My favourite time of year is here! After Santa Clause parade, I can officially let my Christmas obsessions out in the open. I love everything about Christmas! I know, I know, it has become very commercial these days, but there is something about picking out gifts for others that just make me happy. Of course, the hot chocolate, the pastries, the decorations and family, friends get together are all what I look forward to every year; not to mention the expressions on kids’ faces when they open their gifts – priceless!
Inspired by a dear friend, I decided last minute to host a tree decorating party 2 weeks ago and here are some details of the fun we had.
A wintry centre piece for the holiday season. I got this 3 years ago and it still looks pretty good. To make something like this, all you need is a pretty vase base, some Styrofoam in the centre to stick things into, some pretty balls/cinnamon sticks or whatever you like, some glue and sticks. You simply glue the sticks onto the balls and stick them into the Styrofoam the way you like it and it lasts for many years to come.
For food, we bought some sandwiches from Bonjour Brioche and made red velvet pancakes with cream cheese butter. I also made a small goodie tin for the kids to take away.
Inside the tin:
All sorts of gourmet goodies from The Nutty Chocolatier.
Blake waiting for his friends to come.
Now the tree decorating:
Need dads’ help to reach the higher part of the tree.
The boys are satisfied and then we saw our first snow of the winter, how timely!
Snow on our deck…and finally,
The finished tree bathing in the wintry afternoon sun. Notice how bottom heavy this tree is? I have a feeling that will change over the years along with the increase in their heights. I did hide one ornament from the kids…
There is no way I was going to risk breaking this newly purchased cutie :).