- red or pink tissue paper
- fringing scissors
- kabob sticks
You may or may not have gathered by my caliber of cheesy jokes and constant home decor projects that I’m much more of a homebody than I am a partier. However, a New Year’s eve party that includes cupcakes and sparkles, I can get behind that (nevermind the fact that this description could also be 90% of little girls’ birthday parties).
Now, this may be a bit hasty to say but this countdown cupcake DIY seriously takes all of four seconds to make. All you have to do is stick a few numbered sparkler cake candles into cupcakes or your favorite dessert and light them one by one until the clock strikes midnight! Easy peasy, and perfect for last minute celebrations.
You can buy numbered or lettered gold cake sparklers at any local party store or specialty paper and craft stores.
If you’re a long time reader of Sugar & Cloth, you may remember this post from last Christmas season when I teamed up with Martha Stewart Living (see the feature here) for the first time to decorate my Christmas nook. We’re back at it again this year, but now you’ll get your DIY fix by seeing how I hosted a holiday craft party! You’ve gotten bits and pieces of the details through the week like the DIY santa hat stirrers and red currant champagne cocktail, but now you can see it altogether.
I love using vibrant colors mixed with a little sparkle here and there for the holidays. To make the color-block ornament garland pop, I used Martha Stewart Living paints from Home Depot in Sea Glass matte, Sultana satin, Ballet Slipper Pink matte, and Persimmon Red matte on plain bulbs. Then I tied in the Martha Stewart Holiday Frost collection by adding the touch of sparkle I was looking for with silver glittered bulbs.
I had everything painted and on display for guests to choose from to make the project simpler.
The cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres made a perfect pair on my marble cutting board with a few twigs of rosemary for color. The honey pear and ricotta crostini recipe was so simple which is perfect for a low-stress party you can actually enjoy as a host.
Also, we spent so much of the time laughing hysterically that Kim could barely snap photos of us looking normal, and by normal I mean something other than squinty eyes, tears of laughter, and trying not to spit out our red currant cocktails. You know, just the usual Sugar & Cloth party.
Check back tomorrow for the full tutorial on my take on the modern ornament garland! And seriously, how cute is my lovely friend Kari? She’s an ornament garland pro, totally out shined all of us.
sources: santa hat stirrers, DIY // Martha Stewart Holiday Frost collection, ornaments // red champagne, cocktail via Martha Stewart Living // bulb paint colors by Martha Stewart Living at Home Depot // red polka dot cups, Ikea // silver polka dot wrapping paper, Hobby Lobby
All of the product featured in this post was provided by the Martha Stewart Living team to celebrate the ’Tis the Season of Doing holiday campaign going on now at The Home Depot.
I love recipes that are quick but pack a big punch. I’m just totally not the type to slave over something just for them to be eaten up 10 minutes later (unless it’s dessert, then I slave away). On the other hand, I don’t need to tell how obsessed I am with presentation, and this honey pear and ricotta crostini recipe is the perfect mix of both, especially as a holiday party finger food!
- 1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese
- Pear slices
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
Divide ricotta cheese among slices of toasted baguette (only toast long enough to brown them a bit).
Next, top each piece with several ripe pear slices and season with a pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle each with honey.
Add a tiny sprig of rosemary to the top to garnish, they’re ready to serve! As a tip: drizzle your pear slices with a squeeze of lemon to keep the from browning while they’re on display.