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FN's Ponstastic Christmas Thread part Trois....

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FellatioNelson Sat 22-Sep-12 06:43:07

....will be officially open for business on September 24th. I am just firing up the engines and dusting down the control room ready for action in case I forget to do it on the 24th

Do not post yet. Do not. Sit on your hands, ladies.

On your marks........................

IreneR Sun 16-Dec-12 19:39:53

Expensive as they are, the angles-without-faces are creepy to me. Lavish fabrics, though.

Anja1LikesChristmas Sat 15-Dec-12 23:19:24

Wow LRD the angels are gorgeous and remind me of some my Grandmother had (they were a bit more 'kitsch' though!) - but wow indeed at the price tag - once I managed to decipher the fuchsia on burgundy writing!!

LaTrucha Sat 15-Dec-12 19:38:51

I am on the hunt for other special meals you can cook in advance and freeze. I have extra adults to feed for seven days and they are all very good cooks. I love to cook, but I don't want to spend the whole time preparing stuff when they're here.

I know I could get them to cook but one of them can be just insufferable when cooking and certainly will not think about my budget. Any ideas would be warmly welcomed.

LaTrucha Sat 15-Dec-12 19:36:44

sorry... what...? You can make bread sauce in advance? Is it really as nice?

LRDtheFeministDude Sat 15-Dec-12 18:56:26

I know! I was thinking I could make them if I raided my mum's 1980s cast off for velvet and bought some ribbon.

They are gorgeous, though, as are the angels. It's the price tag on the angels that really had me going. shock

(I am hoping, btw, that someone on here will reply calmly that they have several ...)

FredWorms Sat 15-Dec-12 18:52:04

Oh my good lord, have you seen the price of those fabric covered baubles on that Tobias website?

Thanks for the link LRD, it's hilarious!

<<Raises glass to LRD>>

FredWorms Sat 15-Dec-12 18:49:03

Stuffing tick

Bread sauce tick

God that feels good.

LRDtheFeministDude Sat 15-Dec-12 18:26:32

Ahhh, this thread is perfect. I've got halfway through before I had to get up and spread all my Christmas food books all around me. I have finally finished boring miserable non-Christmas related job apps until January, so I can get stuck in.

May I submit these gorgeous things for you to judge - poncey, or downright absurd? (I admit I partly love them for the name of the shop ... and no, there is no way I would shell out on one for myself ... but aren't they gorgeous?):


I have been Christmas shopping this afternoon with DH and we've bought carol CDs so I am going to sit here and browse through this thread while I wrap some presents and work out what I want to cook for Christmas dinner. smile

Raising a glass to everyone! smile

Anja1LikesChristmas Thu 13-Dec-12 14:52:22

DecktheHalls ohh I was soo tempted by those only we already have more cutters than we can store hmm On the Gingerbread house front, cheated with a kit - that's going up this weekend.

Wreaths / Deco on doors - no looked at the link but I thread the decoration on some loong ribbon, pass it over the door and securely tape it to the inside. Which makes it swing in windy weather, of which we had a lot last year, and the decoration is mainly made up of large 'sleigh bells'...

Woodifer Thu 13-Dec-12 14:27:10

thanks girly!

girlywhirly Thu 13-Dec-12 14:13:46

I think you can get a special hook that goes over the top of the door but can't say that it will work for your particular door, Homebase might have some. There are large adhesive suckers too with a hook, they just peel off afterwards. Some people locally have attached their wreaths just under the letterbox but I don't know how. If you have a knocker high up on the door you might be able to use wire to attach it to that.

I hang my wreath on the wall next to my door. A hanging half basket goes there in summer.

Woodifer Thu 13-Dec-12 14:01:38

ooh i have done a search and answered my own question

Woodifer Thu 13-Dec-12 13:58:59

does anyone know of a means of fastening a wreath on a upvc front door??

DecktheHallswithTroughsofBolly Thu 13-Dec-12 08:21:43

Has anyone else got the Lakeland nativity cookie cutters ? I've done the cookies and made up a batch of royal icing last night, going to pickle myself in have a glass of mulled wine this evening and decorate them. Not doing a gingerbread house this year. Can't be bothered grin

twinklesparkles Wed 12-Dec-12 18:23:46

Absolutely love this thread!!

Sign me up for 2013!!!! smile

I'm on holiday this year, since we won't be here its minimum ponce I'm afraid.

Homemade gingerbread men, festive cupcakes and mince pies

Also embroidering/beading my dh and ds new christmas stocking.

That's about as poncey as I get this year. Next year will be maximum ponce overdrive!!!!!

See you guys in 2013 <3 awesome thread


PoppyAmex Wed 12-Dec-12 15:35:16

Thanks Anja, will have a look - I know they had a lovely stag one but it's sold out.

I've spent far too much time looking at wrapping paper online and can't find a single one I like. angry

IreneR Wed 12-Dec-12 15:28:05

I so wanted to make a holly-and-ivy wreath. I've been wanting to every year, we have masses of both, but it's such a pain to work with. I spent a half hour fastening sprigs of holly to those little wired floral picks, then the same routine with some ivy, only to grow annoyed with being jabbed by the holly and frustrated with the propensity of the ivy to twist the wrong way round each and every time. I.gave.up. I'm going to buy a wreath. A plain ole' evergreen one.

That's not the poncer's way, now, is it? I need to find my Christmas mojo.

LaTrucha Wed 12-Dec-12 12:56:37

I love the buttonbag website. I'm definitely going to make those advent calendars for the kids next year. I may have to start in january, though!

LaTrucha Wed 12-Dec-12 12:55:13

I made my own door wreath from pine that blew down when it was windy. Can I join for the last few days?

Anja1LikesChristmas Wed 12-Dec-12 12:15:03

I saw some scandinavian-type paper with red&white reindeers etc in Wilkinsons earlier this month...

PoppyAmex Wed 12-Dec-12 11:35:32

Can anyone recommend lovely wrapping paper?

I'm sick of the Kraft brown paper with things like cinnamon sticks or bells and big bows. I've also done holly in the past.

This year I wanted some proper wrapping paper so went to Ikea and got loads of rolls only to discover they are "plastic-y" and I hate it. (if you want the toughest paper in the world though, this could be for you).

I'm running out of time, please help!

FredWorms Tue 11-Dec-12 22:50:43

Well I think you're in the right place here with that tree mathanxiety, did you not notice the festive loo roll up thread? grin

mathanxiety Tue 11-Dec-12 18:03:28

poop blush

mathanxiety Tue 11-Dec-12 18:02:56

A lot more kitsching than poncing going on here right now. I found my ceramic plug in Christmas tree decoration in a plastic box of winter clothes (baffled as to how it ended up spending the summer there) so that is now plugged in and represents the sum total of my Christmas prep to date. [fshame]

Anja1LikesChristmas Tue 11-Dec-12 13:04:09

FredWorms yes it's from the Nigella Christmas book - sorry can't be more precise I borrowed it from the library (economy poncing grin)

About freezing - most things will be ok, some pastries are nicer if frozen raw and baked later. My first experiment with preparing mini mince pies and baking from frozen a few weeks later was a definite success. I just need to make another batch now!

Things that 'change' (as I found out!) - whole boiled eggs eggs and cooked potatoes sort of separate and become kind of rubbery / grainy, but parboiled (ie raw) potatoes appear to be ok, as is mashed potato. Raw eggs are fine too, or cooked as parts of dishes. Any fresh fruit will look soggy and sort of 'cooked', which is fine if you're going to cook them anyway

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