Tis the Season to be fearless!
In my experience, the winter is a time that people often shy away from life. Whether it is the holidays winding down, the winter blues for some, the hibernating as though we were bears for others, of just the general notion that spring through fall is the best time of year to plan a substantial event. This time of year brings great joys and, unfortunately, extreme cold. Being a native Canadian, the winter has never phased me. I find my inner child when I wake up in the morning and look out my window to a fresh snow fall. I am filled with joy and excitement when I hear we are going to be getting enough snow to build an igloo, and am even more thrilled by the cup of hot cocoa topped with roasted marshmallows that follows. Thankfully this wonderful region we live in allows me to enjoy the wonders of winter. This is a time of year to celebrate the magic, to be fearless and to think outside the box as we head into final planning stages for our winter events. My inspiration boards have been filled with color palettes that compliment winter’s whites, silvers and sky blues (staying away from the traditional red and white), guest favors that incorporate the coziness of a winter culinary delight such as a lemon souffle served in personalized ramekins, mini cappuccino’s featuring cinnamon dusted donuts on a stick, individual servings of Chef Heidi’s Black Truffled Creamy Mac and Cheese (to die for delicious), sweet tables filled with Chef’s Handmade Hazelnut Truffles, mini Apple Spice Cupcakes topped with sinfully delicious Dolce de Leche icing, a donut bar paired with a hot cocoa station, and the list continues. There is a reason the song you are hearing most on the radio these days has the line “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. How could it not be with endless possibilities of culinary delights?!
So, my friends, my advice to you is this…embrace the magic of this season. Be fearless! Make a snow angel! When March rolls around and we are still in the midst of winter, check back here and I will surely find a way to brighten your spirits with other inspirational ideas for events and entertaining alike.
I leave you today with some images from my inspiration board. When the cold really sets in, look to these for some warmth.