Thursday, December 29, 2016

Gilded Holiday Brunch



Hello to you all.  I hope you are having a great week.

I am just in love with this holiday tablescape that I created to gather with friends last week. You guys know how much I love to set a pretty table and these days, I am loving all things gold. And these white and gold plates offer the perfect mix of elegance for the festive holiday season.



I wanted to create something special and elegant.  A table that could work for the holidays but that could also work during the rest of the year.  By simply removing the gold plate charger, the table becomes neutral and classic and great for any other occasion.

The tables begins with a simple white linen tablecloth.  Next I added the gold plate chargers and placed the Lenox Federal Gold Dinner plate on top.  I then added a salad plate and butter plate to the place setting in the Lenox Casual Radiance pattern.  What a striking place setting this makes. I am in love....  Lastly, a delicate white tea cup is finishes my brunch setting and sparkly candle holders add the finishing touch.  















This spectacular cake/pastry stand came from Home Goods.  What a find!!  Is is so beautiful and elegant.



I purchased these gorgeous flowers at the New York Flower Market on a recent trip.  Let me tell you, I was like a kid in a candy store.  What an incredible selection!!!  I have never seen so many varieties of flowers in one place.  If ever you travels takes to New York City, be sure to visit.  You won't regret it.









I hope this table inspires you to add a little gold into your Holiday gathering!


Wishing you a wonderful and happy New Year's celebration.


Hugs,


Janet





Tuesday, December 27, 2016

75 New Year's Eve Party Ideas

With 2017 just around the corner, it's time to begin planning our New Year's Eve celebrations. And if you haven't started planning the decor, activities or food for your party, do not worry. There is still time to pull together a party that your friends and family will talk about for years to come.

To help you get started with the planning, Tiny Prints recently pulled together a New Year's Eve tool that lets you sort through party ideas, food and cocktail recipes and more that will inspire your celebration. Once you have the major planning down, make sure that you have a few games picked out to keep your guests entertained. 






VANILLA CRANBERRY MIMOSAS




These festive mimosas are the perfect champagne treat to serve at your New Year’s Eve party. The mimosas are made using a few simple ingredients: vanilla-flavored vodka, sparkling wine, cranberry juice and cranberries and vanilla beans for garnish.

Photo credit: Honey & Birch






DISCO TRUFFLES


New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to celebrate all things sparkly, making disco truffles a great choice for your dessert table. The truffles are made using semi-sweet chocolate, and they’re decorated with gold and silver dust.
Photo credit: Sugar Hero!






CHAMPAGNE SHIRLEY TEMPLE

This cocktail swaps out the traditional soda used in a Shirley Temple for champagne. To make the cocktail, all you need is champagne of your choice, a splash of grenadine and cherries and orange slices for garnish.
Photo credit: Sugar & Soul




ANTIPASTO SKEWERS


These antipasto skewers are quick and easy to make, and they taste absolutely delicious! To make the skewers, simply place a slice of prosciutto, a sun dried tomato, basil leaves and a mozzarella ball on a wooden skewer.
Photo credit: Home Made Interest





STUFFED CUCUMBER BITES


To make this healthy appetizer, stuff cucumber slices with cream cheese, salt, mayonnaise and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix. Then, finish the appetizers off with a halved grape tomato garnish.
Photo credit: Joe's Healthy Meals



SPARKLING CIDER TUXEDO DISPLAYS


This adorable, kid-friendly New Year’s Eve table includes bottles of sparkling cider in boxes painted to look like tuxedos. The table also features paper bowls with disco balls and popcorn.
Photo credit: The Cutest Blog




FESTIVE FRINGE


This colorful party had a dessert table decorated with pink, black and gold fringe. There was also a gold sequin frame surrounding a black poster that said “Time to drink champagne and dance on the table.”
Source: A Blissful Nest
Photo credit: Ruby May Designs




TUXEDO CHEESE AND CRACKERS


Add a creative twist to your cheese and cracker plate by placing black olive ties and buttons onto each cheese wedge! You can use your favorite type of soft cheese, or you can use an assortment of cheeses.
Photo credit: Kitchen Mason






Once you have your decorations, food and activities in place, all that's left to do is to celebrate the new year.  Happy 2017!



Hugs,


Janet





Monday, December 26, 2016

Candy Cane Peppermint Punch

Hello friends.  I hope you all had a merry and peaceful Christmas.  It has been super busy in our home as I am sure it has been the same for most of you too. 

I am happy to be here today sharing this easy recipe with you, because after all, is there anything better than Christmastime?  Holidays songs and movies have been on repeat for the past few days, tons of holiday cookies have been eaten and pretty lights are everywhere in the house.  So forget about dieting.  Diets will have to wait after the new year.

Today, I am sharing a recipe for eggnog which was shared by Deborah Shearer Table + Dine.  The recipe was so good that I had to share it with you all.  I made it on Christmas Eve and it was a total success.  The combination of eggnog with peppermint ice cream is just perfection.

The recipe takes less than 10 minutes from start to chill time, which makes it great for the busy holiday season.






RECIPE

Ingredients:
  • 1 Quart eggnog
  • 1 Liter ginger ale
  • 1/2 Gallon peppermint or french vanilla ice cream
  • Crushed candy canes




Pour eggnog and ginger ale into a punch bowl and lightly stir. Scoop in ice cream to float and garnish with crushed candy canes.

Use water or honey to wet the rim of the glasses, dip into crushed candy canes and enjoy!




Warmest wishes from my family to yours!



Janet


Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Country Christmas Tablescape


Until this Christmas, I had no idea that I was going to be having a little obsession with vintage trucks. Specifically, red pickup trucks.  Me, the queen of everything dainty and floral.  Hard to believe but it is true and decorating with vintage cars is all the rage these days.  They are everywhere!!

So today, I am sharing a table decorated with a farmhouse theme which showcases my latest find. You guess it!  A red pickup truck.  It was just too adorable to pass up.  I was not sure on how I was going to incorporate it in my decor when I first bought it since our home has a more sophisticated style but it quickly became the inspiration for all of our Christmas decorations this holiday season. And it is perfect, great patina and it already had all the pretty Christmas trees on the back of the pickup.  

My fun table begins with a distressed wood charger in antique white, topped with simple white plates and black porcelain plates decorated with different holiday phrases.  I added a black and white check napkin to give it a farmhouse/country feel.  Classic green glass and flatware complete each tablesetting.

I then placed a few clear glass candle holders along the center of the table.  A few fresh greens and ornaments give it a holiday feel.  But then the red truck takes center stage right on the center of the table.  The perfect finishing touch for this fun and happy table.









































I hope I have inspired to branch out this holiday season and experiment with something completely outside of your comfort zone.  Who knows, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Thank you for visiting sweet friends.  Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Janet



SOURCE LIST:

Placemats:  Home Goods (A few years ago)
Flatware:  Reed & Barton
Wood Charger:  Pier 1
White Plate:  Home Goods
Salad Plate:  Pier 1
Napkin:   Made by me
Red Truck:  Home Goods






Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Cranberry Cupcakes

Hello friends.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I can't believe that Christmas is only 6 days away.  So many things to do and so little time.

For many of us, it also means that it's time to turn on our ovens, line the counters with ingredients, mixing bowls, roll up our sleeves and get to work my friends.  But with my busy schedule, that means lots of late night baking sessions.  There are still plenty of cookies to bake and peppermint bark to make. 

Christmas is just a fun time to bake and today, I am sharing a recipe for delicious cranberry muffins which I decked out in holiday cheer to bring to the office tomorrow.  They are made with fresh cranberries and topped with a simple cream cheese frosting.  I decorated them with crushed candy canes, artificial mini trees and sweet reindeer.  

These will definitely add a smile to anyone's face.  They turned out adorable.  And how festive are they?  I hope you give this recipe a try.










I like to use baking cups from Simply Baked because you can pour your batter into the cups and bake he cupcakes and they come in so many colors.  I normally find them in Home Goods for a few bucks.





Cranberry Muffins Recipe






TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.               MAKES12 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, quartered
  • 8 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel, optional
  • Cinnamon sugar

Directions


  • 1 Sprinkle cranberries with 2 tablespoons sugar; set aside. Sift remaining sugar, flour, baking powder and salt into large bowl.
  • 2 In another bowl, beat egg, milk and oil. Make a hole in center of dry ingredients; pour in liquid ingredients. Stir just until moistened. Add berries and, if desired, lemon peel. Fill 12 greased standard or 6 greased jumbo muffin cups. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  • 3 Bake at 400° for 18 minutes for standard-size muffins or for 22 minutes for jumbo muffins



  • Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe





    TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

    Ingredients

    • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 5 to 6 cups confectioners' sugar

    Directions

    • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Store frosting in the refrigerator.    







    Decorating


    Take a few candy canes and gently crush them in a plastic Ziploc bag with a rolling pin or heavy cup. Spread frosting on the cupcakes and sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top of your frosting.  Add the mini tree and reindeer and you are done.  I purchased the mini trees and reindeer at Michaels.  (70% off this week on all Christmas items)  Now enjoy a bite or two...








    I hope you all have a great week.  Thank you for stopping by and leaving me your lovely comments.


    Hugs,

    Janet


    Saturday, December 17, 2016

    Christmas Centerpiece Ideas For Your Holiday Table

    Hello friends.  Christmas is only a few days away and with that comes setting our holiday tables. Whether you are planning on having a traditional sit down meal, or you are having a buffet style meal, the centerpiece plays a main role on our tables.  It sets the tone for your table and should reflect your own personal style.

    For me, fresh greens and flowers are a must during the holidays.  It is a celebration of the season. They also add instant glamour and elegance to any holiday table. 

    To help you get started, FTD curated these seven floral Christmas centerpiece ideas to inspire your holiday tablescape. These arrangements feature classic elements like bold red roses and festive poinsettias that are paired with unique wintry plants like snowberries and silver brunia pods. They even created these mood boards that highlight featured flowers and plants so that you can easily recreate these stunning arrangements yourself! 



    Exotic and Wild

    Rich and bold, this stunning arrangement includes classic red roses, along with rusty fall leaves paired with cascading amaranthus. These elements combine to create a Christmas centerpiece that is both exotic and wild. 



    Chic and Modern

    Not every Christmas centerpiece needs to include flowers. This chic and modern centerpiece idea is made up of trendy metallic elements like silver, gold and copper. A garland of silver pinecones and a simple arrangement of dusty miller leaves create the base of this centerpiece and is anchored by copper elements such as a geometric terrarium and deer figurines. 
     


    Simple and Elegant

    Just because it’s Christmas, doesn’t mean your Christmas centerpiece can’t be simple. This centerpiece idea is an elegant arrangement of lush garden roses, paired with arrowwood vibernum berries. The holly leaves add a touch of holiday sparkle. You may choose to arrange several smaller arrangements to create an impressive spread for your holiday tablescape.



    Festive and Classic

    This festive and classic centerpiece is made up of the most quintessential colors of Christmas. Featuring festive reds, snowy whites, and lush greens, this arrangement is made up of roses, dahlias, snowberries and a touch of Queen Anne’s lace flower.



    Fresh and Wintry

    Eucalyptus, dusty miller, silver brunia pods, and spray roses, combine to create a color palette that is cool and wintry. Ashy greens are complemented by velvety white and silver. The metallic silver vase ties the whole look together.



    Bright and Lush

    Festive red roses make another appearance in this elegant Christmas centerpiece. Velvety Cream Mink protea blooms make an exotic addition, along with cranberrybush berries and cascading amaranthus. Juniper fronds and large magnolia leaves make up the foliage for this stunning centerpiece.



    Stylish and Refined

    Sometimes a tall centerpiece for your holiday table is ideal, as to not hinder conversations across the table. Here, the classic Christmas flower, poinsettia, takes center stage and is combined with long stems of tulips and ranunculuses. The gold stand adds a touch of luxury.



    Fresh and Natural

    If you want to keep things simple, below is a centerpiece which is mainly made of Christmas greens, holly, natural pinecones and a few red berries in a lovely woodchip basket.



    Merry and Bright

    For a more festive table, use bright reds and greens.  This hapy floral arrangement is made with red carnations, red berries and assorted evergreen stems in a metallic pail.  Simple and stunning.




    I hope these centerpieces give you inspiration for your table this holiday season.  


    DISCLAIMER:  This is not a sponsored post.  I have no affiliation with FTD.  Just thought these pretty centerpieces offered great ideas for all your holiday entertaining.

    Thank you for stopping by today.  


    Fondly,

    Janet