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Cider Tasting Party Ideas!

Host a Cider Tasting Party!

My lovely friend, Joanna from In2YourBeauty Makeup Artistry came up with the most fun cider tasting dinner date idea!  She came over, made me over and together we put together some really pretty drinks and inspiration for your next fall gathering!

Coffee stained watercolor paper DIY invitations!  These easy invites are made out of watercolor paper, dipped in old coffee, and hand torn to size.  Add your own info with your favorite fonts or hand write with calligraphy!The light-filled dining room is all put together with fall colors starting with the creamy linen and ladder back dark wood chairs.  This delicate wreath from Gatherer Floral is my favorite purchase of the season! Gold rimmed dinner and salad plates, white and gold flatware, gold rimmed wine and cider glasses!  We took accent colors from our fall bouquet to the napkins and place setting flowers and let the cider and garnishes fill in the rest! Hard Apple Cider with Fresh Cranberries

  • 5-10 fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sparkling apple cider
  • 1/4 cup ginger beer
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of ground cinnamon

Add cranberries to the bottom of the glass, chill with ice, add remaining drink ingredients, and serve!
How gorgeous are cranberries…

Cinnamon Apple Cider

  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish

Mix together the cider, rum, and schnapps. Pour and garnish with apples and cinnamon sticks!

Apple Cider Sangria

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 apple, cut
  • 1 orange, cut
  • 1 orange peeled (for garnish)
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 1 cup club soda

Combine all ingredients into a large pitcher and stir. Refrigerate for an hour before serving. Serve with orange peels and garnish! Fall flowers are so fun with all their yummy colors.  Try adding apples to the mix with wooden dowels for the perfect apple themed centerpiece!Side note: Thank you, Joanna, for taking a picture of me!!  I love it <3Pretty Joanna!  Joanna did all the makeup on the both of us! <3  And we thoroughly enjoyed matching our yellow outfits 😉Get out the cute mugs and blankets!  This toasty treat is the perfect dessert cider!

Hot Caramel Apple Cider Recipe (2 servings)

  • 4 cups of apple cider
  • 2 shots caramel vodka
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar

Heat all ingredients (except the vodka) on medium heat until it steams, pour into mugs, add vodka shots and serve!


Host a Pie Decorating Party!

How to Host a Pie Decorating Party with Friends!

The weather has just started to turn down here in Florida and we are celebrating everything Fall with the windows open and the oven on!  Baking and indulging on our favorite fall treats is a must and what better way to enjoy them than with friends <3  Grab your culinary creatives and host a pie decorating party with our adorable pie party tips!

Continuing the obsession with colorful envelopes, this green euro flap set is so delicious for any season.  I LOVE a good envelope liner and this apple and leaf print is so stinkin’ sweet!

 Greet your guests with the cutest Apple Pie Shooters, ever!!
We made these with the leftover pie filling and the following ingredients:  *The Mini Moscow Mules are from Target 😉

Apple juice
Vodka (make as strong as you desire)
Cinnamon (Sprinkle on top)

For an extra adorable appetizer, try these micro apple pie bites!  It’s so fun to decorate in miniature.  Just use a mini muffin pan as your mold!  Tip:  chop the apples to small bits for the filling of these tiny pies and keep the crust thin for a better crust to filling ratio. How cute!? What I love most about this party is that you can make it as easy or hard for yourself as you have time (or patience) for.  Make your own crust or buy store bought but be sure to have all the leg work out of the way before your party starts. These 6 inch pie dishes are the perfect size for place settings and a more manageable size for group decorating!  One pie crust will cover a 6″ pie dish with leftover dough for decorating the tops.  I had two pie crusts on hand for each guest to be sure we had enough. These pie crust stamps are my absolute favorite, get your own set here! Place setting flatware and cookie cutters are excellent tools as well.  Get creative, have fun, bake, and enjoy!!

Posh Halloween Party Ideas!

How to host a classy Halloween party with subtle details…

Halloween parties are so much fun with costumes and candy, spooky decor, and scary elements.  But what if you aren’t into all the scary ghosts and goblins and just want to host a pretty party during Halloween?  Pretty Halloween parties CAN be done and I love the idea of incorporating just a little bit of that Halloween spirit with subtle details…

Start with the Stationery.
All of my Halloween stationery dreams came true with these black envelopes and cards printed with gold foil.  Feminine calligraphy softens the skull theme of this design suite.  The skeleton wax seal and black silk ribbon are totally over the top!

 Greet your guests with champagne and blackberries!  Add tiny tasting spoons to each glass so guests can spoon out the champagne soaked blackberries at the bottom; DELICIOUS. Keeping with the main stationery theme, place cards were printed with gold foil on vellum and then tucked into each dinner fork.  You can find this fab flatware set here! A marble top table keeps the overall look light and bright.  Our Halloween dinner party table was topped with black dinner plates, black linen napkins, marble salad plates, and black pumpkins.  Adding the gold trim flatware and glasses for that finished touch.  And finally, a black naked drip cake for dessert!  Our favorite things in which to decorate naked cakes in the fall are figs, blackberries, and macarons!!We hope you are inspired to host your own super classy Halloween dinner party too!

Happy Halloween!

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