Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lovely Wednesdays: Holiday Party Tips

 













I'm so sorry for the late posts this week! Texas has been caught in the middle of a huge, winter storm & my weekend trip to Dallas lasted a little longer than planned. Just glad we made it home okay!

Anyway, Christmas time means gathering with the ones you love & of course, parties! Over the last few years, my sister & I always hosted a christmas party with our friends. We started the night off with a white elephant gift exchange, wine & all of our favorite foods. But this year, with there already being so many holiday parties, we'll be attending rather than hosting. 

So for all you hosts, what is it that will make your party stand out amongst all the others? 

The first, is a great signature cocktail from Better Homes and Gardens. This is a fruity, fizzy & sweet drink that will not disappoint your guests & will make your party less stressful.

Instructions:
In a large pitcher (to serve eight), mix 2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice & 1 cup chilled tangerine- or clementine-flavored vodka; slowly stir in a 750-ml bottle of chilled Prosecco. Rub the rims of the cocktail glasses with an orange wedge & dip lightly in a mix of course & colored sugar (I used normal sugar mixed with a little bit of red food coloring). Or you can use flutes accompanied by rock candy swizzle sticks. Candy & a cocktail in one! {Also, how fun are these champagne flutes?!}

The second, is a multifunctional place card & party favor. This adds a bit of Christmas cheer to your place setting & is also a nice way to thank your guests for attending your party. Even better, they're really easy to make.

Instructions:
Stuff box with tissue, glitter & party favor of your choice. I used a small ornament. Wrap the box in ribbon & tie in a bow. Use a stencil to write the names on the tag with a marker or paint pen. Attach a jingle bell & tag on string & tie on the ribbon. Set these lovely place cards at each place setting & don't forget to tell your guests to take their party favor home for a fun, Christmas surprise!

Merry Christmas & Happy Partying!