Alicia Cox Thomson
Friday, November 18, 2011 10:51 AM EST
Entertaining at home -- whether you're hosting a dinner party or just spooning up mac and cheese for your family -- is all about having fun, sharing food and relaxing with folks you love. Sure, there are times when it becomes more formal, people dress up and your styling is more elaborate (and that's fun, too), but the theme of today's Top 5 Friday is whimsical kitchen and dining accessories. These are the items you buy because you love them, which is really how you should feel about everything in your home.
Owls are having a moment -- consider them the new sparrows. These elegant napkins are a gorgeous grown-up colour, but putting a bird on them keeps them fun. Potter and designer Jonathan Adler is the king of whimsy, and this new butter dish says I heart pachyderms without going overboard.
Marbella Owl Napkins, $38 for 4, Serena and Lily; Elephant Butter Dish, $68, Jonathan Adler
I love the idea of a cookie jar -- and it makes doling out treats extra-special. Why an Anjou pear? Why the heck not? My grandmother had a nutcracker just like this one that only seemed to come out at Christmas. What is it with the holidays and nuts? Is it because you can go slightly nuts with all the festive hustle and bustle? Whatever the reason, this vintage nutcracker is a classic -- keep it out all year!
Anjou Pear Cookie Jar, $179, Anthropologie; Vintage Walnut-Shaped nutcracker, $80, badassbunny Etsy shop
I know I'm not the first person to write about these Star Wars fan-friendly cookie molds, but how cute? Love the wookie! And what LEGO-lover, big or small, wouldn't like to sip a drink chilled by a LEGO ice cube man?
Star Wars Cookie Molds, $19.95 Williams Sonoma, LEGO man ice cube tray, $8.49, LEGO store
If my husband is reading this...I adore these Scandi place mats. They're slightly spooky, would go with anything and I can only imagine how kids would react (think of the stories you/they could invent!). And to add to the fairy tale theme, these adorable tilted Mad Hatter bowls are inspired by Alice in Wonderland and would be handy as sugar or salt bowls. ( I know Alice isn't a fairy tale, but it falls under classic kid lit, so it works, yes?)
Moomin black table mat, $17.98 each, Scandinavian Design Center; Mad Hatter Bowls, $211, YLiving
We're having a Morocco moment for the holidays -- get the Moroccan-inspired menu on FoodNetwork.ca. Mix and match these authentic plates for dinner, or choose one special plate to leave out cookies for you-know-who. This bright and cheery serving bowl in a classic Sagaform Dala Swedish horse shape is making my day. Though not expressly meant for the holidays, doesn't it feel festive?