GNO’s Grand Giveaway: Party Details!


Fabulous Gifts from the pages of

Thoughtfully Simple Magazine!

Who

Thoughtfully Simple Magazine {me…your Hostess} & the gals from Mommy Gossip’s GNO!

What

Thoughtfully Simple agreed to team up with GNO {Girl’s Night Out} to provide some fabulous FREE swag to it’s party-goers. This week GNO is “talking shop” as in…. shopping! All of our holiday finds are made from the best materials, utilizing the best methods, and are all from small, MOM made or owned businesses.

Where

The Party will be on Twitter. To be eligible to win the swag from Thoughtfully Simple you must have a twitter account and be RSVP’d on the GNO site. No Twitter account? No problem….get one here! It’s Free and Simple I promise!

When

You can enter to win through Monday November 24th. The contests will begin to slowly close during the live GNO event starting at 4:30 pst. Event will be from 5-10 pst.

Why

Here on Thoughtfully Simple we have been promoting Mom-owned and operated businesses through our Mom-Made Pledge. This event presented itself to be a great platform to give our Mom-Made/Owned supporters the much deserved spotlight. Plus, we just want to share their fabulous products with the world! Buy Mom-Made this holiday season!

Over 20 fabulous prizes, so don’t miss this party!

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Simple Centerpieces Make a Bold Statement!

If you are still looking for some Table Top inspiration for your Thanksgiving feast, check out how simple it can be! You can turn ordinary pumpkins into simple and modern table top decor that will surely impress.

Your table centerpieces can be as simple as gathering a few pumpkins. Group them together to make a bold statement. You can also display them on cake stands to give the arrangement height (which also gives you more table room for your food). For a modern statement, spray paint your entire pumpkin white, stem and all. The folks from Dwell Studio point out that this modern idea won’t draw away from the colors of your beautiful dinner! {We love that!} Or mix it up and create more of an interest like the above table top from domino Magazine. And if the real-deal isn’t for you, we are also loving these Pumpkin Candles from Pottery Barn.

Hostess Tip: Don’t stress, when you make things simple, you tend produce fabulous results!
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Drink Your Dessert: Pumpkin Martini

Want to skip the pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving but still want to be festive? Why not serve this Pumpkin Martini instead? Okay, still make the pie (after all it is Thanksgiving), but perhaps some of the adults would like the option to drink their dessert!

Pumpkin Martini

Pumpkin Martini

Pick up pumpkin pie spices in the bakery aisle of your grocery store and mix them with equal parts brown sugar on a plate. Rim the edge of the martini glass with the sweet-spice mixture and serve with a small cinnamon stick for even more holiday flavor.

Ingredients:

2 ounces pumpkin infused vodka
Splash of Cointreau
Ice
Note: Your liquor store should carry pumpkin- flavored or infused vodka around this time of year.
Directions:

1. Swirl Cointreau in a martini glass, then dump out.
2. Shake pumpkin vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into glass.

Servings: 1 cocktail.

This recipe was discovered in Fine Living

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Appetizers from Dippy Chick®

A big part of entertaining and being a fabulous hostess is offering guests appetizers. Although appetizers at first glance always seem simple, the options and preparation can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t stress, here is a simple {and fun} solution to the endless appetizer dilemma.

Let Dippy Chick® Get Your Party Started Right!

Dippy Chick® offers mouth watering dip mixes that can be used in a variety of ways. Think dips, marinates, cheese spreads, anything that requires awesome flavors! Oh, did I mention the dip names will have you laughing out loud?

Aside from their strict quality standards and great taste, Dippy Chick’s packaging is what sets them apart. Each package has a clever name and a hand drawn design, waaaayy more fun!

My favorite three dip flavors have got to be:

  • DON’T SQUAT WITH YOUR SPURS ON (Buttermilk Ranch Dip Mix)
  • GETTIN’ PIGGY WIDDIT (Bacon Onion Dip Mix)
  • CRABBY OL’ BEACH (Tomato Horseradish Dip Mix)

Besides being fun and simple, these mixes are a fab {and thoughtful} find because Dippy Chick® dip mixes have… No Fillers – No MSG – No Gluten – No Artificial Colors – No Artificial Flavors
No Trans Fats – No Sugar – No or Low Salt… Yet they taste like nothing’s missing! Get your dip on for under $4.00!

Recipes for party dip, cracker spreads, roasted potatoes, pasta salad, sauces and more are included on each package. You can view more flavors, recipes, and order your own dip mixes from http://www.dippychick.com.

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New Uses For Old Wine Corks

If you are like me, you have a few old wine corks lying around the kitchen. Don’t throw them out…use them as decor! Here are a couple “corky” ideas for the next time you entertain!

Place Cards Holders: Take cork, cut a slit along the side, and insert a name card. Tip: If the cork won’t stand on it’s own- put a square of double-sided tape underneath it.

Centerpiece: Fill up a glass vase or jar with all of your old wine corks…simple!

Other idea: Instead of using the corks as place card holders, use them to create labels to identify your dips or dishes. Think wine and cheese party! Fabulous!

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Coffee Anyone? | Coffee Martini Recipes

Now that the holiday season has arrived, there is no doubt you will be hosting your share of dinner parties and festive get-togethers. One important part of every Hostesses’ menu are the drinks.

If you are like me, you love coffee…. anytime of the day. Why not wake up your party and serve one of these coffee inspired cocktails during your next party? Here are two great coffee martini recipes:

Coffee Martini

Mochatini:

A dream for sweet lovers. This sugary infusion of chocolate, vanilla, and

coffee is sure to please any cocktail connoisseur.

1 shot Starbuck’s Dark Liqueur
2 shots Starbuck’s Light Liqueur
1 shot Vanilla Vodka (I use Absolute Vanilla Vodka)
5 Ice cubes

Rim a martini glass with white chocolate and sugar (Make it stick using egg whites on rims). Next, shake all ingredients with ice and then strain into the martini glass

Espresso Martini espresso-martini

1 oz. espresso
1-1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
1-1/2 oz. Kahlúa
1 oz. crème de cacao

Fill a shaker with ice and combine 1-1/2 oz. vanilla vodka, 1-1/2 oz. Kahlúa, 1 oz. crème de cacao and a shot of espresso. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.

After dinner just ask “coffee anyone?” Guests will be pleasantly surprised with this simple {yet fabulous} treat!
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