For me Christmas is a chance to express creativity, make things by hand, bake, ice, decorate and fill the house with a festive display.
|This is my little coffee table tree, all the decorations are made with paper and rolling icing (fondant). |
You can find the step by step instructions here.
|A few decorations have been collected over the years, they are made of wood, felt, porcelain and cotton - no plastic,|
but most are paper (just use paper doilies, they fill up the tree nicely and are so pretty and inexpensive) and
white sugar decorations, once again made with rolling icing (fondant).
Click here and here for instructions to make your own.
|Lots of reindeers, hearts and stars.|
|Click here for more homemade Xmas ideas from past years.|
|This is the sweet table, all white and gold. Christmas decorations which have not been used on the tree are piled in crystal bowl and glasses around the house. The doilies are real (not paper) come from Italy, some where made by my Mum.|
|There are cookies made by the kids|
|Carrot Christmas pastries (so yummy, I'll try to post the recipe for these tomorrow)|
|Homemade Panforte (recipe here)|
|And the sweet things that didn't fit in the other plates!|
|But of course the cutest display of all is the cookie house!|
|The pattern is my own and comes from my book Party Food for Girls. I call it cookie house because it is not a gingerbread house, but much easier, made with frozen sweet crust pastry.|
|The house was assembled and decorated with royal icing made with egg white, hot sugar syrup, |
vanilla icing sugar and cornstarch. Max made the snowman with white fondant.
|The back of the house|
|Merry Christmas to all!|
Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©