Category: Party

DIYDIY Gold Dot Champagne Flutes

Whether you’re throwing a swank holiday soiree or looking for easy and unique gifts for your friends and family this season, these chic DIY gold dot champagne flutes are sure to awe! Serve up some sparkling apple crisp cocktails in these bubbly flutes, paired with our favorite bacon wrapped dates appetizer, and your party will be the talk of the town for years to come! Since you can use any household nail polish, the color combinations are totally endless!

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Materials:

-Set of champagne flutes

-Metallic gold or silver nail polish

-Pointed Q-tips (can be found at your local drug store)

-Disposable tray

 

Directions:

1. Shake your nail polish well, then pour a nickel-sized circle of polish into the tray

2. Dip the Q-tip into the nail polish and start to add dots to the bottom of the champagne flute, spacing the dots out more as you reach the top of the glass

3. Let the polish dry and gently hand wash the flutes before serving bubbly in them!

 

*Tip: We recommend only pouring out enough polish for one glass at a time as the polish will get dry and tacky, making your dots uneven!

 

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Note: Be sure to gently hand wash these only!

GeneralSite to See: Drinkify

Whether the drink suggestion site Drinkify is actually better for it’s mixology or it’s wit, it’s hard to tell … but we’re obsessed! How does it work? Simple! Just type in your favorite musical artist, and Drinkify will present you with the appropriate libation. Whether you’re actually concocting these magic mixtures or just having fun, this site is a must-see, and a clever app to play with when you’re hanging out with the family this holiday! (I wonder what mom’s John Denver obsession will turn up!)

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(images courtesy of Drinkify.com)

DIYBacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese Recipe

Show up at Friendsgiving this year with a plate of these bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese (A.K.A. bites of heaven) and everyone will ask you when you found the time to go culinary school! Creamy goat cheese and savory bacon mixed with sweet, sugary dates makes for a complex and exquisite flavor that will rival any five-star restaurant! With three simple ingredients and thirty minutes, you’ll have a deluxe and delicious appetizer that will have absolutely everyone impressed!

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese

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Ingredients:

-1 16 oz. package of dried Medjool Dates (can be found in the produce section of Trader Joe’s)

-1 12 oz. package of bacon, slices cut in half widthwise

-1 4 oz. package of Goat Cheese (Pecorino, Asiago, Manchego, Feta, or Bleu Cheese will work too)

-Toothpicks

-Paprika

-Brown Sugar (optional)

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Using a small knife slice a slit in the dates lengthwise and remove pits.

3. Fill each date with about a 1/2 teaspoon of cheese, depending on its size.

4. Wrap dates with your half slices of bacon, securing the overlapping ends of bacon together with a toothpick.

5. Arrange dates on rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with paprika.

6. Bake the dates for about 7-8 minutes or until browned on the bottom and turn (now’s the time to add the brown sugar). Cook for another 7-8 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and a little crispy, and the cheese is slightly browned.

7. Let these cool for several minutes and then enjoy!

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P.S. For a vegan/vegetarian version, you can use soy bacon and replace the cheese with almonds!

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These babies go fast, so we recommend doubling or even tripling the recipe if you’re serving for a large crowd! Drooling yet?

 

CelebrityIt Girl: Jennifer Lawrence

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You may as well call this  beauty our WCE, because she is our woman crush all day, everyday. Jennifer Lawrence has not stopped taking Hollywood by storm since she was nominated for her first Oscar in 2010 at age 20, going on to win her next nomination for Best Actress in 2012. Miss Lawrence is BFF’s with Bradley Cooper and her handsome Hunger Games co-stars, she is an advocate for pizza, and her red carpet style has landed her on every one of our best-dressed lists. I mean, HELLO, she is leading the revolution. Okay so maybe that’s only in the fictional land of Panem, but it may as well be real, ya know? Bottom line: Jennifer Lawrence is THE It Girl and we love her!

DIYSparkling Apple Crisp Cocktail

We went in search of a cocktail that captured the essence of autumn, and what we found is quite exquisite! Pleasing to all the senses, the Sparkling Apple Crisp Cocktail captures the refreshing sweetness of autumn apples, the sultry taste of brandy, and the pleasant sparkle of champagne! It’s cozy enough for a night-in playing board games with your boyfriend, and sophisticated enough to impress any guest at your next holiday soiree! Whip this drink up and have all your friends in awe in no time!

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Ingredients:

-1.5 oz Applejack Brandy

-3 oz Sparkling Apple Cider

-3 oz Champagne (chilled)

-1 Red Apple

-Cinnamon sticks

-Cinnamon and sugar mixture poured evenly on a saucer or plate

-Lemon Wedge

-Ice Cubes

 

Directions:

1. Cut a half inch slit into a lemon wedge and rub it around the rim of the glass

2. Turn the glass upside down and dip it into the cinnamon and sugar mixture, slowly twisting the glass to ensure even coverage, and gently shake off excess sugar

3. Pour the brandy, apple cider, and champagne into the glass and stir well

4. Add 2-3 ice cubes (optional), and garnish with a cinnamon stick and slice of red apple

 

Enjoy!

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