It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas and thanks to our entertainer extraordinaire BFF, Chyka Keebaugh, we will be celebrating in style.
First stop, pom poms and lots of them. Chyka kicked off her Christmas extravaganza on Chyka.com this week with her absolutely stunning Christmas tree complete with gorgeous handmade pom poms, her labour of love of the last few weeks. We need to know more so take it away Chyka!
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Creating decorations for the tree this year was definitely a labour of love. However, a theme is a theme, and it must be stuck to! My theme for Christmas this year was pink and orange - more specifically, pink and orange pom poms. I have made almost 100 pom poms in the last few weeks in preparation for Christmas; I won’t lie and say I loved every minute of it! But like any project, you once you start a job you need to see it through. I had envisaged my tree to be overflowing with pom poms, and I was not stopping until I reached my goal.
The Christmas tree is easily the focal point of Christmas, so making it a vision of beauty is a must. When it comes to adorning the tree with decorations, I believe more is definitely more. As such, my tree had to be engulfed in pom poms! Pom poms are very simple to make, and once you get the hang of it they do become very easy to continue making.
When taking on the task of decorating your tree, I recommend that you always start with your Christmas lights. For my tree, I like to use warm white, non-flashing fairy lights to add a subtle sparkle to my tree. For a clean and tidy tree keep your fairy lights concealed at the back of the tree. Once my fairy lights are set in place I then start layering my tree with my decorations - in this instance my gorgeous pink and orange pom poms are garlands I found on a recent trip to India. When placing your decorations on the tree, it is important to step back and observe the tree too see where the gaps are - an evenly decorated tree is a happy tree! If you are planning on decorating your Christmas tree with pom poms this year, I would recommend leaving wool tails on your pom poms long enough to knot and tie to your tree.
Don't know how to make pom poms? No worries, Chyka has you covered of course. Learn how to make pom poms for your Christmas tree on Chyka.com.
Warm, kind and classy, Chyka Keebaugh is a successful businesswoman, and events & styling powerhouse and editor-in-chief of her own online magazine chyka.com.
No stranger to TV, Chyka previously spent four years as the homemaking and styling expert on Good Morning Australia, three series on The Real Housewives of Melbourne and The Australian Women's Weekly 2016 Christmas Special.
Chyka has established herself as a major player in the business world by leading a group of highly successful event and hospitality companies. She and her husband established The Big Group over 25-years ago and is now Australia's largest privately owned events and catering company.
Chyka's eye for styling and design led to the establishment of the couple's subsidiary business, The Design Depot, a premium special events design firm.
Together, The Big Group and The Design Depot have created real magic for private and corporate clients across Australia, Asia and the Middle East.