Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gifts for the Host & Hostess (and some hosting tips!)

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If you are hosting this year, here are some ideas and advice from around the web to make your 
holiday (and hosting experience) more pleasurable. From top to bottom: Oh Happy Day and 
Sugar & Charm. Happy Thanksgiving!!

And some of my tips:

1. Prepare what you can in advance.
2. Have a sister or friend help with the dicing and slicing!
3. Create a "make your own" cocktail bar.
(or have a pitcher of premade cocktail -and a bucket of ice- that guests can easily help themselves to)
4. Host a potluck to share the cooking/baking duties.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Decor & Thanksgiving Cocktails

For Thanksgiving this year, the beau and I are going to visit my sister and dad in Monterey. While my sister will be tackling all of the food (I will be there to help slice and dice), I am in charge of the decorations and cocktails! The first step in brainstorming? Why pinterest of course. Here are some of my favorites: 

Glitter Pumpkins by Spray Paint & Chardonnay
Bunting by the DIY Network
Pinecones via Modernly Wed
Natural Table Setting by Lemon Thistle
Gold Details via A House in the Hills
Falling Leaves by Sunday Suppers
Some other decor ideas...

// Thumbprint Place Cards by Make it Your Own // 
Great for any holiday - eggs at Easter, Turkey and Pumpkins at Thanksgiving, Bats at Halloween and a string of lights at Christmas. 

// Wine Cork Turkey Place Cards by Almost Makes Perfect // 
You could even add a face onto the wine cork or leave "as is" - a modern Turkey. 

Plum, Thyme & Prosecco Cocktail created by My Diary of Us

Fig, Vanilla bean & Cardamom Vodka deliciousness created by Tasty Yummies.

Cranberry & Pear Sparkler created by Martha Stewart and her team
Some other cocktail suggestions...

// Apple Sangria created by Sally's Baking Addiction //
The flavors of fall all in one glass - cinnamon, orange and apple. 

// Apple Cider Margaritas created by How Sweet It Is //   
Warm flavors for the holiday season. 

// Apple Cider and Champagne Sangria created by Kiran Tarun //
This one has cranberries and figs!

What are your plans for the upcoming holiday? What are you in charge of preparing/creating?

 Thank you for stopping by! xo