Blood Orange Slush Mimosas

 
Happy New Year’s Eve!  As you get ready for the big ball drop tonight, try out this easy cocktail recipe on our first official Mixology Monday.  Blood Orange Slush Mimosas are great and super simple to make for your New Year’s Eve party.  Enjoy, and start off 2013 the right way!
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Free Downloadable Printables

(Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas)

 

The jolliest time of the year is finally upon us! (Cue squeal of anticipation, or sigh of relief, or both.)  To help with your last minute Christmas preparation, I’ve put together some free downloadable holiday printables for you to enjoy!  One is an “Eat, Drink, & Be Merry.” decorative sign that will look great adorning your Christmas Eve buffet table tonight.  I also have attached printable banner letters, A-Z, so you can create your own banner in your home with some ribbon or string, tape, and these printouts on cardstock!  When I used the banner, I wrote out “JOY” and “LOVE” but feel free to write any holiday sentiment.

 

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Paper Snowflake Decorations

(Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas)

 

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that Host the Toast’s “12 Days of Christmas” are ending the day before Christmas.  This is because 1) Christmas advice won’t help you much if I post it ON Christmas, and 2) You and I are both going to be too busy giving out (and receiving, hopefully) amazing Christmas presents to even think about logging on the computer.

 

 

What you will be thinking about (besides the aforementioned amazing Christmas presents) is how your house looks like a bonafide Winter Wonderland thanks to all of the paper snowflakes you made and strung up.  Don’t worry, making and hanging gorgeous paper snowflakes is easier than you might think, and to top it off it’s the cheapest way imaginable to decorate for Christmas.  I’m here to walk you through getting beautiful paper snowflakes hung up before Christmas morning!

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Holiday Playlist- 12 Song Suggestions and DJ Devine / DJ Q!

(Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas)

 

Need inspiration for your holiday party playlist?  Here are 12 song suggestions from various genres for you to pick from to create your personal party playlist.
 
1. Eartha Kitt- Santa Baby
For 3 minutes and 28 seconds, no one will judge you for seeming a bit materialistic and very sultry when you and your guests sing along to this song. Hurry up, find the mistletoe, and get your crush’s attention while the mood is still right!

 
2. The Killers- I Feel it in My Bones
This new Christmas-themed single is perfect for the young adults who may make the naughty list this year.

 
3. Justin Bieber ft Busta Rhymes- Drummer Boy
I don’t have Bieber-fever, but this song made me laugh and had to be included. If you want to put a little bump and grind into your Christmas Carols, this song might be right for your party.

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Peppermint Mocha White Russian Martinis

(Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas)

 

A few weeks ago, I saw this recipe for Peppermint White Russians from Pink Parsley.  I remember thinking that it sounded like the love child of the seasonal Starbucks drink and a liquor cabinet, which, in case you were confused, meant that I had to try it immediately.

 

 
I went to seven (yes, seven) different liquor stores over the next few days to find Peppermint Mocha Kahlua for the drink, and apparently it just doesn’t exist in my area.  I did find Mocha Kahlua, but the whole point of the drink was the peppermint, so I also picked up a bit of peppermint extract and thought to myself, “it’s got to work, right?”
 
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