It’s the first day of August, which has most of us pretty bothered about how quickly the summer months have slipped by. However, for hop-lovers, August 1st holds a completely different (and much more exciting) significance– it’s IPA Day. That means it’s time to celebrate, people.
I just found out about IPA Day today (talk about being out of the loop), and I didn’t know what to think at first. I’m not the sort to usually scoff at holidays for their Hallmark-iness (just go with it), but the “National Insert-Random-Food-or-Cocktail Day” craze that has been sweeping social media and blog posts all over seems like a marketing scheme more often than not to me. Then again, go ahead and cast out that IPA-marketing bait. I’ll always bite. Happily.
Upon further examination, IPA day did originate to get people to buy more IPA, but not just for that– to get people to learn about it, to love it, and to spread their knowledge to others. IPA Day started in 2011 when craft beer connoisseurs Ashley Rouston (better known as The Beer Wench) and Ryan A. Ross (certified Cicerone) decided that there should be at least an entire day dedicated to raising your IPA glasses for a toast to one of the biggest names in the craft beer scene. The people agreed. Don’t you? I do.
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.
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!
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.
When it gets cold outside there are few things you and your guests will appreciate more than a warm, filling fondue. I got a Swissmar Lugano Fondue Set a few weeks ago, and I could not wait to use it. At the holiday party I hosted, I made a Cheddar Cheese Fondue that was inspired by the Melting Pot. But, despite the fact that I have made fondue before, I completely forgot how important it is to start the mixture on the stove so it melts smoothly. Even though the Cheddar Cheese Fondue was lumpy and uneven, you can bet that all of the dippers were still eaten up. I mean, who can resist dippers like baguette, sourdough, sausage, and broccoli smothered in gooey cheese? Who would want to?