Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Thoughts :: Humbly ringing in 2012

Believe it or not, 2011 has come to an end. I hope this past year was a great one for you and I’m wishing that 2012 is full of beautiful surprises and lots of laughter.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you … all of you reading this. Thank you for reading Thoughtfully Simple, supporting the blog, the posts, and the goal of simple entertaining. From the virtual support on Twitter and Facbeook — to those real life mentions, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope to bring you a lot more in 2012.

For now, I’m eager to wrap up the work day and join my family in some simple celebrating. Here’s a glimpse of my New Year’s spirit:

Photo credits + more New Year’s eye candy here.

Simple festive & touches, great food, family fun (puzzles and board games!), good conversations and ringing in the new year (with bubbly of course) … this is on my to-do list for the weekend.

How about you? How will you be celebrating?

P.S. Anyone else upset that the Rose Parade in on the 2nd this year? No, just me?

Well, have a great & safe weekend!

Cheers friends,

Tori

 

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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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Holiday Cocktails

I really am a sucker for a pretty cocktail, especially a festive or holiday cocktails. So when Sierra Mist asked me to test out two of their festive holiday cocktails all I could say was …. “get me my shaker!”

I was really eager to test out these two unique cocktails because although I like a little fizz in my drink — I am not a fan of sugary sodas. Sierra Mist seemed like a great alternative since it is made with real sugar, no artificial ingredients and is 100% natural flavoring.

So, I put my mixologist’s hat on and created these:

holiday cocktails

 Pretty, right? Say hello to Meet me at the Mist-letoe & Frost Bite.

recipe | holiday cocktails

Meet Me At The Mist-letoe…Martini

Ingredients

2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural

1 1⁄2 oz. Raspberry Vodka

3 Leaves fresh basil

1⁄2 oz. Fresh lime juice

1 oz. Blueberry juice

Directions

1. In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice, then add to shaker

filled with ice

2. Add raspberry vodka and blueberry juice to the shaker; shake well and

strain into a martini glass

3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

4. Garnish with a basil leaf for decoration (optional)

 

 

Frost Bite

Ingredients

3 oz. Sierra Mist Natural

1 oz. Blue Curacao

1 oz. Coconut Vodka

Fresh mint

1 oz. Pineapple juice

Fresh blueberries (optional)

Directions

1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix coconut vodka and pineapple juice

2. Add blue curacao, fresh mint and blueberries (optional)

3. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice

4. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

5. Garnish with fresh blueberries for a holiday twist (optional)

So I thought it’s be fun to see which cocktail you’d most like to try. Are you a Meet Me at the Mist-letoe or a Frost Bite? Here’s my favorite…

 

Now tell me, which would be yours?

Don’t forget to check back for 2 more recipes (one cocktail and one mocktail!) plus a cool giveaway from Sierra Mist!

You can also “Like” Sierra Mist on Facebook and check out other recipe ideas.

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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Naughty or Nice $2,500 Giveaway!

Shopping, baking, decorating, shopping and more shopping — tired yet? Could you use a little help this holiday season? I know I could!

Check out this contest from our friends at ForRent.com and Homes.com for a
chance to win $2,500 (now THAT would help, right?).

They have a simple and fun Facebook contest going on and the grand prize is $2,500 (I’d totally get that new dining room table I’ve been dreaming about and dozens of these darling bowls).

Here it is:

Like ForRent.com and Homes.com for a chance to win $2,500!

*Bonus: in addition to the $2,500 grand prize, each of the above Facebook pages will be giving away weekly $100 gift cards (enter each week for the $100 drawing or just once for the grand prize drawing).

Enter to Win the $2,500 Grand Prize & Weekly $100 Gift Card Giveaways

  1. “Like” Homes.com &/or ForRent.com on Facebook and fill out the entry form located on the Naughty or Nice tab on the left side under their profile picture.
  2. While filling out the form refer the contest to friends using the “refer a friend” option. Referring your friends increases your chances of winning.

Good Luck everyone! Contest ends at 12pm EST on December 16, 2011. Grand prize and weekly winners will be emailed and announced on Facebook.

Now, what would you do with an extra $2,500 to spend this holiday season? After you enter, be sure to come back and let me know in the comments!

This is a sponsored post. Homes.com has paid me to review their holiday contest and offer my opinion. I only recommend companies or services I believe my readers will enjoy — cheers.

 

 

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Thoughts :: Need Thanksgiving Ideas? Me too.

thanksgiving ideas - table

If you haven’t seen this AMAZING Thanksgiving tablescape from Chris from Celebrations At Home — you must. Check out her feature over on Daily Grommet’s blog today (she’s got some great styling tips and Thanksgiving ideas).

It’s right around the corner — Thanksgiving. Actually, it’s in less than a week. What have I done to prepare you ask? Nothing. Nope, nada. The good thing about sticking to simple entertaining and hostessing ideas is that (when needed) you can pull it all together last minute (yep, literally).

I thought I’d keep it real and share with you all that I am lagging in my planning, but that I’m okay with that. I’ll turn to some of my favorite past ideas like these:

And I’ll throw in some new Thanksgiving ideas like the ones Chris shared here. How about you? Are all your T’s crossed and I’s dotted? How is your Thanksgiving planning coming together?

If you could use a little help pulling your thoughts and ideas together, join me and several other entertaining, design, food, and craft bloggers on Twitter Monday night the @DailyGrommet #HolidayHelp chat. More details here.

Hope to share (and learn) with you there!

 

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