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Ok – finally – the table centerpiece for your Christmas breakfast table… this year why not try an edible centerpiece?

Christmas Table Decoration of Mandarin Oranges & sprigs of greenery

And for a five star Christmas Brunch try this menu:

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu … to be continued

Red, white & more red

Red, white & more red

Thanks for the nudge about Valentine’s Day Decorating June.  I hope you can find some ideas here to help you get started.  Have a nice time at your party!

I am an advocate of using things you have around the house to decorate for different occasions. Admittedly I pick up the odd addition with a particular theme in mind, but usually it is after the occasion and for the following year (yes on clearance sales!)

We celebrate Valentine’s Day for the month of February at Anne’s.  We add a few extras to the room amenities and offer a couple of different special packages for a two night stay.  This gives our guests a chance to settle in, enjoy a relaxing tub for two and a special breakfast  each morning along with time to explore the island, enjoy a wonderful dinner at one of many gourmet restaraunts and return for a relaxing evening with a glass of wine by the fireplace, perhaps a movie and popcorn, and/or another tub for two! It is a nice getaway from the hustle bustle of family and work and gives them time to devote to each other.  Of course for us that means two separate delicious breakfast menus to work up! So I will get started on that this week. New Table Decor

Have you noticed how sometimes the decor takes a turn. “Things” turn up on the table when you least expect them………to help or hinder..? You be the judge!

As I walked around the house gathering  I realized I only have bits of red, and some is used at both Christmas and Valentine’s.  The bonus is the days are close enough together the reds are not lost in the back of the drawer by the time Valentine’s comes along. A splash of  pink with the red and white looks nice as well.

Flowers are always a nice addition especially red and white roses, or red and white carnations. Flowers,  chocolates and a special someone to share them with.  Delightful!

Here are a couple of other ideas to help you get started.  Begin with a few basic choices then start adding and subtracting objects until you find a look you like. Remember to keep it fairly low so people can talk across the table comfortably.  Also remember that a variety of textures and shapes and a splash of a different color are usually more interesting.  Unless you are going for a very ultra modern look when less is better, add a variety of shapes and sizes.

valentine-table-decor-0181Add to it for color and textureDid you know the pink quartz is also called the heart rock.
What a great way to bring in texture!

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Parfait cup with greens and carnations

Parfait cup with greens and carnations

Small red vase with white carnations

Small red vase with white carnations

Small red basket with ivy and carnations

Small red basket with ivy and carnations

Consider adding a couple of candles.

Table for two

Table for two

A couple of other tools that may be of use. Some are used in making the breakfast, others are used on the table and  others can add to the presentation and complete the theme.

The cookie cutters in the first picture can be used to cut many different foods such as ham slices, toast, scones, etc.  The black cutter is for shaping eggs while they are cooking..Cookie Cutters and an egg shapervalentine-table-decor-038valentine-table-decor-034

The three different parfait or fruit cups  can be decorated with heart doilies,

heart shaped chocolates, cinnamon hearts, flowers or sliced strawberries.

A red heart shaped bun basket.

I will be putting up a Valentine’s Day Breakast Menu in the next week or so.  I need to  bake the goodies so I can put some pictures up for you. When I do that I will do a table setting so you can see the complete picture.

copy-of-miscellaneous-0771I have a dear friend who is passionate about roses.  What better time to let you know about her blog thanksgiving-08-004which is full of the beautiful pictures of the roses she grows. Thanks Pauline!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

Christmas is such a busy time around the house. Between guests visiting our Bed and Breakfast and our family visitors, there often isn’t much time to worry about decorations. So, I admit that I typically just grab what is handy and set up the centerpieces that are the quickest to do.

There are only a few rules that I really follow when making Christmas table centerpieces:

  1. Keep the centerpiece low so that people can still see each other and make eye contact over the centerpiece.
  2. Use some seasonal colours like gold, silver, green or red so the decorations on the table easily tie in with the decorations around the rest of the house.
  3. Use things that will appeal to the people at the table. If it’s adults only then I will use more sophisticated decorations but if there are going to be kids around the table I will tie in little ornaments that are appealing for kids like Santa figures, Elves or little snowmen.

To get started I will usually just collect a bunch of extra decorations from around the house and put them in piles:

Holiday Candle Holders

Holiday Candle Holders

Baskets or Glass Bowls or Unused Cake Stands - All Great for the base of a table centerpieces

Baskets or Glass Bowls or Unused Cake Stands - All Great for the base of a table centerpieces

I like using gold at Christmas as it ties in well with most decorations

I like using gold at Christmas as it ties in well with most decorations

Silver is another favourite of mine

Silver is another favourite of mine

Done putting up your decorations? Don't put away the leftover odds and ends - you can use them in your table centerpiece

Done putting up your decorations? Don't put away the leftover odds and ends - you can use them in your table centerpiece

So once you have an inventory of what you can use, then I am sure you will get even better ideas than these, but here’s a few of my favourite fast table centerpieces that really pull a room together and fill it with the Christmas spirit.

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This is really quick, simple and quite effective. You can use any color of shiny ball or even the string balls that are so popular this year. Fill the clear dish with some of the beads then add the balls, add more string beads, alternating until it as full as you want it.You can leave it at that or add other toppers or candles.

WARNING: I used real candles a couple of years ago and spent hours picking off the wax so I suggest either the battery operated candles  with just the the tip sticking out or putting candles on either side.

Fast and Easy Christmas Table Cenerpiece

Fast and Easy Christmas Table Centerpiece

One more really fast table centerpiece ideas for you… use an inverted cake server. In the top section (which is normally the bottom of the cake server) put a candle (if real use one of the 2-3″ diameter, 8-10″ in height so it will burn all during dinner) or some other Christmas decoration.  Surround it with coloured Christmas balls.

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On the lower section add some greenery – I used artificial for purposes of demonstration but live is much nicer.  I used a glass grape cluster but the possibilities are endless.  If there are children you may want to add a small Santa, miniature toys or something appropriate.  If you have holly, fill the top and bottom with holly and just a couple of small balls or none at all.

Small Ornaments will make your Christmas Centerpiece more interesting for kids

Small Ornaments will make your Christmas Centerpiece more interesting for kids

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I hope you have a beautiful, warm and wonderful holiday season.

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