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5 Ways To Prep For Holiday Hosting

Brisk air. Christmas lights. Giving gifts. Warm fires and family nights inside.

Deadlines. Chaos. Hectic planning. Trying to finish everything before everyone arrives.

There are so many words that can define your holidays this year. You probably like the first list a lot more than the second (unless you love an organizational challenge). With the temperature dropping, winter can be one of the most magical and heartwarming times of year. With family arriving, parties to host and attend, and checking everything off your shopping list, it can also be one of the most overwhelming seasons. We want you to have all the magic this year without any of the stress of pulling it together. That’s where our holiday guide comes in and gives you everything you need for an ~almost~ stress free holiday of hosting.

THE DÉCOR

This year, we are all about understated glamour. You can have all the glitz and beauty of the season without all the work!

Your furniture and tree are all you need! Let large, naturally beautiful items take the focus, so you only have to worry about the small details that pull a room together. Try our Carved Brass Vases, Zardosi Wall Art, and set of Gilt Glass Ornaments to complete your holiday look.

Gold and antique accents add a lot of regal charm without all the fuss. Our Sunburst Stocking Holder adds glam among fresh evergreens and is a quick way to bring both beauty and functionality to your holiday decorating.

 

 

THE TABLESCAPE

Make your table an eye-catching masterpiece with minimal effort. Larger bowls and pots set the scene and can make the biggest statement. A simple arrangement of branches or bright flowers can add a little extra flair and help the bigger pieces stand out. Bring in the elaborate elements in simple ways with antiqued candlesticks or gilded ornaments.

Presentation is everything, but beauty is really found in the details. A touch of gold and some natural inspiration goes a long way in setting a holiday table that everyone will cherish.

 

 

THE SWEETS

In the spirit of keeping it simple, tantalize your taste buds with Peppermint Bark! It is a quick and easy treat that you can put in the refrigerator hours before company arrives, knowing it will be tasty and ready to munch on when they do.

Plus, guests can get a bite as they please! No need to worry about serving these sweet treats. Try displaying these on our Round Floral Vine Brass Tray for an easy, elegant touch.

 

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Ready in: 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients:
8 oz. high-quality semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
8 oz. high-quality white chocolate, broken into pieces
2 tsp. canola oil, divided
25 peppermint candies, crushed
½ tsp. peppermint extract, divided

1. Lightly grease a 9×9 inch pan and line with waxed paper, smoothing out wrinkles; set aside.
2. Place the semi-sweet chocolate and 1 teaspoon of the canola oil in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching.
3. When the chocolate is melted, stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the peppermint extract. Pour the melted chocolate into the prepared pan, and spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle half of the crushed peppermints over the chocolate layer. Refrigerate until completely hardened, about 1 hour.
4. Place the white chocolate and the remaining 1 teaspoon canola oil in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching.
5. When the chocolate is melted, stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of the peppermint extract. Pour the white chocolate directly over the semisweet chocolate layer; spread evenly. Sprinkle the remaining crushed candy over the top and gently press in.
6. Refrigerate until completely hardened. Remove from pan; break into small pieces to serve.

Recipe from: http://allrecipes.com/video/2804/peppermint-bark/

THE SIPS

Everybody looks forward to the bubbly, bright beverages at holiday parties! The smoothest way to get everyone the drink that they want is to have a classy, decorative bar cart available. With the Marble Top Bar Cart, all the drinks are stylishly on display, ready for guests to help themselves!

If you want to have a more traditional cocktail and make something easy for visitors to look forward to, then try this tasty Winter Sangria:

 

Ingredients:
(Alcoholic)
1 bottle of sweeter red wine
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
1/4 cup brandy
2 tbsp. simple syrup
1 orange cut into slices
1 green apple; remove core and cut into chunks
1 cup grapes, cut in half
1/4 cup blackberries
1/2 pomegranate, just the arils (seeds)
Non-Alcoholic:
garnish with cranberries
1 2L bottle of Sprite
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 orange cut into slices
1 green apple; remove core and cut into chunks
1 cup grapes cut in half
1/4 cup blackberries
1/2 pomegranate, just the arils (seeds)
garnish with cranberries

Alcoholic Option:
1. In a large pitcher mix together the wine, pomegranate juice, Triple Sec, and simple syrup.
2. Add the cut up fruit to the wine mix, stir, and let sit for at least 4 hours, or overnight is best.

Non-Alcoholic Option:
1. In a large pitcher, mix together the Sprite and pomegranate juice.
2. Add the cut up fruit to the juice mix, stir, and let sit for at least 4 hours, or overnight is best.

Recipe: https://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/winter-sangria-recipe/

THE FAVORS

Every successful party has a little something extra for the guests to take home. Light up your guests’ night with these charming Christmas candles (and maybe use a few around the house to show off your own holiday spirit)!

 

 

  
  

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Christmas on Wisteria Lane

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Holiday house

Not a creature was stirring, not even Mr. Perez the mouse;

The Alpine Stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled in a Herringbone Throw in their beds;

While visions of Jolly Jellyfish danced in their heads;


 

And mamma with her Wisteria Catalog, and I in my cap,

Had just folded our Gaucho Throw for a long winter’s nap,

When the Seashell Garland shook with a clatter,

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Ran past the Pueblo Village and threw up the sash.


 

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,

Gave a lustre of midday to the Three Wise Men below,

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

But a miniature sleigh and eight Regal White Reindeer,

With a little old driver so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

So up to the housetop the White Stags they flew

With the sleigh full of toys, and Seaside Santa too—

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my Notepad, and was turning around,

Down the chimney a more Nordic Santa came with a bound.


 

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of Crowns and Stockings on his back,

And Peace on Earth Doves flew out of his pack.

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!

His cheeks were like Rosemaling Candles, his nose like a cherry!


 

His droll little mouth was drawn up like Mistletoe,

And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a Cherub face and a little round belly

That shook when he laughed, like a Serving Bowl full of jelly.

He was plump like a Kash Birds Pillow, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He placed the Nativity, and went straight to his work,

And filled new Seaside Stockings; then turned with a jerk,


 

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

Atop the Mali Rug, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”


This poem is inspired by Clement Clarke Moore’s classic A Visit from St. Nicholas.

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