Festive Filler

I noticed our grocery store just started carrying fresh cranberries-that means its officially holiday season!  I love anything made with cranberries.  Their bright red color is even great in decorating for the holidays. 

How about using them in your Thanksgiving and holiday flower arrangements?  What a festive touch they add to a simple bouquet.

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Just rinse your cranberries before putting them in water.  Insert your flowers.  They will also help hold your arrangement in place.


(photo from marthastewart.com)
 


'Tis the Season

of FOOD!  I don't know about you but this time of year always gets me excited about trying new recipes and sharing them with friends and family.  You will probably be seeing a few more recipes than normal around here for the next two months.  I promise, as always, they will be EASY. 

I have been wanting to make something with pumpkin.  I am not a baker so that narrows it down a lot!  I found this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread I'm going to try first.  It's simple and has my favorite holiday ingredient: cream cheese.  Perfect for a holiday brunch or overnight guests.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

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Ingredients

  • 1  8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2  cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4  cup sugar
  • 3/4  teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2  teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Beat all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Makes 1-1/2 cups (24, 1-tablespoon servings). Serve with warm bagels.

(photo from bhg.com)

 


Simple Football Centerpiece

I just discovered these pictures of the football centerpieces I made for our first game celebration and thought I'd share.  They are good examples of how you can take things from around the house and turn them into party decor easily and inexpensively.

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I actually took the football from my Touchdown Lazy Susan and cut floral foam to fit inside it.  I bought an inexpensive bouquet from Publix and divided it between the three.  Voila!  Instant decor for you game entertaining.  Of course the guys don't care about them but I bet your female guests will enjoy them. 

I set mine up outside where I knew my girlfriends and I would be hanging out.

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They add just the right amount of football spirit to your everyday decor.


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Get creative!  Look around your house-I bet you have items you can transform for any occasion!


 
 


HUGE Thanks

I learned earlier today that Let's Entertain was chosen as a favorite blog in the premier issue of the new e-zine-Nesting Newbies Magazine-For Those New to Nesting and Those Who are Obsessed with their Nests!!  I am just thrilled to pieces!  

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And speaking of the magazine-what a brilliant idea it is!  It's a magazine dedicated to cooking, entertaining and decorating-does it get any better?!  Not to mention it's on line so it's all interactive and stuff.  Their first issue came out just in time to celebrate fall and boy did they.  With delicious fall recipes, cool room makeovers and harvest tablescaping it's sure to be one of your new faves. 

Big thanks to everyone at Nesting Newbies for choosing Let's Entertain as one of your favorite blogs!  I am honored!

Thanks to all of my readers also for making this possible!


Hostess Jo Giveaway

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Head on over to oh, how posh! and enter our Hostess Jo Giveaway!  We are giving away our Winter Cardinal set which includes the cheese server, glass stickems and cocktail napkins!  Its not too early to stock up on hostess gifts for all your holiday parties and this set is perfect!  Or of course you can keep it for yourself and entertain in style this season!

Also, if you haven't visited Danielle over at oh, how posh! -now is the time!  She has fun ideas, great recipes, and unique inspiration for all of your entertaining. 


Natural Fall Tablescape

I have been seeing a lot of people using dried beans and lentils in their fall decorations and I love it.  The natural look is simple and comforting.  You can either go all natural or just add a few things here and there in your decorating.  Here is gorgeous example of incorporating natural elements in a tablescape.

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Get the how-to here!

For more natural tablescaping inspiration check out Chris from Celebrations at Home post here.
 


Friday's Fall Cocktail

Try a Falling Leaf Fiz at this fall's gatherings.  It's so pretty and sounds so tasty!  Sure to impress your guests.

Falling Leaf Fiz

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Ingredients per cocktail:

  • 1 part Grey Goose La Poire (pear-
    flavored vodka)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon pumpkin
    butter
  • Pinch of pumpkin pie spice
  • Dash of simple syrup
  • 4 parts of sparkling wine
  • Garnish: dried apple chip
  • Prep

    1. Place vodka, pumpkin butter, spice and syrup in the bottom of a Champagne glass. Stir well.
    2. Top with sparkling wine and garnish