Ask the Patch Pro: Local Experts Answer Your Holiday Decorating Questions

Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.

It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions.

Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week we're talking all about decorating for the holidays. Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about decorating for your work holiday party, putting lights on your house and local deals to help you decorate your home, but we need a little help. 

We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:

If you have a decorating related question, ask below in our comment section and one of our experts will answer!  If you consider yourself a local expert and would like to be added to the list, let us know! jordan.lanham@patch.com

Heather Kemper-Hussey December 06, 2012 at 12:17 PM
We just moved into new home where the roof is too tall for our ladders ... without having a porch or overhang, I've been seeking front yard decorating ideas that don't resort to blow up Santas.
Kalen Ponche December 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Where can I find a tiny live Christmas tree that I could replant in the spring? The only ones I've seen are pretty big, but I'd love to have one I could put in the center of my kitchen table.
katie December 06, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Kalen - Sunshine Christmas Tree farm at the lake st. louis exit has them.
Claire Chosid December 06, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Hi, Heather! Do not, under any circumstances get up on your roof! My brother did that a few years ago and ended up at Mercy with a concussion! I love to decorate for the holidays by using fresh greenery, colorful bows, and natural elements. If you have some evergreens at home, put those pruners to work. Holly, White Pines, Spruce and Red Twig Dogwood make a great statement placed in last summer's containers. Don't remove the garden soil, just place your greens in the container and have fun! Some inexpensive, plastic ornaments ($29 for 100 ornaments at Sams) bundled together add a little sparkle. Finish it up with a glittery bow (50% off at Michaels!) and you've got a festive look. Also, pine roping is relatively inexpensive. Pop a few nails in the corners of your front door frame, add some LED lights to the roping and revel in your creativity! Hope this helps! Have fun with it!
Lauren Kopp December 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Aldi had some for 9.99 that were pretty small.
Rob Schaefer December 06, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Heather, You can create a dramatic look by using the wire trees from Home Depot with white lights and all white lights on low bushes or as trim. By massing out one color light, you get a full, dramatic look. If there is a window above the front door, hang the wreath above the door so the wreath is very visible against the house...and you don't need a ladder! Just use a ribbon loop attached inside. The window should still close properly. Rob
Heidi L. December 06, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I plan to make a centerpiece out of fruit for my Christmas Eve open house this year, any ideas that will help to keep my fruit from turning brown?
Bryanna Hampton December 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Good idea! I'm on the lookout for some scented pine cones that I can "glitterize" and place in a glass bowl on my table. Anyone seen some for cheap? Maybe some already decorated?
Julie Brown Patton (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Bryanna, have you tried Gordman's for the pine cones? I thought they had some in the past.
Candace Jarrett December 06, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Michael's Bryanna. They have 20 percent off coupon in the Saturday paper each week.
Claire Chosid December 06, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Hey, Heidi! Great idea about using fruit for a centerpiece! If you have a pretty tray, silver, gold or crystal, you could begin with a fresh pineapple in the center, surrounded by pomegranates, apples, oranges studded with cloves some lemons and limes, too. I would also place some whole walnuts and pecans under the fruits to stabilize them, using more around the edges for added color and texture. Why not add some velvet ribbon, placed around the the fruit to and another element. If you purchase fresh fruit, it should last at least 5 days, up to a week.


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