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.
This is what we did:
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.
Free Printable! Click on link to download. Melon Christmas Bunting
Trees, wood and other wise:
We bought these small trees from Woolworths. They add life and texture to our scene.
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.
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.
Free Printable! Click on link to download. Melon Christmas Small Trees
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.
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.
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.
We hope you have a very, Melon Christmas this year in the Southern Hemisphere!
Mia & Blair