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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

12.21.2008

Happy Holidays!

If I could, I'd stuff a stocking for all of you (and offer non-Christmas-ey tokens where appropriate). If you are tuning out for the week, please have a safe, healthy and magical holiday. For those who enjoy festivities surrounding Twelfth Night, I came across one more table styled by Kerry Moody.

There are some fun, very New Orleans-influenced ideas to pull from this setting: the traditional gold and white, the swan-shaped cream puffs, the shimmering metallic almonds, and the crowns. A tall croquembouche really adds a merry yet elegant note too. (Ordered from a bakery these are not inexpensive.) It's essentially a pretty pyramid of custard-filled cream puffs glued together with caramel. The example on Moody's table is embellished with flowers.

If you are adventurous and want to try making a croquembouche on your own, Martha provides instructions here. I ordered one a few years ago but don't have any friends who've attempted the tower yet.

Learn more about camellias here.

The second image from the top is from Karen Carroll's Entertaining with Southern Style.
Image three is courtesy Martha Stewart. The mini stockings were made by Becky Vizard.

18 comments:

Mike said...

Though I am a relatively new reader and visitor to your blog, Coutney, I just wanted to thank you so very much for your very fine eye, wealth of knowledge, and your lovely tapestries woven of words.

Some Christmas memories are made by the beholder, others are gifted to them. Thank you for the lovely Holiday gifts you have so lovingly wrapped and shared with all of us. I know that I shall carry with me the wonderful gift of pouring over your beautiful blog into the New Year ahead.

Ivy Lane said...

All the best to you Courtney! Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration! I am so glad I landed on your blog first!

Happy Holidays and Cheers to a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!

Stacy McCallum said...

The croquembouche!!! Leave it to the professionals! Only Martha would sugget you undertake it yourself. I'll take the lovely table instead. Here's hoping your holiday is wonderful and Santa leaves you something extra special this year, you deserve it.

Style Court said...

Stacy -- I know! Maybe it's not too bad if you are an ace with the cream puffs?

All the best to you as well!

Style Court said...

Ivy -- So glad you find inspiration here from time to time. I truly appreciate your comments and visits. Cheers!

Style Court said...

Mike -- What a kind thing to say. I'll strive to come up with new and interesting things in 2009 :)

Many thanks for your always positive comments.

Cheer and all the best to you!

ALL THE BEST said...

Southern Accents has featured in several blog post today! I just posted a holiday profile with Karen Carroll!

Visual Vamp said...

Courtney,
You know I love the Twelfth Night setting for sure!
The holiday season in New Orleans is just getting warmed up with Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We swing into full throttle on Twelfth Night into Carnival season. No rest for the weary until Lent ha ha.
Thank you for a wonderful year of thoughtful, intelligent, and artful posts.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
xo xo

Style Court said...

Merry Christmas V V!

New Orleans knows how to celebrate! You are just getting warmed up. Thanks so much for the kind words.

Cheers!

jamey said...

Courtney, thanks for tracking down those Kerry Moody articles, you're a doll. Headed to visit the parents in Memphis, so have a happy holiday.

Chakra Pennywhistle said...

Happy holidays to you! Thank you for supplying the most exquisite inspiration and sharing your amazing eye and talent!

I wish you the very best.

Rikkianne

Style Court said...

Jamey -- we'll get in nailed eventually! Cheers.

Style Court said...

Rikkianne -- all good things to you too! Thanks so much for the sweet comment. Appreciate it!

jds223 said...

Happy Holidays!

Style Court said...

Thanks JD!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

My wedding cake was a croquembouche ... it was so dazzling ...

Style Court said...

Aesthete -- I can imagine! Sounds dazzling.

michelle said...

I have a friend who is a pastry chef, and made a croquenbouche for a murder mystery party. It was fantastic to see her stand on a chair with a cut off wisk and hot sugar...wish I had a picture :)