About five years ago a tradition accidentally started (I think the best traditions may actually all start out as accidental) of flying icing and sugar spills all over the place. A tradition of decorating Gingerbread Houses with a few of my friends...adult women, no children and friendly but serious sugar filled creations to release our own inner child.
I say it began as an accident because five years ago I decided to sit down one mid morning while the children were at school and decorate a gingerbread house of my own. We had hostess gingerbread house decorating parties in the past, for children and I never had the opportunity to sit and see what fun I could create on my own. This particular day five years ago I sat down with supplies in hand, mixer running and started to work. Shortly after beginning a friend called and within in the hour she as well as another friend were sitting across from me in my Dinning room with houses in hand and decorating. Since then I have kept it simple and informal (no invites are mailed, no caters are called, aprons are welcome and messes are made). The above picture is of the table I set (buffet style) for the ladies to lunch. I used the Lenox China in the Holiday pattern as well as the Winter Greeting pattern (tartan accent plates) also from Lenox. The monogrammed napkins were from Sadies Stitchery (on etsy), if you know me then you know I prefer a white linen napkin with a pretty colored monogram over a colored napkin. Don't get me wrong, I love a pretty napkin of any color, pattern, shape or size, but I tend to gravitate toward white linens (all of our bath linens as well as everyone's bed linens are white...some rules are made to be followed). Something about white linens and holidays that add to the classic, timeless and slightly formal feel, which play to my personal sensibilities.
I'll share a quick peek around the house before heading to the gingerbread house party.
The wood monogram in this picture will be burned at first light of the fireplace this year...I can not stand it!!!!! Why it's hanging I can not understand. I guess it's like it's last dance before the inevitable. I love a beautiful monogram but that ones got to go!
The wet bar (circa 1966) is in our library and this area is generally used by the children to hang out and watch tv. I love the blue and white ornaments, yellow walls, and simple feel of this room.
I didn't get an after picture, but I promise the rug looked white from sugar and icing overload. I bought a new vacuum the next day, a Shark and WOW it sucked every inch of sugar up and left the room looking like nothing ever hit the floor. When my daughter arrived home from school and saw the after math of the party her reaction was priceless, "uhm Mom, you did have grown women over, right?!
More vintage Santa's and candy dishes. The chalkboard candy containers are from The Roundtop Collection and may be available online, they are years old but I think they may still make them. Inside one of the jars I added an extra touch...
Enjoy your Holidays and may peace be with you and your families.