In past years, we’ve hosted a cocktail party on Christmas Eve for our friends and family. The friends who (like us) don’t have children usually stick around pretty late playing games and spending time with each other. This year, we’re spending Christmas Eve with my in-laws, so we’re enjoying the Christmas with our closest friends on Christmas Eve Eve (tomorrow night) and I’ve worked with Zazzle to create a modern table which reflects this years’ Colonial theme.
I was originally a little worried that I wouldn’t find just the right pieces for the table that I had been thinking in my mind. I’m sure you guys have experienced how it’s always harder to decorate when you have something very very specific already in mind. I had worked with Zazzle on lots of other projects (mostly paper goods for my wedding) and was excited when they introduced me to their tabletop pieces. Now, I get to design exactly what I want… win, win. There are a ton of little ways that we’re carrying on our take on the Colonial theme for this party, but they’re not just specific to our decor scheme, lots of these ideas can be utilized for whatever style you’ve got going on this holiday. I’m sure there will be a few cute ideas you could put to use!
You may have seen a few tweets or photos on instagram from me about my love for peppermint hot chocolate, so I thought it was high time to give you guys the scoop on what I’m sipping on this holiday (and winter!) season. I add in winter because this is actually my favorite drink to warm up with after a long day on the mountain (which is typically in January or February). A side note: friends and family already know this about me, but here on House of Earnest, I don’t know that I’ve ever shared how much I love to ski. Someday I’ll tell you guys the story of when Matty and I moved in together and our adventure living in Vail, but today, let’s just say that I love to ski and after a day of skiing, this is my number one apres ski cocktail.
I usually have to direct the bartender in exactly how I want it made, so it’s nice to have all of the ingredients at home this Christmas to be able to whip up a batch for a snowy evening.
For this particular post, I decided to take the cocktail one step further and make some homemade peppermint chocolate marshmallows.
Homemade marshmallows really kick this drink into treat territory and are as pretty as they are delicious. I love how the soft pink color looks melting in a sea of chocolate. I challenge anyone not to smile while drinking fluffy pink foam.
Keep reading for the full recipes!
Wow! It’s been a big few weeks for us. If you didn’t see our big announcement yesterday, check it out. For today, though, We’re sharing five(!!) different types of cookies for your holiday and all of the work was totally worth it. I’ve been snacking on these lovelies for the past couple of days – testing each recipe and ensuring that they’re good enough to share. I made a variety of flavors – chocolate, spice, nutty, creamy – and a variety of types – sandwich, drop, sliced.
There is a little something for everyone and I’m so excited to share all of these cookies with you!