Taking Down The Tree

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Christmas is now behind us and there is always the dreaded task of putting away all the decorations, especially every little ornament.  As I was taking down my culinary-themed ornaments, which I collect year-round, I thought it might be fun to photograph them.  I have collected everything from a Harvest Gold KitchenAid stand mixer to a lobster dressed like a chef.  Every place I travel to, I look for food-themed ornaments.  My girls also look when they travel and my collection is growing all the time.  One of these days I will need a whole tree just for food ornaments.  Here are some of my favorites.

Culinary ornaments blender, mixer, sifter

The KitchenAid stand mixer is one of my favorites.  It looks exactly like the first KitchenAid I ever owned!

Culinary ornaments KitchenAid mixer side view

Culinary ornaments ham

I love this ham, bought at a Cost Plus in Fisherman’s’ Wharf in San Francisco in the early ’70’s.

Culinary ornaments paella and shish kebab

It’s a paella ornament from Spain, and my new one this year, a shish kebab!

Culinary ornaments LeCreuset

Baby LeCreuset

Culinary ornaments appetizers and cheese

Appetizers, anyone?

Culinary ornaments cookies


Culinary ornaments cake

Don’t they look like you could take a bite?

Culinary ornaments candy

My mom knit the candy cane a long time ago.

Culinary ornaments desserts

I love the old-fashioned steamed pudding.

Culinary ornaments kitchen products

Culinary ornaments Santa and Mrs Claus wooden spoons

Culinary ornaments wine

Wine ornaments from the Napa Valley and Chianti, Italy

Culinary ornaments large chef

Culinary ornament CIA

From the CIA in Napa

Culinary ornaments group of chefs

Chefs and more chefs

Culinary ornaments fast food and snacks

Fast food even comes in ornaments

Culinary ornament Finn girl with cookbook

Love this little girl!

I’ll be on the look-out for more ornaments in travels this year.  If you know of any good ones, let me know!

8 Responses to Taking Down The Tree

  1. December 28, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    adorable stuff–funny I seem to have a lot of “drink” ornaments on my tree

    • December 29, 2013 at 7:24 am #

      Me, too, Lisa! I have many more wine ones, but they must be in a box I didn’t open. I once bought Bill a gorgeous, yet very fragile beer mug with foam, but it fell off the tree last year and shattered.

  2. December 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm #


    I have the little green checked oven mitt. I actually have a small tree that I put up in my kitchen that is decorated with tiny kitchen ornaments. My favourite are the tiny S’Mores ornaments!

    Happy New Year!

    • December 29, 2013 at 7:21 am #

      Emma, I have never seen S’Mores ornaments. How cute they must be!

  3. January 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    I love that KitchenAid ornament! Can you please tell me where you got it?

    • January 5, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      Jessica, my daughter found the KitchenAid mixer ornament in 2002 at a pop-up store inside the Sherman Oaks, California Macy’s, which means it was probably a limited edition. I am frequently asked about it and I could probably have sold it 20 times over. Maybe you could contact Macy’s and/or KitchenAid and inquire about it. They would certainly make a lot of money selling them.

  4. January 16, 2019 at 10:04 am #


    I have been looking everywhere for a shish kebab ornament and cannot find anywhere that has one in stock.


    • January 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

      Hi Kathy- The cute shish kabob Christmas ornament I have was a gift from my daughter who thinks she bought it in Spain while she was studying abroad. She bought me a paella ornament too, which came with an itty bitty recipe!

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