The new year is a time to look forward to all the things to come. But, the thing about the new year that I like most is the time to reflect a little bit on the year that has just past and the years leading up. A classic cocktail is a great way to give a nod to the past as you celebrate the future. This year at your New Year’s Eve party serve a classic martini or this classic manhattan cocktail to give your party a touch of old-style class.
These images were taken by the fabulous Portland-area wedding photographer Mary Boyden as a part of a styled shoot collaboration with Suzannah (Create-Enjoy) and Kelsey (Ladies in Navy). The vintage rental items were sourced through Something Borrowed in Portland, Oregon. I can’t wait to show the whole shoot beginning on Monday with free printables and New Years Eve party worthy recipes.
How to make a Classic Manhattan Cocktail
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- 2 oz Whiskey
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 2 dashes Bitters (I used Angostura)
- Maraschino Cherries
- Cocktail Shaker
- Optional: Orange peel
Note about Whiskey: Some bartenders will swear by Rye whiskey for a manhattan. Personally, I like Bourbon Whiskey the most so I use bourbon whiskey in my manhattan. I used Burnside Bourbon from Eastside Distilling for this cocktail.
Note about Maraschino Cherries: I don’t like the bright red maraschino cherries you can find with the sundae toppings in most grocery stores. Typically those cherries are bleached and then filled with a syrup that has artificial dyes to make that bright red color. I tend to skip the cherry all together if that is the cherry offered. However, you can easily make your own Maraschino cherries or buy versions that are made without artificial dyes. I used Tillen Farms Organic Maraschino Cherries (which are a beautiful bright pink in color) and they were delicious!
- Pour all ingredients over ice in shaker
- Shake well
- If using the optional orange peel, rub around the rim of your cocktail glass. The orange oils will deposit on the rim and give your drink an extra delicious kick.
- Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a cherry and enjoy!
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Our little family has three different views of holiday light shows. Me, I’m in love… going to see lights was one of my favorite things growing up. I remember being a teenager and driving up to the highest hill in my tiny little town to look out on the city full of lights. It is awe-inspiring to me. My husband on the other hand doesn’t understand it. Now, mushrooms growing out of a tree stump is the most exciting part of his day, but holiday lights that twinkle and glow? He just thinks about how cold it is or how hard it must have been to put out all of the lights. My son is just now at the age where he seems to enjoy them.
When it came to deciding whether or not to go to the Oregon Zoo for ZooLights this year, me and the kid won out! And, I am pretty sure the hubby had just as much fun as we did. The whole family decided to head out to ZooLights for the Media Night and had a brilliant time!
We went on a week night at it was not too busy. The train line was pretty long, but it was my son’s favorite part of the whole thing. Personally, I loved the tunnel of lights! So pretty.
The coolest part about the Oregon ZooLights? It isn’t all “Christmas” themed! There are lots of animal lights, fiction story lights, and more. It was nice to enjoy the lights for the holiday without being inundated with Christmas. It also works out for the after-holiday crowd to still be able to enjoy the lights even though Christmas is over!
ZooLights runs until January 4, 2015. The lights open up at 5PM. However, you can get your tickets as early as 4PM. Check out the Oregon Zoo ZooLights info page for more information.
The Oregon Zoo provided my family with tickets to attend ZooLights media night this year. All thoughts are my own.
This festive cocktail is sweet with a kick. It is easy to throw together and serve at a party. I didn’t own a punch bowl and picked up this great Libby bowl from a craft store for around $7. Pretty sure it is going to become a staple in my future parties!
Bourbon Apple Ginger Punch
- 1 Apple cored and sliced
- 2 Bottles of Ginger Brew or approximately 6 cups of Ginger soda (I used Trader Joe’s Ginger Brew – you want to use a very gingery ginger brew. If you can only use gingerale get as gingery as you can otherwise it will sweeten the punch significantly.)
- 2 Cups Bourbon (I used Eastside Distilling’s Burnside Bourbon)
- 4 Cups Apple Juice ( Use a nice organic, 100% Apple Juice… you won’t be sorry)
- 1 22 oz Bottle of Sweet Apple Cider ( I used Portland Cider Company’s Sorta Sweet)
- 1/2 Cup Sweet Vermouth
- 8 Dashes of Bitters
- Pour all contents into a large punch bowl. Put into fridge to chill. You may add ice to chill, but it will dilute the drink some so use sparingly.
- Dish into glasses and enjoy!
Photo credits from top left clockwise: AWCP // Motormouth Studios for AWCP // I’m Bored, Let’s Go // Cooking with BS // The Spicy Bee // Merlot Mommy// Urban Bliss Life // Cooking with BS // The Goodhearted Woman
Holiday Cocktail Roundup
These drinks would be fun for your Christmas parties or New Year’s Eve events! Thank you to all the bloggers who participated! If marked (NA) the drink is non-alcoholic and does not contain any alcohol.
Punches or by the Pitcher
- Orange Rosemary Punch from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Homemade Eggnog from Ann’s Entitled Life
- Jingle Juice Punch from Sunshine & Sippycups
- Apple Cider & Cranberry Punch from Fork & Vine
- J&J Pear Sidecar from Merlot Mommy
- Brown Sugar Mint Julep from Cooking with Brian Staffield (while mint traditionally makes me think of summer… the brown sugar in this cocktail makes it great for a holiday beverage.)
- Whiskey Ginger Recipe from Goodhearted Woman
- Eggnog Martini from I’m Bored, Let’s Go
- Gingerbread Martini from Ann’s Entitled Life
- Rosemary Bliss Cocktail from The Spicy Bee on A Well Crafted Party
- Chocolate Peppermint Cocktail from A Well Crafted Party
- Hot Buttered Rum from Cooking with Brian Staffield
- (NA) Mulled Apple Cider from Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom
- Hot Toddy from The Spicy Bee
- NYE Wine Picks from Urban Bliss Life
Holiday Party Appetizers
Today I’m sharing a round-up of holiday party appetizers that will be perfect for your Christmas Eve cocktail hour or your New Year’s Eve bash! Thank you to all the bloggers that took a part of this round-up.
Non-Meat Finger Foods
- Sweet & Spicy Stuffed Peppers for MacSuzie
- Famous Cheese Cookies from PinotMom.Com
- Roasted Beet Crostini with Pistachio and Mint Pesto from Rosemarried
- Cheddar & Thyme Gougeres from Chocolate and Marrow
- Honey Gorgonzola Cheese Appetizers (Crostini) from This Momma Loves
- Goat Cheese Crostini with Macadamia Nuts & Honey from How to Be Awesome on 20 Dollars a Day
- Mini Spinach & Cheddar Quiche from This Momma Loves
- Skinnygirl Hummus Cupcakes from Newlywed Survival
- Easy Grilled Polenta with Fresh Mozzarella and Balsamic Tomatoes from Two Healthy Kitchens
- Savory Chevre Balsamic Chips from The Spicy Bee
- Raspberry Almond Baked Brie from Good Hearted Woman
- Lighter Spinach Artichoke Dip from GretasDay.Com
- Italian Cannellini Hummus with Basil and Sundried Tomatoes from Two Healthy Kitchens
- Quartet of Entertaining Spreads from Luna Cafe
- Swabian Mini Meatballs from Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Bake Shrimp Rangoon from Newly Wed Survival
- Cranberry Soy (Sauce) Sausages from How to Be Awesome on 20 Dollars a Day
- Spud Buds (with Bacon!) from Poems & Quotes Finder
- Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts from Sweeptight
- Oyster Platter DIY from A Well Crafted Party
- Bilinis with Creme Fraiche & Caviar from Fork & Vine featured on A Well Crafted Party
- Plateau De Fruits De Mer (aka A Decadent Seafood Platter) from A Well Crafted Party
Now, tell me… what is YOUR favorite thing to serve at a holiday party? Comment below!
This post is the last post in my series of the 12 Days of Christmas DIYs for A Well Crafted Party. There are lots of free printables! (Check out my last post in this series: “Wine Gift Tag Free Printables“) Even though I’m done with my 12 Christmas DIYs… I’m not done bringing fun things to the blog! I’ve got some NYE items up (including free party printables) and more holiday beverages to enjoy!
I work in an office. This time of year the colds start passing from one cubicle to the next. In addition, there is a whole table full of sweet treats in the break room that is HARD to resist. So, when thinking about the ideal affordable, but still welcome co-worker gift I wanted to do something that would encourage a healthful holiday and new year.
These co-worker or neighbor gifts are super affordable and can be filled with whatever you find handy. I bought three little honey containers from Trader Joes for less than $7, a box of tea and some citrus fruit to make these little gifts. After wrapping in cellophane and wrapping in a bow I topped it with a printable tag. Yes, I like printables.
How to use the Happy and Healthy Printables:
- Click the link below to download the printables, save to your computer.
- Print on cardstock in full color.
- Cut out the tags.
- Use a hole punch on the white circle and thread ribbon through the hole and attach to your gift!
Click here to download—> Happy & Healthy Printables <—Click here to download
This post is the eleventh in my series of the 12 Days of Christmas DIYs for A Well Crafted Party. Check in each day for the next 12 Days for new DIY posts. There will be LOTS of free printables to boot! (Check out my last post in this series: “Beauty Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide + Free Gift Card Holder Printable“)
So, I obviously am a tad behind with my 12 Days of Christmas DIYs as today is actually the 16th of December. I have my excuses… but, the most important part is that I’m back and I have a new DIY and a Free Printable for you today!
Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags
My favorite kind of DIY is the simplest of DIYs. Give me one to two steps and I am GOOD. Sure, I can do the more involved DIYs. But, I will always choose simple over complicated if given the choice. This DIY is a simple way to dress up a bottle of wine, liquor, juice or other beverage to make it a gift. These are great for holiday gifts and hostess gifts at your next holiday party!
- Download printable, print to fit in full-color on white cardstock.
- Cut out along black lines… if you follow the black lines you’ll end up cutting out the little white circle as well.
- Fold along thick white line.
- Fill out the TO and FROM areas and slip onto a bottle of wine!
Click here to download —> Free Printable Wine Gift Tags <— Click here to download
About Josh Cellars:
At $15 and under the wine pictured in the above photos would make a affordable holiday gift. Josh Cellars shared their Legacy wine and Cabernet Sauvignon wine with me to tas a pair to holiday favorites such as roasted turkey, glazed ham, pie and all the fixins.
- Josh Cellars Legacy Red Blend ($14.99) – “Josh Legacy is an easy-to-drink red blend that pairs well with favorite Thanksgiving staples like turkey and stuffing. Winemaker Joseph Carr created this wine in honor of his father – making it a meaningful choice and a perfect wine to enjoy with family during the holiday season.”
- Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon ($14.99) —”This Cabernet is an approachable blend with aromas of rich, dark fruit and baking spices on the nose yielding to fresh plum, blackberry, violet, dried fig, vanilla bean and Chinese five-spice. The wine is juicy with plum and blackberry flavors, prominently layered with smoky and sappy maple oak, roasted almonds and hazelnuts. Its firm tannins and full body will stand up against the rich fruit flavors, spices and brown sugar featured in this decadent pie.”
In addition, from now through December 31st, for every bottle of Josh Cellars wine purchase, a $1 will be donated to Operation Homefront’s Holiday Meals for Military.
Or, use the tags on mini bottles of champagne for a fun New Year’s Eve favor. Everyone can pop their own as you count down to 2015!
Thank you to Josh Cellars for introducing me to your afforadable reds! FTC Guidelines dictate that I disclose that I received product with hopes of feature on my blog. I was not further compensated for this post. All thoughts are my own. Additional information (in quotes) about Josh Cellars were shared by the company.
I swear that I am always filled with good intentions, but sometimes my follow-through kinda sucks. I prepped non-stop for my 12 Days of Christmas DIYs and just didn’t get my last two posts completed and scheduled. Then, suddenly… my internet went down due to a storm. It has been down for the past 4 days!
I’m popping in on my lunch break at work to say that though I’m behind on my DIY posts, I’ll be back with not only the last two DIY posts, but a tasty cocktail recipe, AND a ton of fun NYE party ideas.
Being without internet usually makes me a batcase. However, this weekend I was way too busy with a holiday party and a swanky fun birthday shindig (see pic above) in my honor. My phone saved me from a total unplugging.
The hubby texted me to say the internet is finally up again… so, tonight I’ll finish up my blog posts and get them out to you as soon as I can. Thanks for stopping in and reading my blog. And, happy Monday!
This post is the tenth in my series of the 12 Days of Christmas DIYs for A Well Crafted Party. Check in each day for the next 12 Days for new DIY posts. There will be LOTS of free printables to boot! (Check out yesterday’s post: “Foodie Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide + Free Gift Card Holder Printable“)
My next stocking stuffer gift guide is all for the beauty lover. It is for someone who likes accessories and beauty products. Beacause, just like food, they are often items that I don’t want to spend a ton of money on for myself, but I love having and receiving. Beauty items make for fun items to give in stockings because they are typically affordable and small!
Beauty Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas:
- Lip gloss, chapsticks, lipsticks, etc.
- Fake eyelashes!
- Make up of any sort
- Skinny Belts
- Small zippered pouches/ makeup bags
- Disposable Razors or Razor refill cartridges (Or is it just me who cringes EVERYTIME I buy these things?)
- Bath Salts
- Nail Pollish
- New Tweezers, Make Up Brushes, Etc.
- Gift Cards
My Picks for Beauty-Centered Stocking Stuffers
This post was not sponsored. I did receive some product to review throughout the year and I chose to include some of those items in this gift guide. Some of the links below are affiliate links.
- Jewlery: I think accessories are one of the best items to receive in my stocking. (Well, jewelry AND speciality spices/condiments—check out yesterday’s post on foodie stocking stuffers for more on that.) For this stocking I put in one of my favorite necklaces from Lucky Brand Official and a leather cuff from Flourish Leather. I got the cuff for a steal at Flourish Leather’s new Flash Sale Site!
- My Favorite Things Set from Pur Minerals: Three award-winning bestsellers in one convenient kit make for an essential gift for the beauty lover in your life. Pür Minerals’ classic Mineral Glow bronzer contains skin-boosting antioxidants, and a buttery Berry Pretty lip gloss stick moisturizes lips and fights signs of aging. Bold Big Look mascara rounds out the trio with lash-loving Argan Oil that conditions and protects for the perfect beauty boost.
- Lipstick: I love this fun lipstick Gerard Cosmetics‘ “Gimme Some Lip” collection called “All Dolled Up.” I think it would be such a fun New Year’s Eve lip color!
- Body Cream: Touch of Light body cream from Rituals provides deep moisture to leave skin feeling radiant and smooth throughout the day.This whipped body cream is from the new limited edition by rituals called Diwali, or Festival of Lights. The Diwali collection consists of an exclusive range of body and home cosmetics, enriched with the fragrance of White Patchouli and Cardamom.
- Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio from Pur Minerals: Give your skin a rosy glow with this cheeky trio. This limited-edition set features three twist-up makeup sticks that highlight your features for natural radiance. Define, contour, and brighten while conditioning for smoother, softer skin. Gentle Lavender Oil calms skin, while Vitamin E protects against free radicals. The trio includes bronzer in Naughty & Nice, blush in Sugar & Spice, and highlighter in Glisten & Glow.
- Holiday Gift Soap: I loved these Holiday Gift Soaps from the Snow Drop Collection from Soap & Paper Factory. These carefully crafted artisan soaps are made the old-fashioned way, hand-stirred in small batches. Packed with nourishing Shea Butter to keep skin soft and supple, these soaps come wrapped in beautiful packaging and are just the right size for stockings. They also will make the stockings smell DIVINE.
- Geluxury Slippers: Featuring SmartGel® technology, the Geluxury Slippers provide comfort and skin repair at the same time. Infused with 7 botanical oils and ceramides, the dermatologist tested SmartGel® is formulated to restore, repair and rejuvenate distressed skin on the feet. The GeluxurySlippers are fully lined with a contoured fit, providing treatment to the entire foot. With regular use, these moisture replenishing slippers will soften and smooth dry, rough skin and calluses, while repairing damaged cuticles and nail beds. While these felt a little weird going on… I loved how my feet felt after just wearing them for a bit.
- Shea Butter Hand Creams: The beautifully packaged hand cream from Soap & Paper Factory‘s Snow Drop collection is a pure, velvety cream is beautifully perfumed and loaded with the finest natural oils. Featuring creamy Shea Butter and with no parabens, phthalates or petroleum, these creams leave skin silky smooth all winter long.
- DVD: Why not add in a fun, classic and inexpensive DVD that you know your loved one doesn’t have! Breakfast at Tiffanys seemed to go with this stocking’s theme and would make for a fun ladies night in. Pair it with a bottle of festive wine (such as a wine from the Chloe Wine Collection which is already dressed up for a fun evening) and you’re set!
Free Printable Beauty Gift Card Holder
Gift cards are perfect for stocking stuffers. Personalize your gift card gift just a tad with these free “beauty” gift card holders. Simply click the link below and download the file onto your computer. Print in full color on white cardstock. Cut out along the red of the gift card. Fold along the white lines. Use a glue stick, glue dots or double sided glue to attach the flaps to the back of the flap. Slip in your gift card and you’re good to go!
What do you like to get in your stocking? Give to others? Comment Below!
Printable designs are my own and are free for personal use. The beauty elements are Designed by Freepik
Update: Corrected the business name for Soap and Paper Factory.
This post is the ninth in my series of the 12 Days of Christmas DIYs for A Well Crafted Party. Check in each day for the next 12 Days for new DIY posts. There will be LOTS of free printables to boot! (Check out yesterday’s post: “How to Shuck Oysters – A DIY Oyster Platter“)
I feel like the stocking stuffer is often overlooked… when it can be the BEST part of Christmas. I like giving people items that they’d love, but would rarely buy themselves. I am a big beliver in making sure stocking stuffers are filled with fun little items that the receiver will actually enjoy. They don’t need to be expensive. They don’t need to be important even. But, they should be thoughtful. I’ve put together a list of ideas that would make for fun stocking stuffer ideas for the Foodie or Home Entertainer in your life.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Your Favorite Foodie:
- Canned or bottled specialty beverages
- Teas, Coffees, Hot Chocolates, etc.
- Chewing gum
- Specialty Candies
- Breath Spray
- Cocktail Napkins
- Table Runner
- Foodie Ornaments
- Grocery Bags
- Mini Condiments
- Tasty Spreads or Jams
- Pickled Items
- Cured Meats
- Mini Wines/ Alcohols
- Simple Syrups
- Salts, Spices and Extracts
- Kitchen Utensils
- Specialty Pastas, Rices, Baking Mixes, Etc.
- Mini Forks/ Spoons
- Travel Mugs
- Local Honey
- Snack Bars/ Protein Bars
- Gift Cards to local restaurants or specialty cooking shops
My Picks for a Foodie-Centered Stocking Stuffers:
This post was not sponsored. I did receive some product to review throughout the year and I chose to include some of those items in this gift guide. Some of the links below are affiliate links.
- Kombucha Wonder Drink: Brew of pasteurized and raw kombucha, both of which contain naturally occuring acids that can help detoxify and energize. Kombucha Wonder Drink was founded by Steve Lee, co-founder of Stash Tea and Tazo. The Kombucha is available in cans and bottles.
- Organic Hot Chocolate Mix: I got mine from Whole Foods Market. Hot Chocolate and teas are fantastic things to purchase and split among many stockings.
- Hello Breath Spray: A sweet little breath freshener with no alcohol and cute packaging!
- Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread: Tasty chocolate-hazelnut spread from Italy. The spread is made from certified organic ingredients– absolutely zero palm oil. Ingredients include dark chocolate from the Antillean Islands, Italian hazelnuts (16%), brown sugar, skim milk and Bourbon vanilla extract. This would be a TREAT in any stocking.
- Hen House Linens Table Runner: House of Linens sells beautiful fabric tabletop accessories such as napkins, table cloths and runners. Table runners are fun to give to people that love to throw parties because it is an easy to store, inexpensive way to change up the table. I got the Garden Gate Ochre table runner. It is a dark gold ochre color and will look beautiful for the holidays!
- “Bite Me” Macaroon Bag: This adorable little grocery/tote bag was ordered from RedBubble. RedBubble has a ton of fabulous designs to choose from and you can have several different items made with the design you choose. Don’t need another grocery bag but need NanLawson‘s Macaroon design in your life? Perhaps it’ll be better on a T-shirt, throw pillow, or phone cover!
- Mini Tabasco Sauces- I love the idea of travel-ready condiments. These mini Tabasco Sauces make me so happy. I think these travel salts from Jacobsen Salt Co. would also be a welcome gift for any foodie!
- Cocktail Napkins – I have an entire container filled with paper goods for parties. I love having a stash of cute cocktail napkins to bring out when needed. These gold Keep Calm and have a Cocktail napkins will be a nice reminder over the crazy holiday season!
- Gift Card! (See Below!)
Free Printable Foodie Gift Card Holder
Gift cards are perfect for stocking stuffers. Personalize your gift card gift just a tad with these free “foodie” gift card holders. Simply click the link below and download the file onto your computer. Print in full color on white cardstock. Cut out along the red of the gift card. Fold along the white lines. Use a glue stick, glue dots or double sided glue to attach the flaps to the back of the flap. Slip in your gift card and you’re good to go!
What do you like to get in your stocking? Give to others? Comment Below!
Printable designs are my own and are free for personal use. The Food vectors used in this design are designed by Freepik.
This post is the eighth in my series of the 12 Days of Christmas DIYs for A Well Crafted Party. Check in each day for the next 12 Days for new DIY posts. There will be LOTS of free printables to boot! (Check out yesterday’s post: “Free Holiday Potluck Facebook Invites & Printable Recipe Cards“)
This DIY is brought to you by an awesome recent Oyster and Wine tasting at Whole Foods Market in Portland, Oregon. I learned SO much about oysters…. and, I’ll be sharing little bits between now and New Years because I think Oysters make a fabulous party appetizer. It is decadent, tasty and so out of the everyday that they will make any celebration instantly feel like a fancy party. I was always intimidated by oysters until earlier this year when I found out that they are not only EASY, but also not nearly as expensive as you might think! I recently stopped by to grab 6 oysters and they only cost me $7.80!
How to Shuck an Oyster
Watch this video of how to shuck an oyster from a super awesome Sean from Whole Foods Market and learn how you can DIY your very own Oyster appetizer platter!
DIY Oyster Platter
- Buy your choice of oysters. (See my tips below.)
- Either have the store shuck them for you or follow the DIY oyster shucking video to shuck your oysters. I highly recommend buying them shucked! Sean from Whole Foods Market said that they will last approximately 18 hours (properly iced) so you can order some up and pick them up on a day of your party.
- To serve put on a platter with crushed ice (throw some ice in a food processor and you’re good to go!)
- Serve with toppings or simply with lemons and hot sauce.
Need some ideas for topping your oysters?
Check out this blog post from Whole Foods Market for fresh oyster toppings. Also, check back in over the next few weeks… I’ve got a couple of fun toppings to share!
This post is not a sponsored post. I was invited to a tasting at Whole Foods Market in Portland, Oregon. I had a fantastic time and wanted to share the fun!
This post is the seventh in my series of the 12 Days of Christmas DIYs for A Well Crafted Party. Check in each day for the next 12 Days for new DIY posts. There will be LOTS of free printables to boot! (Check out yesterday’s post: “Saturday Spirits: Chocolate Peppermint Martini & DIY Candycane Rimming Sugar“
I love, love, love a good paper invitation. However, I’m just like every other busy person out there and sometimes don’t get around to sending the invitations in time and need to get out an evite or Facebook invitation instead. I’d even say that a Facebook inviation is a handy way to enage with guests prior to a party even if you DO send a paper inviation. Gather RSVPs, post sneak peeks, inform guests about parking… you get the idea!
I created a few different versions of holiday potluck invitations and printable recipe cards.
For the Facebook invite cover photo you simply need to download the image of choice by clicking the link of choice. Then upload it into the invite cover photo area following the steps through Facebook.
The printable recipe cards are great for having at your potluck party for guests to share their recipes on or to give out as favors at the end of the party. You may even want to print off a set of 12 cards and wrapped them in baker’s twine for a cute and inexpensive hostess gift! Simply download the printable of your choice by selecting a link below and saving to your computer. Print in full color on white cardstock and cut out!
These printables and downloads are created for personal use only at no cost to you. If you like these downloads I’d appreciate you sharing with friends via Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter!
This post is the sixth in my series of the 12 Days of Christmas DIYs for A Well Crafted Party. Check in each day for the next 12 Days for new DIY posts. There will be LOTS of free printables to boot! (Check out yesterday’s post: “DIY Branch Holiday Card Display“)
Chocolate Peppermint Cocktail
Anyone else a little obsessed with the chocolate-peppermint combo during the holiday season? No, just me? Well, I’ll take two of these then…
Last week I was wondering around the Clackamas Town Center (aka The Mall) and ran across the most amazing thing in the whole world. There is a East Side Distilling storefront IN THE MALL. Can I tell you how much better holiday shopping is after tasting some Burnside Bourbon? SO much better. One of my discoveries while there was a delicious Holiday Peppermint Bark Liqueur. Chocolate. Peppermint. Liqueur.
As soon as I bought it I thought of re-doing a nice chocolate martini to make this tasty rendition. But, first… my DIY for today!
DIY Peppermint Cocktail Rimmer
I love a good rimmer. Bud um dum.
This candycane sugar rimmer is super easy to make. You can rim your martini glasses or hot cocoa mugs by simply dipping the glass into chocolate sauce and then dipping it into the sugar. If you don’t want the glass to have the chocolate on the rim (it does look a little messy) then you can dip it into simple syrup and then into the rimming sugar.
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Candy Canes
Directions (with a food processor):
- Put all into a food processor and process until similar sized grains.
- Put onto a plate for rimming!
Directions (without food processor):
- Put candy canes and sugar into a ziplock bag. Double bag it. Hit with a hammer or meat mallet until all of the candy canes are broken into small bits. Mix well.
- Put onto a plate for rimming!
Note: I used organic candy canes and they stuck together quite a lot… it still worked wonderfully, but need to be broken up with a fork if you store it at all. Store in an airtight container or baggy.
Chocolate Peppermint Martini
- 1 oz of Holiday Peppermint Bark Liqueur by Eastside Distilling
- 1 3/4 oz of Vodka
- 2 oz of Half & Half
- Dark Chocolate Syrup
- Shaker with ice
- Peppermint Cocktail Rimmer
- Take your martini glass and rim with chocolate syrup and peppermint cocktail rimmer.
- Swirl chocolate syrup around the inside of your glass.
- In a shaker pour the Peppermint Bark Liqueur, Vodka, and Half & Half over ice. Shake well.
- Strain into the martini glass.
You can garnish with a little candy cane and enjoy!
This post was not sponsored. I really did find this stuff in a MALL. And, I will be going back… soon!
This post is the forth in my series of the 12 Days of Christmas DIYs for A Well Crafted Party. Check in each day for the next 12 Days for new DIY posts. There will be LOTS of free printables to boot! (Check out yesterday’s post: “DIY Wood Chargers“)
I love receiving (and sending) holiday cards. The problem is figuring out where to put said cards each year. Sometimes I display them on a cabinet. Other times of fridge gest covered. This year, I’m displaying them more promenitely… giving them the attention they deserve! This do-it-yourself project is super simple… the hardest part involves finding a branch!
DIY Branch Holiday Photo Holder Supplies:
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- Copper Spray Paint (I used Krylon Premium Copper Foil Metallic 1070)
- Clear Sealer ( I used Krylon Crystal Clear)
- Sanding Sponge
- Curtain brackets or nails for mounting
- Ribbon of your choice
- paper clips of your choice
How to make a Gilded Branch Holiday Photo Display:
1. Find a branch! This might be the hardest and easiest part of this whole ordeal. Before I lived in my house with a gigantic tree out in the yard I wouldn’t have been able to tell you where to find a branch. This branch literally fell into our yard after a big wind storm. Other ways to find a branch besides waiting on mother nature include trimming a tree or finding tree pieces ready to go out with the garbage. Please note that you should either be doing these things with your own trees or asking first… otherwise it might be a little difficult to explain to future employers that you got arrested for trying to make a holiday card display.
2. Trim off small branches and foliage. Our branch fell from a very large and old evergreen tree. It was covered in pine needles. My husband so graciously took the time to take off the offshoots for me, leaving me with a bare branch. (It is completely easy enough to do yourself, I just happen to be allergic!)
3. Sand down stumpy parts and dangerous edges. Don’t want to get splinters when putting up your holiday cards!
4. Spray paint! This is the fun part. You can totally leave your branch bare if you’d like… you can even take the bark off and sand down the branch for a beautiful bare branch look. I wanted my card holder to be gilded though! So, I sprayed the branch with the Copper Metallic spray paint until it had a pretty sheen. After drying I did a layer of clear sealer to try to prevent the paint scuffing off. (I should have probably done two layers as some of the paint scuffed up my friend’s walls during this photoshoot. EEK.)
5. Mount your branch. For this photoshoot we actaully just tied ribbons around the branch and nailed the ribbon to the wall. This is not the most sturdy solution. For day to day use I’d actually suggest mounting curtain brackets and placing the branch in those. You’d have to find brackets large enough to fit your branch, and then secure the branch by tighting the brackets around it. I like using the Ikea brackets on my wall throughout the year and changing out wall hangings for parties!
6. Hang ribbons on the branch to attach your holiday cards. Use a slip knot to tie on your ribbon. That way, at the end of the holiday you can easily pack away your branch. (Check out my ribbon backdrop wall for pictures of ribbons with slipknots!)
7. Hang your cards! As you receive your holiday cards and photos secure them to the backdrop using a paperclip, staple or glue dot!
More Holiday Goodies:
- Do you want to see another awesome holiday card holder DIY? Check out my Rain Or Shine’s Gilded Popscicle Stick Snowflake. You seriously have to see this!
- No holiday cards yet this year? Check out Suzannah’s MINTED giveaway!
Do you want to see more from this Holiday Styled Shoot?
Photos from this project was from a recent Holiday Styled Shoot collaboration between myself and Suzannah of Create/Enjoy and Macey from Motormouth Studio. Check out my main post with links to DIY projects & recipes: “Natural Green and White Holiday Party + Free Printables” A big thank you to Orchard Supply Hardware for providing a couple of the supplies to make this DIY happen!
This post is the forth in my series of the 12 Days of Christmas DIYs for A Well Crafted Party. Check in each day for the next 12 Days for new DIY posts. There will be LOTS of free printables to boot! (Check out yesterday’s post: “DIY Copper Dinnerware”)
When working on the tablescape for the natural holiday collaboration with fellow Portland Blogger Suzannah of Create/Enjoy I really wanted to bring in more natural elements to the table that I hadn’t seen everywhere before. We discussed creating a natural linen table cloth or place mats. But, I wanted the pretty dark wood of Suzannah’s table to show through with the greenery, so I didn’t like either of those ideas. Then, suddenly, it came to me in one fell swoop while walking the aisles of Orchard Supply Hardware in Tigard, Oregon…. WOOD.
We had already used a big tree round as a stand for candles in the party. And, had I the right saw I might have taken the time to cut thin rounds from the tree to use for these chargers. Never to make things too hard on myself I decided to get a 1/4 inch thick piece of wood from Orchard and cut them into 12X12 squares. I liked the difference in shapes on the table, the wood had a darker side and lighter side so I could choice what looked best for the table, and they could double as platters for decor, food or drinks!
After a quick sanding, lacquer and copper edging these made for simple and beautiful holiday chargers. Plus, they’ll look fabulous on the table all year long!
How to Make Wood Chargers:
Supplies: (affiliate links below)
- Latex Gloves
- 12X12 Wood “squares” cut from your choice of wood that is 1/4 of an inch thick*
- Fast-Drying Polyurethane – I used MiniWax in Clear Satin, but a nice glossy one would look good too! I got a brush on style of polyurethane rather than a wipe on style. If you choose a different poly than I just follow the directions on the can rather than my instructions below!
- Copper Leafing Pen
- Sponge Paint Brush
- Sanding tool of your choice (You can use paper or a small sander. You don’t need much to get this job done. I used a 180 Sanding Sponge.)
*Wood cutting tip: We got a large sheet of wood for less than $10 at Orchard Supply Hardware. The wood can then be cut down into the 12X12 squares. To cut, measure your wood and draw your lines using a straight edge and pencil. This will make cutting the wood MUCH easier. Cut on the side you’d prefer to have up because the other side may splinter a bit. Follow all safety instructions from your cutting tool of choice. You may also be able to find wood pre-cut at crafting stores. The cost will be more however!
- Take your wood squares and sand them lightly. Pay extra attention to any splinters that may be poking out and the edges of the boards.
- Wipe down the boards to get all dust off.
- Edge the boards with your copper leafing pen or a paint color of your choice. I used copper to go with the copper dinnerware I made for the tablescape.
- Put on your latex gloves and use the sponge paint brush to brush on a layer of the polyurethane to the top of your chargers in a well-ventilated space. The smell is CRAZY. Go ahead and get the sides while you are at it. Follow the directions to the polyurethane to dry your chargers. Mine took about an hour before I could touch them and get the other side. Once dry, brush on a layer of poly to the other side. Repeat these steps until you feel like your chargers are to the sheen/protectability that you’d like. I did 3 coats.
NOTE: These are not food safe. Do not put food directly on these boards. Do not cut food on these boards. These are merely a decorative item for a table. I like the idea of using these as a tray for a buffet table by setting a pretty platter or plate of food right on top!
Do you want to see more from this Holiday Styled Shoot?
Photos from this project was from a recent Holiday Styled Shoot collaboration between myself and Suzannah of Create/Enjoy and Macey from Motormouth Studio. Check out my main post with links to DIY projects & recipes: “Natural Green and White Holiday Party + Free Printables”. A big thank you to Orchard Supply Hardware for supplying the tools and supplies to make this craft. Check them out on Facebook!