Celebration of Winter!
Yes, believe it or not….lots of people celebrate Winter.
Those who live in the Northlands of this world, obviously celebrate Winter… or they wouldn’t choose to live in the many, many deep freeze parts of the country!
I spoke the other day with a gentleman who lived in North Dakota…and I commented about the extreme icy and cold conditions of his state at that time.
I was a bit in awe as he started describing the many reasons why he lived in North Dakota…or as he pronounced it, North Duh-Coe-Dah!… and how much he enjoyed the colder temperatures!
No, he wasn’t just giving me the “bizness”…as we used to say in years gone by…he was being very sincere, and obviously the Census proves that there are those who love Winter!
Colorado is another good example of a Winter Wonderland and Playground.
However, having said that….there are plenty of us who prefer the warmer more tropical climates.
And the Captain and I are at the top of that list.
That doesn’t mean we don’t like to watch giant, fluffy snowflakes, slowly drifting onto a beautiful, white carpet of snow, while we sit by a cozy fire,…. snuggling or addressing Christmas Cards …. while Bing Crosby sings “White Christmas”!
What we don’t care for, is the seemingly, never-ending days of snow, ….icing up the roads and turning that lovely shade of brown, (…that gets darker and darker with time, eventually turning black)…and the slipping and sliding… and the bitterly, cold wind!
But you, my dear readers…know that I am always the romantic…and the dreamer!
So, yesterday, I had a small group of ladies over for a Winter Celebration!
I prepared a Frozen Theme Supper with temps in the 70’s in Florida!
It was my way of bringing Winter Memories to the ladies… as we sipped on Frosty Hot Chocolate loaded with whipped cream and grated chocolate! If you would like the recipe…click on this link : Baby It’s Cold Outside….
The “Glacier Bay Chowder” was made with sausage and corn and topped off with Snowdrift Puffs made with puff pastry! Here is the link to the Recipe: Sausage and Corn Chowder!
The “Iceberg Floater” was a salad with pineapple, lite cool whip and mini marshmallows and tinted blue with berry jello. I modified it from my Easy Pistachio Salad. This is the link: Easy Pistachio Salad
Dessert was “Frozen Snow Balls” of vanilla ice cream and “Icy Vanilla Mounds” which were mini-vanilla cupcakes.
I bought a few sparkling white snowflakes and spray painted them various shades of blue and turquoise.
The Captain hung them in and around the chandelier. Not quite the same thing as fluffy, white snowflakes…but kinda, sorta!:)
My tablescape consisted of using some of my depression glass (Bubble Glass, circa 1940), which has a sapphire blue tint embedded in the clear color of the dinnerware. (if you missed my post on depression glass, and would like to know the background…please click on this link… Depression Glass !
I added turquoise napkins as place mats and topped them with a large, silver snowflake, followed by the dinner plate and salad plate and stark white napkins.
The napkin rings were silver snowflakes and doubled as place cards.
The centerpiece was a slice of tree trunk and I sat bubble glass containers of mini-marshmallows, vanilla chips and sugar cubes.
I also added bits and pieces of blue and white chunks of “ice” and snowflakes to give it that Wintry effect.
For those of you who know me well…you know how much I enjoy preparing and planning these events.
And you also know that I have special pet names for the people in my life and these ladies are no different.
I would like to thank the following for attending and making our Winter Celebration a fun event!
In no particular order: Princess J….Skylark….Puss-in-Boots….Smilin’ Tee….and Winnie Wildcat (you will have to figure out who is who! ) 🙂
After the lite supper, we went out to my Secret Garden, where we sat in the glow of the twinkling lights among the Palm foliage.
No, we didn’t sing “Kum Bah Yah” …but we did have fun learning new things about each other as we enjoyed the “cool” evening together. 🙂
I hope you are not dealing with intolerable Winter weather during this Thanksgiving week….
Be safe and enjoy!