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Well the big day is almost here! I will be taking some time off (yes even more time) over the holidays as I will be entertaining my friend and being a tourist again. I will be back after the New Year so have a great holiday everyone! And enjoy these recipes on the big day. xo

A Christmas Menu - Callooh Callay Blog

cocktails blackberry champagne cocktail // mint merrymaker // pear nectar thyme mimosa

sides coconut roasted sprouts // roasted carrots + mushrooms with thyme // quinoa broccoli casserole

mains sundried tomato + pine nut sausages // polenta casserole with mushrooms + cheese // cranberry + pistachio nut roast

cookies gluten free gingersnaps // chocomint cookies // nutella + hazelnut palmiers

dessert brown sugar bundt cake // christmas cake // peppermint chocolate cake

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There’s still time to decorate for Christmas! Naturally I want to try all of these; however my little room here in Germany is not really worth decorating at this point. But if I was going to these 11 Christmas DIYs all look pretty darn great. So if I were you I’d go for it. ;)

11 Christmas DIYs - Callooh Callay Blog

1 – merry sign // 2 – brass himmeli ornaments // 3 – lace snowflake ornaments // 4 – stocking rack / 5 – felt star garland // 6 – triangular wreath // 7 – pom pom wreath // 8 – hanging wreath // 9 – feather wreath // 10 – driftwood tree // 11 – geometric tree //

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I am always pleasantly surprised by all the wonderful gift wrap ideas that you bloggers come up with year after year. While I stick to a pretty basic gift wrap aesthetic (espresso wrap + red ribbon generally) these wonderful ideas do get my mind going. There’s lots of inspiration here to choose from so dig in and go a little crazy.


1lace gift wrap
2olive branch
3candy cane tubes
4gilded boxes
5customized gift jars
6faux bois bows
7black + white
8magazine gift tags
9color blocking

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I was debating even posting a gift guide this year but in the end I caved. I look at this purely aspirational – an exercise in pseudo-consumerism. But that said, it’s a whole lot of fun to pretend-shop for oneself! So here it is: my Christmas Wishlist. It’s mostly shades of black of course – that can’t be helped I’m afraid. But it’s pretty uniquely me. So dear Santa, if you are listening pay close attention please.

Christmas Wishlist 2013
1Alexander Wang marble candle holder set
2Wilfred Cocoon wool coat
3Jeffrey Campbell black washed leather and gunmetal westin boots
4Belstaff Black Absinthe candle
5Some Product Apparel Cowichan leggings
6Pamela Love pentagram silver ring
7Kelly Hoppen Design Master Class
8Chakra perfume by Nova
8Platonic solids

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We are getting down to crunch time here but there is still plenty of time to put together a DIY gift before Christmas. Why spend hours at the mall when you could make something awesome instead? Here are a few really great gift DIYs that are perfect for almost anyone on your list.


1concrete candle pillars
2leather home accessories
3infused syrups
4upcycled mineral decanters
5soy wax candles
6terrarium kit

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