1 My beautiful Santa sleigh was brought from the carriage barn. In fact....
2 Santa decided to drop by the party! The children were so happy. Some of my farm crew, Wilmer, Phurba, and Chhiring paid a visit to Santa (Dominic). The Santa costume came from http://www.wholesalehalloweencostumes.com
3 Some of the outdoor trees were decorated with giant kugel ornaments.
4 Kugel ornaments were first made in Germany in 1848.
5 There was a blazing fire outside in the giant cast iron bowl.
7 More decor in the brown room
8 The buffet was set up on this long dining table in the brown room. The top of the table was covered with a long paper runner painted with a silver faux bois finish.
10 There were Christmas trees throughout the house. This silver tinsel tree is in the bird room.
11 It's called the bird room because the walls are lined with unusual bird prints by artist Carsten Höller.
12 I made this glittered Noah's ark several years ago and love the way it looks on this green marble table in the entrance way of the house.
13 The walls of the green parlor are also painted with the faux bois technique and it makes sense to use green ornaments here.
14 There are two full-size gold tinsel trees in the front corners.
15 The table between the trees is decorated with green mercury balls of various sizes.
17 Clear toy candies were brought to the US in the 18th century by the Germans.
18 These sugar toys were given to children as gifts at Christmas.
19 Shane Candies have more than 300 candy toy molds that they found in at auction.
20 They use a 1920's old-fashioned gas candy stove to melt the sugar.
21 The colored liquid candy is poured into the molds using old copper candy pots.
22 The detail and clarity is incredible.
24 Oysters on the half-shell were served outside the kitchen. Norm Bloom & Son Oysters & Clams in Norwalk CT sent us 150 delicious oysters from Copps Island, right off of Westport, CT. http://www.normbloomandson.net/
25 Food began coming out of the kitchen.
26 An artfully arranged tray of various smoked fish. The salmon, sturgeon, sable, salmon caviar, mini-bagels, and cream cheese came from Russ & Daughters. http://www.russanddaughters.com/
28 And Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams sent two wonderful Tennessee hickory smoked country hams. http://bentonscountryhams2.com/ There were bowls of cranberry chutney, freshly ground horseradish, and mustard sauce, as well as biscuits.
29 One of two fruit salads - This one a colorful mixed citrus and pomegranate seeds
30 Desserts were served across the way in the Summer House.
31 I made this wreath on The View using using Martha Stewart Arctic ornaments from The Home Depot. I love the way it looks!
32 A large assortment of desserts was set up on the long counter tops in the library.
35 Dominique Ansel Bakery sent us their delicious DKAs, which stand for Dominique’s Kouign Amann, a well-known pastry in Brittany. This flaky, sugary confection is one of my favorites. http://dominiqueansel.com/
36 There were Christmas carol booklets for the guests to join in with the professional carolers.
37 Guests gathered around the Steinway piano for festive singing.
38 These spheres are gilded walnuts.
39 There were more trees on the end tables.
40 Windowsills were decorated with gilded pine cone trees.
41 More cookies in the parlor
42 The second parlor tree
43 These whimsical glittered mushrooms were set around the parlor.
44 My Wedgwood-inspired crèche
45 Guests were also treated to candy in the Tenant House.
47 There were assorted candy canes and ribbon candies.
48 Peppermint lolllipops in various shapes and sizes
49 Hammond's Candy Company was founded in 1920 by Carl T. Hammond, Sr. in Denver, Colorado.
50 Business boomed for Hammond during the Roaring 20s.
51 While the Great Depression brought many changes, Hammond’s went right on selling candy.
52 But even in those extremely trying times, people could usually find enough money for the simple and sweet pleasure of candy.
53 Carl felt that if people were going to buy his candy then it had to be good.
54 Carl's motto was, "Nothing is more important than quality." We love Hammond candy!
55 The mantle in the Tenant House is decorated with a woodland scene.