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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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Serve It :: Mini Pumpkin Milkshakes

I am a self diagnosed canned pumpkin junkie.  This time of year I come up with all sorts of reasons to use it; cooking, baking, or otherwise. That is just how this mini pumpkin milkshake came to be. They are so creamy and they taste like your favorite milkshake just collided with a pumpkin pie. They’re rich, so making them in mini form seems to be the perfect choice. (Plus, everything is cuter in mini version, right?)

Make a mini pumpkin milkshake for yourself or a crowd. These are so simple to make and my favorite fall dessert! Add sprinkles for a fun touch.

Served up in mini glasses also make them adorable to offer to guests or little ones during your next gathering or special dinner. Tall shot glasses work perfectly for these mini milkshakes. You can also pick up disposable plastic shot glasses which are handy if you’re entertaining.

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DIY Halloween Balloons

I’m pretty sure these simple Halloween balloons are my favorite decoration, ever!

Easy to Make Halloween Balloons make the perfect Halloween decorations

I love, love, love when things are cute but super simple (have you noticed?). With limited time for crafting but the passion for all-things-adorable… it’s really important that I choose projects I have to time to actually accomplish. Friends, it really can’t get easier than this!

Easy to Make Halloween Balloons

These Halloween balloons are so easy to make, the kids will love helping too! They can come up with unique faces for ghosts, pumpkins, and even silly monsters (purple and green balloons would be perfect for monster faces!).

You can make them for a Halloween party, or even to take to class. This would be a fun project to do with kids at school even. All you need are the balloons and a black sharpie. So easy!

If you’re having a Halloween party, let the kids create their own unique Halloween balloon as a party favor, or judge them in a contest!

How to make:

  • Blow up a balloon with helium and tie it with ribbon
  • Draw on your face using a black Sharpie
  • To make a bat balloon: Blow up a black balloon and tape on bat wings cut from black paper

If you’re into easy Halloween ideas, you might like these 4 simple Halloween treats and these easy DIY ghost candles, too. 

Halloween Candles

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