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YumSugar Preview: Come Party With Me - Holiday Cocktail

The holidays are just around the corner and we're happy to announce that will be here just in time. Starting this Friday, will be your go to place for delicious recipes, entertaining tips and festive cocktails. See below for a sneak peek:

This week why not plan a cocktail party for you and your friends? The perfect event where ready made meets homemade, a quick, easy holiday themed get together can be thrown any night of the week. For all of the details (invite ideas, serving suggestions, decorations schemes, musical playlists, divine drinks) on how to host this party, see below.

Invites: Make simple invites by cutting out the shape of an ornament (or use this template) on metallic card stock or colored wrapping paper. Write out the super important details of your party-date, time, location, formality-on the back. Slide into an envelope and send. Too busy to send out formal invites? Decided you want to throw this party in three hours? Have no fear: write a text-invitation and send it to all of your friends.

Menu: Don't worry even if you aren't a kitchen goddess, you can still host a fabulous cocktail party by using mostly store bought items. Make one simple yet super tasty tiny bite or decadent dip and assemble the rest of your menu. Assemble a cheese platter: purchase one each of your favorite types of hard, semi soft, and soft cheese. Plate with crackers, baguette toasts, grapes, and bread sticks. Lay out slices of salami, prosciutto, and honeyed turkey on another plate. Fill bowls with mixed nuts, olives, and pretzels. For a sweet treat purchase Christmas themed cookies from your local bakery. Or fill silver bowls with red and green M&Ms, Hershey kisses, and candy canes.

For Decorations, Music and Drinks,

Decorations: Decorations are a no brainer! If you are anything like me your house will be merrily decorated for the Christmas holidays. With that said here's your decorating checklist: Plug in the Christmas tree lights. Check. Light some candles. Check. Make a fire in the fireplace. Check. Decorations? Done.

Music: Seriously girlies this party could not get any easier because everything is already done for you. Put your most played Christmas Cds (my picks: Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, the Beach Boys, and The Carpenters) on random and hit play.

Drinks: For a pro-hostess tip from the party master, don't offer an open bar. You will not enjoy your party. Instead make a big bowl of egg nog or cranberry Christmas punch. Offer beer, wine, and champagne for those who prefer something other than hard alcohol. For a nonalcoholic option serve a chilled apple cider and sparkling water flavored with orange and vanilla bean.

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stone_soup stone_soup 10 years
Can't wait, can't wait! I love cooking up a storm. There's nothing better than seeing people enjoy the food you've made. ______________________________________________ I must say, adolescence is one hell of a ride!
Celebrity Celebrity 10 years
Yay! Yum. I always needs help deciding what to have for dinner. Fun times.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Welcome, yumsugar! :)
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 10 years
Great ideas, Yum. Welcome!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
well i stand corrected...looks just like the spiced apple martini!
Food Food 10 years
Actually it's a pecan pie martini. Here's how you make it: On a small plate, stir together 1 teaspoon corn syrup and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Dip the rims of 4 martini glasses in the mixture, then in 1/4 cup toasted, chopped pecans. 2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1/4 cup vodka, 1/4 cup corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Strain into 2 prepared glasses. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and enjoy!
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
:drool: I love Apple Martini's! :drool:
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
its a spiced apple martini! at Beverages and More they have sets to make them...soo good!
MsRoyaLTee MsRoyaLTee 10 years
OOOOH cannot WAIT for YumSugar. God I love this site.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
The drink looks yummy, yumsugar.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Ok I don't know what that drink is up top but it looks sooooo goooood. Now I really want a drink, but I'm at work.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
:woohoo: Welcome Yum!
Food Food 10 years
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone - I can't wait to start posting!
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I can't wait for your site to launch Yum! Now, I've finally got a buddy to exchange recipes with!
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Yay! Welcome Yum!
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Me too, Fit.
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Ya know, the reason I exercise is so I can eat rich, tasty foods and not gain weight. So I have to say I am so excited the YUM has arrived.
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This is fantastic news for already fantastic site!
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Welcome Yum!
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