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A Simple Snack Stadium Tray + $250 Giveaway

Super Bowl is around the corner and it’s always a great time to gather with friends and family and have a little fun. Whether you’re into the game or, like me, just in it for the half time show, you know you also get excited for the snacks. I mean, how could one not get excited for the food?

I’ve always been intimidated to make a snack stadium tray in the past, but let me tell you, it does NOT have to be so hard.

snack stadium tray plus giveaway

A snack stadium is really the ultimate game day party food. It covers all the basis because it’s delicious and doubles as party decor. It’s a game day win-win in my book. The key to creating a snack stadium is choosing a really good dip and building your dip-able snacks around it. (Dip-able is a word, right?)

Make an easy snack stadium tray

I love to make it easy with Heluva Good! Dips. They have so many unique flavors (I’ll be sharing some of mine next week with more Super Bowl snack ideas!). You can find Heluva Good! Dips in the dairy aisle of the supermarket. They are made with real sour cream and flavorful spices. Keeping it simple it my style. Really you open up one of these dips and you’re ready to go.

Easy snack stadium tray

Isn’t this cute? And really, you don’t have to be scared to give it a try. If like me, you’ve seen some of those snack stadiums that look like architectural food palaces that seem to defy gravity, and have been totally intimated, this easy snack stadium tray is for you! Start with a great dip, build your snacks around, add a few simple details and you’re ready for kick-off! (more…)

3 Unique New Year’s Eve Cocktails

Looking for fun and festive New Year’s Eve Cocktails? If so, you’re in luck. Although I do love to serve a nice bottle of champagne (or two) on New Year’s Eve, I also like to mix things up a bit by offering guests a unique cocktail that they might not have tried before. These three recipes are simple to make and fit the bill for the perfect New Year’s Eve Cocktail. Grab these few ingredients ahead of time and you’ll be ready to play bartender!

New Year's Eve Cocktails

First up, a Spicy Tomato Martini that will be perfect to serve anyone who is a fan of martinis or Bloody Marys. (I happen to love both!) It’s crisp and flavorful and really an interesting vodka cocktail to serve. Be sure to grab vodka, Clamato Juice, and Tabasco.

Next we have another vodka option, a Cranberry and Rosemary Cocktail (which you can serve as a mini holiday martini version as well). Mini martinis are fun to serve before dinner or as a dessert drink. Pick up cranberry juice, vodka, and fresh rosemary and cranberries for this one.

Third, we have a twist on the traditional mimosa with this Tangerine and Thyme Mimosa (which became my favorite this season). The tangerine lemonade gives it just enough familiar citrus flavor but a lot lighter than typical OJ. And the thyme makes it just so interesting. Grab Tropicana® Tangerine Lemonade, champagne, sprigs of thyme, and tangerine slices for garnish.

What will you be sipping on this New Year’s Eve? Will you make any of these New Year’s Eve Cocktails? If you do, be sure to tag @HostessTori and #TSCocktails on Instagram!

You might also want to whip up these olive cheese bread bites for appetizers or this lemon rosemary cake for dessert. 

Marble + Copper Entertaining Must-Haves

Before entertaining season is in full swing, be sure to gather a few entertaining must-have items to round out your collection. I like to add a couple new pieces every year. Last year I started collecting pieces that are marble and copper and I have loved using them each time I entertain. Here are a few recent marble and copper finds I plan on adding to my arsenal this season.

Marble and Copper Barware

One of my favorite elements of entertaining is setting the table. I love to get creative and mix new colors and textures together. This year I am all about adding these copper chargers to the mix. I think they will work year-round and can’t wait to try them out.

This marble and copper ice bucket combines two of my favorite (and super on-trend) elements.

The matching marble and copper wine chiller would look great sitting on any bar cart. This is something I definitely need (hint, hint Santa!). You could even gift a bottle of wine to really make a complete gift.

Speaking of wine, I am in love with my Winc wine club membership. The wine is super affordable and you can pick three bottles a month (try it out and get a free bottle on me). I like to stock up so that I am ready for any impromptu guests or celebrations.

This hammered copper barware set is a real statement gift. It’s handcrafted and will last a lifetime) that’s a lot of drink to be made!).

What do you think? Is marble and copper your thing? Which would you get first?

Oh hey hostess, before your  guests come over, you might want to check out the 6 things your party guests want you to know.

Our Holiday Cards + a $250 Minted Giveaway

Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to get those holiday cards in the mail. Minted is always my go-to place for stunning photo cards (here’s our family card in from last year) and I’ve teamed up with them once again to offer you a chance to win a $250 gift card to shop for your own holiday cards! Details below!

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It’s always so hard for me to choose a design (because I love browsing them all!) but this year I went with be joyful which complimented our photo perfectly. If you haven’t already ordered your  cards, be sure to check out Minted’s Cyber Monday Sale that is going on right now. If you’re still waiting on holiday images, you’re in luck! Minted just rolled out a “Buy Now, Personalize Later” option, so you can still get a great deal on their cards by locking in an order and then go back and personalize with photos and text later. So smart!

Minted Holiday Cards Giveaway

If you’re not into browsing all the designs, try the new “find it fast” option which is a super helpful tool that allows you to find the perfect holiday card design really quickly. (more…)

Sip Sip Rosé :: Free Printable

sip sip Rosé free printable

Hip, Hip, Hooray! Or should I say Sip Sip Rosé?! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for a big exhale. It’s been a looooooong week over here. We’re trying to jump back into work and school starting after some time off. Also, our pup is also pretty sick after having and emergency surgery (think Marley and Me situation) so we’re trying to get back to his normal self).

This weekend will be full of photoshoots and some special projects but I’m definitely going to make time to sip a glass of rosé and take a breather. How about you?

I’ve had a hard time finding a rosé I love at the local market. I would LOVE your suggestions! So far my favorite bottle has been this 2015 Sauvetage Rosé I found on ClubW (I might have ordered about 12 bottles this summer). But I’d love an option I can run to the market and grab on a Friday like today.

(PS if you want to check out ClubW wines, I highly recommend them. You can use my referral link).

So tell me … what’s your favorite go-to Rosé to sip? Friends share wine recommendations. It’s totally a thing, so dish.

DIY Rose Water Face Mist

Truth is, sometimes we all need a little mood-booster in our day. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing for a timeout or reset button, this DIY face mist is going to be your BFF. Think of it as a little refreshing pick-me-up.

rose water spray

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this would make an easy and thoughtful gift for those hard-working mommas in your life. (Just be sure to make one to keep for yourself!)

diy rose water face mist

I think the tag just makes this an adorable gift. Be sure to grab your free printable tags below!

I was inspired to figure out how to make this rose water mist after I had bought a small bottle at Anthropologie.  I found my mood being instantly boosted each time I spritzed by face and took in a deep breath. (more…)

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