25 May 2018| DECO TIPS
One of the greatest pleasures of Christmas is the ritual of the festive dinner. The most important table setting of the year deserves to be beautiful and fabulous.
Here you will find everything you need for this year's Christmas table.
The golden details give the brightest and most glamourous version of Christmas. A small bell and a pine cone, resting on each plate will add the perfect touch.
For a bright and chic effect, place on the table large glass jars, in which you can put a few golden balls.
Put some nuts and berries in golden small plates for a stylish serving in all stages of the evening.
The red crystal is a sure way to fascinate in the Christmas dinner. In this occasion, Baccarat has what you want.
Place on the towel a branch of fir and a small symbolic red gift. You can even handwrite the name of each guest.
Golden details, fir and pine. White linen tablecloths and crystal glasses. Maybe you do not need anything else...
The tartan in red and green is also a good choice for the Christmas table. Ralph Lauren Home gives the best version of it.
Instead of the bread, you can put on each plate a homemade chocolate pretzel in star shape. Will definitely put a smile on everyone’s face. (See the recipe below)
• 4½ c. all-purpose flour
• .67 c. Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
• ½ tsp. salt
• 2 c. unsalted butter
• 1¼ c. sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 2 large egg yolks
• 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
• 6 oz. white chocolate
• 2 tsp. Vegetable shortening
1. Make the dough: Sift together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Using a mixer set on medium speed, cream the butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually adding the sugar, continue beating butter until sugar is incorporated. Add the eggs, yolks, and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Reduce speed to medium low, add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, and mix until a soft dough forms. Divide the dough in half, shape each piece into a 6- by 4-inch rectangle, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.
2. Cut out the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper and set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a snowflake cutter, cut out cookies and transfer them 2 inches apart onto prepared baking pans. Chill for 10 to 15 minutes. Gather up the dough scraps, form into a disk, and rechill. Repeat until all the dough is used.
3. Bake the cookies: Bake, rotating the baking pans midway through to prevent the edges from overbrowning, until cookies are firm to the touch -- about 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Store undecorated cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
4. Decorate the cookies: Mix the chocolate and vegetable shortening together. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a small tip and pipe designs onto cookies. Allow chocolate to set -- about 15 minutes. Decorated cookies will keep for up to 3 days.
And here is the soundtrack of Christmas table. Don’t forget that there is no celebration without music…
Merry Christmas everyone!