How To Set a Punchy Christmas Table + A Merry Mocktail Recipe

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Are you beginning to think about your Christmas dinner table? Me neither. But that’s because my Mom is making her delicious Christmas dinner so I’ll happily be taking a back seat and focusing my efforts on eating all off the mashed potatoes. BUT, if I were hosting Christmas dinner this year, I’d want a little inspiration. I have some Christmas dinner table ideas for you below + a Christmas mocktail recipe. Enjoy!  Continue reading

How To Host a Fabulous Friendsgiving

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Hosting Friendsgiving this year? In search of a little inspiration? I teamed up with friend and DIY expert Miss Kris to offer a few ideas for making it a Fabulous Friendsgiving! Can you guess what (or who) our inspiration was? Read on for the answer, plus DIY Thanksgiving tablescape ideas to die for, and an easy Thanksgiving cocktail that is sure to delight.

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A fabulous Friendsgiving starts with a fabulous setting. But you don’t need to break the bank to be bold. Here’s how we did it:

1. You don’t need a huge space to play host. We transformed a small patio area outside of Miss Kris’ apartment building into our secret garden setting. Perhaps a public park will be your “backyard.”

2. Get crafty! Two sawhorses from the local hardware store paired with a closet door that Miss Kris unhinged for the occasion provided our table (really!). A swathe of fabric, with the edges left unhemmed, and we had our tablecloth.

3. Rent, rent, rent. We rented all of the show-stopping plates and glassware from Dish Wish, which I couldn’t recommend more. You can also scour your local thrift store or flea market, or even ask friends to bring their own place setting for an eclectic feel. We also rented chairs (for less than $2 each!) from a party supply store.

4. Pick a color palette and a theme. We went with black, white and gold. And channeled the Golden Girls for a cheeky theme.

5. Don’t be afraid to DIY! A simple spraypaint of gold onto small pumpkins and ears of corn will do the trick. We created namecards by folding kraft paper in half and writing names with a marker — Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, Sophia, Stan — and let guests guess who was who. (I was Rose, clearly.)

6. Serve a signature drink. We served Santa Margherita wine, which is delicious on its own, and also made a fun and frothy signature cocktail with prosecco. Recipe below…

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FRIENDSGIVING FIZZ RECIPE: Simply add 1-2 scoops of orange sherbet to each champagne coupe, and then top with chilled Santa Margherita prosecco. Enjoy!

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Dee-vine! Festive and frothy, and it couldn’t be easier.

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Keep reading for more ideas + photos!  Continue reading