Holiday Entertaining

Fall Party Snack Mix

An easy, festive snack to share all season long
Filed Under > Entertaining

Ghost Bowl

Every year without fail the first things I pull out of my storage unit are my pumpkin and ghost bowls to fill with the easiest and tastiest fall snack mix you’ll ever make and eat.

I whip this mix up in large batch form and fill a decorative bowl full for my coffee table, bar, and I always have this on hand for whenever friends may pop by for a glass of vino or two. It pairs surprisingly well with a cheese board (just saying). And of course don’t forget to pack a ziploc or two for tailgating, send the kiddos off with a handful for their lunches, and place a few spoonfulls in a mason jar with a decorative bow to gift to neighbors. Trust me this highly addictive, snack mix will quickly become your go-to.

And like I said it’s so easy. Simply mix equal parts m&m’s (preferably the seasonal ones to stay on theme), candy corn mix, salted peanuts for crunch, and pretzels for salt and to balance out the sweet. That’s it, it’s that easy.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to tag us if you mix this up at home! Truly, MKR

Apple, Cinnamon Thyme Sangria

An easy fall cocktail you can make in batch form well before the guests arrive
Filed Under > Cocktail Hour

(As Pictured: Acrylic Pitcher / Berry & Thread Goblets / Napkins (sold out similar HERE / Board)

With cooler temps on the horizon, and having burnt through two pumpkin candles already it’s safe to say I’m officially in the fall mindset. Which along with breaking out the cozy throws, boots and sweaters means I’ll also be trading in my summer spritz with something a bit more savory. Enter my Apple Cinnamon Thyme Sangria.

Easy to make, and even easier to drink this sangria has all the flavors you crave when cooler temps hit, but also gets a fresh note from lemon and thyme and the champagne keeps it light since we know the hot weather isn’t quite done with us yet.

Like many Sangrias this one is better if everything except the champagne, sits overnight so it’s easy to make ahead of time and in large batches for guests. This Sangria gets an extra elevated feel by serving it in our favorite Berry & Thread Goblets topped with a fresh cinnamon stick.

Try it out this season, and pro tip. As the temps do keep dropping feel free to be a bit more heavy-handed with the bourbon. Enjoy! MKR

Apple Cinnamon Thyme Sangria

Ingredients:

  1. apple juice (1 gallon)
  2. lemon slices (2-3 lemons)
  3. lemon juice (1/2 cup)
  4. prosecco / or champagne (1 bottle)
  5. bourbon (1 cup)
  6. fresh thyme
  7. cinnamon sticks
  8. apples (2-3 apples)

Mix together the apple juice/cider, lemons and lemon juices, thyme, cinnamon, apple slices, and bourbon. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, but can be made ahead and sit overnight.

Before serving add a bottle of prosecco and pour over ice. Garnish with additional fresh fruit and thyme if desired.

An At-Home Bar Upgrade

Mixing up at home cocktails with Garden & Gun and Blade and Bow
Filed Under > "Hostess with the Mostest"

I’ve always been a fan of a great at-home bar. I strongly believe it’s a must-learn life skill to mix up classic cocktails, and as an avid host, it’s important to provide an array of libations for your guests at a moment’s notice.

Now more than ever, with the amount of time we’re spending at home, a great home bar has truly become a necessity. While I have a few bar carts and drink stations set up around my home, nothing has upgraded the experience quite like my recently acquired Field Bar, a collaboration between Garden & Gun and Blade and Bow.

This bar is unlike any you’ve ever seen. Handcrafted in York, South Carolina, by the father-son team at Leake Furniture Makers, this expandable bar is made from cherry wood and brass. When closed, you’d have no idea what treasures are held inside: four crystal rocks glasses, a bar set by Lost Cove Jewelry, a custom throw and a custom set of napkins, both in Blade and Bow plaid. It’s also equipped with plenty of drawers and compartments to stow your other cocktail accouterments.

A true showstopper, the Field Bar reminds me of antique curio cabinets—the kind you would fold out to sit down and pen a letter. This is a true piece of art, but one that can travel. (When we’re allowed to travel again, that is).

If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift that’s sure to wow, put the Field Bar on your list. And don’t forget to add a bottle of Blade and Bow Bourbon as spirits aren’t included! Truly, MKR

In partnership with Garden & Gun, photography Kathryn McCrary

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