It’s so chilly outside! This is just the *perfect* time of year, when the air has just the right amount of cozy zip. It’s about this time every year when I get the itch to host a bonfire, which just happen to be one of the easiest little get-togethers you can throw, and always one of the most fun! Here are some quick ideas to get you inspired:
Hot Apple Cider
8 cups pressed Apple Juice/Cider (not from concentrate)
1 Orange, cut into 1/4″ slices
3 Cinnamon Sticks
1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
1 TBS Cloves
1-in piece of Ginger, cut into coin-sized slices
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
(Place all the ingredients into a large pot and bring to boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and serve.)
*For a spiked version, add a shot of spiced rum to each glass
via Savory Sweet Life.
Grab an old empty barrel (which you can almost always find at a local antique shop), fill it with ice and some fun fall beers. Easy – and festive – as can be!
Pour one or two bottles of red wine into a crockpot and drop in some mulling spices. Let it simmer all day and you’ll have a perfect chilly weather drink to sip (not to mention your house will smell like a cozy ski lodge) when your guests arrive.
1/2 oz Sylk Crema Liqueur
2 oz Vanilla Vodka
1/2 oz Pumpkin Liqueur or Spice Syrup
1 tsp Whipped Cream and some Cinnamon Sticks for garnish
(Add first three to shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon stick.)
Marshmallow Roasting Station
Grab some sticks from the backyard and some marshmallows, but for a little somethin’ extra, find some cute spice shakers (salt and pepper shakers will work!) and fill them with different sweet toppings: cocoa, cinnamon, cookie sugar, powdered sugar and peanuts.
Make some simple chili and let it cook all day in the crockpot. Serve it in cute mugs later, with cheese, onions and whatever else you’d like to add, or keep it simple and throw a biscuit on top!
Plus, cute invites to boot!
And Don’t Forget…
The old country boys on the radio! Mountain Music and Dixieland Delight by Alabama, Fishin’ in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, anything Brad Paisley, anything Kenny Chesney and anything George Strait should definitely make the playlist. Throw in some Barefoot Bluejean Night by Jake Owen, too, just for good measure.
So, readers, round up your favorite friends, bundle up and enjoy every bit of this fresh, crispy air! …and let me know if you need my address for my invitation. (;Posted in Event Planning Tips and Inspiration