As the festive season approaches, I thought id share some of my favorite ways to get into the festive spirit.
And like most things with me, it usually starts with Flowers of some sort. I take a trip to my local florist and buy all the foliage I can get my hands on
There is nothing like making your own Christmas wreath to get you into the Christmas spirit ... I think its something about the amazing smell of pine and eucalyptus that does it
I Like to add a few fresh roses to my wreaths to pretty them up
I will totally admit, this is not the best tip for those on the Christmas dress diet but like someone wise once told me..." just because its there, doesn't mean you have to eat it ". So here it is, I fill my candy jars in our kitchen with as many Christmas themed treats as I can find. My main criteria is that it has to look cute ha ha. I also tie candy stripe ribbon onto the lids to tie in the red and white theme
Candy canes, ginger bread biscuits, mince pies, marshmallows for hot chocolate all work great and mean when you have guests over for the festive period you are all set to cater for their every sweet desire. The little mince pie cookies are from John Lewis (every year they have the cutest Christmas range) and the mini gingerbread houses are from Harrods
Tell me those gingerbread houses are not the cutest thing ever... my friends loved them!
Another super cute addition are these biscuits from the biscuiteers. They do all kinds of Christmas themed biscuit tins, but my favorite was this nutcracker themed box
These marzipan festive themed treats from Fortnum and Mason are super cute and great to serve with a nice pot of tea.
Home fragrance at Christmas is extra important to me as it evokes memories of happy times and Christmas to me is the happiest of them all. So where better for home fragrance than the delightful Jo Malone.
They really do have the best wintry, comforting scents. Past Favorite's have been roasted chestnut and pine and eucalyptus (which is seasonal I believe) Pomegranate noir is particularly lovely at this time of year too
Which are your favorite Christmas traditions and rituals? id love to hear all about them
We started our day doing what every other tourist in Copenhagen seems to do and visited the famous little mermaid.Its not hard to see why she’s one of the most visited tourist attractions in Copenhagen.
We picked the freshest of winter mornings to see this magical bronze sculpture from my favorite Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale... isn't she lovely!?
And luckily we just managed to just catch the changing of the guards at Amalienborg palace
Before heading off the tourist path for lunch at Mirabelle bakery
In the heart of the Nørrebro district, its part eatery, bakery, takeaway, and a bit of deli.
And started life as a little corner of the kitchen of Restaurant Relæ
Its a real gem, and serves the most wonderful lunch menu
Continuing with our fairy-tale theme day, we found ourselves at Rosenborg Castle... the most fairy tale castle of them all. Utterly magical and enchanting
After a busy day seeing all the fairy tale spots in Copenhagen, we headed out to dinner at Nimb Brasserie, passing the enchanting Tivoli gardens.
And if ever there was a way to end a fair tale day, than seeing the beautiful Tivoli gardens all lit up. Such a beautiful and memorising sight
The interior design at the hotel really is on point!
We actually had reservations somewhere else, but become so enamored with hotel Nimb during our afternoon tea the previous day we decided we had to come back.
Nimb Brasserie was a perfect choice. Stylish, but relaxed at the same time with a killer menu and excellent service... perfect
We settled in for a cosy night with a couple of classes of wine and and some incredible food
The Boeuf Bourguignon is to die for
Copenhagen in the winter is such a pretty and cosy place. In fact Copenhagen would be beautiful whatever the weather, but there is something about the magic of winter
The chocolate box architecture is something out of a fairy tale
And there are so many lovely places to get in from the cold. After a lovely morning enjoying the beautiful architecture, we dived into the super cute and original royal smushi cafe
Smushi is a magical, eclectic and trendy at the same time kind of place . It one of those places that you cant just find anywhere...
And the food is to die for.
They have a great brunch menu in particular... Just look at these pancakes the hubb's ordered!?
Whilst I chose to have 2 of the famous smushi (its a combination of classical Danish dishes made from seasonal produces, but served in delicate, aesthetically presented portions the size of sushi) in the words of the restaurant itself
And it really is a delicious as it is cute.
The freshly baked cakes all looked so incredible, we shared (to alleviate the calorie guilt) the most delicious looking one we could see! Before heading back out for more fairy-tale views.
We visited Rundetaarn (the round tower) for the best views of Copenhagen.
And enjoyed all of the beautiful flowers displayed at the many florists
Keen to try as much of the famous Danish cuisine as possible, we headed to the uber urban Amass for Dinner that night
With so many restaurants to choose from, we chose Amass because of its philosophy. Progressive, technologically advanced, and truly sustainable. And that fact that Noma's Matt Orlando is the owner and chef meant it was a sure win
The seasonal ingredients are grown on the amass gardens, which are open to the diners to appreciate and enjoy
Everything is served with the most perfect and delicious wine pairings, sourced from friends of the restaurant. So everything is tailored to suit the menu and shares in the same philosophy.
It all adds to the loveliest feeling of authenticity and trust... you really believe in amass after spending time there.
Its all about the ingredients and technique at amass, which translates to the most amazing food
A Travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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