Skip straight to dessert and a holiday party table set with pastel-hued treats including a towering topiary of delectable Nadège macarons (watch for special holiday flavours like cherry with chocolate, candy cane and champagne) and a bathed-in-buttercream mango and passion fruit cake from Leslieville confectionary Bobbette & Belle. Wash it all down with bottles of Moët & Chandon Rosé bubbly, of course.
Nadège 2-foot tower holding 180 macarons ($500), Bobbette & Belle 9-inch mango-passion fruit cake ($52), Moët & Chandon Rosé ($74.60, each, LCBO), Jadeite cake stand ($99.95, Fishs Eddy), Roulette plates ($9.95), pastry server $39.95) and dessert forks ($5.50 each, all Crate & Barrel), Speakeasy champagne bucket ($168, Pottery Barn).
On her: Vintage chiffon dress ($150), brooch (worn in hair, $75), crystal earrings ($48) and pearl necklace ($38, all Cabaret).
On him: Philip Sparks Glen check blazer ($650), trousers ($395), tuxedo shirt ($265), and plaid bow tie ($60).
Make the cut
Victorinox Swiss Army 10-piece forged knife and bamboo block set ($998)
Modernist Cuisine At Home, by Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet ($125, Good Egg)
Limited-edition bottle (just 19 in Canada) Ron Bacardí, de Maestros de Ron, Vintage MMXII ($2,000, LCBO)
La Cornue stainless steel CornuFé Stove ($12,738.78, Williams-Sonoma)
FoodiePages chef-curated food and recipe box ($270/six-month subscription)
Memberships to Massey Hall, Mirvish and more
If they're the types who are always entertaining, why not give them an evening off and some tickets to a great night out. A Marquee membership to Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall (starting at $1,500, masseyhall.com) includes a personalized ticket service, VIP seating and exclusive lounge access. For the more musical-theatre-minded, a subscription to Mirvish's 2012/13 season ($230 to $504, mirvish.com) includes performances of La Cage Aux Folles, Sister Act and The Wizard Of Oz. Gift the gallery-goer an individual AGO Next membership ($600, ago.net) that includes invites to 10 exclusive events.
For store information, see our BUZZ Gift Guide Retailer Index.
Additional photography by David Hawe
Makeup and hair by Claudine Baltazar using Climate Control Finishing Spray for TRESemmé Hair Care/Benefit Cosmetics/Plutino Group
Fashion assistant: Stefania Yarhi
Models: Angela at Ford Models and Stephen at B&M Models