Neutral Buffalo Check Christmas Tree

I know I’m about a year late, but I’ve recently fallen in L-O-V-E with all things buffalo check. From pillows, to throw blankets, to flannels and scarves, I’ve found myself wanting to buy all things buffalo check lately. There’s just something so cozy about this print.

I think it’s that sense of “cozy meets classic” that inspired me to try to incorporate a little buffalo check into my Christmas tree this year. And when I found the perfect beige buffalo check ribbon at Michaels (not even in the Christmas section!), I instantly knew my plan.

Our First Tree!

This year is extra exciting because we finally caved and got a new tree, instead of using my mom and dad’s original tree that they gave us when we moved in. We loved that small colorful tree, but something around the base broke last year and it wouldn’t stand up by itself anymore. #RIP

The new tree is a gorgeous pre-lit tree from Michaels and it was SO easy to set up, like less than 15 minutes to bring the tree from the box to lit up in the family room.

Wrapping Paper Collection

After I had the ribbon and neutral ornaments picked out, I collected the wrapping paper (including more buffalo check!) from HomeGoods. As you guys already know, we’re big fans of choosing 2-5 semi-coordinated wrapping papers and using that collection to wrap all of our gifts under the tree. This little trick allows our presents to play double duty as functional decor under that gorgeous tree!

Other Tips & Tricks

I added a few flocked branches into the tree to add a layered, full look to our new tree. In person these flocks blend in perfectly but for some reason the camera makes them look way too green. Weird, right?! neutral_christmas_tree_michaels_makers-6I used gold, white, silver, and natural ornaments to add just a hint of glam to this cozy, buffalo-check tree.

I also bought an extra flock of branches and cut off little pieces of this greenery to add onto some of the gifts. I love the simple look of the greenery paired with the ribbon and twine, such an easy alternative for those of us who aren’t amazing at making bows. (I’m still learning thanks to these instructions from Jan last year!!)
neutral_christmas_tree_michaels_makers-3To “tie” together the look of the tree and some of the gifts, I used some of the leftover ribbon from the tree on the gifts.neutral_christmas_tree_michaels_makers-5


neutral_christmas_tree_michaels_makers-21Overall, I’m so excited about our first “official” Christmas tree and love how it flows with the decor of the rest of our home. Neutral, cozy, with mix of patterns is totally my jam and the fact that I can incorporate this look for the holidays is a win-win in my playbook!  neutral_christmas_tree_michaels_makers-14neutral_christmas_tree_michaels_makers-15


Looking for more tree inspiration?! Make sure to check out Casey’s pretty & plaid tree heremichaels-christmas-tree-2016-sparkling

  • Love the check. Such a pretty tree.

  • Kathleen

    I’m digging the glam look.

  • Heather Aivazian

    Your buffalo check is gorgeous! I’m loving eucalyptus wreaths with black and white striped ribbon!!! (And bristle trees;)

  • Trang

    Can you just come and decorate my tree Bridget? I have not even thought about what to do. We just got a kitten this year and I’m afraid of the things that will happen to the tree this year.

  • H Buchanan

    I love the classic red / green / gold decorations! They just warm my house. Both of your tress this year look incredible though!

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  • Emily Dunham

    I am all about plaid, greens, and mercury votives this year! I have been sticking greens everywhere possible, and adding votives for an extra bit of sparkle! I picked up the cutest plaid paper from Hallmark – houndstooth is on the other side so it was a two for one!

  • CrystalLC

    I love all of the flocked trees this season!

  • Shanna Schlabach

    I am loving the vintage pickup trucks with trees in the back I’m seeing as Christmas decor everywhere. I may have bought one to match a wooden pallet sign that I have! It has helped me to incorporate pops of red into my silver and gold Christmas decor.

  • Regi

    I have to agree with the buffalo check. There’s just something about it! Love the tree – you did a great job!

  • Amy Cheng

    I love your buffalo check tree! It looks great. I would love to get some buffalo check in my life.

  • Im loving anything wood and galvanized metal this holiday. I swiped up some adorable bark trees from Target and I’m loving them! Im also on the hunt for buffalo check placemats to make throw pillows out of for Christmas!

  • Jody

    I love how you mixed multiple patterns, including the buffalo check (so cute!), but kept it all in a neutral/glam scheme. So festive and inviting!

  • Emily

    I love the tree. Very nice and soothing. I’m still building my Christmas decoration arsenal so this year I decided to add pops of red and white. Maybe I will see if I can find red buffalo check ribbon for my tree!

  • Right?! Love the holiday season.

  • That sounds amazing Sarah!

  • Yes you should!

  • Thanks so much Kim. Us too!

  • Yes!

  • Kara D

    I was fostering a kitten when I pulled out my pre-lit tree. All I did was stick a new tree-topper star from Target on top, and I was going to put on the ornaments after he went to his furever home. But now? I’m really digging the all green, twinkling lights and golden star on top look. I might get some flocked branches to add in, and call it a Christmas!

    • Love that idea Kara! A low-maintenance look with serious style.

  • It’s the best!

  • Bring on all the patterns!

  • Marguerite Huber

    I am all about the buffalo check pattern! I have been decorating with a vintagey vibe so far. Vintage santas and brush bottle trees are my favorite!

    • We LOVE all the vintage Christmas stuff — so gorgeous… and obviously timeless! =)

  • Reg

    Love the homey feel with a little bit of glitz. Perfect balance! 🙂

  • Nicole B

    I love the vintage vibe and a little pop of glamour!! Add some vintage decor around the house and my old four square is a warm cozy holiday place!

  • beatrice sullivan

    College girls BEGGED us to wait for them to decorate our tree! We’ll see what they have in mind… on December 13th! but white and red gingham is a granted for our Rocky Mountain Christmas!

    • How fun to be able to do it all together — what a great family tradition!! =) Enjoy!

  • We completely agree– SO many amazing holiday pillows to choose from!

  • Yes, we agree– the copper trend is gorgeous!!

  • Hillary

    Hoping to add some copper, bronze and rose gold to my holiday decor this year, especially on the tree!

    • There so many gorgeous metallics this season, good luck!!

  • Marty C.

    I’d love some new candlesticks for the holidays.

  • Will Griesmer

    Don’t really have one that I am loving.

  • natasha

    I am loving the silver or gold tones.Gorgeous!

    • You can’t go wrong with metallics for just about any occasion, but for the holidays these colors seem even more magical!

  • Nicole Martin

    I love silver and white!

  • Allison

    I usually stick to traditional and sentimental decorations, but I would like to use more plaid and buffalo check textiles.

    • Aw, incorporating sentimental decorations is so special & really what the whole season is all about, right?!

  • Rachel Griesmer

    I’m loving the copper trend.

  • Carol Roberts clark

    im loving the red and white trend this year

    • Yes, the red and white combo is so fun. Have you seen Courtney from A Thoughtful Place’s remand white Christmas tree this year? We loved that!!

  • Carly Williams

    I am loving everything gold!

  • Liz Gordon

    Very pretty tree! I went for a similar color scheme myself this year: gold and rustic/natural ornaments, and I’m loving it!

    • Aw, it sounds gorgeous! So glad you love it!!

  • Katie

    I love plaids during the holidays and of course hints of red.

    • You can’t go wrong with plaids around the holidays… so cozy and traditional!

  • mitadav

    I like silver and white!

  • I think the little red cars, like the pickup truck or Volkswagon Bug on pillows are so cute! It adds a wee pop of red to décor and yet it isn’t overpowering.

    • OMG right?! How adorable are those retro cars or vintage pick-up tricks?!!

  • Natalie

    I love shades of white and silver/grey with sparkle for the holidays. It is true elegance!

  • shawnna griffin

    Hey girls- love the trees! so cool!

  • I’m a huge red/buffalo plaid fan as well! Obsessed <3

  • Jessica Alayne

    I still really love traditional kraft paper and plaid. But the buffalo check is a fun twist on a neutral. Really cute!

  • I am really loving the buffalo check! Black and white is so elegant for Christmas, especially with pops of gold and silver.

    • Thanks Brooke and we couldn’t agree more… black + white + metallic is dreamy for the holidays!

  • Ashley Sorrick

    Love y’alls new tree!! So beautiful!

  • I finally jumped on the buffalo check train with a scarf…and a shirt to sleep in. Haha, clearly I’m all in. And coordinating my wrapping paper to decor! Forever I’ve been using up what I had but now I can actually make thoughtful purchases!

  • Steph

    Love that wrapping paper. I’ve been trying to track down more of that gold faux bois paper, but target only had it that one year, several years ago. Clearly I should have hoarded it then!

  • Kat

    I’ve never done a coordinated Christmas tree. I’m more of an “ALL THE ORNAMENTS” kind of person. But this tree may make me change my mind. ?

  • Erin

    Love the buffalo check…I love the neutrals of silver and gold together with pops of color. This was exactly the inspiration I was searching for my Christmas tree!