Celebrate and ring in the New Year with any of these delicious cocktails that are sure to be a party pleaser!  New Year’s Eve is a big night, so it’s crucial to have a dazzling drink in hand when the clock turns midnight!  Sip and Enjoy! 

1.

Cranberry Moscow Mule-Country Living

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Ingredients & Recipe Courtesy of Country Living:

2 shots Vodka
8 ounces Ginger Beer
1/2 cup Cranberry Juice
2 Limes
1 bag Cranberries
Ice cubes

Steps:

1. Drop a handful of ice into your Moscow Mule glass.
2. Add vodka, ginger beer and top with cranberry juice
3. Cut the lime in half and squeeze both halves into the drink mixture.
4. Top with a handful of cranberries and garnish with a slice of lime.

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2.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail-Country Living

(by Laura Edwards)

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Ingredients & Recipe Courtesy of Country Living:

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 oz vodka
1/3 champagne
1 cup cranberry juice

Steps:

1. Dip the tip of your champagne glass into water.
2. Dip it again in sugar.
3. Add Vodka, champagne, and top with cranberry juice

3.

Tito’s Pomegranate Martini-Tito’s Handmade Vodka

(Photograph obtained from Tito’s Handmade Vodka)

 

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Ingredients & Recipe Courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka (mixologist Darren West):

1/12 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau Triple Sec
1/2 oz Pomegranate juice
1 0z fresh sour
garnish with lemon wheel

Steps:

Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice.  Shake, strain and pour into martini glass.

4.

Cranberry Mint Margarita-Delish

(Photograph courtesy of Sauza Tequila)

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Ingredients & Recipe Courtesy of Delish and Sauza® Tequila:

16 parts cranberry juice
6 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
8 parts lemon soda
8 mint leaves

(serves 8)

Steps:

Combine all ingredients except mint leaves in a pitcher.  Rim glasses, if desired, and garnish with mint leaves.  Serve cold or iced.

5.

Sparkling Winter Sangria Recipe

(Photograph by Andrew Purcell)

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Ingredients & Recipe Courtesy of Delish (Carrie Purcell):

1 c. St-Germain liquer
1/2 c. Superfine sugar
3/4 c. green grapes
2 tangerines
1/2 small ruby red grapefruit
2 bottles Prosecco

Steps:

In a medium bowl, combine St-Germain liqueur and superfine sugar; whisk together until sugar dissolves.  Add green grapes, tangerines, and ruby red grapefruit; toss to combine.  Refrigerate until chilled, 30 minutes or up to 3 hours.  To serve, spoon some fruit and about 1 tablespoon liquid into each glass.  Divide bottles chilled process among glasses. 

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 Are you hosting a holiday get-together or dinner this year? If the answer is yes, then we’ve got a few simple, yet festive, embellishments to make your dining table merry and bright!  Find great ideas for holiday entertaining and hostess gifts right here. 

Christmas place setting

Tablecloths and runners come in all shapes and sizes.  They can add texture, color, and even a little sparkle to your dining table. Place a wine glass filled with seasonal decor, turn it upside down to create a centerpiece, then add a pillar or decorative candle on top.  We used miniature Christmas ornaments in shades of gold, silver, and red to fill our glass.   Votive candle holders work as holders for those extra salt and pepper shakers needed on the table.   Create your own wine glass charms by using any extra miniature Christmas ornaments.  Thread a ribbon through the ornament/bulb, then tie around stem of the wine glass and place the glass on a fancy coaster.  This will allow your guests to keep track of their glass throughout the evening.  You can also personalize by writing their name on the ornament. 

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Holiday Entertaining Links We Love:

Collier Flatware (Gold)
Christmas Icons Boxed Appetizer Plate Set
Glad Tidings Porcelain Salad Plate Set
Certified International Retro Christmas 4 piece dessert set
Better Homes & Gardens Heritage Dinner Plate Set
Season’s Greetings Plates Set of four
Holiday Wine Glasses
Pfaltzgraff Set of 4 Winterberry Wine Glasses
Mikes Cheers Party Wine Glasses

Kurt Adler 8 Piece Santa Hat Place Card Holder Set
Christmas Place Card Holder Set Ball Ornament
Christmas Floral (Hobby Lobby)
Pier1 Holiday Pillar Candle

Bath and Body Works Mini Christmas Tree Mini Candle Holder

Christmas place settingChristmas greenery, twigs, and berries create a warm ambience to the dining table.  The options are endless of what you can do when it comes to centerpieces.  Add holiday flare to the center of your dining table with festive flowers, wreaths, or pinecones.  Our DIY candy cane place card holders will only take you minutes to make.  Use three regular, or mini, candy canes and secure with double-sided tape or glue to make easels for your place cards.  Add the finishing touches by placing a ribbon around the candy canes.  Our mini santa hats serve as the adorable holders for our gold silverware.  Christmas dinnerware with holiday scenes, patterns, words, and phrases are a jolly way to jazz up any place setting and represent the season!

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Don’t forgot to show thanks and gratitude to your host and/or hostess with a special little something.  Wine, chocolate, and candles are well-liked by most and will be sure to get you the invite back!

Hostess Gift Ideas:

Luxe Faux Fur Wine Bag
Brix Chocolate 4 Flavor Gift Set
Apothic Red Wine
Nest Scented Holiday Ornament Candle
Nest Scented Birchwood Pine Ornament Candle

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  Holiday Entertaining & Hostess Gift Ideas- The 2 Orchids YouTube

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eyeshadow palettes

Matte Shades:

Classic (cream)
Innocent (soft peach)
Whimsy (brick)
Smoked (dark brown)
Vintage (ivory)
Fierce (cool plum)
No Filter (purple mauve)
Vamp (deep plum)
Chic (pale pink)
Profesh (taupe)
Mod (deep cherry)
Drama (maroon)
Indie (greige)
Bold (light brown)
Edgy (chocolate)
Punk (black)

Luster Shades:

Ethereal (bronze)
Glam (champagne)
Minx (shimmering mauve)
Trendy (Prismatic teal)

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eyeshadow palettes

If you love all the colors of the Fall Season, then you must get your hands on the new eyeshadow palette by Tarte Cosmetics, The Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette. However, don’t be scared neutral lovers, because you can obtain that look as well with this palette. Included are sixteen neutral-to-bold matte eyeshadows, which are infused with Amazonian clay for smooth blending and long wear. There are also four new iridescent luster shades with a micro-shimmer and duo chrome finish.  This pro palette definitely exceeds our expectations in numerous ways.  The colors in this palette are suitable for all skin tones. The color selection is extremely versatile, giving you the ability to use day or night, with a lovely hint of vanilla scent.  The eyeshadows are buttery smooth, blend well, and are very pigmented for intense color payoff with fallout. The shimmer colors will add a more dramatic effect to your makeup look. The quality of the packaging is very sturdy, with a large mirror attached to make those makeup applications go on easily.  This just might be the best eyeshadow palette yet from Tarte Cosmetics.  Get instant gratification and keep the compliments coming with this professional palette!

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gift ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas-The 2 Orchids YouTube

(Collab video with Blonde Tea Party)

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Corkcicle Tumbler
Mr. & Mrs. & More Mrs. Luggage Tags
Jack Black Men’s Body Care

gift ideas

Blanket Scarf

Faux Fur Throw 

gift ideas

Philosophy The Ginger Bread House Set

Bath and Body Works Body Cream

Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette

Jewelry Box

gift ideas

Bath and Body Works 3 wick candle
Gold Blogging Day Coffee Mug
Trinket Tray

Tis the Season to wrap up something meaningful for that special person on your gift list. We’ve pulled a few of our favorite items that are guaranteed to put a smile on his or her face.  These unique gift ideas are useful, and most are budget friendly.  Whether your shopping for stocking stuffers, or one and done type gifts, these foolproof ideas will lend a helping hand in spreading that holiday cheer.  Our YouTube video (linked in blog post) will provide you with an in-depth look at our picks for this season, plus much more.  Happy Shopping!

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Lip Products

Give a Woman The Right Lipstick And She Can Conquer The World!

A simple swipe of lipstick can instantly make lips pop, but have you ever wondered what is the correct way to apply it?  Believe it or not, there are some golden rules when it comes to a flawless lipstick application.  Follow the steps below and you will be guaranteed to have the perfect pout!

Lip Products

Step 1: Exfoliate

Lipstick will not adhere properly to dry, cracked lips! Start by removing any dead skin by using a lip scrub (a toothbrush will work too!). We prefer Bite Beauty Fruit Scrub in Whipped Cherry. Moisten lips then gently exfoliate, and wipe clean with a damp, warm washcloth.

Step 2: Hydrate

Now that you’ve achieved a smooth canvas, it’s time to moisturize and lock in hydration. Our Lip Slip by Sara Happ is a luxurious lip balm that hydrates, heals, and will leave lips feeling super soft the entire day. Long wearing and matte lipsticks may tend to dry out lips, so this step is crucial if you prefer wearing those type of lipsticks. The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, Lip Gloss will give color and a shine of gloss with all the benefits of a skincare.  You can wear alone or on top of your favorite lipstick.

Step 3: Lip Liner

Lip Liner not only gives the illusion of fuller lips, but it also can prevent bleeding and feathering. We like to select a lip liner that is a close match, if not the same color, to our lipstick. Nude lip liners can add instant volume as well. The Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil stops lipstick from bleeding over the edges of your lips.

Step 4: Applying Color

Swipe on your favorite lipstick by applying the color at the center of the upper lip or cupid bow area. Move outward toward one corner. Start again at the center and swipe the other corner, then repeat with the lower lip. Our Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer has a built-in primer for longer wear.

Step 5: Use A Tissue to Blot Lips

Lipstick smeared on your teeth is a no-no! To prevent this from happening grab a tissue, fold in half and gently blot any excess product!

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