Holiday Tablesettings and Cocktails

Holiday Tablesettings are all about family and friends, personal traditions, warm, wonderful winter colors and designs.

In your family, what makes up your holiday celebration?

Children? If so, involve them and begin to teach them the beauty of sharing traditions and special occasions with their friends and family.

Make your table a North Pole dream come true – complete with the kids working as Santa’s little elves!

Take a styrafoam cone shaped topiary form, and any holiday candies that you want to use. I love swedish fish, jelly bellies in holiday colors, gumdrops, cinnamon bears and more.  With hot glue or tacky glue, adhere candies to each cone in various patterns based on color, shapes, and more. Add a silk bow to teh top to finish the look.  Display ontop dishes or cake stands to complete the look.

Company in from out of town? If so, make them feel welcome and personally touched by the details and thoughtfulness at your table.

Holiday Wish jar centerpiece…make a wish, take a wish.

Take a collection of glass apothecary jars, and fill half of them with scrolled blank paper, cut from large sheets. Wrap a ribbon on the jar, and add a tag describing the type of wishes to be placed inside: Wishes for Family, Wishes for the World, New Year Resolutions, and more. Have pens at each placesetting, for guests to use to write their personal holiday wish, and put into the jar.

Half of the jars can be filled with wishes for your guests…they reach into the jar, and take one of your wishes for them to take into the holiday and new year.

No time for table décor?

Instant winter centerpiece – Take glass hurricanes or vases, and spray with “spray frost” for an instant, gorgeous candle collection centerpiece. Fill the hurricane or vase with a tall pillar candle, or water and a floating candle.  Surround with scattered white or red rose petals and votives (I love to spray frost these too) for the finishing touch.

What holiday party is complete without a fabulous cocktail?  My favorite hot Cocktail Trends this year include the following (and all can be made as mocktails, without alchol for the kids or non-drinkers):

Pomapolitan – a cosmopolitan made with pomagranate juice. My aunt Elaine made these for the pre-party to my cousin Megan’s wedding.  They were so delish – I rushed home from Ohio to make them for my own parties.

Into a pitcher or martini shaker, pour:

2 oz vodka (I am so in love with Vodka 360)

2 oz contreau (orange liquor)

1 oz lime juice

1.5 cups pomegranate juice

Garnish with a thin slice of lime floating in the glass…voila!

Peppermint Patty – hot chocolate with a splash of peppermint schnapps (you can decide how much you use in a “splash”!

Pour into glass Irish Coffee mug, teacup, etc. hot chocolate

Splash with peppermint schnapps

Garnish with a mini candy cane on the rim…too sweet.

Gingertini – Vanilla Vodka with Ginger Beer

In a pitcher or martini shaker pour:

Half Vanilla Vodka (I love Absolute)

Half Ginger Beer (or Ginger Ale in a pinch)

Garnish with a cinnamon stick to stir in the glass.

Cheers – to happy holidays!


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