Whether you’re having the family over for the holidays or just some friends for a night of hot chocolate, Christmas music, and gift wrapping, this time of year is a wonderful time for entertaining! We love the idea of adding in elements into your home decor to give a little holiday touch, like replacing your usual pillows with some that are holiday patterned, or adding wreaths around the house to give your home a cheerful atmosphere.
A hot chocolate bar for guests is a great way to get family and friends in the holiday spirit, as well as treats topped with peppermint and festive holiday cocktails! If you’re having a casual get together, or a fancy holiday dinner, these extra touches are sure to inspire. Take a look at these photos for ideas for your holiday gathering!
Looking for a festive drink for an upcoming event? We had some fun trying our hand at mixing up a holiday season cocktail this week. This sparkling wine and Chianti recipe with hints of vanilla and a dash of fruitiness is perfect for this time of year. It’s incredibly easy to make and we couldn’t resist adding a little garnish for some extra charm!
||Sparkling white wine, chilled
- Cut pear lengthwise into ¼ inch slices, cutting from stem end through the bottom. Cut apples crosswise into ¼ inch slices, and cut the plums into wedges.
- Stir together pear, apples, plums, cane syrup, 2 rosemary sprigs, and vanilla in a 3-quart glass container until the fruit is coated. Gradually stir in the Chianti. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.
- Stir in sparkling wine just before serving. Serve over ice and garnish with rosemary sprigs if desired.
Photography: Sarah Kay Photography
Recipe: Southern Living
Today’s vendor spotlight is on Borrowed Bar in Madison! Borrowed Bar is owned by Adam and Marla Bergh, a husband and wife team that fired up their business in the Summer of 2017 with a soft launch at an anniversary party for Revel – Madison’s hip new DIY craft bar destination downtown. Borrowed Bar plans to officially launch by end of Fall 2017 with a website and social presence coupled with promotions and contest for rentals. Just in time for brides to book for their 2018 weddings and all the Holiday and New Year parties being planned!
Borrowed Bar rents pre-made and custom tap walls for events. The tap walls allow for a self serve bar where you can provide anything from champagne, wine, beer, coffee, kombucha, soda, and more – all on draft, from a keg! Borrowed Bar staff provides the customized tap wall rental plus the tapworks and gas to move the beverage from its keg behind the wall, to your glass! Owner Marla states that “having beverages on tap at your party is an amazing option and the fun customizations you can apply to your wall are endless. The tap wall is a centerpiece and definitely takes your event to the next level.”
Check out some of of these CBE parties that Borrowed Bar has done as well as a few other parties they have served! This Packer tap wall was perfect for our game day event and cheering on our favorite team (GO PACK GO!) while enjoying some delicious drinks. We also loved how our Old Fashioned tap wall turned out for our Camp Wed retreat featuring calligraphy by Saffron Avenue and was a huge success with our guests!
Angela Mondloch of Saffron Avenue
Marla Bergh of Borrowed Bar
The most impressive way to serve cocktails! This new, hip option is a sure way to add a little extra jazz to your wedding to make it stand out from the rest. Imagine serving his and hers signature drinks out of something this snazzy! With rental companies popping up in hot spot locations, these trailers are becoming easier to come by. Even better—if you or a friend owns a trailer it could become a fun DIY project. If you aren’t a DIY-er no problem! Barmadillo in Madison is one of our favorite beverage options for any event!
These adorable trucks and trailers are a great way to add style to your outdoor reception. Whether you’re going for a retro vibe, or rustic charm, you can find these trailers in all shapes and sizes. Try adding a custom sign to the outside to add a personal touch, or string the perfect set of lights to create an ambiance that will keep your friends and family dancing all night!
This sunday, treat Mom with a brunch fit for a queen! Here is some sweet + savory inspiration for a perfect mid-morning meal.
Satisfy Mom’s sweet tooth with mini donuts, mini pancakes, baked goodies or a parfait bar.
From breakfast pies, mini quiches to bagels topped with salmon, these savory dishes have our mouths watering.
Mother’s Day + flowers practically go hand-in-hand. Create whimsical centerpieces using colored glass bottles, repurpose vintage tea cups as planters or submerge a few blooms in large cylindrical vases.
Whether it’s tea, lavender lemonade, strawberry limeade or a mom-osa bar with fresh fruit, make sure your glass is full and ready to toast!
These honey + lemon tea spoons are perfect for a mom who loves tea!
Cheers to you, Mom!
A Cup Full of Sass
Bright Star Kids
Brittany Gidley Photography
The chilly fall weather is the perfect excuse to add a seasonal twist to your signature cocktails for your wedding. But, don’t think you need to save these just for your special day; they will delight your guests whether served at your shower, rehearsal dinner, or bachelor or bachelorette party. Shaken, stirred, or mulled, these fall drinks are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Take a seasonal spin on the classic Cosmopolitan by incorporating red and white cranberry juice.
- 1 bottle (750 ml) vodka
- 5 ounces Cointreau
- 5 ounces red cranberry-juice cocktail
- 5 ounces white cranberry-juice cocktail
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- Fresh cranberries, for garnish
- Pour all ingredients except cranberries into a large pitcher with ice; stir vigorously. Strain into glasses, discarding ice. Garnish with festive berries!
Is a guaranteed crowd-favorite, especially during the colder months! Plus, you can prepare it days in advance and reheat it when it’s time to celebrate. (Pre packaged mulled spices can also be purchased if you don’t want to make it from scratch)
- 1 bottle red wine
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brandy
- 1 large orange
- 2 cardamom pods
- 4 star anise
- 6 whole cloves
- 6 allspice berries
- 6 whole black peppercorns
- 1 cinnamon stick, plus 4 for garnish (optional)
Holiday Mulled Wine
- Switch out the orange for ½ cup cranberry juice and ½ cup whole cranberries
- First, zest then juice the orange
- With the flat side of a knife, press firmly on the cardamom pods to open them a bit. In a large pot combine zest, cardamom, cloves, allspice, star anise peppercorns, cinnamon, juice, wine, water, sugar, and brandy. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves.
- Once sugar has dissolved reduce heat to low; simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; serve immediately.
Give this classic cocktail a fall shake up by adding blood orange, apples and maple syrup.
- 1 ½ ounces applejack
- 1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- A few dashes of orange bitters
- 2 ounces Champagne
- Blood orange rind for garnish
- Combine applejack, whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker; shake over ice. Strain into 6 ounce martini glass, top with champagne, garnish, and serve.