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Sip it :: Pumpkin Pie Martini

I have to warn you, this pumpkin pie martini tastes even better than it sounds.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

There is something so gorgeous about a dessert in glass. A tasty liquid form of a traditional sweet treat. It’s an elegant way to have your dessert, isn’t it? This pumpkin pie martini looks as good as it tastes. Actually, I’m lying–it tastes waaaaay better.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

I love that you can pre-make this recipe the night before you entertain (I made and stored it in my mason jar cocktail shaker in the fridge). When it’s time to serve, simply shake it up and decide between full sized martini glasses or, my personal favorite, these mini martini glasses.

Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Martini

Serve these to your best friends and make them happy. I recently served these at a Thanksgiving pie party and they were a huge hit!

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Hostess Tip: You could serve these during cocktail hour, or as a dessert course.

Whenever, however you serve these… there will be smiles all around. And that makes my hostess-heart happy.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Ingredients:

2 ounces whipped cream vodka

3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

3 tablespoons simple syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 dash ground cinnamon

1 dash ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon heavy cream, more if you would like it thinner

ice

Cinnamon stick for garnish

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Strain into shot or standard martini glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Cheers!

Looking for more Thanksgiving ideas?

Photography by Vanilla Sky Photography for Thoughtfully Simple

New Uses for Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper. It’s not just for gifts anymore. Check out these ideas + enter to win $200 to Minted below.

DIY Christmas decorationsMy approach to holiday decorating is pretty much like my approach to everything else — keep it simple but make a statement. I love those simple DIY ideas that just make something so much better. Case in point: turning plain white serving trays into festive holiday serving trays!

Simple DIY Christmas decorationsA great quality wrapping paper with a fun modern print is the only new holiday decor item I need this season. You can do so many things with it, the DIY Christmas decorations are almost endless. As for the paper itself, I am in love with Minted’s new line of wrapping paper. The designs are modern, festive and unique and the quality is amazing. Good bye shiny, thin gift wrap. My favorite designs are the handdrawn herringbone, berry kraft, and on the grid (which you can customize with your own photos, see below!).

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Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts

You love your mom, we all love our moms. Remember making those cute Mother’s day gifts from Mom is school? You know the ones that included things like popsicle sticks, glue and glitter? Mom loved your homemade gifts then and will surely appreciate these grown up homemade Mother’s Day Gifts. Pick one, make one, put a smile on Mom’s face.

 Homemade Mother's Day Gifts | Muffins & Mimosas

 Muffins and Mimosas gift basket.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

 Painted wood bead necklace

 Homemade Mothers day gift | planter

DIY Mother’s Day Planter

So, what are you making Mom this year? Leave a comment and let me know!

FREE Holiday Printables with HP

This week is all about last minute holiday prep (are you in this same boat?). One way to add some quick style to your holiday season is by incorporating holiday printables. What I love about printables is that they are an easy (and often free) way to give some style to your table setting, food display or gift wrapping. Simply print and you’re ready to go — simple! Look at this darling table setting by The Party Dress.

The addition of a simple printable name tag puts the finishing touches on the tablescape. I suggest using printable name cards (like the ones shown here) to direct guests to their seats. Place them on the napkin, directly on the plate or even attach them to the  chair backs. Be creative!

 

Download these FREE holiday printables from The Party Dress here. There are several holiday printable you can incorporate. Like these straw flags (perfect for holiday cocktails!).

And these gift tags that are perfect for holiday favors and gifts.

For more FREE holiday printables, see these cute milk & cookies printables  I shared last week.

 

 

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.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by HP via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HP.

Milk and Cookies Party + FREE Printables!

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.

Milk and Cookies Party

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.

milk and cookies party

I filleed glass bottles with milk and added festive wasi tape to add a little flair.

christmas printable party decor

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!).

Snowmen cookies

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!

Be sure to check out the complete Milk & Cookies printable collection over on Hostess With The Mostess (you can even download for FREE!).

 

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   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.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by HP via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HP.

Salty & Sweet Christmas Treat

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.

What’s salty, chocolatey and festive? These Reindeer Antlers — yummy and cute!

 Sweet & Salty Christmas Treat


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.

Reindeer Antlers Treat

 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!).

Reindeer Antlers

Ingredients:

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

To Make:

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.

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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.

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