Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thank you for a fabulous 2010 & Cheers to the New Year!

Wishing you & yours a very Happy New Year 2011! Thank you for your amazing support this year, it certainly has been a big year for Mon Tresor. I have loved sharing my creations & inspirations with you all. It has been a pleasure and such an honor to have my work of 2010 featured on so many glorious blogs, it has been a delight and I am truly grateful.
Cheers to the New Year 2011, an exciting new year with sweet beginnings. Enjoy your NYE celebrations, bubbles & counting down the clock.
And for me, most importantly, ringing in the New Year
with loved ones. xxx

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

White Christmas

A White Christmas is something that I dream about being able to experience one day. But for now, I will have to make do with our Aussie Summer Christmas, and some White Christmas for dessert!

I love making White Christmas. Not only is it a simple and easy recipe, but it looks beautiful  and tastes delicious.

This year I used the White Christmas recipe from Taste magazine, ( and I also added my own little variation in it. I plan to serve White Christmas this Christmas Eve, where I am aiming to have a traditional dessert table for my immediate family.
Another idea I love is to put a few White Christmas squares inside a jar and embellish with ribbon. Take a look at Sharnel's blog for more inspiration!

White Christmas
1 pack of marshmellows, chopped
1 pack of red glace cherries
1 pack of pistachios finely chopped
1/3 cup dessicated coconut
1 pack of nestle white melts
1 cup of rice bubbles
2 tablespoons of copha (use when melting the chocolate)

1. Line a sqaure baking tin with baking paper & allow an overhang.
2.Combine marshmellows, cherries, nuts, coconut, rice bubbles in a bowl.
3. Melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering hot water, and add copha to help it thin out.
4. Pour the chocolate over the marshmellow mixtue & mix well with spoon.
5. Spoon it into prepared pan, press down with spatula. Refrigerate for 2hrs or overnight until set.
6. Use a warm knife to cut into small bite size sqaures.
*Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks*

A Glittery, Magical Christmas

The snow is definately glistening in these beautiful images captured by A Field Journal. I love the mini village made to sparkle with a dust of glitter. The bottlebrush Christmas trees are a personal favourite, as they are all about classic vintage & elegance. Love love love!

A bottle brush wreath embellished with glass baubles & blush ribbon.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Amy Atlas Feature :: My Christmas Dessert Table!

My dessert table

Wow, what can I say?! What a way to end 2010, waking up last Wednesday morning to find my Christmas dessert table I styled was featured on the amazing Amy Atlas Events blog- someone who I look up to and who continually inspires me. Such an honour, and also very exciting to be featured a second time, after my Halloween dessert guest feature.

The colours I chose to use and centre my dessert table around were red, aqua and white. These colours have carried through my house with my white christmas tree and coloured baubles and dining table display. I purchased some gorgeous hand painted wooden christmas style birds from Charbella which were the inspiration for my table. I love these colours, for me they are a nice twist to traditional green and red.

It was all about the ribbons for me. I love gift wrapping at any time of the year, but especially at Christmas time I love to wrap a big red bow around anything! So, it was natural that I incorporate ribbons where I could on my dessert table.

Here are some elements & little details I used to create my table;

*Gingerbread cookies by the gorgeous Libby at Polkadot Cookies

*Red rock candy (from Candy Soirees)  which I embellished with aqua ribbon

*Delicious cinnamon donuts from donut king! I drizzled some icing and sprinkled with coconut to resemble "snow". Simple yet so effective when layered into a tower.
*Blue flags added some charm (available here)
*Absolutely gorgeous white ribbon stand from Tracey Lau.

*Apothecary and candy jars filled with jaffas, sugared white balls, blue sugared almonds.
Thank you to Green Apple Paperie for their Peppermint printables which tied in beautifully.

*Sweet little stands (available here) which I tied a red ribbon on the stand were used to hold paper wrappers filled with cherries.
I love cherries at Christmas time, sweet, red & delicious. Can't go wrong!

*White ruffled cake (made by a friend) sat elegantly on a Donna Hay milkglass stand.
*Mini glass bottles filled with milk & topped with a peppermint candy cane. The little ones loved drinking these!

*Almond nougat, cut into blocks. I used red ribbon & aqua twine (available here)
and tied it to resemble a "gift".

*A red snowflake pedestal mini cake stand was home to white chocolate snowcones which I purchased from Coles supermarket! Fuss free and delicious!

*More stunning cookies by Polkadot Cookies. Red hearts with the word ''joy''. So fitting for Christmas time!

Other items which I included;
*Red paper fans available at Mon Tresor were perfect for the backdrop.
*White wood candlesticks and red candles from Ikea.
*Aqua tablecloth
*White wooden twigs & handpainted birds (Charbella)

I would also love to thank the following business' for their support and beautiful feedback about my dessert table through blogging & facebooking. It is very much appreciated  x

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Little Trifle & Fairydust!

With the sparkle of Christmas here, I have found myself to be drooling over recipes and cookbooks related to the silly season. Being an avid fan of making & baking in the kitchen, I went out last night to purchase the current Donna Hay magazine. OMG it is beyond delicious! The front cover had me, and I am sure you will agree with me. This Christmas trifle is definately on my Christmas menu. I have even found the perfect footed glass dish to layer it all in! Heaven!

I have started to think about my Christmas shopping and wrapping gifts & couldn't go past the sweet little printables by Fairydust. I love how versatile the printables can be, and here I have used the Christmas collection tag to embellish a white kraft box. I will be using these kraft boxes to wrap most of my gifts in, a nice & stylish change from the usual wrapping paper.

Happy holidays x

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Deck the Halls with a FREE Advent Calendar by Polkadot Prints & Other Beautiful FREE Printables!

It is the 1st Day of December and I am totally feeling the Christmas Spirit all around me! Our white tree is up, the outdoor Christmas lights are hanging (think Griswald's style) our Nativity scene is set on our buffet, and soon I will get into the Christmas baking frenzy.

Creating Christmas buffets, candy jar labels, Advent calendars and gift tags could not be more easy to make thanks to the many talented graphic designers out there. Take a look at Jordan form Polkadot Prints Studio- she has released a free Advent calendar printables (complete with instructions) which is absolutely beautiful! It is also featured in the latest Peekaboo Magazine too! Thank you so much Jordan! I know what I'll be busy making tonight! x

Take a look at the other beautiful free Christmas printables below!

Download your free Advent calendar here

More free gift tag printables by Polkadotprints here

I sure do Love Mae! Click here for free Christmas wrapping paper!

Red reindeer gift tag, simply add twine for style. Thanks to eat drink chic. Download here 

I am also loving this jumbo gift tag via eat drink chic. Download here

And how about this DIY Christmas treat bag by eat drink chic. LOVE! Download here

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Tables & Inspirations

Oh I love this time of the year! Christmas carols, desserts, shopping for gifts, decorating the Christmas tree and wrapping is the perfect time to spend time with loved ones and celebrate Jesus' birth. I have begun Christmas decorating at my place and Christmas baking will soon begin in my kitchen! I recently had an intimate Christmas Mon Tresor high tea, and will share some photos soon. I am continually inspired by some of my favourite blogs for Christmas dessert & craft ideas, wrapping and decorations. Below is a collection of some of my favourites, and as I find more gorgeousness over the coming weeks, I will be sure to post them to inspire you x

If you are after gorgeous Christmas printables DIY, take a look at;

Christmas jars- perfect for filling with trinkets or sweets 
image via bethproudfoot

Dining table Christmas display. I love the aqua & mint combination
image via houseofsmiths

Christmas cookies with tag & wrapped with twine. Love this!
image via frog prince paperie

Delicious white chocolate covered oreo with crushed candy canes
image via Frog prince paperie

Red & Lavender Christmas party by
Amy Atlas Events

Red, Silver & White Christmas Table
The White Library

White, green & red dessert table by
Anders Ruff

Aqua, red & white dessert table by
The Party Dress

Loving the vintage, shabby chic feel of this dessert table by City cradle

Modern & elegant black, white & silver Christmas table by
Bird's Party

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Vintage Keys

Simple or ornate, rusty or polished, vintage keys can lend a charming addition to any type of decor. Attach them to a card or ribbon, use one as a charm on your bouquet; fill a fancy dish or frame one, the possibilities are endless.

I am totally loving them at the moment and here are some gorgeous images I came across the blogosphere that are inspiring to me. Oh and also add to my list of all things ''key'' are the jonathan adler greek key china plates & delicious key lime tart.


image via heather bullard

image via new york food

image via designsponge

image via postcards and pretties

image via gordon gossip

image via perfect wedding touches

image via postcards and pretties

image via style me pretty

Key lime tart via Martha

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tori & Dean's Renewal Vows

My Sweet & Saucy is one of my favourite blogs to read and look at drool worthy images of their magnificent work. They are also behind the amazing team of talented people to create this special dayfor Tori & Dean's renewal vows. The colour palette of yellow, grey and white is one of my favourites and you will also see that there were personal and eclectic touches throughout this gorgeous party that had a mix of modern, vintage & elegance. Elizabeth Messina was the photographer on the day and the images captured are nothing short of stunning. Thank you to Melody for allowing me to share these images to my readers.

The dessert table

Breathtaking views of a gorgeously styled sitting area overlooking the Hollywood Hills

What a beautiful way to display gorgeous heels!

Love love love

The gorgeous family {adore Tori's dress!}

Picture perfect-a wall adorning snaps of their most treasured memories

Love the use of glass jars here

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