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C.S. Lewis

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Scented Fire

 We decided to delay putting up our Christmas tree until next weekend so that we would have more room for guests at yesterday's block party. (It was a big success, 26 people! They stayed the entirety and then some and all of the neighbours got to know one another!)  So my decorating relied on bits and pieces scattered throughout the house, but the main source of festive cheer were the scented candles placed around the main floor.
I lit them about an hour early so the scents would permeate the air.  Due to the fact that that I'm very sensitive to fragrance (some give me an immediate migraine) I'm really particular about the brand I buy.  Diptyque candles last a very long time and the unusual scents have never irritated me.  Their holiday edition candles are particularly beautiful.
Hanukkah pillow.
 I didn't put out many sweets but the two dishes I did place out were popular with our youngest guest, a very darling 9 year old neighbour.  I think we can all agree that Toffifee chocolates are the most delicious?  And of course Turkish delight.
Toffifee and Turkish delight.
 The most popular drink was red wine although cognac was a surprise choice, our neighbour the Chef was feeling like something a bit stronger!
The day was cold and overcast, it was that damp sort of freeze that goes into one's bones.  It was so pleasant to see our neighbours walk the short distance over to enjoy a couple of hours of chat.
 Our absolute favourite candle during the winter is Feu de Bois.  It really does smell like the most wonderful wood-burning fire.
Feu de Bois

 Today is another cold and overcast day and I'll be enjoying the fact that I've cleaned the house within an inch of its life.  I'll leave the candles unlit now until the holidays proper (when the older two Rascals arrive home) so they last through Christmas.
 Just before the party began Lil Rascal was leaving the house to go to lunch with her friends.  "Mom why aren't you panicking as you usually do before parties?" It was the food!  Knowing I didn't have to cook anything or wrangle hot snacks in and out of the oven, only then to have to focus on passing everything around with small plates and napkins... what a difference it made.  We were able to just enjoy the gathering, and I have to say the snacks were all popular, in particular the delicious bar mix in the bowl on the right.
I hope your Sunday is a good one,
xoxDani

16 comments:

  1. Just checked in before marking and here you were! Everything looks beautiful - I have to get one of those candles as we live in a beautiful old home (100 years) with gorgeous fire-places that have sadly been turned to gas because of fire regulations. If those candles really do smell like a wood fire then I must get one. So glad so many came - I am sure they are all talking about it. WHAT DID YOU WEAR? Anna26xx

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    1. Anna get one you won't regret it. We have a beautiful fireplace in the living room that we can't use (coal) and a gas fireplace in the basement family room. Feu de Bois has the perfect wood-burning scent, how do they do it? I buy mine from the nice guys at Plain and Simple Home out of Oakville, they have an online shop of the same name.
      Kind of boring! I wore a black wool suiting dress with my black Brora cropped cardigan and black low heels, pearls of course! I basically wear the same outfit (or variation of) all the time these days. :) xx And how was the Ball! What did you wear to that?!

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  2. Everything looks so beautiful and cozy! I love that first Diptique candle. I might have to get that one. I haven't treated myself to a Diptique candle in quite some time. I ditto the comment above, what did you wear?

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    1. Alicia see my answer to Anna above, not very exciting, all black but for pearls! That seems to be how it goes these days for me. Very simple.
      Diptyque are an indulgence for sure but the holidays are the perfect time, that first one is from their 2017 Holiday edition, the unicorn with a fir scent, so nice. xx

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  3. Dani, I buy a feu de bois candle every holiday season now because of your recommendation several years ago. It truly does make the house smell like a fire has been burning in the fireplace. Your party decor looks fabulous. I'm glad to hear you had such a big turnout. I may copy this for our own neighborhood. It would be nice to get to know more people and feed that sense of community.

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    1. SD so glad to hear you are in the habit of the Feu de Bois treat it's such a good one, happy we share that.
      Copy the idea your won't regret it! Neighbourhoods can be such lovely little communities in their own right, there for each other good or bad, but the connections are really important. Everyone was really happy to get together and it was really wonderful to see it. Thanks SD xx

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  4. I'm glad too that you had a good turnout - and, yes, what did you wear? (I miss Frock Philosophy!) I hope another neighbour takes the baton for next year.

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    1. Patricia it was all black dress and cardigan for me! We went to another party after ours and I wore the same outfit but switched my heels out for another pair, still black but a bit higher. By the time we got home my feet were killing!
      Another neighbour might do the next open house, but I'll do it if they don't it was really fun and easy. Thanks Patricia xx

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  5. What a great idea to dispense with snacks/food that needs last minute cooking and to concentrate on hand-y stuff. Inspired! Ann

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    1. Ann it was the best decision ever and no one suffered that 's for sure. Thank you xx

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  6. That is so great! Glad you had fun.............yes the food can definitely add to the stress of entertaining. I think I'll follow your lead, next time!

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    1. Vava it was a lesson learned for me too and it was so nice to be free of the faffing around in the kitchen with hot baking sheets etc. Drinks parties are the easiest! Thanks Vava xx

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  7. For a non-cook like me, you have found the Perfect Party Plan. So pleased you had lots of guests and I am sure they loved your elegant house and presentation. Your black and pearls sounds absolute Perfection too. xx

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    1. Thanks Patricia, well we can't go wrong with black and pearls it always wins! My favourite colour palette these days. Yes I highly recommend having a party without cooking, so much more fun! Thanks Patricia xx

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  8. Dani love this idea of snacks and no cooking! Brilliant and you can actually enjoy the party. I have to get one of those candles. We only have gas burning fireplace now and I miss that wood-burning smell! xx

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    1. Kim once you have a feu de bois in your house you will never turn back, they smell just like a wood burning fire. I have one in our family room next to our gas fireplace too, so cozy. My hubs loves them too.
      Snacks and no cooking is the way to go! ;) xx

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