9 May 2010


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We have a store near by who sells all kind of stuff to make your decorations yourself. They have everything for each seasonal occasion like Christmas, St. Valentine, Easter etc. So I was quiet surprised that the main theme in May was birth celebrations ! Maybe the decorator was expecting a baby, because a big part of the store was dedicated to celebrate the birth of a baby !

It's the use to distribute "dragées" (whole almonds coated with a sugar shell in various colors) when a baby arrives. Not so long ago the color was pink for a girl and blue for a boy. But this has changed as you can see !

The dragées are filled into these little boxes or in the little bags

You can also paint them yourself. These are distributed to family and friends

For the table I saw this decoration

and pacifiers as napkin rings

two examples of the dragée presentation

and table decorations. What a difference between the white, pink and pastel blue of the past !

As in May there are also Confirmations and Communions there was a little decoration too for girls

and boys

and finally a lot of couples marry in May so there was a little bit for the wedding cake too.


Anonymous said...

Wow what a store. :) Plenty of stuff. Those yellow hands are sorta scary if you ask me LOL :) Have a wonderful Mother's Day :)

claudie said...

I adore all those decoration's stores!!! I didn't see in France the little figures for the commnuions still. Just those you put on the top of la pièce montée but not those for the table's decoration. Table's decoration is really in the air and particulary with a tV emission where people invite for a dinner and each one gives a note about the food, decoration, atmosphere...I posted my last report. Now I only post one per week because the end of the schoolyear is always full of events to prepare!!!

diane said...

What an amazing shop. Very handy for grabbing last minute decorations or gifts.

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Happy Mother's Day,my friend!
You look BEAUTIFUL, then and NOW!
You are such a wonderful friend and MOTHER!
May this Mother's Day be one of the best with more to come in years!

wenn said...

lots of beautiful stuff! Happy Mother's Day!

Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

What a creative store! I haven't seen anything like it before, but I love it! Never seen so much baby stuff either, we don't celebrate it like that over here. Perhaps we should...

We do have a party store, it it's all stuff generally for a party - and not presented as well as in your shop - they should do that though!

Maribeth said...

You have the best shops!!!

Tara R. said...

We have hobby shops here, but nothing that elaborate. I would love browsing through the aisle.

Amy said...

Oh wow! What wonderful colorful displays they made. How fun!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

That is an incredible store! Love the display tables!

WackyMummy said...

Interesting! I love all the colors, especially those bright tables. =)

Melli said...

We have "Party" stores that carry all of that stuff too! You know... I STILL prefer PINK for girls and BLUE for boys though! Although... that ORANGE is really spunky!

What did you BUY???

A Lady's Life said...

This is great !

Happy Mothers Day Gattina!!

Gledwood said...

Your photos remind me why I want to flee across the water ~ everything looks better over there!
People always look at me like I'm crazy when I say I want to emigrate "across the water" (to somewhere like France/Germany/Holland/Belgium/Luxembourg) ~ that's another reason I wanted to do Dutch again. I know they all speak English but it drives me round the twist when people use a foreign language to talk over your head and it's not like the radio/TV/newspapers and people having really interesting conversation on trains and buses are really going to translate for me!

PS Harrods used to do amazing silver and gold dragees which weren't almond but CHOCOLATE centred!
They also did these amazing California Fruit Sugared Almonds, which had soft sugar coating... We were just about to leave the shop when my Mum gave me £5 and told me to run and get something nice from the food halls ~~ and those are what I got...
Now I hear the Greatest Shop in the World has been SOLD ~ for £1.5 billion! If I had £1.5 billion I'd have bought it myself!!!

Gledwood said...

Hi Gattina, thanks for your message, I put a long blabberous reply underneath but I had one query about Belgium ~what language do the Royal Family speak at home? French or Dutch?

I would have thought historically they spoke French because French had so much prestige in the 18th and 19th centuries... I heard even the courts in places like Austria spoke French because German was considered course and vulgar!

Also in Anna Karenina all those Russian aristocrats spoke Russian-French in front of the servants in order to have a bit of privacy!!

That's one thing about being English that annoyed me since childhood (though no-one else ever seemed really to understand) that almost wherever you go on earth you can NEVER have a private conversation in English in front of anyone, because you don't know how much English they know! At least with Dutch you can be fairly confident that if bartering prices e.g. in the market in Goa you're able to speak back and forth to one another over the stallholder's head ~ just as they will gabble back and forth over you ~ about how much you want it and what's the most you'll pay etc etc... something the Anglophones of the world can never ever do!