Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gift & Decorating Ideas: Three French Hens

"On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Three French Hens". Here are some present suggestions & home decor ideas in keeping with the 3 french hens motif:

For the imbiber on your list these 12 Days of Christmas beers from The Bruery in Orange County are PERFECT. Brewed in French oak barrels, according the The Bruery it is a bold & spicy dark ale.

{ 3 French Hens beer }

It doesn't look like The Bruery beers are available in Canada (YET!), but to see where you can buy them click HERE.

Williams Sonoma & Pottery Barn have a series of tabletop items (plates, glasses, bowls, etc) with images from the 12 days of Christmas:
{ plates from Williams Sonoma }

{ Pottery Barn plates set at the table }

And because I can't get enough of the goodies from petitcollage this sweet little trio of hens for a child's room or a kitchen:

{ red bird trio ~ collage on wood }

There's nothing like fresh eggs for breakfast. I'm sure French hens lay pretty good eggs. I'm not sure if these are from French hens, but these free range eggs look like they'd make a wonderful poached egg or, better yet, an eggs Benny:

{ fresh eggs for Christmas morning }

Mmmmmmm! In Vancouver, you can get wonderful BC eggs (& other foodstuffs) from a number of suppliers listed on get local. A quick google search will provide you with grocers & farms in your area. And how about some yummy cornish game hens for Christmas Eve dinner?

{ cornish game hen with cranberry butter rice }

This recipe can be found online at Fried Chillies & was suggested for Valentine's Day but there's no reason you can't do it for your friends &/or family around Christmas time. How festive is it with the green sage & red cranberries???!!

I've digressed a little into food (can you tell I'm a bit peckish as I write this?) so here are some more suggestions for presents to help you check off your Christmas list.

For the toddler, preschooler or child-at-heart on your list, this darling book:

{ The Little Red Hen }

It's not your typical kid's storyline but I loved the plucky little hen when I was a girl & I think children respond to the moral in the story.

Or for the music lover how about albums (make it three!) from Black Hen Music.

Coco Love Alcorn, Jim Byrnes, Steve Dawson, The Mississippi Sheiks to name a few Black Hen artists.... So hard to choose.

What would you make out of this quirky chicken fabric from Carrie's Fabric on Etsy:

{ Metro Market "Chicks " Fabric }

A pillow for a little boy's reading nook? A tea cosy? Curtains for your henhouse?

Speaking of hen houses, for the ornithologist on your list check out this rustic birdhouse from Bird House Accents:

{ hen house birdhouse }

Three miniature French hens (or any little birdie) would be quite at home here I think.

How goes the Christmas shopping? Are you having fun yet?

1 comment:

  1. love those classic little golden books... Great ideas, once again!