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December 19, 2016

Coca-Cola Holiday Party Tips

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December is always a very busy month for most of us, but with some planning and easy tips you will feel less stressed and more confident hosting your own holiday party!

With plaid being so popular right now, I chose the classic red and black pattern with pops of green and white for my color scheme. 

When deciding on the menu, think about your guest list, which I feel is the most important part of entertaining. You obviously know your guests, so think about what they would like to eat and what would be easy for you. Do you want a sit down meal or more of a cocktail party when appetizers will do the trick? 


I opted for appetizers for my Holiday Party. Mini grilled cheese sandwich strips paired with tomato basil soup shooters. 

The mini Coca-Cola bottles are perfect for guests to help themselves. Add an ornament to one of the bottles and fits right into your party atmosphere. 




Treat your guests to an unexpected dessert this time of year, such as Coca-Cola ice cream floats! 


Top the floats with whip cream and add a dash of holiday flair with red, green and white sprinkles! So festive, don't you think? 

Too cold for ice cream floats? Why not try these Coca-Cola brownie marshmallow cream bites? You will find the recipe and tutorial at the end of the post. 



Gathering all your beverages in one place allows your guests to mingle around the bar cart.



Serving a signature holiday drink is always a big hit at parties. Most of the time, it will be new to your guests.  


I served Cranberry Sprite with refreshing mint and fresh cranberries. Look how beautiful and festive it is. Trust me, it tastes just as fabulous! Cheers!!


Did you know to get clear ice cubes, you will need boiled filtered water? Simply pour the boiling water into silicone or metal ice trays add your cranberries and fresh mint. Allow it to freeze and you will have beautiful ice cubes like these. I love the look!


Sitting out additional ice cubes and mint, brings the festive colors into the bar cart as well as it allows your guests to help themselves to these wonderful items. 


Not all guests like to have an alcoholic beverage, by serving mocktails with a variety of ingredients and in fun glassware, it encourages your guests to try it. Do you remember the Orange Julius drink? I am sharing a copycat version with you at the end of the post. 

Provide a place where guests can gather around the fire to warm up and to enjoy the food and beverages you have worked so hard on. 





Find someone to take photos at the party. Parties are a great place for making unforgettable memories with family and friends. Choose the best photos, create a photo book with Shutterfly  and send it to your guests as a thank you! 

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Now on to the delicious recipes! 

COCA-COLA BROWNIES 



What you will need: 

Brownie Mix {I used a store bought mix}
4oz. Coca-Cola
1 cup chocolate chips {because I like my brownies really chocolatety!}
Marshmallow Cream

Instructions: 

Prepare brownie mix according to package instructions, add Coca-Cola and chocolate chips.  Bake. Once cool, break into pieces and add to shooter glass.  


Place Marshmallow Cream into a pasty bag and squeeze onto brownie crumbles. Continue this until the shooter glass is full. 


Top off with brownie crumbs.



Signature Holiday Drink

What you will need: 

Cranberry Sprite
Fresh Cranberries
Fresh Mint

For ice cubes: 

Fill metal or silicone ice cube tray with boiling filtered water. Add cranberries and mint, freeze.


Directions:

Pour Cranberry Sprite into a tall glass, add cranberry-mint ice cubes and enjoy! 



Copycat Orange Julius

What you will need: 

12 oz Orange Juice {I used Minute Maid}
1/2 cup Milk
3 tablespoons Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla


Using a blender, blend all the ingredients together until well mixed. 





Pour into your festive glassware and serve! Your guests will love this, as it is almost considered comfort food from when you were a kid! 

Do you have tips you use to have an unforgettable holiday party? Please share them in the comments below. 

Did you notice all the Coca-Cola products, I purchased from my local Tom Thumb to use for this holiday party? When you purchase 4 participating Coca-Cola products you will receive $20 off at Shutterfly.com now through December 28, 2016! The unique pin code will be printed out at the register so you can use it to redeem online at Shutterfly.







Coca-Cola and Sprite are available in your local Tom Thumb store in the soft drink aisle and you can find the Minute Maid Orange Juice in the milk and dairy aisle. 

Happy Holidays Friends! 

December 18, 2016

Jell-O Dessert Tutorial


Jell-O is a great inexpensive way to treat your family to a delicious dessert. It doesn't always have to be served in a bowl. You can dress it up and make it look fancy like we did for our Elves Arrival Breakfast.

Gather your ingredients and supplies: 

3 oz. box Jell-O {we used cherry}
Whip Cream {we used Cool Whip}
4-6 serving cups
Muffin pan

Mix Jell-O according to directions and add the liquid to your serving cup, as shown below. We filled our's up to the middle of the cup. You can add more or less depending on the slant you are wanting to achieve. 


In the refrigerator, set the cups in a muffin pan and tilt the cup to the desired slant you want. 


Let the Jell-O set according to directions. Once set, add whipping cream. If you would like to dress it up a bit add fresh fruit or sprinkles on top. My family loves it just the way it is!  Love how it looks like it was harder than it was. So simple and very inexpensive too!

These mini Jell-O dessert treats made their debut at our annual Elves Arrival Christmas Breakfast, see it here!


December 13, 2016

Girls Night In Holiday Party


I'm excited to be sharing this Girls Night In Holiday Party with you! I collaborated with Oriental Trading on this event and could not be happier with how it came together! Inspired by their bowing and standing reindeer, I decided on a red, white and silver reindeer theme for this Cocktail Christmas Party!

Although the party flowed throughout the house, I kept the main party in the formal dining and kitchen areas. I recently purchased a beautiful flocked Christmas tree and decided it would be perfect in the formal dining room along with the food table. What a perfect place to set the Christmas mood. 

With plenty of food and drinks to go around, a lot of photos were taken. I am sharing a few tips and an appetizer recipe. Grab your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy. Don't forget to take notes, pin to your holiday party boards and start planning your own Girls Night In Holiday Party


TIP: Flowers are always perfect for a centerpiece. I decided to go with several silver cups filled with berry and evergreen sprigs of the season. 


Spinach dip nestled inside a bread bowl provides the perfect appetizer. The best part, this recipe does not include mayonnaise, so you can serve it warm or cold like I did! Get the recipe at the bottom of the post. 



Creating an olive and cheese ring on top of fresh rosemary is not only delicious but also very appealing to the eye. 

Serving dishes in a combination of white, silver, red and clear styled on top of a white table cloth so everything is subtle and doesn't take away from the other decor, is key. I love pops of color for substance. In this case all the red really stands out against the white and silver. 


Serving several types of appetizers provides your guests with choices. Everything is bite size, including the shrimp cocktail. Simply purchase a ring of shrimp already cooked, shelled and deveined pour cocktail sauce into a mini glass and top with a shrimp. Now you have single serve shrimp cocktail. 



When providing a dessert bar, make sure you also have some salty along with the sweet. I opted for these fun yogurt covered star pretzels for my salt option. 





TIP: When stocking your bar cart only add glassware to the top and decorate the remaining shelf, so the cart can be moved easily to another location if need be. I placed all of the alcohol and soda mixers in the butlery. 




TIP: place straws, stir sticks, coasters, beverage napkins and dessert plates on the bottom shelf so they are easily accessible for your guests. I found these whimsical "party" reindeer napkins and plates on Oriental Trading. 



Cookie Whipped did her magic and created the most beautiful cookies! I love how they fit the theme perfectly! How adorable did the reindeer cookies with the lights tangled in the antlers turn out?!




Nothing better than a night with the girls to kick back, relax and talk it over! Finals week is upon us at school and all of us moms are ready for a stress reliever! 




Here is the Spinach Dip recipe I mentioned above. 

Ingredients: 

8 oz. Cream Cheese {softened and beat until creamy}
2 cups Sour Cream
1 package {10 oz} frozen spinach {thawed and strained}
3/4 to 1 cup Fresh Parmesan cheese {grated}
1 package Dry Vegetable soup {I used Knorr}
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 Bread Bowl {toasted **Optional}

Instructions: 

Mix the ingredients together. Cut and hallow out the bread bowl to hold the dip. Keeping the bread, pull apart bite sized portions for dipping. If you want to make the dip the day prior to the party place in the refrigerator covered overnight. Make sure you pull it out in plenty of time to warm up a little bit before serving. Place the dip in the bread bowl and serve. 

I hope this has inspired you to gather your girl friends and host your own Girls Night In Holiday Party featuring Oriental Trading!  




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