Dress up your Wine Bottle: Drink Me Tags

Gifting a bottle of wine? Add a little pizazz to your wine bottle with Drink Me Tags. With several collections, you can choose the perfect tag to complement your wine bottle and fit the occasion.

I like the idea of skipping the traditional wine bag and instead, placing one of these tags on your wine bottle.

This would be a great collection of Drink Me Tags for New Year’s gifts. Or really, just to have on hand for random occasions and hostess gifts.

If you haven’t already, check out Drink Me Tags and take a look at all of their lovely designs.

Simple Holiday Dessert: Peppermint Bark

This oh-so simple peppermint bark recipe is a must try. Easy steps to create a festive dessert to have on hand for holiday guests or to take to take over to the neighbor!

What You’ll Need:
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound white chocolate, chopped (do not use chips)
  • 2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1 bag (7.5 ounces) hard peppermint candies, unwrapped
  • Directions:

    1.Spray a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; line with a piece of waxed paper. Crush candies (see note below).

    2.Place white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in rice cereal.

    3.Transfer mixture to prepared pan; with a spatula, spread to edges of pan.

    4.Sprinkle with crushed candy; with a piece of waxed paper covering the entire surface, press in gently (paper prevents hands from sticking to candy and chocolate). Chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes (no longer, as candy will begin to soften).

    5.Peel waxed paper off. Break bark into 2-inch pieces. Store at room temperature in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

    Recipe originally from Martha Stewart

    Gift Ideas for your Holiday Party Hostess

    Most likely you will be heading out to a holiday party or two this season, and chances are you will need a great gift idea for your holiday hostess. Here is a short but sweet round up of some fabulous hostess gift ideas that I know I would be more than pleased to receive!

    These collapsible flower vases are one of my favorite ideas! I love them so much I am going to buy one for myself- hey that’s allowed, right?

    These wine bottle magnets are a unique idea for a wine aficionado hostess.

    Who wouldn’t like gourmet carmel sauces? Can you say YUM?!

    Skip the boring bottle of wine and bring these fabulous holiday wine stoppers. I love the bright colors!

    So check these hostess gifts out and order now so that when you are heading out to that next holiday party, you will be ready to give your hostess a gift she’ll simply love.

    Sweet Shoppe | Candy Themed Party

    This candy themed party was created with a classic sweet shoppe feel. Designed exclusively with Kate Landers Events, LLC this party was extra special because it was thrown to celebrate my own two little girls’ birthdays. Born just one day apart- Taylor celebrated her 9th birthday while our youngest London, celebrated turning 3. The party theme was selected because they agreed- they both loved candy. Taylor chose blue as her favorite color and London selected purple —  there you have it, a party theme was born!

    Who doesn’t love lollipops?

    And what is better than a gumball, really?

    Handmade giant lollipops lined the walk where guests where greeted with a chalkboard “OPEN” sign.

    A gumdrop wreath adorned the front door {inspired from this candy wreath via Let’s Entertain}.

    These classic {and darling} party hats were designed for us by Kate. Each child was given a classic party hat all created within the blue and lavender color scheme. Each paper hat was adorned in a classic pattern that just had such a charm. What I loved most about these hats was the ability to create a mix-n-match assortment. They were all in the party’s colors but we had several unique patterns which lent a playful feel to the party.

    In addition to the playful paper hats, each birthday girl had their own personalized Festoon Trimmed Party Hat. I have never seen anything like these hats, darling doesn’t even begin to describe them. Double satin ribbon ties under their chin- oh so fabulous! After the party, these were still in perfect shape–I know they will be worn and cherished for years. Here are all the party hats together:

    Fun, right?

    Party decor consisted {in part} of:

    -A  homemade candy shop awning:  poster board and paint

    -Lavender and white flowers

    -Wooden lollipop centerpieces

    -Hanging pieces of candy. We had three giant candy pieces hanging from a tree outside, blue, white, and purple {shown}. To make them, I used paper lanterns (I get mine here) and simply wrapped them with colored cellophane. Tie the ends with ribbon to make it look like wrapped candy.

    tissue pom pom decorations

    Tissue pom poms hung above the candy buffet {more pics of that below} and added the perfect touch. Here’s how to make tissue paper pom poms (I just did them the week before the party).

    This designer fabric table runner was also create by Kate Landers Events and really pulled the candy table together. The lavender stripes atop the soft cream background felt so elegant and classic- Sweet Shoppe feel for sure!

    The main event: The candy buffet table. All candy was chosen for its color; blue, purple, or white. From Rock Candy to Sixlets- Old Fashioned Taffy Wands to lollipops… this candy buffet was so sweet.

    Each candy jar was labeled using printable labels that I discovered over at Eat Drink Chic. See them used in this Ice Cream Parlour Sundae Buffet and download them for yourselves.

    Candy themed games kept little ones entertained. “Pin the gumball in the machine” was made exclusively for this party {via Kate Landers Events}. Each child’s gumball was hand stitched with a number so they knew who’s-was-who’s. I loved this take on the classic pin the tail on the donkey. Lollipop Toss was played outdoors. We also played musical squares to the song “Lollipop, Lollipop.” In fact, we had “candy themed” music playing the entire time- over an hour of music!

    Polka dotted party napkins added a nice color element, a paper-pennant flag banner (my go-to decor item), treat bags filled with scoops of candy, and so much more!

    Each guest left with a mini gumball machine in addition to a bag full of candy.

    Believe it or not, there were so many more photos of this wonderful candy birthday party. Thank you for taking the time to browse these ideas and I hope they inspire you to host a candy party of your own!

    A special thanks to Kate for helping to pull off one sweet party! I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot more about this fabulous company here on Thoughtfully Simple and elsewhere in the near future.

    Supplies:

    Tissue Pom Poms | Make them here

    Mini Gumball Machines | Beau Coup

    Holiday Party on Twitter!

    Just in time for the holidays! Join me as I help to host a fabulous virtual holiday party with my two friends Patricia Cobe and Ellen Parlapiano, co-authors of the Mompreneurs(R) series of books
    and co-founders of MompreneursOnline.com.

    • December 16th from 8-10pm EST on Twitter.
    • Follow along and join in to the party by tweeting with hashtag #mompreneurs
    • Catch guest tweets from:

    Sam’s Club, Sharing home and office organizing tips and more! Follow @SamsClubDeals.

    Emily McKhann, Co-Founder of TheMotherhood.com! You can follow her on Twitter: @EmilyMcKhann and @TheMotherhood.

    Jodi Kahn, author of Simply Sublime Bags and handmde expert. Follow her on Twitter: @jodikahn.

    Haizel MacIntyre, Recessionista Super Mom who will be tweeting on behalf of Avon Products, Inc. @Lta_nymama3

    Marsha Hudnall, Sharing healthy tips for your holiday feasting. On Twitter: @MarshaHudnall

    The Mompreneurs themselves: @Mompreneurs_P and @Mompreneurs_E

    CHAT!

    We will be sharing holiday beauty tips and tricks, handmade gifts ideas, helping one another out this holiday season, sharing recipes– and much, much more!

    WIN!
    • Chances to win a fabulous basket from Avon!
    • We are giving away over 10 memberships to Sam’s Club!
    • Check back-more details coming soon!!

    So, will you be joining in the holiday fun?

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