Monday, September 5, 2011

A Fairy-Tale Christmas

"A Fairy-Tale Christmas: Creating Magical Celebrations Inspired by an Enchanted Castle."

This book of lavish holiday photographs features Lyndhurst, a gothic revival mansion in Tarrytown, New York. The home, open for tours, happens to look like a castle.

Every year, the multiple rooms in this house are decorated in fairy tale themes. Each room has a fabulous themed Christmas tree and color scheme complementing the tale.

Each fairy-tale chapter of the book has four or five gorgeously photographed pages, including photos of the beautiful trees, info on the original fairy tales, and a menu for a fairytale meal.

  • Cinderella - Destroy the Evidence Tarts, Cinderella's Gentle Mimosa, 'Mad Minuet' Sports Drink

  • Rumplestiltskin - Golden Treats, Ginger Syrup

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears - The Bears' Oatmeal Porridge, Teeny-Biny Bear's Tea

  • Hansel & Gretel - Gingerbread Cookies

  • Little Red Riding Hood - Lemon Poppy-Seed Cakes, May Wine

  • Snow White - Snow White's Turnovers

  • Sleeping Beauty - French Toast, Orange-Butter Glaze

  • Beauty and the Beast - Tenderloin of Beef

  • The Princess and the Pea - Peas on a Pillow, Princess Peas

  • The Little Mermaid - Mini-Pizzas with Anchovies, Smoked Salmon Appetizer

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - White Rabbit's Carrot Cake

  • Peter Pan - Crocodile Tears Punch

  • A Christmas Carol - The Stuffing of Dreams

  • The Snow Queen - Snow Cream, Aurora Borealis

  • The Nutcracker Ballet - Arabian Coffee, Sugar Plums

While none of us probably spend an entire six months of the year prepping our house with multiple Christmas trees in anticipation of the holiday, this book is quite inspiring. You'll love the photos of elegant slippers hanging on Cinderella's tree; strands of pearls dripping from the tree in the Little Mermaid-themed room, and the madcap red-and-white decorations in the Alice in Wonderland room.

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