"Why limit happy to an hour?"
- W.C FIELDS
"Why limit happy to an hour?"
- W.C FIELDS
Dreaming of a Pearly White Christmas
Despite the craziness and uncertainties that 2020 has brought, I am happy to still able to host something especial this Christmas, even if it is just me and my parents. December is probably my favourite month of the year. I always feel that a bad day in December, will never be as terrible as a bad day any other month; given that the holidays give us some sort of license to enjoy ourselves, eat our body weight in gingerbread and procrastinate everything til January! Lol!
Besides the food, family time, and lots of shopping, what I enjoy most about Christmas is THE DECORATIONS !!!! They're everywhere, and the possibilities in terms of themes are endless. I have so many Christmas ideas saved on Pinterest, and let me just say, I don't think a single lifetime will be enough to create them all.
By now you probably already know I am a huge planner, and love to plan specific styles and colour palettes for each Christmas, and every other holiday of course! I normally stick with lots of red and traditional Christmas prints, but this year I decided it was time for a change.
A Christmas in pearls theme was first proposed to me by my mother, who knows me better than I know myself.
I immediately fell in love with the idea!!
With my theme being entered around pearls, my favourite stone of all time, white would be my predominant colour, and I suppose everything just flowed into perfection from there....
Gold and white were the natural colour choices for a glamorous yet effortlessly chic aesthetic. I wanted the whole theme to convey the softness and delicacy of a pearl. Nothing too bold or flashy, like diamonds for instance.
As this was something small and intimate, it was all about the details. Having stuck to just two dominant colours, I wanted to bring in a variety of textures and contrast into my decorations, which I decided would be focused on my centrepiece. I have always used flowers for my centrepieces, and always consider them to be an imperative element to a party. Nevertheless, with lockdown and restrictions in place, I wasn't sure if I would be easily able to get flowers. Plus, I thought making this Christmas tree strand went brilliantly with the theme, and allowed me to plan and create in advance, that way I did not have to worry about getting fresh florals and putting together arrangements with how busy those days before Christmas tend to get. I incorporated pearls in many different ways and sizes to make sure they were embedded everywhere you looked !
Mum was definitely the source of inspiration of a great deal of what you see set on this table. She has been an interior decorator and party planner for years, whilst being so crafty and resourceful! No better mentor than her!
Since it is Christmas, I wanted to incorporate just a little bit of red.
I created these little Christmas Cards with an illustration from my favourite fashion illustrator, Megan Hess!
It was the perfect touch and pop of colour!
I bought these wooden snowflakes years ago on Etsy and finally found the perfect opportunity to use them!
They came in a wood toned colour, so I painted them white and pasted some faux pearls on them.
They also made adorable Christmas tree decorations!
If you know me, you definitely know I could never forget about the desserts!
Creating a magical desserts table, has always been something I live for.
I know it is for sure one of the first things people eye when walking into any event.
Very much like the rest of my setting, the theme around my desserts was all about a Winter Wonderland.
For the cake, I created an all white look topped with golden snowflakes. I also surrounded it entirely in different sized sugar pearls, that could also give the illusion of snow falling.
One of the things I've picked up on lately is creating sugar cookies! I would have never thought this brand of baking could be so broad, but I feel that everyday I learn something new about this art, that I cannot wait to put in practice.
This year, I thought it was a great opportunity to make 3D cookies ! I had previously made only made 3D seashell cookies for my Greek themed birthday soiree in July. I had to try it again with another theme!
I think this technique really adds sophistication to the cookie and really makes them stand out on the dessert's table.
I went with three classic designs being a Christmas Tree, Bauble and a Snowflake, whilst adding my own sparkly touch.
Thank you all for joining me on the wonderful experience that it was to create my Christmas dream in Pearls!
I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to reading all your comments !
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