High/low: Christmas-ready kitchen counter
Can you tell the difference?
1 Stoneware Fleur de Lys platter, Anthropologie, $38 USD.
2 Octagonal porcelain Apilco platter, Williams-Sonoma, $68.
3 Vintage Wedgwood stoneware Royal Stone platter, Jacaranda Tree (416-482-6599), $200.
4 Pillivuyt oval porcelain Queen Anne platter, Williams-Sonoma, $171.
5 Hand-blown glass French Bird dome, $150, Dartford Home (416-487-0667), prices vary. Hand-spun soda glass Claro cake stand, Pottery Barn, $64.
6 Medium glass dome, Creative Bag, $25. Porcelain cake stand, Creative Bag, $55.
7 Mini glass dome, Creative Bag, $8. Sophie Conran for Portmeirion porcelain Mini cake stand, Jacaranda Tree (416-482-6599), $25.
8 Stoneware Striped Kitchen canisters, Anthropologie, $24 USD each.
9 Rosanna small stoneware cake stand in White, Le Dolci, $39.
10 Stoneware Gabriella cake stand, Pottery Barn, $49.
11 Square glass containers with silicone-seal lids, Crate
and Barrel, $18 each.
12 Etched-glass butter dish, Anthropologie, $16 USD.
13 KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-quart stand mixer in Empire Red, IQ Living, $699.
1 Oval scalloped ceramic platter, HomeSense, $15.
2 Rectangular ceramic platter, HomeSense, $13.
3 Large oval porcelain Pantry platter, Williams-Sonoma, $69.
4 Ornate oval ceramic platter, HomeSense, $15.
5 Extra-large glass Bird dome and cake stand, West Elm, $59.
6 GlucksteinHome glass-and-ceramic Alice dome and cake stand, Home
7 Mini glass dome , $8, small beaded porcelain cake stand, Creative Bag, $13.
8 Medium white enamel canisters, $24 each, West Elm, $48.
9 Small white scalloped ceramic cake stand, Pier 1 Imports, $15.
10 GlucksteinHome porcelain Chloe cake stand, Home Outfitters, $20.
11 Vintage square ribbed baking dishes, The Painted Table (416-915-7924), $10 each.
12 Vintage glass butter dish, The Painted Table (416-915-7924), $9.
13 KitchenAid Artisan 5-quart stand mixer in Empire Red, Sears, $499.Plated cookies after plated cookies – it all must get a little tedious for Santa, our lovable Christmas cookie monster. So just picture his expression this year, when he can take your perfectly packaged freshbaked treats back to share with jolly Mrs. Claus, who will appreciate the extra reusable dish. And, okay, you may not be baking for old Saint Nick this year (although you should every Christmas), but we’re sure every person on your sweet-treat list will enjoy the presentation just as much as they will the goodies.
1 Parchment paper pockets filled with sugar-dusted shortbread hold single-serve portions – perfect if you need a little help knowing when to stop.
2 Overflowing from a baking dish and presented with wide ribbon, this batch of sugar cookies is potluck-ready! Bonus: The recipient can have the dish and eat the cookies, too.
3 Tie a tag with a simple ribbon to the handle of a teacup to turn it into an instant dinnerparty place card holder.Creating a little Christmas kitsch for your holiday kitchen decor is as easy as 1... 2.... That’s it. Just 2.
DIY holiday craft
1 Gather a vintage baking pan, small wooden nutcracker, glue gun and spray paint.
2 Spray-paint your nutcracker in a crisp white hue and let dry. Dress it with a tiny toque. Use a glue gun to secure the base of the nutcracker to the inner side of the baking pan so that the nutcracker stands upright when hanging from the wall.Picking the perfect white cake stand isn’t exactly a cakewalk – for a plain white pedestal, there sure are a lot of options. Tall or short? Scalloped or bevelled? With or without a dome? Extra large or miniature? Just in time, we’ve rounded up a few of our high/low favourites to help you choose just how to display your holiday desserts.
Perfect cake stands
1 Glass-and-ceramic Beehive dome and cake stand, West Elm, $39.
2 Small beaded porcelain cake stand, Creative Bag, $13.
3 Handspun glass Bell Jar dome, Dartford Home (416-487-0667), $50. Porcelain cake stand, Creative Bag, $55.
4 Small glass dome, Pottery Barn, $19. Earthenware Emma cake stand, Pottery Barn, $45.
5 Small white scalloped ceramic cake stand, Pier 1 Imports, $15.
6 Rosanna small stoneware cake stand in White, Le Dolci, $39.
7 GlucksteinHome porcelain Chloe cake stand, Home Outfitters, $20.