The Christmas tree is the focal point of your holiday party. Make yours “glow” from the inside out with techniques from Rockefeller Center tree designer David Murbach in Samantha Ettus’s The Experts’ Guide to Life at Home:
Use the same style throughout. Murbach uses small multicolored lights, but any kind is fine.
Work from the top down. You want lights in the interior, middle and ends. Start on the highest branch, then zigzag from branch to branch, evenly spacing the lights throughout, working your way down and around. (You may need extras.)
What to avoid. Spiraling lights down the tree like a corkscrew, and running rows from top to bottom on the surface. “While these methods are fast and easy, they won’t give any hint of the three-dimensional qualities of your tree,” Murbach says.