fake or real tree, first make sure it’s secure and placed where it won’t be in the way — or become the cat’s new plaything.”

Next come the lights: “Work from the inside to the outside of the tree,” instructs Zoeller. “Then you’re ready to go.”  

When decorating, get out of your comfort zone, he advises — but use restraint with colors, and limit them to one or two. “It gives the most impact. The use of one color, such as a tree of all silver and mercury glass, is a great way for a dramatic statement. Or the use of, say, fuchsia and purple, for a louder color palette.”

Most important of all, Zoeller says: “Just have fun.”

Some inspiration to get you started:  

1 Ladies, hands off: These dazzling chandeliers sadly aren’t earrings. (Two’s Company Chandeliers, $10, www.scarlettalley.com)

2 Add some glam to your tree with this jeweled ornament. ($18, www.anthropologie.com)

3 Vermont-based Simon Pearce’s selection of elegant hand-blown glass ornaments includes icicles, spirals and stars. Proceeds from online sales benefit seven northeast charities, including  Manhattan’s Roundabout Theatre. (Wisp Bauble, $35, www.simonpearce.com)

4 Perfect for the first-time tree-trimmer, Martha Stewart Living ornaments includes a selection of assorted decoration packs, including classics such as glass candy canes and baubles. ($7-$33, www.homedepot.com)

5 Who can resist creamy Lindt milk chocolate? Take bets on how long the chocolatier’s yummy
Santas, snowmen and reindeers will stay on the tree. Buy extra. ($6, www.lindtusa.com)



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