For the last few years, we have hosted a group of friends for Christmas dinner. My favourite part of preparing for these events has been designing a display for the dinner table. We rarely use our large table for dining, as it is also GJ’s workspace, so it takes a special event to clear it off. This year, I chose a snowy woodland theme. I made five little trees with Sculpy low-fire clay, painted them white, and sprinkled the wet paint liberally with fine glitter. These were placed over battery-powered tea lights, and arranged with other candles and various curios we have collected. I cut some holly leaves from wool felt, and needle felted the berries, then combined these with sprigs of cedar to create napkin rings. I also decorated a trunk in the living room with cut glass dishes to hold pre-dinner snacks. The dinner was delicious, as was the table, if I do say so myself!
Wishing everyone a lovely evening filled with cheer!
New Year’s Eve was quiet, warm and cozy. We cooked a delicious meal with our friend A and her furry friends, built a wonderful fire, and ate and drank and laughed.
A festive setting and a roaring fire, perfect.
Ms Zelda, party girl.
Mr Carlos cozy in his tube.
The post-feast warm glow.
Let the feasting begin! The foods of the winter festivals – what could be more glorious. Yesterday launched us fully into the Holiday spirit with two events. Our annual Brandied Eggnog Happy Hour(s) with our friend D was delightful. Nothing fancy, just warm eggnog with brandy and a few sweet nibbles, fireplace roaring, candles lit, and great conversation. Then a short stroll to A’s place for grand dinner nibbles done as only A can: gloriously! Her beautiful home was decorated magically which was wonderful. While reorganizing our storage space in the summer, I buried the Christmas decorations box and can’t even see it much less dig it out. So one sad dry eucalyptus wreath for us, but at A’s wondrous bows of evergreen, lights, eclectic baubles and happy animal ornaments hanging here and there, plus many candles and a lovely fire in the fireplace. To top it all off, a frosty walk home – moon visible but shrouded in mist and bright twinkling colours to light the silent night.
The warm glow of great friends and delicious food; the Spirit of the Season!
Twinkling light from candles…
For the next week or so, I will post photos of Holiday cheer from around my city; just for the Joy of it. Sending love and best wishes.
A little festive embellishment in the entryway of our home.