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Holiday Copper and Black Hot Cocoa Bar

Hello friends! Welcome to day one of our 2017 Holiday Party Blog Hop! I am super excited to share our Holiday Copper and Black Hot Cocoa Bar with you today, but I'm equally excited to be part of this group of 16 other amazingly sweet and talented party blogger friends! You will find all kinds of holiday inspiration this week! So come follow along and get your holiday inspiration on! 


If you are coming over from  Confetti Party Plans - Welcome to BellaGrey Designs! We are super excited to have you! 



A few years ago, I styled a Hot Cocoa Bar in our house and it instantly became a hit, not only with our family but with friends who would visit too!


So, when I was planning our Hot Cocoa bar this year, I knew I wanted to kick it up a notch and style the one I have had dreams about. You dream about hot cocoa bars too right?! Ha


In the past, I have set up some great hot cocoa bars {you can see them here, here, here and here} but this one, I think is my favorite! You know when you have an idea in your head and you style it, but it's still missing something? I tried to style this a few years back when copper became all the rage, but I was still missing something. So I tried again this year, at the beginning of the season to see if it would all come together and guess what? It did!!! I could not be happier. I even did a little dance! 


I really love how it turned out! I love how the copper and black stripe accents mixed with the fur, wood and evergreen details!

Doesn't this hot cocoa just call your name? Even though I made it from a simple cocoa mix, I added some serious flavor that can't be beat with dark cocoa powder and cinnamon, which you will find inside of the mini white reindeer! 






A simple store bought naked cake, placed on this beautiful cake stand, topped with a fancy reindeer, greenery and berries kept with the theme. 


I love the simplicity and elegance of our new hot cocoa bar. I hope you love how it turned out too and I hope I inspired you to style one of your own!


Have you ever heard of Havenly Interior Designers? In my next life I would love to be an interior designer, so I was super excited to take their Style Quiz! I was not shocked to find out my style is glam with a touch of transitional! You can tell I love glam by this pretty Hot Cocoa Bar! Havenly is a must to check out! Click here for more information! 

Cheers! 

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All the details of my Holiday Copper and Black Hot Cocoa Bar

Creative Stylist || Jennifer Kirlin ~ BellaGrey Designs
Chestnuts Sign designed by BellaGrey Designs
Reindeer salt and pepper shakers {I used as cinnamon shakers}

Polar Blast Cocktail


With winter entertaining season in full swing, it's time to think about holiday sips! Why stick with the same cocktail you have served year after year? Kick it up a notch and serve this delicious Polar Blast! It is super easy to make and very pretty to serve at your next party!


Polar Blast Cocktail

INGRIDENTS

1 part Blue Curacao Liqueur
2 parts Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
1 part lemon lime soda

INSTRUCTIONS 
Build over ice, stir gently and serve!

I added this cocktail to a clear ornament, inserted a pretty silver foil straw and served! If you want to get a little fancy, like I did, add some colorful mini ornaments to a wine glass, place your cocktail ornament inside and serve. Or you could purchase the clear ornaments with the flat bottoms, so they will stand by themselves. 


If you try the Polar Blast, let me know if you like it! Looking for tips on styling a winter bar cart, click here


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Welcome Winter with a Festive Bar Cart


With Winter arriving in a few weeks, it will be time to move the party inside! I am very excited to celebrate the start of Winter and show you how to style your own Winter Bar Cart! The key is making your bar cart both functional and pretty. Styling a bar cart for a party is one of my favorite things to do - it's like a party on wheels! Am I right?





5 TIPS TO STYLE A WINTER BAR CART
  • Keep it in your color scheme. If the cocktail you are serving, is blue, serve it in a clear glass and pull together napkins, straws, coasters and decor in the hues of blue and silver. It is also fun to add in other beverages with the same color labels, as I did here with mini bottles of LaMarca champagne. 
  • Make sure you have a variety of glassware, like champagne, wine and cocktail, to match the beverages you are serving.
  • Don't be nervous about getting creative with "out of the box" thinking when you serve your cocktails! I added my signature Polar Blast cocktail to clear ornaments - this provided the extra "flair" I was looking for and my guests loved it! 
  • Decorate your bar cart with fun winter decor, such as stockings, brush bottle trees placed in blue mercury glass tea light holders, silver glitter take-out boxes, silver reindeer, and mini ornaments in the color scheme to pull everything together. I added the mini blue ornaments to the wine glasses to give them a festive look. 
  • Bar tools are an important part of any bar cart, such as bottle openers, shaker, stirrers, strainer and ice bucket. 






Bring on the winter parties! You and your bar cart will be ready!

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{DIY TUTORIAL} Christmas Advent Calendar + FREE Bible Verse Printable


Happy December! I can NOT believe it is already here, but I am super excited it is! December and Christmas are just so magical. I love watching my children with all their excitement, joy and anticipation for what is to come! 

As a mom I really try to instill important values in both my kiddos and make sure they truly understand the Reason for the Season! I love changing up our holiday home decor and this year is no different. I created this beautiful Advent Calendar, which is super easy to make! I will give you all the details and links for supplies needed in this post! 


This is our past Advent Calendar, although I love it, I found it was a little small to place some of the items I wanted to add to it. I will keep it because it has a special place in my heart, but I needed a bigger one or at least one that holds more items. 




Without further ado, here is the supply list you need to make the large white and red one {top photo}:

Using my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine I cut out the numbers 1-24 in silver glitter iron-on vinyl. I then ironed all the numbers onto the mini cotton bags. Once those were done, I simply took my red ribbon and ran 3 horizontal rows across the canvas board, making sure it was not too tight but tight enough so it would not droop. I used my desk stapler to staple the ribbon to the back of the board to secure it. I then hung all the bags {8 per row of ribbon}with the mini clothespins stuffing each bag with the coordinating bible verse. You can of course skip this step and add your own items of your choosing. 

The verses are in chronological order of the birth of Christ and are marked with the coordinating days of the month. Simply download and print on white card stock, cut and add to your calendar bags. 


The cards are sized to 3"x3" and fit perfectly into the bags with plenty of room to add other items. I may add a small ornament to a few of them or candy canes. 

Hope I have inspired you to create your own Advent Calendar. 

Although we do understand the Reason for the Season, my kids are still kids and love the Elf on the Shelf each year.  Our elves {Frosty and Sabrina} made their arrival today too! 


They came barring gifts and asked the kids to take an #elfie! I do understand these elves are not for everyone, but I sure have fun with them, so make sure you follow me on instagram and watch my stories as I will be sharing more ideas for the next few weeks! 

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Winter Cranberry Champagne Signature Cocktail Recipe

A signature cocktail is always a great idea to have at your wedding or any other special occasion. This one is simple and delicious.


What you will need:
Champagne of your choice {I used Prosecco}
Cranberry juice
Grand Marnier
Crushed ice
Cranberries
Black Berries
Crystal cocktail picks

STEP 1:
In a large pitcher, add a full bottle of champagne, one cup cranberry juice and four tablespoons Grand Marnier. Mix well

STEP 2:
Pour into champagne flutes

STEP 3:
Add crushed ice and one blackberry. String your cocktail picks with 3 cranberries and lay it across the top of the champagne flute


STEP 4:
Serve and enjoy!


Make sure you take a look at the full post HERE ~ Winter Bride and Groom Table, along with the DIY tutorial for the fur and pine cone collar HERE and the champagne bottle label printable HERE.

Cheers, 

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Fur and Pine Cone Collar {DIY TUTORIAL}

Embellish your champagne bottles with this easy but elegant fur and pine cone collar!


What you will need: 



STEP 1:
Measure the fur around the bottle you are embellishing and cut it

STEP 2:
Once the fur has been cut, wrap and tie the ribbon around it. 




STEP 3:
Spray paint your pine cones gold and let dry. I use Rust-oleum paint which dries pretty quickly.
STEP 4: 
Hot glue the pine cone onto the ribbon.

STEP 5:
You now have a beautiful embellished fur and pine cone collar for your champagne.


Make sure you take a look at the full post HERE ~ Winter Bride and Groom Table, along with the DIY tutorial for the FREE wedding champagne bottle label HERE. Are you looking for a delicious winter signature cocktail? Why not try a Cranberry Champagne? You can find the recipe HERE.
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