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Happy Hour : Christmas Cloches

Every been in a restaurant when it turns "Happy Hour?" You notice the mood instantly changes as everyone is ready for fun. Whenever I'm having a Bad Hair Day, my cure is always a personal Happy Hour. Of course, I'm hopeless addicted to interiors; so for me, this hour is all about decorating. In this series, we'll look at some quick and happy mood changers for our very own Happy Hour. Each should take about an hour - a mere 60 minutes - to perk up our minds and our rooms. Let's get the party started.

Don't you love the simplicity of this "snow" dusted cloche? Glass domes are a great way to display small treasures and can easily fit in any of your rooms. If you don't have a "real" cloche, I bet you already have something you can repurpose. Best yet, this is the perfect season to give one a try. It's a great holiday Happy Hour! For inspiration, let's take a look at some of the Christmas magic captured in cloches.

Santas ready to bring Christmas cheer.

Remember Santa mugs? They're special when displayed under glass.

Battery operated lights make a paper village magical.

A bit of nature - the iron dish adds rustic appeal.

Any little collection looks like Christmas with bottle brush trees.


A wood slab and "snowflakes" on the glass dome make for a winter wonderland.


Silver ornaments provide the "bling."

A few years ago, RH featured these glorious domes filled with tiny battery-operated lights.

One perfect way to show off fragile, vintage Christmas ornaments.

Majestic glass tree toppers corralled under glass.

IKEA sells a 7" high glass cloche (sky 703.439.38) for $7.99, perfect for a tiny tree.

Almost any "dome" will work - just turn over a glass salad or punch bowl. An old Mason jar provides a bit of nostalgia.

A simple display covered with a cake dome.


A one-gallon Anchor Hocking glass canister ($12.95 everywhere) makes a perfect little scene. And love that it sits on a book of poems by Robert Frost. Hey, enjoy your Happy Hour! I hope you tell me know what you come up with (just email at and I'll show you what I came up with in the weeks ahead.

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