You can now pre-order our 2017 Village mid-year introductions! These mid-year pieces feature a variety of beautifully detailed houses and accessories that are sure to make any collector smile. Some depict heartwarming scenes while others make the perfect spooky addition to any Halloween enthusiasts collection. Make sure to comment and let us know which is your new favorite! These are some of our favorites but you can click here to see all of our 2017 mid-year introductions.
Snow Village, Home for the Holidays
Gaze through the window of this festively decorated Queen Anne home for an exciting interior scene-a tiny ‘Snow Village’ that decorates the mantel. Outside is a heartwarming scene of a young man who returns from proudly serving in the military to loved ones that have anxiously waited his arrival…including his adorable furry friend. This Snow Village piece comes as a set, which includes the house and two accessories pictured.
Dickens Village, Yarmouth’s Discovery Bay
Imagine the waves breaking against a rocky landscape and embrace childhood memories of adventure with this detailed Dickens Village accessory. The accessory features two friends, a boy with his sailboat and a girl with her telescope, enjoying outdoor adventures with their pup. We certainly think they’re an adorable group!
This accessory pairs perfectly with the Great Yarmouth Light, a beautifully detailed Lighthouse. The stone and stucco Lighthouse also features an adjoining house for the light keeper.
North Pole Series, Paws to the Rescue
Add a fun element to your Village display with this quirky piece! This North Pole elf patrol comes to the rescue with his trusty St. Bernard to help out on the bunny hill.
This accessory pairs perfectly with Sugar Mountain Lodge. It’s one of the most fun places at The North Pole – skiing on top of the world at Sugar Mountain. Elves can practice their ski jumping moves right from the roof with the built in ski ramp! Hillside action can be viewed from the upper story balconies. Any skier or snowboarder will appreciate the attention to detail on this piece, which truly captures the spirit of an older ski lodge!
Halloween village, Rest in Peace 2017
This year we bring the annual crypt as a mid-year gift set, which includes 2 wrought iron fence sections and a coordinating vampire figure. The crypt includes interior lighting that changes colors. Just add a fog machine nearby for some delightfully spooky decor!
Hosting an Easter or Mother’s Day event? Delight your guests with some of these fun spring decor ideas and accents.
Not sure where to begin? Keep in mind these few simple tips:
The size of your table matters. Knowing how much space you have to work with is really important because this will dictate how the centerpiece might interfere with the function of your table. Large or square tables may look better with a larger centerpiece but a narrower table may look better with smaller, longer accents that draw the eye down the length of the table or through an entry way.
Incorporate a clear jar or vase. Starting with a clear jar or vase in your centerpiece gives you a large variety of options- you can fill the vase with colorful eggs, jellybeans, or moss to add texture and then add fresh or faux flowers to complete the look. The best part? Shapes and sizes of clear jars or vases are basically endless giving you tons of options to create your look.
Play with color. Having specific colors in mind helps keep the arrangement focused. For Spring, consider incorporating lovely pastels like yellow, pink, purple, or green.
Include height variation. Give yourself, and your guests, an interesting sight line by adding various heights to your centerpiece. (Pro tip: make sure that the heights do not disrupt conversation sight lines.)
Add fresh blooms. Nothing helps pull you out of a Winter slump than beautiful, blooming flowers! Consider adding springtime favorites like Carnations, Lillie’s, Tulips, Daffodils, Daisies, or Hydrangeas to tie everything together.
Have any tips we missed? Share them in the comments section below!
Spring has officially arrived and so have the Department 56 Village Box Sets featuring some new pieces! These not only make a great gift for yourself, but are a great option for a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day present. The best part? You don’t need to worry about picking accessories or additional pieces, we’ve done all the work for you!
56 Street Brewery: For your favorite craft beer connoisseur! Delight them with Department 56’s take on your local brewery. Unfortunately this box set does not include any pale ales or IPA’s but it does include a bag of snow, the 56 Street Brewery, and accessory.
Golden Cross Church: Add this lovely Snow Village piece to any Christmas scene. The snow outside reflects a kaleidoscope of color cast from the stain glass windows that adorn Golden Cross Church. This box set includes a bag of snow, tree, Golden Cross Church, and caroler accessory.
Merry Lane Cottages: These festive hats have an even more adorable story to tell no matter where you choose to feature them. North Pole best friends Minty & Glitzy live next door to one another. The sculpted details include a woodpile in the back, mailbox, brass doorbell, and a special charm hung from each roof. This box set includes a bag of snow, two lit houses, accessory, and a tree!
Xmas Carol Poulterers Shop: Add these pieces to the classic Dicken’s Village! The centerpiece for many Victorian holiday dinners were goose, duck, or fowl but at this Olde Camden Town Poulterer on Cratchit’s Corner a large prize turkey is the winning holiday feast. This box set includes a bag of snow, the Xmas Carol Poulterers Shop, and accessory.
Pet owners know that their “fur babies” are special and packed with unique personality. In life it’s the little moments that make relationships special and with a pet it’s no different. Show your love for your four legged friend with Snowbabies and their lovable companions. Even if you don’t have a pet of your own, these make perfect gifts for anyone who has a special place in their heart for four legged friends.
Here are five reasons furry friends are the best friends:
Your pet will never judge you.
Pets make the BEST listeners.
Your secrets are always safe.
They love you just the way you are!
No matter how big or small, they make the perfect companion.
It’s difficult to imagine anything cuter than a calmly sleeping pup. Show some extra love for your furry friend by customizing this piece with their name!
For a dog, every day is the best day ever! Who needs personal space when you can have some furry cuddles instead?
Show off your inner diva with The Glam Squad. There’s no better partner in crime and fabulousness than an adorable kitty! The pink accents and pearl accessories make this piece perfect for any girly-girl.
If only planking were as simple as this Snowbaby makes it appear! There’s nothing better than moral support from your furry one. Talk about purrrrfect form!