Starry Christmas

A white Christmas is something we all dream of, but for people who live in the Southern Hemisphere that is a bit of a challenge. We will persevere though. We loved this Starry Christmas set-up because it was very easy and there were very little flower arranging skills required.

We decided to use the plants and flowers that are in season to create our Starry Christmas Wonderland.

Starry Christmas Tablescape

We used:

Mini trees, these are the ones we got from Woolies.

White Amaryllis, these are gorgeous right now. You can plant them in your garden when they’re done and they’ll flower again next year.

White Agapanthus, they’re in season and they are glorious.

Mini White Orchid

Rosemary & Ruscus, or any green leaves will do.

Variety of containers, we used tins, wire pots and baskets

Wooden Trees

Starry lights


Star Garland Template

Star ornaments

What we did:

When we made the Watermelon trees for our Very Melon Christmas post we made some extra and left them unpainted.

Starry Christmas Wooden Trees

We made the clay stars a few years ago with our kids and they still go on the tree every year. We used Tips from a Typical Mom’s better than salt dough recipe. Tips: you need a lot of baking soda and you need to work fast. It dries quickly and remember to make a hole for the string. Starry Christmas Salt Dough Ornaments

The lightbox and stars are from Typo. We’ve used them for many table settings, theme parties and as décor in our homes. A definite must have.

The garland has also been used many times. We printed stars onto board, cut them out (this takes a while) and then we sewed them together with a sewing machine. They add some whimsy to the most serious affair.

 We used tins, wires and basket containers. It was all very rustic and you’ll agree it’ll be easy to de-Christmas this whole scene for New Year. Simply remove the trees, use glass and or, silver or gold containers and add a few silver or gold bits instead.

Starry Christmas Baskets

This table setting works for the entire festive season.

Happy Holidays!

Mia & Blair

Teacher Thank You Gift Wrap

It’s the end of the school year here in South Africa and we are gearing up for an epic summer holiday. It’s going to be hot, it’s going to be fun and it’s going be five weeks long, but before all that happens we get to thank the teacher.

It’s time to stop and say thank you to the people who looked after our kids for the whole year. The teachers who were kind, patient and who encouraged our little ones. The teachers who held hands, kissed scraped knees and said well done, even if it was more done than well.

teacher thank you gift wrap

It’s hard to find the words and ways to express our gratitude when it comes to someone who has taken care of our children. These are the people who they spend a huge part of their day with. It’s one of the most important relationships they’ll have for an entire a year and hopefully a relationship they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

As we have mentioned before, we love simple gift wrap and this simple, teacher inspired gift wrap is right up our alley. Whatever you have decided to give your child’s teacher, we are sure they’ll really appreciate the message as well.

teacher thank you gift wrap

This is what you need:

A gift, preferably in a box or something that can be shaped into a ball.

Red tissue paper

Green board

Brown board

Sticky tape and scissors

This is what you need to do:

Wrap the gift in the red tissue paper

Draw a green leaf or print one of these printables: green-leaf or leaf-outline

Cut out a leaf

Cut a stalk

Stick the stalk and leaf to get then stick both to the gift  

Wording for the leaves:

This apple is my way of saying thank you for every day.

We love your core values

Grateful to the core

We hope you and the teacher will enjoy this gift wrap idea. You know what they say about an apple a day…it’s really good for you. So get to the core of the matter and say what you want to say. That’s Thank you with a capital T.

Happy wrapping,

Mia & Blair

teacher thank you gift wrap

Very Melon Christmas

Christmas is the time of snowflakes and Santa and hot chocolate and reindeer and long winter nights. That is, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in South Africa and anywhere else below the equator, it’s full-blown, 35°C summer and happiness.

We spend Christmas at the beach or around the pool or in the bush. It’s our summer holiday. Hearty roasts and creamy veg are always great, but it’s too hot. We wanted to have a summery Christmas this year and that’s how we ended up with Watermelons. Think about it. They’re in season. They’re red and green. They’re cool. And they’re delicious. Sounds very Christmassy to us.

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This is what we did:

Paper installation:

We’re happiest when we can hang things from the ceiling. For this we used honeycomb pompoms in red and green and in various sizes. We made these paper dot garlands using a round hole punch, black board and then we sewed them together. And there you have it: a stylised watermelon installation, complete with pips.


Download the printable and print on board. Cut out and stick or tie to a string to make the bunting.

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Free Printable! Click on link to download. Melon Christmas Bunting

Melon Christmas Bunting

Trees, wood and other wise:

We bought these small trees from Woolworths. They add life and texture to our scene.

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We love the wooden trees. We bought a big plank from Builders Warehouse. Marked out the triangles and used a jig saw to cut them. The paint was simple and we used tape to keep the lines neat.

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Small trees:

We printed a bunch of the small trees in a variety of sizes. We used these on the bottles and the glass containers and you can add them to the serviettes.Melon Christmas 7

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Free Printable! Click on link to download. Melon Christmas Small Trees

Melon Christmas Small Trees

The Watermelon:

The list is endless when it comes to Watermelon. We made the trees by cutting the melon into slices, we made a small cut in the rind to make it easier to add the stick. Be careful. The knife slips once it’s through the rind. We added double thick, plain yogurt and blueberries and mint. This is great for Christmas morning or a lighter dessert.

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The gift wrap:

We love the simplicity of this gift wrap. We bought polystyrene letters for each kid and painted them a la watermelon. We used simple newsprint. The gifts were odd shapes and hard to wrap. Not the kind of gift you want to use the expensive gift wrap on. a-very-melon-4 a-very-melon-5 a-very-melon-6 a-very-melon-10

This is a picture of the table on the day. We had an early family Christmas, because we won’t all be together on Christmas day.a-very-melon-9

We hope you have a very, Melon Christmas this year in the Southern Hemisphere!

Happy Holidays,

Mia & Blair