gumdrops and lollipops for a cause
I am thrilled to participate again in Toronto’s Gardiner Museum’s 12 Trees of Christmas Charity Gala. The theme this year is “Things starting with the letter G” as the Gardiner is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Assuming that Gold, Glitter, Giving and Grinch were all quickly spoken for, I decided to go with the visions of sugar plums dancing in my head, and chose Gumdrops and Lollipops as my theme.
The first step was to select an artificial tree. It was a stretch for me not to choose the most realistic green tree I could find, but I liked the idea of one appearing to be sugar-coated and so I looked for a flocked or glittery tree. Instead I found a pink one! I knew as soon as I saw it, it was perfect because it reminded me of candy floss!! A pink, flocked tree with pink lights ~ yum!
I lucked out with ornaments too - can you imagine my delight when I found these gumdrop garlands?
And over-sized lollipops?
I knew from past experience that it helps to have something large on the tree (to fill in space and give it oomph). I found wonderful felt stockings in the same candy-coloured palette and ordered 12.
Isn’t it amazing how realistic these foam cupcakes look?
And I love the scale of these big glittery gingerbread boys…
And girls! The chocolate colour is a nice addition to all the syrupy pink.
We filled in the spaces with lots of perfect candy picks…
And I couldn’t help but tie on a few real sweet treats in hopes of adding to the sugar-high of little ones viewing the tree over the holidays.
Gumdrops of course…
All done up in cellophane cones which I found online through an amazing Ontario company - Crystal Clear Bags Canada- a great find!
We topped the tree with lollipop fairy wings from the Party Market (apologies for the bad shot!).
And then skirted it with children’s books (sweet-themed of course) and cobistyle pillows in assorted silk-look colours of fuchsia, turquoise, lime and orange.
There’s no doubt this tree is suffering from sugar-overload and will crash after December 25th.
But I’m so happy to report that very kind donors have purchased the tree (thank you Frank Bowman and Aaron Milrad!) and it will be brightening up the Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Centre over the holidays. What a sweet treat for us all to share indeed!