If you were to peep through my living room window right now (which I sincerely hope you don’t, because that would be creepy), you might deduce that I quite like Christmas. Our tree went up yesterday and underneath it are bags full of wrapped and beribboned presents. Every time I see it, it fair makes my heart sing with pleasure.
Now, I’m going to get a bit navel gaze-y for a minute here, so you might want to skip forward a bit…
I was told quite recently, by someone once close to me, that the things that are important to me are “just materialistic crap” (another story, not to be told here). This is the kind of barb that can leave a sore; more than once during my Christmas preparations I’ve paused to question the ‘rightness’ of the degree of pleasure that I’m getting from buying things for people and spending money on non-essentials to make my home feel cosy and pretty.
I find myself to be absolutely ok with it!
One year on from the cake that got me hooked on fondant and I was thrilled, once again, to be asked to help make a special birthday for Barn’s niece.
This time I not only made a cake, but also planned, designed and styled a whole dessert table, and several other elements of the party. It was such delight to do!
Savoury food was provided in individual lunch boxes containing:
Freshly baked mini rolls filled with ham and cheese,
Olaf Noses and Blizzard Dip (carrots with cheese dip),
Sven Antlers (Twiglets),
Definitely no poisoned apples involved!
Drinks were served in mini bottles with paper straws.
Left to right:
Melted Snow (water)
Princess Potion (apple & strawberry juice)
Winter Frost (blueberry & blackberry juice)
The centrepiece to the dessert table: Anna and Elsa stand in snow at the foot of tree laden with rock candy icicles (bubblegum and pink raspberry flavours).