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Three Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipes

16 Nov

Holiday parties always need a signature cocktail! I’ve put together three of my favorite holiday cocktail recipes I’ve used at parties throughout the years.  They’re always a big hit and somewhat easy to make ahead of time so you have time to enjoy your guests.

Cranberry Gimlet 

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Whole cranberries, for garnish

Directions

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in ingredients.  Shake until ice cold and strain into a cocktail glass or personalized plastic cup. Garnish with frozen whole cranberries.   Recipe (revised): FoodFanatic.com.

 

Candy Cane Cocktails

  • 1 1/4 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 1/4 ounces white crème de cacao
  • 3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • Garnish: peppermint candy

Directions

Mix ingredients in a ice-filled cocktail shaker.  Shake and pour into cocktail glass or personalized plastic cup.  Garnish rim with crushed peppermint candies! Recipe:  Myrecipes.com.

Pomegranate Martinis

  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 2 c. water
  • 3½ c. gold tequila
  • 2 c. pomegranate juice
  • 1 c. Triple Sec
  • 5 limes
  • Ice cubes for serving
  • 1 c. fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 pomegranate)

Directions

  1. In large pitcher, combine limeade and water until well blended. Stir in tequila, pomegranate juice, and triple sec.
  2. Cut each lime crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick wheels; cut a slit in each wheel, from center to edge. To serve, place ice cubes and a few pomegranate seeds in each glass; place a lime wheel on rim.
    Recipe:  Good Housekeeping.

Use our personalized plastic cups for a fun way to serve your signature cocktails!  They also make clean-up a breeze.  Our Tastemaker Will Kahn of Town & Country magazine uses these cups for his holiday entertaining.  How festive are these?

Do you have a signature holiday cocktail you serve every year?  Tell us in the comments.  We’d love to try it this holiday season!

xo,

Jennifer

Photo credits:  Candy Cane Martini (nuggetmarket.com), Cranberry Gimlet (Yummly.com), Pomegranate Martinis (GoodHousekeeping.com), plastic cup (Will Kahn).  

5 Share-Worthy Graduation Party Ideas

3 May

May and June mean it’s graduation season!  Junior high, high school and college kids will be graduating and moving into the next chapter of their lives.  With graduation comes celebrations – big and small.  To help celebrate the graduates big day, there are some fun ways you can make it special.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas to make your graduation party memorable.

  1. Coordinate everything in their school colors.  This goes for everything you have at the party!  If the school colors are blue and white, coordinate everything with those two colors:  balloons, plates, napkins, table runners, cups, etc.  It really brings the theme together.  If you have a high school graduate who will be going to college, you can celebrate by using their new college colors.  It’s also a great way to announce their college choice for those who aren’t already aware of where they will be headed in the fall.

    Decorating in school colors. Photo source: Catchmyparty

  2. Decorate with pictures of the graduate. To get people “oohing” and “ahhing” display pictures in frames of the graduate throughout the party. If it’s a small gathering at a restaurant, you can put a few on the table(s). If you are having a big backyard party, put various pictures at different tables so everyone can view the graduate through the years. You can also hang them from outdoor tents for a great backdrop as well. This is also a great ice breaker for guests who may not know each other.

    Surrounded by memories of the grad. Photo source: Pinterest

  3. Set up a photo booth.  Make a huge chalkboard backdrop with chalkboard contact paper.  You can have it say “Class of 2017” where friends (and family) can take pictures at the party.  You can also add a hashtag so everyone can view the pictures later on social media (i.e., #Samgradparty17).

    Say cheese! Photo source: Pinterest

  4. Give everyone a class ring.  For a fun and inexpensive centerpiece, put out a glass jar or bowl filled with Ring Pops and label it “Class Rings.”

    Class rings for everyone! Photo source: Mylifeatplaytime.com

  5. Design a box for cards. Most guests will bring a card to congratulate the graduate. You can gift wrap a medium sized box (and don’t forget to make a slot big enough for cards!) in their school colors. Guests will appreciate having a place to put their cards before enjoying the festivities!

    Congrats cards welcome here! Photo source: etsy.com

Do you have ideas you’d like to share? Maybe something you did at your party that really “wowed” your guests! Share in the comments!

Congrats to all the 2017 graduates and best of luck in your futures!  See our graduation ideas for even more inspiration!

xoxo,

Jennifer

Guest Towels for Parties and for The Home

28 Jan

Guest TowelsPersonalized Guest Towels are a great option for many occasions.  I love putting them out on buffets as they are a perfect size whether it’s for a brunch, luncheon or dinner.  I also use them when I set a nice table for a party or holiday.  They add some style and sophistication and of course they are disposable so the clean up is a breeze.

I also love to put Guest Towels out in my powder room for guests to use.  They are pretty and people love using them and it’s so much nicer to use a clean towel to dry hands and then toss out.  They elevate the powder room’s style too and are an affordable luxury.  I also like to give Guest Towels to friends and family for housewarming gifts.  They are usually appreciated and make for a special present.

Bathroom Guest TowelsGuest Towels come in many styles and materials so it’s easy to find just a perfect color, pattern or style for your home, gift or event.  These folded disposables in a tall rectangular size and are available in quality 3-ply solid colors and many specialty materials too.  Their size makes their use very easy when setting a table, buffet or stocking in a powder room.  If you are planning an event at an outside venue, if there is a dedicated washroom for guests they are great to leave in there too.

Some options for Guest Towels are the Solid color 3-plys available in a host of colors, our Linen Like Guest Towels  are air-laid paper and have the look of linen with a thicker, plusher, more luxe feel. The DeVille white guest towels offer a superior finish and absorbency.  The Carte Guest Towels look very fancy and super impressive as they feature a filigree pattern embossed into the napkin creating a unique and impressive design.

For a burst of style and sophistication, there are  Capari Guest Towels.  Thee classic styles are created to achieve a sense of integrity and flair and many patterns are inspired by renowned museum collections. A Guest Towel by Caspari will make a perfect statement for any event.

Then there are the silky feeling Masslinn Guest Towels which add a touch of luxury and made of 100% rayon fibers and have a very soft feel to the touch. The Moire Guest Towels are very pretty too as they feature a subtle wavy pattern within the color.

Guest Towels are perfect for home entertaining, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, anniversary and birthday parties, Christenings, graduations and Christmas celebration.  They are also fabulous at luncheons, a cocktail buffet or a dinner party.  If you are hosting Thanksgiving, Passover dinner, Easter brunch or other celebration, Guest Towels work great setting the table.  Enjoy the sophisticated look and feel at affordable prices with our perfectly printed guest towels.

Best wishes,

Renee