December 31, 2011

happy new year !

Welcome 2012!

Wishing you a prosperous,
happy and healthy
New Year!

ciao! fabiana

December 29, 2011

good luck foods for new year's day

In many Asian countries, long noodles are eaten
on New Year's Day in order to bring a long life.

A common good luck food in the southern United
States, black-eyed peas are thought to bring

In Germany, Ireland, and parts of the
United States, cabbage is associated with luck and
fortune since it is green and resembles money.

Thought to resemble coins,
lentils are eaten throughout
Italy for good fortune in the New Year.
Long associated with abundance and fertility,
pomegranates are eaten in Turkey and
other Mediterranean countries for luck in the New Year.

In North America, Asia, and Europe, people eat fish to
celebrate the new year. In some countries,
people associate fish with moving forward
into the new year since fish swim forward.
source : Good Housekeeping

ciao! fabiana 

December 27, 2011

new year's eve fun

Gold Stars!

Coco Snowball recipe found here

Black and White Table by "Celebrations at Home".

Caviar on Toast Points

Oreo Cookie Tower with Sparklers from Martha Stewart

I invite you to stop by my new Ciao Tablescapes page. It’s a collection of my favorite tablescapes that I’ve created since starting my blog in 2011. 

I'll be constantly updating this page with new favorites, so check back often! If there are any holidays or themes you’d like to see, leave me a comment! 

You can find the tab at the top of my page or simply click here.

ciao! fabiana

December 23, 2011

out and about fashion - Christmas week

Blake Lively ~ Great Scarf

Miranda Kerr ~ Cute and casual airport look

Nicole Richie ~ California Winter chic

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ~ Simple & cute

Olivia Palermo ~ Love it all: The bag, jacket & tan jeans

Pippa Middleton ~ Warm & cozy

Kate Middleton ~ Love the Duchess

ciao! fabiana

an elegant Christmas dinner

This elegant Christmas dinner  features a neutral palette
of golds, silvers, and creams and emphasizing texture.

Southern Living Style
for your Christmas table.

The menu card features a silver emblem reminiscent
of a pineapple, a symbol of Southern hospitality.

Hand-crafted place mats made with inexpensive wallpaper,
are paired with gold-edged china and simple flatware.

An antique mirror maximizes the light cast
from votives nestled in birch candle holders.

A hollowed-out log is filled with roses, hydrangeas,
and Leyland cyprus for a luxurious yet earthy look.

The informal hutch is decked with vintage pieces such
as the glass-bead wreath, reindeer figurine,
and mercury-glass candlesticks.

The lustrous mother-of-pearl napkin rings
(made from taffeta ribbon looped through vintage belt buckles) . 

Repurposed drawer knobs make eye-catching place card holders.

Spicy after-dinner eggnog garnished with 
whipped cream, cinnamon, & nutmeg
 are served with cookies on a silver tray.

ciao! fabiana

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