Friday, November 13, 2020

Christmas table inspiration

Christmas is still six weeks away... but I'm already planning for Christmas dinner. I love setting the table in a (slightly) different style every year. My favourite plates for Christmas, are the blue ones by Iittala, from the Taika collection.

But I also love a traditional Christmas table setting, with classic red and green colors, white and red flowers, paired with pine twigs and holly leaves. How about you? How will you set your Christmas or Holiday table? 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Affordable Holiday Gifts

Here's my annual gift guide with affordable gifts for the Holiday Season (whether you're celebrating Saint Nicholas, Christmas, Hanukkah, or a simple birthday). It's easy to find a suitable gift, spending a lot of money, but finding the perfect, personal gift that's affordable... that's another story! So here are some gift ideas that might help you out.
All these gifts are under € 10 / $ 12 and some even under € 5 / $ 6.

Scented soaps by Ortigia Sicilia:
Set of 6 Christmas bells with tartan bows by Zara Home:
Mini panettone cake by Tre Marie:
Mini chocolates by Tony's Chocolonely: 
Italian seasoning by Xenos:
Contact Lens Case Cherry by Pylones:
Kitchen timer in the form of a coffee maker (moka) by Flying Tiger:
Smiley bracelet by H.O.F. Fashion:
Wooden Christmas tree by Galleria Bavaria:
Christmas napkins by Zara Home:

Monday, November 2, 2020

Feliz Dia de los Muertos

This year instead of going to the local Mexican restaurant, we celebrated Dia de los Muertos at home, combined with Halloween. Without the traditional Mexican music, pan de muertos and the waiters with their faces painted, it was not the same. But the margaritas and tacos tasted just as good! 

I didn't grow up with neither Halloween nor Dia de los Muertos, so in the beginning it felt strange to celebrate the dead and eat candy in the form of skulls and skeletons, but over the years I learned to appreciate and even love it.

At the end of the day, both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, go back to an ancient, Celtic celebration, Samhain or (how it was later called) All Hallows Eve. Already thousands of years ago, people celebrated their dead. But most of all, I think it's a celebration of life. Honor the people who passed away and their lives. And celebrate, have fun, party... Carpe Diem!

Mexican food by KUA Mexican Kitchen restaurant:

Mr Skeleton cakes and macarons by De Bijenkorf:

Chocolate pumpkins by Lanwehr GmbH, Confiserie:

Monday, October 26, 2020

Christmas Decoration Trends 2020

It's still two months until Christmas, but this year everybody seems to be longing for the Holiday Season earlier than ever. The corona virus is probably the main reason behind it. People spend a lot more time at home and want to make it as comfortable and cosy as possible. Money that was usually spent on vacations, is now being used to decorate the house.

However, in The Netherlands there is an unwritten rule: you don't put up the Christmas tree until December 6h, the day after Saint Nicholas. (When Saint Nicholas leaves, Santa arrives.) But even here many stores have already decorated Christmas trees and are selling Christmas decorations. 

I have to admit, I love it, because I am longing for that Holiday feeling as well. Especially since all the bars and restaurants are closed and the weather is wet and windy. Christmas is something to look forward to.

The main "trend" in Christmas Decor is and will always be a Traditional Christmas. Think green, red and white, combined with gold or silver, images of Santa Claus, mistletoe, etc.

Another trend, that is similar to Traditional Christmas decor, is Christmas Nutcrackers. This year they are literally everywhere! Originally they come from Germany, where the nutcrackers are symbols of good luck and protectors of a home & who will scare away evil spirits. Over the years they have become symbols of Christmas.

Another trend that has been around for some years is Into The Woods. An abundance of natural colors, combined with forest animals, such as deer, owls and squirrells.

Relatively new in Christmas Decorations is the Out of Africa trend: animal print Christmas baubles, "the big 5" game animals such as elephants and lions, combined with gold and all shades of brown. It's a very luxurious yet modern type of home decor. Personally I love traditional decorations, but all these animal prints do make my heart beat faster.

Something completely different is Christmas decorations in the form of Food. Very cute and actually very logical... 'cause hey, isn't the Holiday Season all about eating? From sushi, to strawberries, from Champagne to German pretzels, from wine glasses to watermelon... you can put it in your Christmas tree!

In 2020 we all want to relax, have fun and party, right? Well say Hello to the latest Christmas trend: Disco Party. Complete with mirrored disco balls, multi colored ribbons, hysterical decorations such as flamingoes, a surfing Santa, cannabis plant baubles... it's completely over the top and it will make you laugh (and forget about Covid-19)!

Let me know how your Christmas tree looks like this year. I am already counting the days... 

Photos taken at:
De Bijenkorf
Garden Centre De Bosrand
Geschenkehaus am Markt in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.