Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Unique Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

Looking for Cinco de Mayo drink recipes? We have 3 unique unique margaritas that are sure to please!

These classic margaritas will quench your thirst! I know, water will too– but these are way more fun.

recipe via Real Simple

The name of this margarita makes me giggle on it’s own, forget about the tequila consumed in drinking it. For a fun twist, try this prickly pear margarita.

recipe via My Sweet and Saucy

I like oranges, I think this margarita is yummy. Try a blood orange margarita (with ginger). Let me know what you think.

recipe via Food and Wine

You might also like these unique fruit margarita recipes!

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New Year’s Day Brunch Ideas

Whether you are hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner, or looking for New Year’s Day brunch ideas, check these out.

Nothing above is too fancy, in fact I suggest gathering items you all ready have in your home to create a little festive New Year’s Day brunch.

Assemble a collection of clocks for instant decor. You can even place them atop a cake stand and use a table centerpiece. If you don’t have any clocks but want to pull off this eclectic look, your local thrift store would be a great place to check out.

Prepare these French Market Doughnuts for a morning treat. Or how about a healthy version of an old favorite: french toast? Serve your champagne or morning mimosas in fun numbered glasses {via Martha Stewart}. You can achieve this look by rubbing on scrapbook embellishments directly onto your glasses. Not to worry- they come right off with a soak in warm water (really, I’ve done it).

I also love the idea of creating a tablescape using only white like this one above from Olivet. White is a symbol of a fresh start which is very fitting for rining in the new year!

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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

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    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.

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    Leaf Themed Thanksgiving Decor

    There are several ways to decorate for Thanksgiving, but today I’m inspired by fall leaves. Really, what says Fall time better than leaves?

    Set the tone for your leaf-inspired Thanksgiving with these Fall Tree invitations. Incorporate fall leaves into your Thanksgiving table decor with these lovely place card holders. I couldn’t decide if I likes the classic maple leaf place card holder or the fall leaf tea light holder better, which would make a great favor as well. You can use place card holders {like these great leaf ones from Favors In The City} as place card holders, to identify food on a buffet or dessert table, and also to give away as favors.

    I am also in love with this leaf bowl which would make such a statement on your Thanksgiving table. What a bread basket this would make!

    Since Thanksgiving is all about, well…giving thanks, be sure to send your guests home with a little token of your appreciation. I recently received these leaf shaped scalloped ornaments from Prismera Design- and wow, what a great favor idea! What I love is the idea of writing a little personal note to your guests right on the ornament itself. They can use this as a tree decoration or even as a bookmark all year long.

    You can also send guests home with small treat boxes {I like these woven green ones} filled with candy or mints. Oh- and don’t forget a simple hand written thank you note to show guests you appreciated their presence. Cardstore has a lovely green thank you note I think would be perfect to send. Plus, the green design will carry you through to Christmas time, versatile!

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