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Holiday Entertaining Simplified

Holiday Entertaining SimplifiedLast week I shared with you a few tips for simplifying your holiday party prep and today I’m going to share more ideas for holiday entertaining when it comes to what to serve. My key to any gathering (big or small) is to serve something delicious and pour a great glass of wine. Keeping it simple is key. Let’s start with the food.

Ideas: Holiday Entertaining You really cannot go wrong with a charcuterie and cheese pate. With this spread, there was something that appealed to everyone. Cured and dried meats, two different cheeses, smoked almonds, a variety of olives and even chocolate.

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

A lot of baking goes down in December.  Am I right? School parties, neighborhood gifts, potlucks, cookie swaps – it seems there is always a reason/need to be whipping something up. In my family there are those staple things that we bake every year. You can bet on some type of sweets for breakfast (like cinnamon rolls or now, these pecan pie pancakes), a really seasonal dessert (think fudge), and of course a holiday staple – cookies.

chocolate peppermint cookies recipe

This season I’ve teamed up with Sugar In The Raw® to bring you some festive holiday treats (check out these monster lollipops and this pumpkin pie spice latte cake), and today I’m sharing my most recent holiday recipe with you – Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

chocolate peppermint cookies recipe

Have them on hand to serve your family or pop in guests, box them up and ship to a distant relative, or tie them with a ribbon for a special teacher gift.

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Party Prep Tips and Printables

Tis’ the season to deck the halls, wrap the gifts, and gather for some festive cheer! I have been busy prepping for an upcoming holiday gathering with friends and thought I would take a moment to give you a little peek behind the scenes and tips on how I like to make things as simple as I can when entertaining.

avery4My biggest tip is to do as much party prep ahead of time that you can. Above are some drink tags I designed and printed on Avery Printable Tags. You can design your own (which I love!) or choose from one of dozens of designs.

Avery5Then simply tie them to the stem of your glassware and your beverage station will be ready to go when guests arrive.

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Sip It :: Cranberry and Rosemary Cocktail

Cranberry CocktialConfession: I get really excited over a themed holiday cocktail. This post is one of those times (can’t you see my smile from there?). But really, who doesn’t? There is just something so fun and festive about a colorful, flavorful,  cocktail. This cranberry cocktail has a rosemary garnish that just swept me off of my feet.

cranberry cocktail recipeI recently got my “coveted” bar cart and was looking for a way to add a little pizzaz to cocktail hour this holiday season. With a little colorful tissue garland and this new Absolut Limited Edition Andy Warhol bottle, we were ready to sip in style. This bottle screams festive and fun, doesn’t it? It is modeled after Warhol’s iconic Absolut artwork that he created in 1986 which makes it a great conversation piece as well.

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Monster Eye Lollipops

homemade lollipops I’ve never made hard candy before. To be honest, the idea of making any recipe that requires using a candy thermometer has scared me in the past. But, this Halloween I thought it was the perfect time to put my fears aside and give it a try. I’ve always wanted to make homemade lollipops so I decided to start there. After doing a bit of research, I discovered that the ingredients needed are super minimal. Like, two. TWO. That’s simple enough for me! The base of my lollipop recipe requires only two things; sugar and corn syrup. I added in food coloring and candy eyeballs (for the spook factor). I used Sugar In The Raw Organic White® which is unbleached and true to its natural color (like the original Sugar In The Raw®), but its finer crystals make it perfect for cooking and baking because it blends easily into any recipe. This was key for making our green lollipops!

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