Dec 1, 2011

Christmas Decorating: Day 9: Fairytale Christmas for Ladies who Dream of Dancing

9 ladies gather for the dance, 
in Cecil Beaton's tribute to the female form in 1948.
And 9 ladies gather for our fairytale dance,
because it is day 9 of our Christmas Decorating series.

We shall begin our evening with a saucer of Champagne,
set upon a mirrored tray in the dressing room.
That shall get our toes tapping.

Oh, we better not forget to hang the silvered wreath on the front door,
otherwise the guests won't know 
where to find our Fairytale Dance Soiree.

Now we better decide which gown to wear to the dance.
They are all so pretty...

Decisions, decisions. 

The guests will arrive very soon, 
 so we must attend to the Christmas tree...

The tree shall be trimmed with fresh gardenias,
for their scent is that of enchantment.
Lichen-covered branches magically blossom with 
paper flowers of magnolia + cherry blossom
With stars of silver + ornaments of palest lilac,
the tree takes on a fairytale glow.

And here is our fairy, for the top of the tree.
She is a Barbie, dressed by none other than Christian Louboutin.
Fairytale magic, indeed.

There will be time to be kissed under the mistletoe, 
for one never knows where a handsome prince may be hiding.

Right, ready now to greet our guests.
A quick dab of Chanel No 5 and we can begin the evening.

The table sparkles with magic & candlelight,
with golden dishes & blossoming branches.
There must be some magic about tonight.

And guests will know their places, 
with little dance card name tags to guide them.

And as each guest departs, 
they will be handed a little gift wrapped in lilac satin bows 
& glittered velvet ribbons, 
as a sweet memento of a wonderful evening. 

So all that is left to do now, 
is to blow out the candles & retire to bed in a satin gown.
Dreaming of dancing ladies & handsome men,
and the enchanting evening that was.

In case you missed the earlier decorating themes, 
you can catch up here.

images: 1: Cecil Beaton 2: gift tag blue fruit 3: Champagne saucers
4: wreath 5: dresses by Erin Fetherston 6: pensive lady 7: ornaments
8: Christmas tree artwork blue fruit clockwise from top right {1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8}
12: the table artwork blue fruit {1/2/3/4/5} 13: name cards


  1. I have those saucers and that's my tree - but with roses!

  2. robinsonheather1/12/11 6:59 AM

    Oh la la! Virginia, I am very, very serious when I say that this is a book. What you have here has never been seen and inspires like no other for the holidays. Might be tricky getting the rights to some of the iconic photos but please do think about it. My goodness, you are good at this! It goes without  saying that the first photo is beyond giant for me...

  3. Knew you had style in spades - roses on Christmas trees, of course! Absolutely in love with Champagne saucers - on a mission to bring them back into everyday fashion. These ones are particularly gorgeous, being hand made and a little wonky therein. Well, everyday should include a glass of bubbles, no? V xx

  4. That, I do believe, would be my absolute dream Heather! Any book publishers out there take note!

    And oh that Cecil Beaton was a most clever fellow. Managed to get irony into his beautiful pictures, as almost no other could/ can. I figured you would have also loved the dark pink dress in the stair well and the last image of the satin gown too. Ah, such a life. V xx

  5. I love the first photograph.  I would have loved to have been in that era.  Mimi xx

  6. Joy at Joyfulthings1/12/11 10:37 AM

    Your blog is always filled with such beauty and elegance!  I love it.  I'm pretty sure I would like to try to live  life as shown in these photos - even if just for a day.

  7. Gorgeous inspiration Virginia...I adore the ladies' gowns, the beauty and glamour of your images and the fairytale xmas table is divine.
    You have inspired me to do something extra special this xmas!

  8. too Mimi. Although the poor things would have just been through the war....wouldn't wish that on anybody. But no wonder they responded to the end of the war with such a return to all that is beautiful and gracious. V xx 

  9. Thank you Joy. I reckon if we could work out how to actually get inside that image, it would be a very fun place to be just for that day! V xx

  10. Hello Claudia! That's wonderful news. I'm a bit keen on that fairytale table. Would love to create something like that too - putting the fantasy back into Christmas. V xx

  11. How beautiful, I hope my gorgeous invitation is in the mail. I really love the gardenia covered Christmas tree. x

  12. Of course it is! Arriving via fairytale post - keep an eye on the window for fairies flying past with your lovely invitation clutched in their wings. V xx

  13. robinsonheather1/12/11 8:24 PM

    Yes and you figured right! Especially the dark pink number. Sigh. 

    But Virginia, I am still serious about the book idea. I think that there is a real market for it. In all of your "spare time" :) what about making a mock up version on blurb and then seeing what you can do with it? For next year? You have already done the work, you have the title, everything! 

  14. This is stunning... your post is so beautiful and I enjoyed every image so much.... xv

  15. Wow Virginia - what a truly amazing, drop-dead gorgeous post!! I'm with Vicki A. - loved every image you clever clogs.
    Millie xx

  16. Virginia, am I dreaming?
    This post is enchanted, is that the right word?
    Impecable images,  love every single detail.
    Now, the clock is ringing and  I'll have to wake up.

  17. hotelsdesignmonde3/12/11 12:07 PM

    Very nice post! 
    Pics are fab & so glamorous, love it!xx


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