I have been busy the past week baking up a storm this week to have items to donate to the school bakesale, as well as cookies to gift to neighbours and treats for us to enjoy at home over the Christmas Holidays.
I was not going to do neighbour gifts last year. I had decided to try and simplify my gift giving and spend less, but then gifts of chocolate and baking all started slowly showing up at our door. Naturally my husband asked what we were giving, so I had to scramble to come up with an easy and affordable last minute gift. Continue reading “Chocolate Candy Cane Pretzels”
December 13 is National Hot Cocoa day and to celebrate I am sharing an easy Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar I put out for our house guests last Holiday season.
For my Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar, I decided to set everything up on the counter right beside our coffee maker. I wanted it to be easy to access, and for my guests to feel welcome to help themselves to a warm, festive drink at any time.
To put everything together, I began by gathering my Christmas mugs and a nice tray with a few glass jars and bottles. The coffee K-cups all went in a large glass vase and I wrapped my store-bought container of hot chocolate mix in some candy cane striped gift wrap to make it look pretty. My chalkboard Santa worked perfectly to decorate the space and urge everyone to “Grab a Cup, Warm Right Up”.
For my different stir-ins and toppings, I went with crushed candy canes, marshmallows, Skor bits and some Irish Cream for the adults. I also included some red and white striped paper straws for stirring, and small wrapped chocolates for an extra sweet treat. For an open house or party, a gift wrapped can of whipped cream would be another great addition.
The bar went over well with our guests and I loved having it available for my own morning drink throughout the Holiday Season. I really enjoyed the touch of peppermint flavour the crushed candy canes provided to my morning cup of coffee and my kids loved their cups of hot chocolate with the fun snowman shaped marshmallows I found in the food market at Ikea.
For today’s Disney inspired outfits we are going to Wonderland with cute park-friendly looks I put together for both my daughter and I.
Since it is acceptable for kids to wear full costumes in the parks, my little Alice will be wearing an adorable costume dress and matching headband I found on Aliexpress. It is a lightweight cotton and couldn’t be cuter with it’s frilly sleeves and apron. A lot of the princess dresses tend to be long gowns, but the short length of this costume makes it perfect for riding the spinning teacups or hopping on the carousel.
Teacher’s gifts are always a bit of a challenge. You want something nice to express your gratitude, but you also want to know it is something that is going to get used and enjoyed. Continue reading “Kit Kat Teacher’s Gift”
I am in love with these candy leis! They are inexpensive to make, and are the perfect take away favour for any Luau or tropical themed party. Continue reading “Moana Party Inspiration: Candy Leis”