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5 Easy Christmas Cocktail Recipes and Serving Suggestions

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Our resident entertaining expert said it best: Find a signature cocktail to host a holiday fete with style. We know, it sounds intimidating — but branching out beyond wine and beer isn’t that difficult. We’ve compiled 5 decadent, delicious cocktails to finish off the holidays right — all with little to no bartending skills required.


1. Dulche de Leche Martini

2 ounces Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon
1/2 ounce Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Flavored Vodka

Combine Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon and Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Flavored Vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a martini glass.

We suggest serving it in one of our Schotts Zwiesel Martini Glasses (shown above).


2. Ciroc Bellini

1.25 oz of Ciroc Peach

Pour the Ciroc in a champagne flute, and fill to the top with champagne.

We suggest serving it in our champagne flutes from our Caterer’s 12-Piece Glassware Set.


3. General Harrison’s Eggnog

1.3 oz. George Dickel Rye
.75 oz. mixture of equal parts egg white, sugar and syrup
1 dash DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters
2 oz. apple cider

Mix all ingredients in a large mug and dust with fresh nutmeg.

We suggest serving this in a Great White Latte Mug.


4. Bulleit Rye Manhattan

1 oz Bulleit® Rye
0.5 oz sweet vermouth
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 cherry

Mix all ingredients and stir with ice in a cold glass. We suggest a Library Double Old-Fashioned Glass.


5. Ketel One Hot Chocolate

1 oz Ketel One vodka
5 oz hot cocoa
¾ oz heavy cream
¼ tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Combine all ingredients and serve warm in a glass mug. Lightly dust with cayenne pepper and cinnamon.

We like ours topped with extra whipped cream in one of our Alphabet Mugs.

You might also like: Tony’s Tips: 10 Ways to Plan the Perfect New Year’s Eve Party

This Weekend, Prep For Fall With Pumpkin Bruschetta

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Make this fall-fabulous pumpkin bruschetta tonight. — Sweet Paul

Tour a family-friendly and charming home. — Apartment Therapy

These 12 rooms have breathtaking biews. — House Beautiful

We can’t get enough of Nicole’s new Victorian! — Making It Lovely

DIY to try: stencils as wallpaper. — PopSugar Home

Tour a Brooklyn fashion designer’s home. — Remodelista

The Perfect Summer Popsicles

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These popsicles just may be the perfect summer refresher. — Folk Magazine

Must-have items for your registry. — BHG

Find the perfect baker’s rack. — Lonny Mag

Save at this must-shop sale (that ends today)! — PopSugar Home

The best outdoor string lights for your summer parties. — Apartment Therapy

10 gorgeous cottages sporting picket fences. — Gardenista

Check out this tip for styling food for photographs. — Sweet Paul

How To Set Up a Festive Drinks Station For Your Holiday Party

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We’re excited to feature a post today from Carmen Taylor, who shows you how to create an easy and festive drinks station for your upcoming holiday soirees!

Setting up a drink station for a large crowd can be stylish and fun. Follow these guidelines for a seamless holiday beverage service.

Choose a signature drink that may be customized using infusions, purees and juices. An interactive beverage station is personal and exciting for guests. Use a beverage dispenser suited for larger service like the Decorator’s Drink Dispenser.

 Fill the base of the drink dispenser with seasonal decor elements.

 Mercury Glass Ball Ornaments add the perfect amount of glimmer.Prep glassware by garnishing Jewel Cut Double Old-Fashioned glasses before guests arrive. I enjoy using fresh herbs or fruit slices.


Rosemary Gin Sparkler

1 ½ cup of sugar

1 ½ cup of water

8 sprigs of rosemary

2 ¼ cup of gin

2 cups of club soda

½ cup of lime juice

In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, 4 of the rosemary sprigs, and water to a simmer. Remove from heat and let cool.

Strain the sugar syrup into a large pitcher. Add the gin, club soda, and lime juice and stir to combine. Chill before serving; garnish each glass with rosemary sprigs.

Source: Photos courtesy Carmen Taylor

Decorate Your Desserts and Other Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips

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Add something special to your pies this year with this charming banner. — Oh Happy Day

Speaking of pie, learn how to make the perfect pie. — The Blender

Your house will look seasonally festive thanks to these Thanksgiving decorating ideas. — Country Living

Holiday centerpiece inspiration thanks to art from the 17th to the 21st century. — Garden Design

How to use dried foliage for decor. — Remodelista

Wishbone accents for a festive holiday. — CasaSugar

Source: Photo courtesy Oh Happy Day

Planning the Thanksgiving Menu: A Strong Finish

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While the turkey is of course the main event at the Thanksgiving meal, you can’t underestimate the importance of a delicious dessert. This year, we’re keen on the idea of serving something that’s individually sized, like these Southern Spiced Apple Pies with Crème Fraîche.(Find the recipe here — they’re actually quite easy to make.)

Individually sized desserts mean that you can eliminate squabbles over who gets the bigger piece of pie, and you can make just as many mini pies as you need for your celebration (or for the day after).

We think that this pie recipe perfectly complements our Rustic Thanksgiving party planner in both taste and aesthetic. Want to add extra style to your dessert table? Here are some suggestions to round out the look.