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When Cristalier Designer #3 faced the challenge to create a Crystal Cocktail Party Tree in one hour or less, the first thing that came to her mind was...
 
 "It's because I love apple martinis isn't it?"
 
While the thought never crossed our mind, it stemmed this designers inspiration.

Designer 03
 
Inspiration:
I was thinking that maybe I talk too much about enjoying a good apple martini after work (wink wink). Thatís when I came up with a play on that theme. I thought what do cocktail parties have in common? A little black dress, some shimmer & glam and obviously drinks; since most drinks have some sort of fruit juice in them, why not use fruits? From there, I got something black (flowers), something shimmery (vine) and some fruits.
 
Biggest Challenge:
Getting the apples to hang. I had to tie thread around the stems and they kept coming off. Finally I added a dab of super glue to the string to hold it on.
  
Favorite Feature:
The vine was really cool. I liked the glitter it had on it but really I loved the pears the most. The whole time I was stringing the pears I was thinking, Iím gonna try a pear martini when I get home. No seriously, I also got into the color scheme. Each color holds its own without taking away from each other. Thatís important when designing a focal point.
 
 
Alternate Ideas:
I would think in the summer, it would be a great idea to have a lemon or some sort of citrus tree style. Citrus colored parties or receptions are very popular.
 
 
Final thoughts:
I think this design is a great choice for budget events. By swaging the strands, you only need a few. The large flowers really fill up the tree.
Festive Cocktail Crystal Trees are the perfect focal point to any party! 
 
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Metal Tree Color: I wanted the ivory metal tree because I felt it wouldnít compete with the black, green and silvery fruits as much as the bronze tree might. I would have painted the tree a metallic silver color if I thought it would have dried in time for me to still decorate it. 
 
Tree Size: I used the 5 foot tall one. I actually wanted the 3 Ĺ foot tree but grabbed the wrong box. Once I put it together I realized my mistake, but stuck with the new taller size centerpiece. 

Crystal Type: I chose the acrylic because I realized how inexpensive this centerpiece could actually be, so I carried that through by choosing the black acrylic strands. It would have worked with the glass, but with acrylic it saves a few bucks. Later I was thinking that anyone could do a tree like this for any party for less than most floral centerpieces.

Crystal Count: I used 8 acrylic black strands in a swag style. This went really fast in about 5 minutes I had all the strands looped around the branches.
 
Accessories: I used black velvet flowers. They were really big so I only needed a few. I donít know if you will be able to see it in the photos but the vines had a shimmery glitter on them. They were really easy to wrap around the tree and branches.
 
Tree Base: I had some left over fruits and the painted needles that came in the box so I just placed those around the base. I would have put cocktail glasses with candles in them but there wasnít any around.


Designer Note:
 
I want people to know this tree took me less than 45 minutes to setup and decorate from start to finish. I still think it was funny that I could only have an hour to work the design, but it took the photographer 2 hours to take pictures of 1 tree. :)
 
There are so many ways to play off this crystal tree design. I was hoping we were going to get to keep our trees, so I did a New Year's cocktail party look. You can take inspiration from the season in which you are using it. If it was summer, I would have wrapped some green vines around the base and hung lemons, oranges, apples, grapefruits, all sorts of fun brightly colored fruits from the branches. Then I would hang Cristalier red, amber, and purple crystals from the tree branches. You could even hang them with fun ribbon colors. If I would have grabbed the right size tree in the 3 1/2 size, this tree would have been about $130.00 to make. Not bad when considering that fresh flower bouquets can run that much and they just die. I'm big on the idea that you can use the metal crystal trees over and over.
 
Hope you like my tree!
(btw, we did NOT get to keep our tree, uuugghhhhh)
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