Five Star Holiday Decor Blog
A Guide to Christmas Light Services and Installation
Are you the kind of person who plans to do your own Christmas lights installation on the house and then fails to do so, either because you waited too long and the snow and cold weather are too much or because you get on the ladder and suddenly remember how much you hate heights? Or do you put them up and then turn them on only to discover that the lights are sagging on one end or an entire section of lights has gone out despite your best efforts?
Let’s face it, installing lights on your house is not a fun job. It’s tedious, time consuming and scary. Why not just have a holiday lighting specialist do it for you? They have all the equipment and skills to get the job done quickly and right. If you have never had a professional lighting specialist install Christmas lights for you, let me walk you through the process so you know what to expect.
Choose a Holiday Lighting Specialist
The first step is to determine which Christmas light specialists you are going with. At Five Star Holiday Decor the pricing includes installation, take down and storage of your lights until the Christmas season rolls around again.
Remember you can always call for a free estimate, It’s just an estimate and you are in no way obligated to go with the first estimate you are offered.
If you choose to go with Five Star Holiday Decor, our estimator will come to your home, listen to your ideas and make some recommendations. Next, the estimator will use a specially designed bid program that will tell him how many lights your exterior Christmas decorating project will require and give you an accurate quote for the job.
If the initial quote is too high for your budget, our estimator will work with you to find alternative solutions to bring the price down. The estimator may do this by either cutting back on the amount of lights that will be displayed, or by changing the kind of lights they plan to install for a less expensive option.
How Early Should you Schedule an Estimator?
Generally you can call to schedule your Christmas light installation jobs anywhere between August and December. If you wait ‘til November however, you are pushing your luck as they may already be completely booked for the season. Essentially, the sooner you call them better. If it is later in the season, don’t delay, give them a call anyway.
When Do They Begin Hanging Lights?
Our lighting specialists can begin hanging lights as early as October. In some cases these October lighting jobs are specifically for Halloween – yes, we have Halloween lights too – but they also begin hanging lights for the Christmas season. If you schedule your Christmas lighting job that early, try to resist the urge to jump the gun and turn those babies on too early. Your neighbor, Mr. Scrooge might get annoyed.
We’ll Bring the Lights
As part of the installation fee we provide the Christmas lights for the installation job. We order our lights from a trusted source that we know are safe and durable. They can also provide garland and wreaths for your building’s exterior if that strikes your fancy.
Can You Use Your Own lights?
Nope, sorry! We want to know we can stand behind every light we hang. We have a trusted source for Christmas lights and we know they won’t let you down. They are high quality and safe. We have a ton of options to choose from, including both incandescent and LED lights in all sizes, varieties and colors. From LED Mini’s to C9 incandescent transparent or opaque lights, there are many options to choose from, but I’ll let the Christmas light specialist show you all that fun stuff.
What Happens After Christmas?
After the holiday festivities are through and you have had your fun with your fantastic Christmas light display blowing all you neighbors pettily light displays out of the snow, our Christmas lighting specialist will come out and remove the lights from your home and yard for you so you don’t have to. We carefully wrap, package and mark your lights and then store them at our facility, so you can use the lights again next year. If you think about how much space all those lights would take up in your garage, this is a great offer. Did I mention that removal and storage is included as part of the installation package? Cool right? Come August, give Five Star Holiday Decor a call to schedule your Christmas lighting specialist for the upcoming holiday season.
What Else do these Five Star Holiday Decor Specialists Do?
Let it be known that Five Star Holiday Decor doesn’t just do Christmas light installs, they also put up lights for Halloween and special events like weddings and any other event that might require a few beautiful strands of lights to make the venue glow and the event even more special. They can also take on larger commercial lighting jobs like installing lights on Main Street downtown.
There you have it, our lighting specialists are skilled and can bring Christmas Cheer or Halloween spooks to any residential or commercial location, and mood lighting and ambiance to any special events you need lit.
We have all kinds decorating ideas for you. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more decorating ideas to brighten your home and neighborhood.
In lieu of our typical weekly post with grand ideas and beautiful pictures, we’ve decided to share something even more beautiful, dare I say “grander” than all! With Christmas just around the corner, we present to you our top three favorite Christmas light shows!
“A Christmas Rock Medley”
“Wizards in Winter”
Last, but not least, “Christmas Gangnam Style”
Tired of hanging up the same old Christmas decorations year after year? This holiday season, spice up those boring strands into one of these unusual deLIGHTS!
Bare bulbs are so last Christmas. Dress them up with Dixie Cups…
Or throw on some of these plastic bows that you likely own in surplus…
Or paper cupcake casings!
If you’re fancy, consider springing for the tin casings and matching cookie cutters.
You could always go outside and grab a few twigs…
Or take a day off work to build this elaborate lighted twig chandelier.
Did you ball up your twigs in frustration? Not to worry! Throw some lights on your twig spheres, and toss them in an outdoor birdbath!
You can stuff Christmas lights into almost anything. Like Mason Jars…
Basically any odd-shaped glass container.
Have an extra white canvas? Poke some lights through it, and VOILA – Christmas art!
You can even craft a decorative curtain for your bed…
Or your door!
What about this fun zig-zaggedy Christmas tree for your wall?
“Burned out” on these ideas? Make cute bows for your Christmas presents…
Or fuller bows for home decor!
Don’t overcomplicate things. At the very least, you can manage to twirl a few lights around your dog for a fun photo op (or comic relief).
Enjoy your newly upcycled Christmas decor!
Here at Five Star Holiday Decor, we know what light can do to set the mood and tone for your space. We especially encourage the use of lighting for your holiday displays. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought we’d share a few ideas we found that are sure to brighten up your dinner table this year:
1) Candles and Greenery: This display of white candles garnished with natural elements (pine branches, Oranges and pinecones) creates a simple table setting with an element of delicate contrast.
2) Tree Lanterns: If you live in an area where it’s warm enough to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner outside, these lanterns interspersed in the limbs of a sprawling tree create a fun, yet beautiful environment for your family feast.
3) Votives in a Mason Jar: Votive candles placed in Mason Jars are a popular way to create a beautiful runner of elegant lighting for your Thanksgiving table this year.
4) Message in a Bottle: If you want to enhance the Mason Jar idea and get even more creative, table candles in long-neck bottles are a unique variation of the illuminated jar concept.
5) Under Glow: Running low on table surface area? You can still bring illuminate your table by simply running Christmas lights underneath the table cloth and placing small candles between each place setting.
6) Halloween Leftovers: Unsure how to use those small pumpkins leftover from your Halloween decorations? Use them along with other fall decor (leaves, berries, twigs, etc.) and add candles to create a lovely light display for the center of your table.
7) Frosted Pumpkins: If the above suggestion proved just too simple, feel free to frost the small pumpkins with glitter, empty out their insides and add a candle to the centers for a more complicated, yet equally as beautiful centerpiece.
Happy Thanksgiving from Five Star Holiday Decor!
14 Fun Thanksgiving Centerpieces
Now that Halloween has come and gone, we focus our attention on the next holiday ahead – Thanksgiving. Just as no Thanksgiving feast is complete without a turkey, no Thanksgiving table is complete without a centerpiece. As you start to prepare for our next fall holiday, check out these elegant Thanksgiving centerpieces that’ll bring even more flavor to your table this November:
1) Wheat by the Bundles
2) Illuminated Thanks
3) Orange you glad it’s November?
4) Pretty in White
5) Tiers of Joy
6) Wheat Wisps
7) A Scoop of Thanks
8) Pumpkins and Blooms
9) Thanksgiving Turkey
10) Horn of Plenty
11) Knots on a Log
12) Fall Foilage
13) Stuffed Pumpkin
14) Head of the Table
Perhaps nothing says “Halloween” better than the season’s iconic pumpkin. Jack-o-lantern carvings have long adorned the front porches of neighborhood homes across the country, but the traditional crescent smiles and triangle eyes of years gone by are now being upgraded for more festive displays.
Spice up your Halloween with some of this season’s most creative pumpkin ideas!
1) Painted Pumpkin
2) Monogrammed Pumpkin
4) Sour Pumpkin
5) Pumpkin in Fishnets
6) It-grew-legs! Pumpkin
7) Twirly-eyed Pumpkin
9) Topiary House Number Pumpkins
10) Bedazzled Pumpkins
12) Shake-the-glitter Pumpkins