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. 

16 comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  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.
    Karen

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

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  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

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

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

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

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  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!

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  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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