I love the idea of hosting children’s’ holiday parties. Little ones are so excited this time of year that I think it brings out the kid in us all. From treats to gifts, crafts, fun gatherings and traditions — what’s not to love about holiday time?
One darling children’s’ holiday party idea is to host a milk & cookies party. You can go all out and invite several children over or simply set a little milk & cookie station up for your own kiddos like I’ve done here.
I started with these darling Milk & Cookies printables designed by Jenn of HWTM. Printables are a simple way to incorporate a theme into your party or desert table and these paper printables can really tie it all together.
I filleed glass bottles with milk and added festive wasi tape to add a little flair.
Simple stacks of cookies tied with baker’s twine and embellished with a printable tag make for cute presentation (and also simple take-home favors!).
Homemade or store bought cookies are easy to display on cake stands or solid colored plates. Just use what you already have in your kitchen.
To adorn these red velvet cookies, I hot glued a couple of jingle bells to a lollipop stick. Super simple and a fun way to add a little jingle to the party!
This holiday season, let loved ones know how much you care. Use your favorite photos to create something personalized and unique for everyone on your list. Make it memorable. Make it meaningful. Make it matter. Go to hp.com/holiday for inspiration and ideas.
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Many of our winter weekends include gathering with friends and family watching football (and eating yummy food!). Often we gather in our home, cozy on the couch to watch the big game. These weekends are great, however the real excitement happens when we get out and tailgate! Sporting our fan gear, preparing some football food and packing up the car — always leads to a good time.
I’ve gathered some inspiration for your next tailgate event (indoors or outside):
This dip is a go-to for “Sunday Fun Day” game-day tailgates (even if it’s in your living room). I like serving dips in individual sized portions. Here, I’ve simple used stemless martini glasses as the vessel to serve the dip. Easy to hold and you get use out of glasses you already have, score!
1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
1 pkg (16 oz each) Velveeta® Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 Jalapeno, diced (if you like it a bit spicy)
Combine undrained tomatoes and cheese in medium saucepan.
Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently.
Top with diced jalapenos.
Serve warm as a dip with tortilla chips, crackers or cut-up fresh vegetables. I like to serve it with pita chips.
What are your favorite tailgaiting recipes? I’d love to know!
The creamy, cheesy taste of Velveeta pairs with fresh and spicy RO*TEL for a delicious Queso Dip perfect for any occasion! Plus, I love how simple it is to whip up (bonus: it will delight all of your football fans in attendance)!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by RO*TEL and Velveeta via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of RO*TEL and Velveeta.
It’s that time of year when we bake up a storm, cookie swap like crazy and make gift baskets for all of our friends and families. This year I tried out a new dessert recipe and it happens to make the perfect holiday party treat OR that something special for friends or colleagues.
Pretzels and chocolate — is there a better combination? There really aren’t many things better than great chocolate and Dove totally has you covered. Click to sweeten the holidays with Silky Smooth Dove Chocolate.
Pair this treat with a small glass of milk and you have the perfect surprise for that after school snack (that is if you don’t eat them before the kids get home!).
1 3/4 cups DOVE® Chocolate
3/4 cup M&M’S® Brand MINIS®
1 bag pretzel sticks, broken into various sized pieces
Reynolds® Parchment Paper
1. Remove 3/4 cup red and green M&M’S® Brand MINIS® and set aside for decoration.
2. Line a baking sheet with Reynolds® Parchment Paper.
3. Melt the DOVE® Chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water. Stir the mixture as it melts. When mixture is shiny and smooth, turn off the heat.
4. Once all the chocolate is melted, dip the pretzel pieces one at a time and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet into an antler shape. Place the M&M’S® Brand MINIS® on each antler as it is finished.
5. Repeat this same process until all the antlers are finished.
6. Let the chocolate cool completely and get firm. You can refrigerate to firm the chocolate more quickly.
7. Once firm, remove them from the Reynolds® Parchment Paper.
8. If desired, wrap each one in a sheet of cellophane, tied with a ribbon or simply put them on a cookie plate.
Tip: Add red M&M’S® Brand MINIS® to form the red nose.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Mars via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mars.
There is something that I love about a great weekend breakfast. Lazy mornings, hot coffee, and something great to eat — what could be better? And as the holidays quickly approach I’m working on my holiday menu (Christmas morning breakfast a biggie on the list as it’s becoming my favorite occasion to entertain!) and I’m often trying new recipes. So, when the folks at Pepperidge Farm recently asked me to take the PuffectionTM Holiday Entertaining Challenge, I was super excited to get baking!
With breakfast on the mind, I decided to try this recipe for Blueberry Cheescake Danishes.
I was pleasantly surprised how simple this recipe was. With only a few ingredients, I had these little bits of heaven in the oven super fast. Then, I waited not-so-patiently for them to bake.
When they were done, they were warm and crispy and tasted wonderful! The divine smell of cinnamon and blueberry drew in a crowd who wanted a taste too. I shared, because I’m thoughtful like that ;).
This recipe is definitely a keeper and will likely make a appearance on Christmas morning — they are THAT good.
1.Heat the oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with the cooking spray.
2.Stir the cinnamon and 4 tablespoons granulated sugar in a small bowl. Stir the cream cheese and remaining sugar in a small bowl.
3.Sprinkle the flour on the work surface. Unfold 1 pastry sheet on the work surface. Brush the pastry sheet with half the butter. Sprinkle with half the cinnamon-sugar mixture. With the short side facing you, cut the pastry sheet lengthwise into 6 strips. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet, making 12 in all.
4.Twist 1 pastry strip then coil into a spiral. Place the pastry onto the baking sheet. Brush the end of the spiral with the remaining butter and tuck tightly under the bottom of the pastry. Repeat with the remaining pastry strips. Place 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture and 1 teaspoon preserves in the center of each pastry.
5.Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let the pastries cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
Disclosure: Pepperidge Farm has provided you with a stipend for my time and materials invested in the Pepperidge Farm® Puffection TM Holiday Entertaining challenge, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.
There is something so magical about Christmas morning that over the years, it has become my favorite time to entertain. Christmas breakfast at my home has two requirements: expect it to be cozy and come in your pajamas. I love waking up early and setting a cozy breakfast table and this year I’ve turned to Pier 1 Imports to help me master that Christmas-cozy look!
I picked up a few finds and quickly set a table that adults and kids will eagerly gather around. I used these faux pine cone branches as a table runner (which can double as mantle decor!) and set 4 tan linen placemats as a base.
Next I picked up simple dishes from Pier 1 Imports — red plates and white bowls. Also, coordinating red mugs will perfectly hold coffee and hot cocoa on Christmas morning! Inside each bowl, a simple gift tag that serves as a place card.
And to tie it all together? Christmas plaid napkins which bring home that cozy feel (don’t you think?).
In midst of all the chaos (aka children squealing with joy) Christmas morning can bring, I challenge you to make a special moment of Christmas cheer. Here are a couple Hostess Tips to keeping things simple:
-Set your breakfast table the night before. That way you won’t miss out on any magical moments in the morning!
-Serve simple food. Present store bought donuts or muffins in a thoughtful way (like the cake stand above) and set out bowls of fruit in the center of the table.
-For heartier breakfasts, prepare rolls and casseroles the night before. Then in the morning you can simply pop them in the oven!
Do you have any Christmas morning traditions? I’d love to hear them!
If it’s interesting, if it’s impressive, if it’s colorful and cute and one-of-a-kind—then odds are it’s probably from Pier 1 Imports®. After all, Pier 1 has been the place for unique finds for over 40 years. Our buyers travel the world’s major capitals and small villages hunting for the kinds of treasures you can’t find just anywhere—fresh and fragrant candles, exotic wicker, hand-painted dinnerware, gorgeous textiles and thoughtful hand crafted gifts. Find what speaks to you at Pier 1 Imports®.
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Have you started your holiday shopping? I have (sooo trying to get “ahead of the game” this year!). Because no ones likes to receive gifts they just don’t like (or be the giver of an awful gift), I wanted to share this fun (and helpful!) holiday infographic we created over at Daily Grommet. Check it out!
I hope you find this helpful in making your shopping list! Daily Grommet has tons of thoughtful gifts, hope you’ll check them out! See the full holiday infographic and sources to all of the gifts shown, here.
Please share this — friends don’t let friends get regifted!