This was the Winter Convocation when the Fairies got more snow than they had bargained for! The call had gone out for the Snow Fairies to assemble, true, but those who made it to the Fairy Palace would be more aptly described as Blizzard Fairies. Several didn't make it at all, due to the heavy snowfall and icy roads.
Well, the color scheme was certainly à propos: "Snow Flakes & Ice Crystals". The starting point was this strangely beautiful vinyl (!) lace in white and silver, that I found in one of the discount stores that I frequently frequent.
I used it as a wide table runner on top of a silver cloth, and also cut out placemats of the same material.
The plates were disposables, with a glued-on "diamond" trim. The napkins were rolled up with sheer, silver-edged doilies, and held with pearl & diamond napkin rings. Pret-ty gorgeous, in my opinion.
The centerpiece was a tall, trumpet-shaped, mirror-mosaic vase filled with white branches that reached all the way up into the chandelier.
The arrangement was flanked by two crystal candle lamps, each holding a battery-operated pillar candle - and more dangling crystals, of course.
The chandelier itself was improved with crystal ropes, and from the branches hung silver votive lanterns.
The vase stood on an octagonal mirror, dusted with snow spray and lightly garnished with a sparkly garland.
There were also a couple of lacy, wintery candle lanterns, "Skurar", from IKEA. (You didn't think we could create an event without involving IKEA, did you?)
All is set and ready for the Fairies! Or so I thought...
But no - there had to be a last-minute addition: some snowballs, made of styrofoam and sprayed with snow spray
NOW everything is ready!
This was the appetizer, which I am showing mainly because it looked pretty on this lacy platter - not so very unique. However, should you wish to try this at home, it consists of:
Fake/kosher "crab" meat, shredded
Cucumbers, peeled and cut in matchsticks
Lots of cilantro
Little bit of mayonnaise
Some fresh lime juice
Salt & cayenne pepper to taste
- all mixed together and dumped on a bed of sliced avocado
Obviously, there had to be Snowball Cookies as well:
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla sugar
2 cups flour
3/4 cup walnuts
1. Grind nuts finely in food processor; set aside
2. Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy
3. Add flour, while continuing to mix on high speed until fully incorporated
4. Last, fold in nuts
5. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1/2 hour or more
6. Shape into small balls; bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes
7. Let cool slightly, then roll, or otherwise douse, cookies in more confectioners sugar
Yields: 30 snowballs
Regards from Rosebud!