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Hosting a Holiday Party or Attending a Holiday Party this season? Do you love coffee and want to bring something for your guests that they will love too? I’m sharing one of our favorite coffee drink recipes, that’s a bit out of the ordinary! Caramel Cake Coffee Punch!
- 4 Cups- Brewed Dunkin Donuts® Coffee - I used Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® Caramel Coffee Cake (let cool)
- 1 1/2 cups- Land O Lakes® Half and Half
- 1 pt of vanilla ice cream
- 1 pt of chocolate ice cream
- Whipped Cream
- Chocolate Sprinkles or Shavings
- Combine first two ingredients together, set aside.
- Scoop Ice Cream into punch bowl and pour coffee mixture over it.
- Top with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sprinkles/shavings.
Not only is the food and drinks important as you’re hosting a holiday party so is your home! This is the time of year where here in the south the weather is gorgeous and we tend to host more guests at our home. We can mingle inside or outside and gather around the table for some yummy fellowship! Here are 6 simple and easy ways to transform your home for the holiday season, whether it’s for Thanksgiving or Christmas these tips work for both!
Not only should your home be inviting but you, yourself as the hostess should be inviting. Don’t be so busy that you can’t catch up with your family and friends. Don’t be so busy it gives the vibe while guest are in your home that they can’t relax or enjoy themselves. I have been in these situations and they can be flat out awkward. So as the hostess whatever “needs” to be done can most likely wait. Let it wait and have a spirit of inviting and relaxing to your guest.
Be sure your home is cozy. Does your home look like if someone walks into the living room they might break something by just looking at it? Well then it’s not cozy. It maybe gorgeous decorations but it may not be cozy.
If the weather permits and you have a fireplace can you have a fire going?
What about background music? Softly playing.
Add a touch of festivity where you can. If it’s the fall head outdoors and see what you can use of nature to decorate with. You don’t have to spend lots of money to bright up your home for the holidays! Can you use leaves? Acorns? Pine Straw? or even fresh flowers from your flower beds?
If it’s the winter what about evergreens? berries? or pinecones. Look around at what you ALREADY have and try to incorporate that in your home. Of course lights and trees are always fun for Christmas holiday times!
Do you invite your guest in as family? Let them know they are family and to make themselves at home?
Light candles throughout your living space. (not the back bedrooms only the kitchen/living room/dining room or the like space) This paired with #2 of background music gives a relaxing mood.
I challenge you to show hospitality to someone you normally wouldn’t have in your home. i.e. a new friend, a fellow co-worker or someone you simply have never invited over. This can add so much fun to the holidays and your home. Show hospitality one to another it’s a great way of fellowship and truly getting to know someone outside of your normal setting!
6- Keep yourself fueled
I know, it’s a lot of work to have someone in your home. The prep work, the planning and cleaning. Not to mention after the party is done…the cleaning and putting away everything. It is a lot of work, I will not discount that. So keep yourself fueled like I do with an extra cup…or two…of coffee in your hand throughout that day and don’t stress over every little thing. I’m speaking to the choir there!!! Out latest favorite is the Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® that we can enjoy in our home, yet I can find these at our local Kroger Banner Store!!! WIN!!!!!!!! Have you tried any of the coffees in this series? What about combing some great creamers with your coffee for a fun combo? I’d love to hear your favorite flavor in the comments!
Hi I’m Erin a Southern mama from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers capture their kiddos and life, talking all things home, parenting and how we navigate through life. You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our little one year old, Miss Elle, in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that I run three successful businesses!