Are you all ready for Christmas? It is not long now! Just 8 days! Wow! I feel this year has passed even quicker than last year! I love this time of the year! Seeing the streets looking so festive and the atmosphere is really lovely. I love London at Christmas too! The Christmas lights are amazing! And of course, the Christmas trees! There is no Christmas without a Christmas tree! We love real trees and we have had one for 4 consecutive years now thanks to Pines & Needles! We love the smell of a real tree and how beautiful they look. And the trees from Pines and Needles are the best!
We have been having a lovely tradition to go and pick up our Christmas tree with the girls. But this year we decided to do something different. Pines and Needles kindly offered us to experience their Festive Decoration Service. This is something that I have been wanting to try, so I said yes.
Pines and Needles trees are gorgeous. You can get a tree up to 12ft tall! This, of course, is more suitable for companies. We chose a 4ft Normann Fir. This is the size that we have always chosen due to the amount of space we have at home. But I would love to have a 6ft tall tree one day!
OUR CHRISTMAS TREE ARRIVED
Christmas Tree before and after removing it from its net
We got also the delivery service included so on the day of our booking we received our gorgeous tree together with the decoration service. We had a lovely guy dressed up with Pines and Needles uniform which consists of a Scottish kilt, a jumper and a Christmas hat. It is really festive! This is because the Pines and Needles owners are originally from Scotland and is where they have all their beautiful trees.
We had our slot booked for the evening because we wanted the girls to be around as well as having Nick back from work. When our tree arrived Sienna was asleep but Bella was still awake so she was really excited to help Celso, our decorator. He unwrapped it from the net that was protecting it and put it on its stand in 5 minutes! It was so quick! When I saw the tree without the net, I was so happy because it looked so pretty! I really love a proper real tree!
GETTING THE LIGHTS ON
Celso getting ready to put the Christmas Lights
He then took the Christmas lights out of the decorations box he had brought with him and got ready to put them around the tree. We got 120 ice white LED string lights. He explained his technique to get this part of the job done quickly, so he wrapped the lights around his hand and elbow and that way he can go around the tree faster and makes this part of the decorating job easier for him.
Almost finishing to put the lights on the Christmas tree
He went around the tree very quickly and mastered this job very well. I guess putting the lights on the Christmas tree is always the hard part of decorating it. I always leave that job to Nick and then I hang the decorations on the tree with the girls. He also added another set of lights we had at home so we combined both lights together. Our lights had a warmer colour so the mix was nice.
TIME TO DECORATE OUR CHRISTMAS TREE
Hanging our decorations
White & Silver colour Theme
We chose a White & Silver colour Theme for our decoration. I have never chosen this colour theme before. I always go for either red or golden. But this year I wanted something different as I wanted a white Christmas deco feeling. It is always nice to experiment with the colours, then I can know for sure what I like.
We got bows, flower arrangements, a cute bird, pretend leaves, white baubles, silver baubles, ribbons, etc. We got a little bit of everything which was nice to see.
We also got a gorgeous Star. It was silver with lots of little silver balls. It is quite big but I love how it looks at the top of our tree. I also wrapped a small fairy light around the star which I think makes it stand out more, especially when it is dark.
CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATION SERVICE READY
Celso very proudly showing his masterpiece! 😉
While Celso was decorating our tree he was letting Bella be involved too. He was telling her where to put some of the decorations as well as telling her some stories about the trees that he had delivered and decorated in the past. He has been doing this for 4 years and he loves it. Our tree was small but he had done a 12ft tree on the same day in Central London!
Christmas tree with the room lights off
He also tidied up around the tree as of course there were needles underneath it. He asked us where exactly we wanted the tree and he moved it to the specific spot we wanted! He was very nice and friendly.
We also wanted to see how the tree looked with the room lights off. It was lovely to see how our 4ft Christmas tree was looking after the whole decorating process. It looked so pretty!
OUR TREE ON THE DAYLIGHT
The following morning, I really wanted to see how the tree looked with the daylight as I wanted to appreciate it more. I decided to move the decorations around a little so they were more evenly spaced. It was easier for me to see this with the daylight. Then I sat down in front of the tree and at stared our tree for a long time.
I was so happy to have my tree ready to enjoy this Christmas for the whole month of December. My girls were also very happy and excited to have their tree ready. They were super excited, especially little Sienna that didn’t manage to be with us the night before, so when she woke up the following morning she was jumping up and down around the tree. Bless her!
We also received a little tree to keep at home This was a lovely surprise from Pines and Needles! Very thoughtful indeed as the girls love the idea of having a little tree for them to take care and keep for longer. We will take it to their grandparents over Christmas so then they can put in their garden. I am sure the girls would love to see their tree growing there ready for next Christmas!
We are really happy with our tree. As I mentioned before we have never had a decorating service before so it was lovely to have our tree this year in this way. It is hassle-free and lets you enjoy your tree with your family straight away. My eldest daughter loved the experience too. Watching Celso doing the decoration was a lot of fun for her as well as picking up some tricks from him too!
We have been having real trees from Pines and Needles for 4 years now and we absolutely love their trees. We can highly recommend you to get your trees from them. They have a great sale at the moment so go and check their website HERE. I have also done some stories on my Instagram. You can see there when our tree was delivered and decorated. I have saved them under the PinesandNeedles Highlight so you can still watch them HERE.
Have you had a real tree before? Have you booked a delivery and decorating service before?
*Disclosure: We were offered a Christmas Tree delivery and festive decorating service from Pines and Needles for the purpose of this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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C Desjardins says
Looks lovely, love the colours you chose. Look forward to watching baby tree grow.
Thank you! Ah you read that part! Lol I was meant to tell you next time we speak! The girls would love to have their little tree at yours! It will be lovely for next year! Thank you! Xx