Friday, December 17, 2010

Cocktail Party Favors

Even though we still don't have countertops, complete tile and various other on-going projects like wood putty all over our kitchen moldings, I wanted to have a holiday party.  I love having people over and entertaining.  So I will show pictures of how I decorated later on but for now, I wanted to show you all the cute idea of giving infused vodka away as party favors.  Yum! 

I decided to make pineapple and cranberry infused vodka.  Here is what I did.  Sorry about the picture quality. 

Finished product - bad picture

What you Need:
  • 12 Small Mason or Ball jars (I used 8 oz so I had room for fruit)
  • 1.75L Vodka - don't use super cheap - Stoli is fine
  • 1 Pineapple
  • 1 bag Cranberries
    • Sugar
  • Jar decorations
    • Ribbon
    • Fabric
  • Tags

Pineapple Infused Vodka Recipe:
  • Cut pinepple into small chunks in similar sizes
  • Stack the pineapple like bricks around the edge of the jar
  • Pour the vodka into jar to cover pineapple
  • Seal and cover the jar
  • Put in dark for 10 days
  • On Day 10, strain vodka and put back in jar (I put these instructions on jar, see below)
  • Store vodka in fridge
  • To serve:
    • Fill shaker with ice, add vodka, shake and serve...straight!  Yummy!!

Cranberry Infused Vodka:
  • 1 1/2 C cranberries
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 3 C vodka (or whatever amount to fill the jars)
  • *I probably could have used a few more cranberries but I haven't tasted it yet*
  • Drink within one month

Vodka was kept in dark cupboard for a week

For decorations, I went to the fabric store and bought some cute fabric and cut into squares and put on lid.

I used this cute plaid fabric, tags and ofray ribbon.
  I used Word to make some cute little labels with instructions and tied it on. 

I didn't have a hole punch so I used a cooking pick I had from my Thanksgiving turkey!! 

Directions for back of pineapple vodka tags

Bottoms Up!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A splash of color

We decided to go very traditional craftsman in our bathroom and use tile throughout and use very neutral colors.  White, black and gray.  I am loving how it is coming together but now we need a pop of color.  Since I know P doesn't read this blog, I am getting him some custom made subway signs with certain stops that we remember in Boston.  I haven't seen them yet but I am ordering them on Etsy from PaperBleu.  I have decided 2 signs that are 20" x 28" and I found black frames from Aaron Brothers.  Can't wait, hope he loves.  I will post pictures when I am done.  Here are some pictures of bathrooms that are using that pop of color look.

Martha Stewart

Inspiration for our bathroom

Sneak peak of our bathroom
This is the style I am ordering but in a red color. 
PaperBleu on Etsy