We’ve been in the kitchen business for over 40 years, but this year marks just the tenth one that we’ve offered our exclusive collection of food-themed ornaments. Luckily, the artisans in Poland who create these beautiful mouthblown glass pieces come from a line of ornament makers dating back hundreds of years.
All of our glass ornaments are touched by eight different craftspeople—from the artist who creates the initial sketch, to the person who develops the iron mold, to the glassblowers, hand-painters and packers. The ornaments are produced in family-owned factories in Poland that have been making them for generations.
The very first ornament we ever carried (back in 2005) was a strawberry dipped in chocolate—and it sold out in just days. It turns out we were on to something with that design because those strawberry ornaments have been among our best sellers every season since. In fact, we’ve sold over 40,000 of them since 2005.
As many as 80% of the designs for our ornaments are all-new each year. But the second ornament we ever created — our signature bon appétit pig—gets an annual refresh, making it a special favorite of ornament collectors.
Speaking of swine, our top-selling ornament last year (and so far also this year) has been a package of bacon, furthering the argument that bacon really does make everything better — even Christmas trees.
“Literally, no two are ever the same,” says Natalie Rodgers, our tabletop and linens buyer, who oversees our ornament collection. “The level of detail is night and day from what you’ll find elsewhere. They’re these little works of art you hang on your tree and save for generations.”