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Holiday Drinks + GIVEAWAY

Earlier this week, I shared two unique holiday cocktails with you that were made with Sierra Mist. For a little refresher you can check out the recipes for Meet Me at the Mist-letoe and Frost Bite here.

Today, I have two NEW holiday drinks that I created  while playing bartender with Sierra Mist myself — one cocktail and one mocktail (the kids will love this one!).

First, we have the cocktail.

holiday drinks

This is my type of festive cocktail — it looks really pretty but isn’t full of sweet stuff. I like the crisp, all natural flavor the Sierra Mist brings to this drink.

Red | Holiday Drinks

Makes me want to start unwrapping my Christmas gifts right now. Isn’t it pretty?

Chris-Mist

Ingredients:

1 oz Cranberry Juice (I used sugar free)

1 oz Cranberry Vodka

Splash of  lime juice

Top with Sierra Mist

Directions: In shaker combine: Cranberry Juice, Cranberry Vodka and lime. Shake over ice  and strain into glass. Top with Sierra Mist.

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Drink number 2 is a mocktail and equally festive.

kids holiday drinks

Berry Christmas

Ingredients:

2 oz Cranberry Juice (or other favorite red juice)

Splash of lime juice

Sierra Mist

Directions: Fill glass with ice (or chill all ingredients and skip the ice). Add to glass: cranberry juice, splash of lime juice and then top with Sierra Mist. Garnish with something festive and fun (above: glass is rimmed with green sugar crystals and adorned with a candy cane twist).

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I hope that these festive holiday drinks have inspired you to create your own recipes! In fact, if you do create a cocktail or mocktail of your own, share it with Sierra Mist on their Facebook page (they’d love to see it!).

Maybe you need some supplies? How about a Mixology kit from Sierra Mist?

GIVEAWAY!

One lucky reader will win: A Sierra Mist Natural holiday gift pack (shaker, drink garnishes/sugars for rimming, party glasses & a $50 AMEX gift card!)

 

Congrats to Jennifer M!

Contest is closed. To Enter: Leave a comment telling me about your favorite cocktail/mocktail or the name of the one you’d like to create (mandatory entry).

For Extra Entries (not required, leave a separate comment for each you d0):

-Like Thoughtfully Simple on Facbeook

-Like Sierra Mist on Facebook (tell them @Thoughtfully Simple sent you!)

-Tweet about this giveaway by copying & pasting this:

I entered the Holiday Cocktail giveaway from @HostessTori for a chance to win a @SierraMist gift pack http://ow.ly/82eLw

Good luck, and Cheers! Contest ends 12/20/2011 at 11pm PST

This is a sponsored post. I was provided products and/or compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

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A Pretty Packaging Party

Feeling the holiday stress? Wish you had more time? How about carving out a little girl time and getting some of that to-do list accomplished?  My simple tip to sneaking in time with your best friend, mom, sis and neighbors? How about hosting a simple, Pretty Packaging Party?

The plan: set up a gift wrapping station, toss out some supplies and simple snacks, and invite the girls over for chatting and wrapping!

gift wrapping party

Confine your packaging party supplies to one room in your house — a dining room table or an otherwise, “out of the way” spot where you gals can get busy wrapping and catching up.

gift wrap party

 You’ll want to have plenty of supplies on hand (you can even ask each guest to bring something like tags, tissue, or ribbons to make it easier).

wrapping party

Boxes (I prefer these craft brown ones from thinkgarnish.com), plenty of ribbons of different widths, and festive tags are all a must. Don’t forget the tissue paper, tape, scissors and pens too!

cool packaging

Add those thoughtful touches to your gifts with these little homemade paper flowers. I made all sizes using cupcake liners and coffee filters! Layer, scrunch, and secure the flower together using a brad. Hostess Tip: if you’ll have kids in tow this is a fun craft that will keep their little hands busy!

gift wrapping party

You won’t want to forget some drinks and snacks — but keep it super simple. You’re getting together to get gifts wrapped and sneak in some quality girl time — no working away in the kitchen! Serve water or lemonade in glass jars with cute straws. Serve “packaging peanuts” and candy in these clever clear plastic tubes (so handy).

This entire Pretty Packaging Party idea can be pulled together in a whim — it’s super simple. So, go ahead — call up your girlfriends and invite them over for some wrapping and chatting. After all — good things do come in pretty packages.

Boxes & Clear Tubes |  Garnish

Glass Jars & Paper Straws | Sweet Shop LuLu

Do you like to wrap gifts or is it more of a chore for you? Are you the gift wrap or gift bag type?

 

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DIY Plaid Ornaments

Thinking about creating some homemade holiday ornaments? DIY ornaments really can be simple and these DIY plaid ornaments are proof. I love the green factor, turn something old into something new.

Old…

New!

I love the cozy and warm look of these. Check out the simple DIY steps via Eddie Ross.

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WIN! Holiday Photo Cards

So you have that perfect photo…. the ONE that will be sent out to all of your friends and family in your Christmas card. You have the photo, now you just need that perfect card, right? Definitely check out Photo Card Creations. This year, they have expanded their holiday card selections and have many great modern designs. I am really digging these shaped cards that double as holiday ornaments, check them out!

The folks over at Photo Card Creations really know how to make your precious photos POP! They have many card designs to choose from. You are bound to find that perfect Christmas card or Hanukkah Card.

If you still need to find that perfect card, you are in luck! We are giving one lucky reader a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to http://www.photocardcreations.com. Simple visit their selection of holiday cards and leave a comment sharing which one is the “perfect” one for you.

One entry per person. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. The winner has 7 days to respond. Contest ends Friday November 19, 2010 at 10 pm PST.

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Modern Holiday Cards

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to start planning your Holiday soirees! Get a head start and order your holiday invitations now. Here are a couple fabulous holiday party invitations fresh off the press from Minted. Remember their holiday invitations I raved about last year? Well, Minted has many more great designs to choose from this year.

modern holiday party invites

Not planning a holiday party this year? You can still enjoy Minted’s fresh designs. They have a wonderful selection of Christmas cards. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Holiday Invitaions

I suggest you keep Minted in mine while you are browsing for that fabulous holiday invite or those perfect holiday cards.

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5 Holiday Pie Ideas

Are you looking for Thanksgiving pie recipes? Here are five takes on the holiday pie for you to consider. They all look yummy to me…. can’t you can almost smell the holidays?

From Top Right: Pumpkin Creme Pie, Cheddar Crusted Apple Pie, and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.

These two pies {Cranberry, Almond & Cinnamon Tart and this Ultimate Pumpkin Pie} would also work well for a Christmas dessert.

{images via Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray, and the Food Network}

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