Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bubbly Drinks, Winter Cheese Plates, and A Holiday Happy Hour Playdate

One of my favorite things during the holidays is having some mommies and kiddies over for a holiday playdate. Last year we made gingerbread boys and listened to Christmas songs. We had so much fun that last Friday afternoon we had a couple of mommies and kids over to celebrate the season again. 

Sparkling water spritzers for the kids. B said, "This is my favorite drink EVER!" Grown-ups can trade the sparkling water for sparkling wine. 

Salt dough ornament making for the kids. Just as fun as making cut-out cookies, without the sugar rush.    Visit Delighted Momma for a good salt dough ornament recipe. 

Winter cheese plate ideas: nuts and a nut cracker, a few different cheeses (Washi tape + toothpicks = fun cheese markers!), crackers or sliced baguette, honey, apple, pears, grapes or pomegranate seeds. 

I also made a cinnamon sugar popcorn that was requested by my 5-year-old. Shall I share that recipe soon? 
Apple Pomegranate Sparklers
Serves 4-6

1 bottle prosecco or sparkling water
2 cups pomegranate juice 
seeds from 1 pomegranate
1 large apple, julienned or chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, torn, plus more for garnish
crushed ice

Stir first 5 ingredients together and serve over ice. Garnish with mint. 


  1. These are beautiful!! Just pinned them to make over the holidays, thanks!!! :)

  2. love this! I am going to post this on my Facebook page

  3. I love this! This is perfect for this season!

  4. Looks like fun---and I love salt dough ornaments, you'll have them for years!

  5. love the sparkler for the littles and the bigs!! xo

  6. Holy wow! You never cease to amaze me. Can I cone over for like 3 hours without my children please?

  7. Oh my goodnesss.. what a festive treat! I think I know what we'll be having for Christmas toasts!

  8. Marina,
    Such a pretty drink. I love pomegranate anything and the seeds dress up so much this time of year.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  9. What a pretty and festive drink! I put pomegranate seeds in everything this time of year!

  10. It sounds like it was a great day for both moms and kids...wish I was there :) That drink looks so good and refreshing. Hope you're having a good week. xo

  11. I love that wooden cheeseboard, and Prosecco all the way for me!!

  12. Great pictures and beautiful cheeseboard! I made a similar simple sparkler last week for my skinny appetizer segment. Love pomegranante and sparkling anything!

  13. I'm instantly thirsty!!! What a gorgeous refreshing drink.

  14. What a wonderful idea. The drink and cheese board just make my mouth water. I love sharing the kitchen with children - it teaches them so much and I am imagining that years from now when they have their own homes that they will want to do the same and create those fabulous memories for someone else. You are wonderful!

  15. I must try this! My son has turned into a pomegranate fanatic:) My in-laws have a pomegranate tree in their backyard...time to take a trip to see them in Santa Monica:) Delicious food and cute images of your girls!


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