Christmas, Entertaining, Holidays, Recipes

10 Festive Christmas Rice Krispie Treats Ideas

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Time’s slipping away and Christmas will be here before you know it!  But don’t panic!  If you haven’t had time to bake any Christmas cookies I have gathered some of the best and cutest Rice Krispy Treat recipes that you can make in no time flat.  You’ll have fabulous, festive desserts for the holidays!

1. Rice Krispies Treat Christmas Ornaments – from eighteen25.com

I just love these!  They are so cute and festive and will look fantastic on any dessert table.

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2. CHRISTMAS WHITE CHOCOLATE-DIPPED RICE KRISPIE TREATS -from thekitchenismyplayground.com

White Chocolatey goodness!  Can you say yum?

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3. Reindeer Rice Krispies – from Thirtyhandmadedays.com

The kiddos will love these!

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4. Sweet and Salty Christmas Mix from tasteandtellblog.com

It doesn’t get much easier than this! The sweet and salty combination is perfect.

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5. Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treat Pops from positivelysplendid.com

These adorable little Christmas trees are sure to add some Christmas flair to your table.

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6. Rice Krispies Treats Presents with a Surprise from meaningfulmama.com

Oh my!  Aren’t these the cutest little things you’ve ever seen?  And the kids will love opening them up for the little surprise inside!

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7.  Merry Christmas Rice Krispie Treats from twosisterscrafting.com

Such a simple idea but these will really wow your guests!

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8.  Sparkling Snowflake Rice Krispie Treats from frugalfoodiemama.com

These are so pretty!  Your guests will think you worked for hours on them.

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9. Peppermint Rice Krispie Snowballs from aspiceyperspective.com

Perfect with a cup of tea or hot cocoa!

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10.  Rice Krispie Snowmen from hoosierhomemade.com

The kids will love helping to make these.

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Now you have no excuses for not having some fun and festive Christmas treats!  Let us know which ones are your favorites!

Until Next Time,

Kathie

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Christmas, Cocktail Parties, Entertaining, Holidays, Mid Century Modern, Recipes

6 Steps to a Fabulous Retro Holiday Cocktail Party!

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‘Tis the season for awesome Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties! If you love the 1950s and 1960s, can’t get enough of Mad Men, and would love to show off your Mid-Century Modern decorations, you should throw a Mid-Century Modern Christmas or New Year’s Eve cocktail party. Here are some suggestions on how you can throw a Mid-Century modern themed party:

  1. Set the tone right away with the invitations you send.

Here are some e-vites that will help set the tone for the party. Be sure to mention on the invitation that it will be a themed party. Since it is close to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, here are some e-vites you can send out quickly from paperlesspost.com

2. Decorate for the holidays and within your theme

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Since you are having a cocktail party, guests will be using barware and glasses, so consider updating your glassware and buy new items that will fit in with your theme. Here are some beautiful ideas for toasting at midnight on new year’s eve.

3. Serve drinks, appetizers, and desserts in the theme

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photo credit: classic_film via photopin cc

Find some fabulous themed recipes online that will take your retro party up a notch! Here are some Mad Men-style retro cocktails that will be perfect.  And here are some recipes that you can make to accompany the cocktails you serve from Food Network.

And here are some tips for creating perfect cocktails from a previous post. Oh and this is a must read as well.  Tips on how to style your bar cart!

4. Play music in the background that fits your retro theme

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photo credit: classic_film via photopin cc

Music is amazing for helping to set the mood for a party. Play songs like “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “The Chipmunk Song,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Christmas.” Make a playlist on iTunes, Spotify, or YouTube so you can start the music and keep the music going all night.

5. Play a classic Christmas movie

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If you want to add extra ambiance, you could also have a Christmas movie from the 1950’s or 1960’s playing in the background. White Christmas (1954) and Babes in Toyland (1961) would be great choices. This will help put people in a holiday mood, and it will also give your guests something to do and to talk about.

6. Play some games

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When the mingling dies down, create some excitement by playing vintage games. Pull out a deck of cards and play a good ol’ fashioned card game. Or look on eBay for classic board games like Yahtzee, Battleship, or Dominoes.

We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season full of good cheer and vintage merriment!

Until Next Time,

Kathie

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Christmas, Entertaining, Gifts, Holidays, Mid Century Modern

5 Ways to Make Your Home Mid Century Merry

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Welcome back to the blog! Decorating your home in a Mid Century Modern way can add a touch of whimsy and uniqueness to your home for the holidays. Here are some things you can do to add a little Mid Century Modern Christmas magic to your home this year.

1. Make homemade Christmas decorations.

There are a few reasons why you should make your own homemade decorations. It may be difficult to find Mid Century Modern Christmas ornaments, stockings, and other decorations in an average store. Another reason to make your own decorations is that was what was popular (and often necessary) to do back then. People were into making their own items back then even more so than they are now. You will also be able to customize your own looks and colors. These decorations do not need to be complicated. Here are some ideas for mid-century modern Christmas decorations from DIY you can make. This DIY Starburst Wreath by PMQ for Two is beautiful!  Click Here for instructions on how you can make your own!

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2. Opt for a unique Christmas tree.

Instead of picking out a fake green evergreen tree, look for one that is white, silver, pink, or teal aluminum. If it is sparse, that is even better! Trees that were smaller and sparser were all the rage back in the 1950s. If you can’t find an aluminum tree in the store, you can always cover your tree with lots of tinsel, or even spray paint a tree to coordinate with your theme better.

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3. Choose designs you will be able to use all year round.

While choosing items to add to your home, it can be really fun to add items that are specific to Christmas and the holidays, but some items can add to your home all year round and be used for other holidays as well. For example, these vintage champagne glasses would be amazing to use for New Year’s Eve and any other special toast:

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4. Plan on hosting a party!

Once you have decorated your house in this special way, plan to show it off! You can serve fabulous cocktails in these green wine goblets that just scream Christmas!

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Or if you want to bring a little gold to the party look at this gorgeous Vintage Bohemia Czech Crystal Cocktail set.

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5. Go all out!

Let your theme extend into all areas of your celebration! Bake cookies for the holiday and sing carols by the piano. Give Mid Century Modern gifts and wrap your presents in fun retro wrapping paper. Make popcorn garlands and gather around the Christmas tree. Have fun with your theme and remember the simplicity and fun of the 1950s and 60s.

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Until Next Time,

Kathie

Entertaining, Holidays, Mid Century Modern, Thanksgiving

Top 7 Reasons to Have a Mid-Century Style Thanksgiving

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Happy November! This is the perfect time to start decorating your home with festive Thanksgiving flair. Here are the top 7 reasons to have a Mid-Century style Thanksgiving!

1. Mid-Century items add interest and act as conversation pieces.

Thanksgiving is one of the few times of year when you host friends and family at your home, so give them something interesting to look at and talk about. Items like this vintage mid-century Murano Art Glass Vase would be great conversation starters:

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These items add fun and whimsy to every party.

  1. You may find more Thanksgiving items.

It can be difficult to find many Thanksgiving items in the store nowadays, so look for items like this vintage Autumn Leaf  serving platter to add to the holiday ambience:

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  1. Your relatives will relate to the Mid-Century style.

Your older relatives may have first-hand knowledge of Mid-Century style, and using Mid-Century items will let them feel nostalgic. If they are bringing a dish to Thanksgiving, encourage them to bring it in one of their own unique vintage pieces. They will likely have a great story about the item!

  1. There are unique Mid-Century style items that we just don’t have now.

Items like this vintage mid-century modern cocktail set can’t be found in stores now:

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These items are perfect for Thanksgiving and will make serving easier and more fun! Since hosting parties was all the rage back in the 1950s and 60s, most of these items are made for parties and for sharing.

  1. It is easier to mix and match items!

How many people really have enough place settings of one china pattern to use for one event? Most people end up having to mix and match china patterns. Mid-Century modern style barware and serving items are perfect for mixing and matching. By picking the same era of designs, they all coordinate, but then you have the freedom to mix items. These Fostoria Argus Ruby Rock Glasses

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would look great on the same table as these vintage striped rock glasses.

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  1. Mid-Century items are elegant!

Items like these vintage atomic star champagne coupes are so elegant and add a touch of class to any party:

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  1. These vintage pieces will never go out of style!

Vintage items are great because they have stood the test of time and they continue to be popular. These are classic, timeless pieces that will look beautiful year after year!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and check back on the blog in a few weeks when we will give you some great Mid-Century Christmas design ideas, as well!

Until Next Time,

Kathie

Entertaining, Holidays, Organization

Epicurious Drinks Basics

I was wasting time on youtube the other day – come on now, you know you waste time on there too! Seriously, you can loose hours on there.

Anyhoo, I came across this video from Epicurious that has some fabulous ideas on how to stock and set up a home bar for your next bash.

 

Until next time,

Kathie

Barbecues, Entertaining, Fourth of July, Holidays, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Picnics, Recipes

10 Unique and Tasty Side Dishes That Will Wow Everyone this Memorial Day

10 Side Dishes That Will Wow Everyone this Memorial Day

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It’s that time of year again.  School is ending for summer break, the weather is getting warmer, and Memorial Day is right around the corner.  All of this means picnics, barbecues, and bonfires are on everyone’s schedules.  Let the fun times begin!

Then the next question is what should I bring to Aunt Sue’s annual Memorial Day picnic?

Don’t worry!  We have you covered.  We’ve looked high and low and found some fabulous and tasty and unique side dish recipes that will have everyone raving about your culinary genius!

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1.  Broccoli Salad – by The Girl Who Ate Everything

I recently made this for a church dinner and it was gone within minutes!  I used sunflower seeds for the almonds and added in some cheddar cheese.  The dressing is delicious and easy to make too.

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Broccoli Salad – by The Girl Who Ate Everything Blog

2.  Deli Pasta Salad – by Kraft

This recipe is so easy to make and is always a big hit at picnics.  It’s been my go to recipe for years.

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Deli Pasta Salad – by Kraft

3. Fresh Fruit Salad – by Tastes Better From Scratch

Fruit salad is a perfect dish to take to your next picnic or barbecue.  It’s sweet, delicious and offers something a little healthier for those guests who are watching their calories!

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Fresh Fruit Salad – by Tastes Better From Scratch

 

4. Caramel Apple Salad – by SkinnyPoints

The caramel apple salad has been a favorite of mine forever!  It’s super easy to make, healthy and it tastes yummy.  What more could you ask for?

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Caramel Apple Salad – by SkinnyPoints

5. Cowboy Cornbread Trifle – by 52 Way to Cook

I had the fortune of eating this recently at a fundraising dinner I attended.  It was so good! And you can make it the day ahead so you aren’t rushing around on the day of your event.  As a matter of fact it tastes better after all the flavors have a chance to sit and marinate together.

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Cowboy Cornbread Trifle – by 52 Ways to Cook

 

6.  Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad – by The Creative Bite

This is definitely going on my list of dishes to make.  It looks delicious and is super quick and easy to make.

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad – by The Creative Bite

 

7.  Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad – by Cakes Cottage

Oh my!  This looks absolutely delightful.  What a perfect dish to serve on a hot summer day.  So fresh and cool it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad – by Cakes Cottage

 

8. BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad – from Spicy Southern Kitchen

This unique pasta salad will feed the whole neighborhood and won’t take you hours to prepare.  It’s on my must try list!

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BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad – from Spicy Southern Kitchen

 

9. Old Fashioned Potato Salad – by Love Bakes Good Cakes

Oh potato salad how I love thee!  This recipe is just like the one my mom makes.  I always ask her to make it when I am home visiting.  Maybe it’s the love she puts in it when she is making it, but this simple, easy to make recipe is my favorite!

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Old Fashioned Potato Salad – by Love Bakes Good Cakes

 

10.  Tequila Lime Coleslaw with Cilantro – by The Chunky Chef

Nothing is better than the cold, crisp crunch of coleslaw!  This recipe sounds delicious and is one I will be making very soon.

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Tequila Lime Coleslaw with Cilantro – by The Chunky Chef

 

Let me know which one of these recipes you love the most or which one you just can’t wait to try.

Until Next Time,

Kathie

 

Entertaining, Holidays

Happy Cinco de Mayo

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Happy birthday to my daughter Linnea!

Wait.  What?

Yes, my newly 14 year old daughter shares her birthday with the Cinco de Mayo celebration.  Which is kinda cool don’t you think?  I’m pretty sure she will enjoy it more as she gets older (21 and older).  It’s like a built-in party on your birthday!

Cinco de Mayo means the 5th of May.   The holiday commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory in 1862 over the french at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican war. And while it is celebrated in Mexico it isn’t a federal holiday.  Actually it’s a pretty minor affair for our neighbors to the south.  It is celebrated in Puebla with parades, speeches and re-enactments of the battle.

Within the United States Cinco de Mayo has taken on a much broader meaning.  This is the day we get to celebrate the Mexican culture and heritage.  The day is celebrated with parades, mariachi music, parties, fabulous Mexican cuisine, and of course cocktails!

Chicago has one of the larges Cinco de Mayo celebrations with events and an abundance of Mexican restaurants dishing out their yummy food.

You can have your own Cinco de Mayo celebration right in your own backyard.  Mix up some margaritas, make some tacos and enjoy the evening with good friends.

Christina on the It is a Keeper blog has some fabulous easy to make Cinco de Mayo recipes.  Oh and she has cocktail recipes too.  Be sure to check it out. Best Cinco de Mayo Recipes.

So go ahead and have a margarita today – it’s the least you can do to help celebrate Mexican heritage!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Until next time,

Kathie