Floor Trees Info for Designers

Please download the guidelines and contract

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August 2021

Dear Festival of Trees Designers:

2021 is going to be an exciting year for Festival of Trees and we’re thrilled for you to be a part of this wonderful event.  As we were not able to hold an event last year due the pandemic, this year will be crucial for our need to raise funding for the kids that need it the most.

We would like to thank you for your past support and welcome our new designers as you become a part of our beautiful benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. Celebrating our 37th year of raising funds for pediatric research, we are honored to have you be a part of this milestone!

This year’s event will once again be held at the Ford Community and Performing Art Center, located at 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn. Your beautiful designs will be on display from Sunday, November 21st through November 28th. The Preview Gala will take place on Saturday, November 20th.

Tree sizing is 5-foot, 7-foot slim and 7-foot full trees.   Tree designer day is Friday, November 19th, from 9:00 AM to 5:0 PM Our sponsor, English Gardens, has requested we not offer an early tree pick up date, therefore your tree will be on site and you will be advised where you tree is when you arrive. Trees will be set up and fluffed.

Please keep in mind that the trees you are decorating have a retail value of $300 to $600. As Special Santa Tree Sponsors pay $1,500 for a 7-foot and $800 for a 5-foot tree it is extremely important that a large quantity of high-quality materials, combined with your creativity, be used.

When designing and decorating your tree it is suggested that a minimum of 12 ornaments per foot of tree be used in addition to décor.  Traditional holiday themed trees sell the best and are one of the top requested themes by sponsors and event attendees. Trees designated for Children’s Hospital should be decorated with vibrant ornaments and décor that will enhance the unlit tree as fire safety codes prohibits the lighting of trees in the hospital.  Please note-we ask that you do not use extremely large/tall tree toppers, as they have proven to be difficult during delivery. If your tree is difficult to deliver, you will be responsible for delivering and set up at the location of the purchaser.

When you submit your contract, we are requesting that you advise us of the theme, color scheme, and if possible, provide pictures of the décor you will be using. This will assist us with tree placement on the floor as well as help us in fulfilling current Special Santa Tree requests.

Though not mandatory, your ability to locate a Special Santa Tree Sponsor is encouraged and greatly appreciated. Securing a sponsor not only guarantees your tree has been sold, which furthers our goal of raising funds for pediatric research but allows you greater design flexibility.  Please note in order to guarantee your sponsor(s) name appears in the program booklet we must receive their payment and completed contract prior to October 1st.

If you are able to secure a business or individual to Special Santa your tree(s), please contact Theresa either via email at: Fotmichigan@hotmail.com, or by phone at 734-748-3822 with their information, and sponsorship information with contract will be sent.

Special Santa Tree Sponsorship means you will be upgraded to a “VIP” Gala Preview ticket which entitles you to early event entrance (6:30 PM), admittance to the Sky Lounge which includes an open bar, heavy appetizers, our decadent sweets and treats buffet, and a wrist band that allows you access to the lounge all evening. In the event you are unable to secure a Special Santa Tree Sponsorship you will receive a “Patron Preview Gala” ticket(s) which includes a 7:30 PM event entrance, a cash bar, light appetizers, and of course our famous sweets and treats buffet.

This mailing includes your tree designer contract, Tabletop/wreath/centerpiece contract as well as designer guidelines and a self-addressed envelope for you to send back your contract(s). We ask that you please submit your completed contract(s) as soon as possible.
** Please provide us with your email address, so we can conserve on printing costs in the future.

As we move forward, we encourage and welcome your suggestions to make Festival of Trees bigger and better. As always, it is YOU, the designer, who brings the event to life. While we cannot incorporate every suggestion, we truly appreciate your insight and promise to review and consider each one.

Marcia Preston Theresa Diefenbach
Tree Designer Chairperson Director
1279 Candlestick Ln. 18381 Westchester
Rochester Hills, MI 48306 Livonia, MI 48152
(Cell) 248-346-0502 734-748-3822
preston1@btpl.org fotmichigan@hotmail.com

2021 Tree Judges
Patrick Brewis
Heather Lorincz
Cathy Metry