Last week, I had the pleasure of spending the morning with Saskia Thuot during an exclusive media event. Saskia is a popular design and decor expert in Quebec, with several TV shows (such as Decore ta vie) and a radio show (on Rythme FM 105.7). During my time with her, we primarily discussed two topics: home design for the holidays and chocolate!
Create an Intimate Home for the Holidays
The event took place at a residence in Town of Mount Royal (TMR) which Saskia enhanced for the holidays, giving various ideas on how to decorate a home for the holidays. One of the best parts of the day was to see how she blended renown Ferrero Rocher chocolates with her design ideas in the foyer, hallway, den, kitchen, and dining room.
The gold theme wasn’t lost on me. I love gold (the colour and the metal, LOL!). The colour gold represents class, prestige, and high end. It’s no wonder that Ferrero Rocher uses that colour to convey the quality of its products.
Ferrero Rocher: The Chocolate Star
I enjoyed hanging out with Saskia but the other real star in the house was the chocolate! Over the years, Ferrero Rocher has introduced various flavours of chocolate, especially in Europe. But lucky for us, this year they’ve brought some of their most popular chocolate offerings to the Canadian market.
New Chocolate Flavours!
The classic Ferrero that “everyone” knows is Ferrero Rocher which is a fine hazelnut chocolate. In the Ferrero Golden Gallery box, you’ll find chocolates featuring several options, including the latest additions. These include:
- Ferrero Tenderly White: White chocolate with a hazelnut centre
- Ferrero Manderly: Crispy wafer with a hazelnut filling and whole almond
- Ferrero Rocher: The classic hazelnut option
- Ferrero Rondnoir: Dark chocolate with a hazelnut centre
Grand Ferrero Rocher: Stuff this in a Sock!
For me, the piece de resistance had to be the Grand Ferrero Rocher. It’s a thin layer of chocolate shaped like a ball that has the classic Ferrero Rocher taste. When you break it open, you discover two additional chocolate treats inside! This would make a great stocking stuffer (as long as it’s far enough away from the heat of a fireplace so it doesn’t melt!).
Designing the Centrepiece
A centrepiece like the one below can really stand out. A lot of what goes into the centrepiece doesn’t have to be purchased because people often have these items around the house. Saskia mentioned that even if you do need to buy some of the smaller touches, you could try Dollarama to stay within your budget. For example, she suggested getting gold coloured plastic pearl necklaces for a couple of dollars to place around the candles (see photo).
When guests leave, consider giving them a little something, like a box of chocolates!
Enjoy the holidays!