This is by far our favorite time of year to host parties. From Thanksgiving, all the way through New Year's Day, we just can't get enough of the festivities. While planning the right food menu is crucial to any great party, I find the beverage planning to be a smidgen more fun around Christmas time. This year, we're featuring six seasonal Holiday cocktails that will get guests in the holiday spirit as soon as they walk through the door! Check them out below...
Monday, October 24, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Make All of the Candidates Appealing at Your Election Night Party! #CookieCakeElection #gourmetgiftbaskets
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Halloween is less than two weeks away! We go all out for this holiday, complete with house decorations, themed food (dinner includes 'zombie fingers') and Halloween gifts. With so many happy memories of trick-or-treating with friends growing up, we fully support carrying on the tradition. However, as parents, I bet we're not alone in saying that we're less than thrilled with the pounds of candy that the kids collect by the end of the night. This is where our Halloween gifts come in! We do let the kids choose a few special pieces of candy to celebrate the night with (after it's thoroughly checked, of course), but each year we like to find something special that doesn't include a candy-high and over-sugared teeth. After talking with other parents, it seems that this idea is becoming a lot more popular. This year we chose a few books from the Goosebumps Most Wanted series by R.L. Stine.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
This is the time of year that we usually start planning for holiday visits and parties. We love having family and friends visit and love hosting holiday parties even more. For me, waking up with a house full of guests is the adult version of a kid on Christmas morning. I love it! It's an excuse to go overboard on cooking, pull out the back of the cupboard cookware we hardly use and try recipes that are a bit more decadent that usual. This week I was on a hunt to find something special to bring to the breakfast table and I hit the jackpot with Urban Accents Flapjack Mix: Ginger Carrot Cake, Deep Chocolate, Blueberry Lemon Lavender and Potato Cheddar and Chive. I'm the type to insist we do a trial run of anything we're going to serve beforehand, and my husband love when our family cooks together, so it isn't a hard sell. We ripped open all four flapjack/waffle mixes and whipped up four quick batters that took practically no effort at all. (We went the way of waffles since it's easy to freeze the extras for later.) Without exaggeration, the aroma of each mix is so tempting. I can't wait for our guests to wake up to them.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
We love finding healthy grab-and-go snacks, so we were more than willing to give Corazonas© HEARTBAR™ a try. Their philosophy is that food should be both delicious and good for you, which we totally agree with! We tried each flavor to see if their claim to be tasty AND heart-healthy was true. After trying all nine flavors, it's a pretty easy bet that there's something for anyone who appreciates a good oatmeal bar. Notably, these Heartbars have the ability to lower cholesterol, too.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Let's be honest, Medieval Times is a place that the adults usually enjoy just as much as the kids. With that said, I was more than a little excited to visit for this month's Father-Son outing. Horses, battles, knights and food that you eat with your fingers...what's not to love for a three year old boy? The smile on his face from the time we arrived at the castle until the show was over put this in the win column for a day out with Dad and it couldn't have been easier.
Friday, October 7, 2016
This Halloween, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is one of the most popular costumes once again! Luckily, it's also pretty easy to transform your little one into a tiny turtle-in-a-half-shell. Check out this amazing makeup tutorial by artist Kat Sketch. If you have the artistic touch to mimic her instruction, it will definitely wow everyone at the Halloween party or during door-to-door trick or treating! It's meant for both children and adults.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Saturday, October 1, 2016
Crisp air, pumpkin spice, colored leaves...Fall is finally here! Personally, this is my favorite time of year. I love decking out the house in warm yellows, oranges and browns, filling the kitchen with smells of baked apples and pumpkin pie, and sitting outside in the cool evening air in a good sweater. This being my first season in Florida, I'm missing the northeastern feel quite a bit. While it's still too hot in the sunshine state to bring myself to turn on the oven, I don't want to miss out on the best parts of Fall.
Leave it to Hallmark to make that possible! They offer two of my favorite products to create a cozy Fall home, no matter where you live or how much time you have.