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Kicking Off the Holiday Season

When the weather turns colder, we can’t help but get into the festive mood. Warm fires, twinkling lights, toasty drinks, and togetherness seem to seep in naturally, so why not celebrate it? Friends and family don’t need much of an excuse to get together, but we’ve got some great ideas that will make an evening of holiday fun extra special. If you’re looking for a reason to get friends and family together, why not host an ornament exchange? Request that each guest bring a wrapped ornament, and organize the exchange White Elephant-style. After everyone has opened their gift, a round of “stealing” rouses the playful spirit of everyone involved. Best of all, each guest gets to go home with a souvenir from the special night.

COCKTAILS

Punch bowls or large pitchers of seasonal cocktails will not only brighten a holiday side table, but allowing guests to get up and serve themselves will encourage mingling. Our Pomegranate Orange Sangria is easy to whip up in a big batch, and we’ve even got a non-alcoholic version so the whole family can enjoy. Cranberries and orange wheels make a great, seasonally appropriate garnish.

FOOD

A selection of appetizers so that guests can make small plates will keep the gathering from feeling too formal, and if you’d like to open up the option for guests to bring their favorite recipe to share, all the better! Choose some savory bites such as mini-quiches as well as something sweet, such as spiced cookies. ’Tis the season, after all!

DECOR

Nothing sets the stage like a crackling fire, but if you don’t have a fireplace, the same warm and cozy effect can be accomplished with candles. Varying sizes and colors can both light and decorate a serving table. Alternatively, a string of white lights woven through fir sprigs are kid-friendly and take no time at all!


COCKTAIL Pomegranate Orange Sangria

  • 2 oz. Stirrings® Pomegranate Mixer
  • 2 oz. Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer
  • 3 oz. Red Wine (Zinfandel or Shiraz work well)
  • Garnish Orange Wheel

Fill a tall glass with ice, and orange and lemon slices. Layer in all ingredients, stir gently and garnish with an orange wheel.

MOCKTAIL Virgin Sangria

  • 2 oz. Stirrings® Pomegranate Mixer
  • 2 oz. Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer
  • 3 oz. Ginger Ale
  • Splash of Stirrings® Blood Orange Bitters

Fill a tall glass with ice, and orange and lemon slices. Layer in all ingredients, stir gently, and garnish with an orange wheel.

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