It’s A Marshmallow World In The Winter
Hello snow angels! Winter has arrived, the mittens and bobble hats are in full use, magic is in the air and Jack Frost has been leaving a blanket of glistening sparkles over everything each night. I just love all things cute and wintery from snowy rooftops, Christmas markets and ice skating, to cosy knits, soft blankets and fairy lights, as well as the twinkling of glittery ornaments on the tree and the comforting sound of a fireplace crackling. I loved putting together an Autumnal pink bucket list, so I couldn’t wait to do the same for Winter, full of girly festive ideas for a magical winter season!
One thing I love about Winter is bundling up in all the cosy knits, fluffy pom pom hats and pretty mittens to keep you warm and toasty. There’s something so cute about winter clothing and accessories that makes up for the weather being super cold and frosty! New to my winter wardrobe this year are the cutest pair of knitted pink mittens adorned with bows, that I absolutely adore. I have to admit, they are from the Girls section, but the fit is just perfect for me and I think they’re so lovely! I also love these soft grey and pink bow mittens, these pink pearl embellished gloves and these pink bow trimmed gloves.
An advent calendar is a lovely traditional way of counting down the days to December 25th, and getting a little sweet treat each day. This year I purchased the prettiest advent calendar from Peggy Porschen which is filled with delicious sparkling pink champagne truffles, and features a gorgeous illustration of the Parlour blanketed in snow.
Make full use of a snow day and head outdoors under the falling snowflakes to build a snowman and make snow angels. For a cute wintery activity get your skates on and visit an outdoor skating rink. Whether you can glide and twirl around like professional figure skater, or if you’re more like Bambi on ice, it’s fun either way!
Enjoy some festive treats at your favourite cake parlour. Make it a wintery tradition to give you something to look forward to! Peggy Porshen is a delight to visit all year round, but there’s something especially magical about their Christmas menu and display. I’ve visited every winter for the past four years for christmassy cakes and snowflake adorned hot chocolates (check out this post about last year’s visit) and it always puts me in such a festive, magical mood.
Choose a new Christmas jumper to cosy up in over the holidays. One of my favourites is this pretty pink Ted Baker jumper, embellished with a cluster of pearls and gems in the shape of a bow, it’s so lovely! For a little festive sparkle go for this gorgeous pink jumper with sparkly stones from the Giambattista Valli X H&M collection. I couldn’t resist purchasing this one and it honestly looks even prettier in person! I styled it with a cream skirt and pink boots! I also came across this adorable Marie Aristocats jumper in a cute Scandinavian style that is so perfect for Disney lovers over Christmas!
It’s no word of a lie that Christmas time tops all of the other seasons for baking delicious sweet treats ~ followed closely by Easter! Bake a batch of iced sugar cookies in the shapes of wintery snowflakes and pretty baubles, and decorate them with royal icing. Pop them in cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon to make a cute thoughtful gift. Last year I created a cute set of winter wonderland themed cupcakes with little snowmen, embellished stockings, knitted mittens, candy canes, snowy houses and Christmas trees. I have a YouTube video on them here if you’d like to recreate them! I’d love to try these recipes from Passion For Baking for chocolate santa cupcakes, candy cane brownies, and a marshmallow gingerbread house.
Deck The Halls
Decorate your fairytale Christmas tree with twinkly fairy lights, your favourite special ornaments, and tie satin ribbons for a girly touch. Listen to Tchaikovsky’s Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy to put you in a magical mood and make you feel like Clara in the Land of Snowflakes.
Take a festive visit to a Christmas market and have a little look around the stalls for cute trinkets and gifts. Treat yourself to warm mince pies, Belgian chocolate waffles with mini marshmallows or a spiced mulled wine. My hometown of Bath always has a really popular Christmas market that I like to visit each year. The stalls are the cutest wooden cabins adorned with fairy lights and garlands of holly, and you’ll find lots of freshly baked treats and Christmas caroling. There are usually a few cute ‘Ski Lodge’ bar areas decked out with faux fur throws across the seats, making it the perfect place to cosy up with a hot chocolate.
Wrapped To Perfection
Once you’ve found the perfect gifts for your loved ones, take the time to wrap them to perfection. I always find it really therapeutic to wrap presents, especially whilst watching a cute Christmas movie with the lights on the tree twinkling in the background. It’s a tradition of mine to find the prettiest pink wrapping paper each year, last year I choose a lovely pink paper with sparkling rose gold snowflakes. This year I have found the loveliest pink swan wrapping paper that I’m excited to dress some gifts in.
If you can’t go all out with your hot chocolate during winter then when can you! Pour it into a cute festive mug and add all the extras like whipped cream, marshmallows, a Cadbury’s chocolate flake and a festive candy cane. Whilst you’re feeling toasty and warm with your hot cocoa, light a dreamy Christmas scented candle like the Yankee Candle Snowflake Cookie, cosy up and watch your favourite Christmas movie.
On a cold winter’s day, stay inside to build and decorate a gingerbread house in pretty pastel colours. There’s something so cute about gingerbread houses, and you can decorate them to your hearts content! Adorn yours with little gumdrops sweets, peppermint candies, sparkly gems, vanilla frosting, mini marshmallows and a pastel fondant roof. Once you’re finished it will look like a festive fairytale.
Sugar Plum Dreams
Book tickets to watch a magical ballet performance of The Nutcracker. The story is such a classic Christmas tale, set in a frost-dusted Edwardian London on a sparkling Christmas Eve, where Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical Land of Snow. It truly makes for such a special evening, and it’s so dreamy to watch the ballerinas twirling in their snowy white tutus, under a cascade of falling snowflakes.
Wishing you the most wondrous of Winters!