New Year’s Eve Party Inspiration

New Year’s Eve is about celebrating the year that has passed, and looking forward to the year to come. Here are a few great ways to make your New Year’s Eve party one to remember.

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Just because you want to keep things simple, doesn’t mean you should get rid of all the fun little details. Pretty My Party shares some fun details (plus a free printable)!

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You won’t want to miss these “Kiss Me Kits” Shaken Together Life put together! They are such a cute idea as party favors, of just for you and your honey.

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No party is complete without food. AKA Design shares some great appetizers to make your party good a hit.

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This New Year’s Eve mocktail will please both the young and the old. Check out Kleinworth & Co. for this recipe and many others!
New Year's Eve Party Inspiration|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comNew Year’s Eve is the perfect time to write down those resolutions. Create a space for your party guests to list theirs. Lia Griffith shares how she created these cute cards over on her blog.New Year's Eve Party Inspiration|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Nothing says New Year’s like champagne! These pretty cake balls from Sugar & Soul are sure to be a hit.

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Head over to Domestically Blissful to see this match sign in action! This is something I never would’ve thought of.

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Celebrating New Year’s with kids can be so much fun. Here’s a great way to get them involved in the countdown! The Suburban Mom shares her tips on how to make this successful over on her blog.

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The Blue Eyed Dove shares all her fun tips on how to create a festive atmosphere. Head over to her blog for all the New Year’s Eve inspiration you need.

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I love these cute fortune cookies made by Happiness is Homemade. They would make excellent party favors, but would also look so pretty displayed on a platter at your desert table.

 

Whether you’re planning a huge party or a quiet night at home. We hope these fun ideas will help you welcome in the New Year! 

 

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Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties

The holidays are finally here! What feels more festive than a tasty cocktail at your holiday party?  So much of a successful party revolves around the food and beverages served. We’ve found a few festive cocktails perfect for any event you are planning during this holiday season.

After looking at these recipes for the past few hours while writing this article, I’m ready to go sample a few of them. Cheers!

Still looking for some holiday inspiration? Check out even more festive ideas:

Holiday Gift Guide for Women Over 50

DIY Decorative Holiday Pillows

Spiced Hot Apple Cider for Chilly Nights

 

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Spiced Hot Apple Cider Recipe for Blissful Chilly Nights

Spiced Hot Apple Cider is one of our comfort staple foods. There is nothing better than a cup or two on those chilly evenings! This post contains affiliate links. Your purchase will provide me with a small commission. Thank you for your support!

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Spiced Hot Apple Cider

Spiced Hot Apple Cider is easy to make. It’s even easier to drink it, cup after cup. We often make this drink while watching a good movie, or as an indulgence after a long hard day. You can make this beverage with fresh cider or bottled apple juice, but I must say the fresh cider has the most robust flavor.

It is wise to buy your cider mulling spices in bulk for the most economical savings. However, you will find that when you have all these yummy ingredients in the house, you are far more likely to make yourself this fabulous treat. BUY LARGE QUANTITIES of spices, because you never know when the urge will strike. There have been many late nights when I have wanted to run out and buy spices but the local grocery store charges 10X as much as what I pay for the bulk price. Trust me, you don’t want to be making extra trips to the store!

Here’s my favorite spice choices for this beverage:

Bulk Cinnamon Sticks

Bulk Whole Cloves

Vanilla

If you have a special occasion, you can zip it up with a bit of liquor! Just so you know, weekends count as special occasions in my book!

Cinnamon Schnapps

Cherry Brandy

Cranberry Wine

Delicious! Makes a great unexpected treat for company that drops by at the last minute too!

Spiced Hot Cider Recipe

 

Spiced Hot Apple Cider Recipe for Blissful Chilly Nights

Ingredients

  • 4-6 cups of fresh cider or bottled apple juice
  • 3-5 cinnamon sticks
  • 6-8 cloves
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2-1 jigger of flavored liquor per cup of juice
  • Fresh cinnamon sticks or cranberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. •Pour cider into medium sauce pan
  2. *Add spices
  3. •Heat over medium high heat until warm
  4. •Measure out liquor, add to individual serving cups
  5. *Pour the hot spiced cider through a sieve into cups
  6. •Add garnish if desired, serve immediately
  7. To make the flavors stronger, bring cider near to boiling. Reduce to simmer, add spices and cook 30-40 minutes until liquid is dark and flavorful. Then strain and serve as noted.

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Try some of these other delicious recipes, you know you want to!

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Holiday Cheese Board

 

15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

Fall is almost here! What shouts fall more than tasty apple recipes?! Here are some we found around the internet that we’d love to try this apple season.  15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try as Soon as Possible|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Do you need an impressive looking treat to take to a party?  Look no further! Inspired by Charm has created this tasty apple cranberry slab pie.  It tastes as good as it looks!

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Not all apple recipes are sweet! Apples also make an excellent addition to many savory recipes as well.  Check out this quesadilla that pairs apples with bacon and cheddar, a classic combo.  The details for this simple recipe are all over on Home & Plate.

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While apples make a great mid-day snack, sometimes they can get a little tiresome.  Vicky at Mess for Less used some extra apples she had to make these tasty chips.  What a great way to salvage apples that have been sitting around a few days too long, and also get a great snack out of it!
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Pork and apples are always a great combination.  The Blond Cook shares a great slow cooker recipe that would be great for a fall afternoon.  Who wants to spend these beautiful days inside cooking? Not me!

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Pam at House of Hawthornes decided to find a new way to make this childhood favorite.  Baked apples are such a simple desert, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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This apple butter recipe is a result of hard work paying off big time! I spend years perfecting this recipe.  Who doesn’t want a special apple treat that will last throughout the year?! Head over to my post on Designers Sweet Spot for the recipe.

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Dessert for breakfast? Sign me up! This apple crisp smoothie would be such a great start to any morning, or an excellent (while still healthy) late night snack.  The Recipe Rebel has perfected this smoothie using only 5 common ingredients.  You don’t want to miss this one!

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Mom Loves Baking does an excellent job of explaining how to make this tasty treat, along with great step-by-step photos.  I might have to make these in the next few days! Yum!

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Nothing says fall to me like a fresh apple donut and some cider.  The Cake Blog created a healthier (and easier) version of this favorite over on her blog!

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Are you looking for a fast dinner idea before running off to football practice? Domestic Superhero shares an idea for a take on grilled cheese.  You might even be able to sneak these apples into the kids sandwiches! (It’s worth trying at least.)

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Angie shares this easy snack recipe with us on  The Country Chic Cottage.  This would also be a great option to handing out candy on Halloween!

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After all these tasty treats you might need to go on a diet! Cook Eat Paleo has you covered. These Paleo apple muffins will keep the apple train rolling even while you try to make healthier eating choices.

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What would a fall apple roundup be without caramel apples?! Don’t these make your mouth water just looking at them? Head over to Just a Taste for some tips and tricks on how to perfect your caramel apples.

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Here’s another breakfast treat, apple cinnamon breakfast cookies! This is a great alternative to that granola bar you grab on the way out the door in the morning. The Crazy Craft Lady describes these as the perfect cross between a muffin and a cookie.

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Craving apple pie but not wanting to go through all the work? That’s exactly why Celebrating Sweets creating this no-churn apple pie ice cream. Perfect for those that are craving fall but still sweating in the summer heat.

I don’t know about you, but I’m heading to the grocery store for some apples! This article has me craving something sweet.  Do you have a favorite apple recipe for fall? We’d love to hear about it!

 

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Summer Fruit Sangria

This light summer cocktail is just the thing to go with those spicy dishes or a cheese platter. Make a batch for your next family gathering! This post contains affiliate links. Any opinions given are completely my own. 

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Summer Fruit Sangria

This light summer cocktail is just the thing for summer entertaining. It’s easy to make with fresh summer seasonal summer fruit. I like to find my fruit at the farmer’s market and make a batch when company comes over. You can use just about any combination of fruit and wine. I have found that reading the tasting notes on the wine bottle gives me suggestions for fruits that pair well with the wine.

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Sangria Wines

We have been having regular wine tastings with friends. I highly recommend having a tasting and inviting a bunch of friends to join you. It’s a very relaxing environment and people really enjoy trying out new wines that they have never had before. I will post more on this soon! But for now, sangria is a great way to start your summer entertaining!

I get my wine from Direct Cellars wine club (affiliate link). It’s a wonderful program, we get four bottles per month from premium vineyards shipped to our front door. Each monthly shipment includes two red and two white wines. I am looking forward to trying some more sangria recipes with the monthly wines that we get. You can choose reds, whites or a combination when you join the club.

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Sangria Tips

When you make sangria, be sure to leave the skins on the fruit. Not only does it add extra color and fiber to this delicious treat, but the fruit pairs well with the wine and the combination brings out the flavors of each. I personally believe the skins keep the fruit from browning, but this is more of a theory than fact.  I love this particular recipe with either peaches or nectarines. The raspberries can be frozen ahead of time to chill the wine further with out adding extra ice and watering down the wine if you choose. Either way, it’s delightful!

Summer Fruit Sangria

Summer Fruit Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peach nectar juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle white Zinfandel Wine
  • 1/4 fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1 peach thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
  • Mint leaves for garnish.
  • 16-20 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine juice and sugar in small pan. Cook until dissolved over medium heat. Pour into 2 quart container with lid (a large mason jar works well for this). Add wine, lime juice and ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

I am linking up to the Ultimate Recipe Challenge today. This month’s challenge is Beverages!  Be sure to click on the links and see some more great recipe ideas! Also you can follow along with our Pinterest Beverages group board. Don’t forget to pin the graphic below!

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