A Spooky Halloween Party

BOO!

Are you excited for Halloween? We know we are! We get super excited this time of year because we know immediately following Halloween our “Chocolate Season” begins!!

This year we decided to play around with the idea of planning our own Halloween party.

We chose to do a Halloween party that was family-friendly… something the kids would have fun at, but the parents would appreciate and enjoy.

Here are some of our Spooky Halloween Party ideas:

Decor:

It’s entirely up to you how you would like to theme your decor. If you want to do a brighter, livelier decor for the kids, stick with colours like orange, greens, purples etc. For a more adult-theme, a rustic-spooky and woodsy decor style is what you could aim for.

– Balloons with Jack o Lantern Faces

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 1 Jack o Lanterns

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– Spooky Lush Halloween Decor

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 2 Spooky Lush Decor

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– For a Backyard Halloween Party try Paper Lanterns in your colour theme.

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Food:

For the kids: have fun with the food! That’s what Halloween is all about. Make regular food a bit creepy or funny, such as the apple mouths below. For the adults, stick with something that embodies the harvest season, such as our *Limited Time* Pumpkin Spice Craft Beer Brittle

– Christy’s Gourmet Gifts’ Pumpkin Spice Craft Beer Brittle

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 4 Pumpkin Spice Beer Brittle– Scary Apple Mouths (Apples, Marshmallows and Peanut Butter)

Cover one side of an apple slice with a light coating of peanut butter, line up mini marshmallows on top of the peanut butter, top with another apple slice covered in peanut butter (face down).

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Favours

Christy’s has you covered on the party favours! Why not try our Chocolated-dipped Oreos or Fudgeos? We also offer a “Mummy Marshmallow” which is spooky (and tasty!) in the best sort of way.

– Christy’s Gourmet Gifts’ Chocolate Dipped Oreos and Fudgeos

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 7 Oreo Cookie Dipped– Christy’s Gourmet Gifts’ Mummy Marshmallows

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 8 Marshmallow MummyExtras

What makes a party a great one? A great party is created when you plan all of those little details before-hand. That’s the stuff that people remember! Try these “extras” to make your party a hit with your guests.

– Ghostly frozen hand in the punch

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 9 Frozen Hand

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– Skeletal inspired milk bottle with sign “Good for the Bones”:

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– Pumpkin bowl for an ice bucket

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And that’s it! The Halloween party planning is complete and the guests are in for a great time.

Happy Halloween!  Do you have plans for Halloween? What will you dress up as?

Apple Hand-Pies Recipe made with Greaves Apple Jelly

Fall has finally arrived! For many people, getting geared up for Fall means going Apple Picking and that is exactly how we spent our first day of Fall! We grabbed our rubber boots and headed out to Carluke Orchards. The weather was cool with a slight wind, but it was sunny and once we were bundled up it was a perfect Autumn Apple-Picking day.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic BWe managed to pick one full basket of Apples of a few different types – and let us just tell you that it was NOT slim-pickings at Carluke. WOW! We could’ve got a full basket just on one tree.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic AWith all those apples, of course we had to do some delicious Autumn baking. Given that we are heading up to the Apple Harvest Craft show next weekend in Meaford, we thought the fresh smell of apple pie would get us in the “harvest spirit”. We decided to get extra creative and baked some Apple Hand-Pies (we did ours on a stick) made with Greaves Jams & Marmalades* Pure Apple Jelly. We loved the outcome and thought we would share this yummy recipe:

Here’s the delicious recipe:

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Apple Hand-Pies made with Greaves Pure Apple Jelly

(Makes enough for about 4 Hand-pies)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Chilled Butter
  • 1 1/3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ cup Ice water
  • 4 Large Apples (We used Cortland)
  • 1 ½ cup Water
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 jar Greaves Pure Apple Jelly
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Milk
  • Sprinkling of Sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 1Dice butter into cubes. Place in a bowl and then place in the fridge or freezer.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 2Place flour in a large mixing bowl with salt.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 3Cut in Butter until mixture becomes coarse crumbs. Slowly add ice water, one tbsp at a time, mixing until the dough becomes a ball. Roll the ball up with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Let chill for 3 hours or more.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 4Prep your apples. Peel and core apples, and chop into small cubes.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 5Add the 1 ½ cup water to a pot. Bring to a boil and add the sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir continuously until mixture comes to a boil.

Place the apples in the pot. Bring down the heat, cover and simmer on low for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir and let cool. Drain.

Cover a cutting board or smooth, clean surface with a dusting of flour. Take the dough out of the fridge. Roll the dough ball out until it is quite thin.

Using a cookie cutter, cut a few shapes out of the dough. Bring leftover dough together, roll out, and continue the cookie cutter process. Continue doing this until you can no longer get any more cookie cutters to fit on the dough.

Place half the cookie cutter shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

*Optional* Add a bake-safe stick to the bottom half of the pie. Press it in about ½ way up.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 6Place a dollop (1 tsp) of Greaves Apple Jelly to each shape of dough.

Cover the Apple Jelly with the cooled, cooked apples. (Don’t overfill as you will have trouble getting the sides to close!)

Place the leftover dough shapes on-top of the others. Press around the edge with your finger to begin with, then use a fork to seal the edges shut.

Cut a small X shape in the top of the hand-pies to let any steam escape in the baking process.

Mix together egg and milk. Brush onto the tops of the Hand-Pies to give a nice glaze. Sprinkle with sugar (Mmm sugar…).

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 7Bake until golden and cooked through (around 25-35 minutes).

Enjoy! Happy Fall!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 8 *Greaves Jams and Marmalades, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, is one of our newest Christy’s Sweets retailers.

Christy’s Gourmet Launches New Boozy Brittles Flavours

You may be familiar with our Boozy Brittles product line – which includes favourites such as: Craft Beer Brittle, Spicy Beer Brittle and Pretzel Beer Brittle, along with a Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee. We are extremely excited to announce to our customers and fans of Boozy Brittles: we will be introducing two new flavours of Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Craft Beer Brittle LineThe two new flavours include: Merlot Black Pepper and Cinnamon Basil Baco Noir. They are both to die for –  if we do say so ourselves – and those who have tried either flavour are already hooked!

The Merlot Black Pepper begins with a red wine infused pure butter toffee, which is then mixed with freshly crushed black peppercorns. The toffee is drizzled in a Belgian dark chocolate and topped with peppercorns.

Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | Merlot Black Pepper Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee | New ProductThe Cinnamon Basil Baco Noir begins with a red wine infused pure butter toffee, which is mixed with freshly ground cinnamon and dried basil leaves. The toffee bar is then drizzled with a Belgian milk chocolate. (May we also add – this one smells amazing when it’s being baked. Yum!)

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Cinnamon Basil Baco Noir Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee | New ProductStop by Christy’s shop in Burlington to try one of our new flavours for yourself – or contact us at sales@christysgourmetgifts.com to find a retailer near you.

Breakfasts in September – Quick & Easy Recipe

With the return of September, many Moms and Dads are beginning to think about quick and easy breakfasts to make for the kids. One of our favourite speedy and simple breakfasts is definitely oatmeal. As a special back-to-school treat, we decided to “spice up” our oatmeal with a special topper of Christy’s Crunch! We crumbled White Chocolate Cranberry Crunch overtop our maple and brown sugar oatmeal and boy was it ever good. The toffee and white chocolate melted slightly, which meant that even after we had eaten the Crunch up– the delicious flavour lingered on.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Quick and Easy Recipes for September - Back to School - Oatmeal TopperNow, we know this may not be a breakfast you’d want to serve your kids everyday… but it’s perfect for a special treat to beat the back-to-school blues. Try serving it with some yummy berries on the side for a more wholesome meal.

Some of our other favourite oatmeal toppings (perhaps more Mom-approved options) include:

  • Jams or Jellies
  • Yogurt
  • Sliced fresh fruit –  apples, bananas or berries
  • Dried fruit – apricots, mango, pineapple etc.

What are your favourite toppings for oatmeal OR your favourite easy breakfast recipes for the kids? How are you planning to beat the back-to-school blues?

A Classy (but Fun!) Vineyard Wedding

Since we had so much fun with our previous blog post ‘A Craft Beer Themed Wedding’, we were inspired to plan a Vineyard (Wine Inspired) Wedding!

Location:

You can’t have a vineyard wedding without what?… A vineyard, of course! In Burlington, Ontario we are so lucky to have a plethora of amazing vineyards right in our backyard. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Vineland, Beamsville, Prince Edward County… there are so many to choose from and many different styles of vineyards! Why not visit some of the wineries on a tasting tour and get a feel for them? That way to can best decide which vineyard fits your needs.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | A Vineyard Wedding | Location Prince Edward County Winery LavendarDecor:

Hay bales, white draping, twinkle lights –

With a vineyard wedding you still want a rustic, country feel but with a classy twist to it. Adding hay bale seating or decor to your wedding will give that rustic, country feel… and with the addition of white draping and twinkle lights your event will be classy and elegant.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | A Vineyard Wedding | Decor Prince Edward County WineryWe love the idea of the addition of chalkboard signs. To us, nothing has a more D.I.Y., country feel than a handwritten chalkboard sign. To “pretty up” your chalkboard sign you can even purchase a vintage frame at a second-hand shop or flea market. Cut a piece of wood to the size of the picture, and paint with chalkboard paint – then add it to the frame. Use regular chalk for a rustic look or liquid chalk for a neater presentation.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | A Vineyard Wedding | Decor Chalkboard Sign Prince Edward County WineryFood:

Together, wine and cheese are a match made in heaven! An amazing idea for your wedding would be to create a cheese bar, buffet style or have an artisanal cheese tray for each table. Choose a few different types of interesting cheese at your local cheese shop or deli. People love variety!

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Alternative cake toppers are a great feature at a vineyard wedding. This type of wedding should not be uptight, but relaxed, and this is the perfect venue to have a little fun! After all, a wedding should be the biggest party of your life and what’s a party if you don’t have a little fun?

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Favours:

Christy’s Gourmet Gifts has just unveiled a brand new product… a “Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee”. This product is a butter toffee base infused with a local chardonnay wine. The toffee is then drizzled in milk and dark Belgian chocolate. The product would be amazing presented in a vintage wine barrel (help yourself style) or wrapped up in small kraft packages and placed at each seat.

Contact us to help you with custom favours. We love customization!

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This couple featured the vineyard name stamped on a cork in their wedding photography. This would serve as a great reminder years down the road.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | A Vineyard Wedding | Wedding Photography Cork Label Ring Picture

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Make sure to get some photos that really capture the essence of your vineyard wedding i.e. The bride and groom in a landscape shot with the vineyard behind them, with their handmade signs in the photo, or in front of some wine barrels sitting on hay bales. Be creative, but make sure you have every bit of your wedding recorded so you can enjoy it time and again!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | A Vineyard Wedding | Wedding Photography Handmade Signs

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Extras:

A wild flower bouquet is simple and elegant. Wrap burlap and lace around the stems and fasten with hot glue (clean and hidden) or a vintage brooch for a little sparkle. Maybe your grandmother has a brooch that would work! Something borrow after all is a good luck charm. Local wildflowers can be purchased from many floral shops as well as online.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | A Vineyard Themed Wedding | Wildflower bouquet with burlap, lace and a brooch

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As we said with ‘A Craft Beer Themed Wedding’ the most important detail at your wedding is to do what you think is right for you! Every wedding is a personal affair and you should plan elements that show off both of your personalities.

Happy planning!

A Craft-Beer Themed Wedding

It’s wedding season! You know what that means… lots of creative ideas for wedding themes all over Pinterest and the web. Pinterest is such a great inspiration for creativity – but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. Our friend is just in the midst of planning her wedding and she had a great idea for a theme – a craft beer themed wedding! We loved her idea so much that we decided we would help her plan. Here are our thoughts on the theme:

Invites/Save-the-Dates:

The first way to get your guests into the spirit is with your invitations and save-the-date cards! Stick to the theme with your invites, and get creative. Why not try this cute idea and turn your save-the-dates in the coasters for your guests? For the invitation designs, think kraft – burlap – anything rustic that will get your guests into the country, craft-beer spirit.

Save the Date Coaster –

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Invites with Craft Beer Elements (like Hops!) –

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Location:

If you’re planning a summer or warm-weather wedding, we love the idea of a tent or barn wedding.  If you don’t have the space, another option we love, is the distillery district in Toronto http://www.thedistillerydistrict.com/.  Perhaps your local community has a distillery which holds events.  These locations help set the mood for the urban craft beer themed wedding.

A Farm, Barn or Country Setting–

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Distillery District –

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Décor:

In our opinion, Craft Beer weddings should always include hand-written chalkboard signs for menus/etc., and ice buckets full of cold drinks for the guests.  Both of these décor elements just scream craft beer country wedding.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Craft Beer Themed Wedding - Cold Beer Ice Bucket Beer Chalkboard Decor

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Food:

Keep it Casual!

You wouldn’t want to ruin the relaxed feel of your craft beer wedding by serving a frou-frou meal. Make your guests feel comfortable and serve them something they will enjoy. Think: sliders, snow-cones, and picnic lunches packed for each guest – a retro classic comfort feel is perfect for your menu.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Craft Beer Themed Wedding - Food, Sliders and Picnic Baskets

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Favours:

Fun favours that go with your wedding theme will be a big hit with guests! You could try something they could keep using time-after-time to remember your big day, like these great “To Have and To Hold” beer cozies.

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Or if you’re looking for some yummy sweets or goodies to give out as a favour, our Craft Beer Brittle is an excellent option! Guests will love this buttery toffee with almonds and will definitely continue talking about it, long after your special day has ended.

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Extra Additions:

Extra details that you put into an event are always the ones that keep people talking. We love these creative ideas to add to your special day:

Hops and Burlap Boutonniere for the Groom-

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Craft Beer Themed Wedding - Burlap and Hops Boutonierre

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Customized Craft Beer Labels-

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Creative  Photography-

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And the most important detail of all – do what you think is right for you! Every wedding is a personal affair and you should plan elements that really show your (and your groom’s) personality.

Christy’s Gourmet Gifts presents Dancer’s Cookie Bouquets

Though you may not expect it, one of Christy’s Gourmet Gifts’ busiest times is during the months of May and June! Why, you may ask? The reason is…it’s dance recital season! One of the products we are well-known for is our Cookie Bouquets. They are a very unique product and a great alternative to traditional flowers. We are always adding new cookie cutter shapes and chocolate moulds to our repertoire. We have recently added a beautiful Tutu cookie, Dance Medallion moulds, a Dress cookie and much more! Check our website for details www.christysgourmetgifts.com.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts New Cookie Cutters and Chocolate Moulds

With the high-demand for Cookie Bouquets during dance season, we have a specific cookie bouquet just for dancers! Our “Dancer’s Cookie Bouquet” comes in three different sizes, and three ribbon colours. The small bouquet comes with one medallion and one cookie. The medium bouquet comes with one medallion and two cookies. The large bouquet comes with two cookies, one medallion and three chocolate marshmallow roses. Now that’s something to smile about!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts Dancer's Cookie Bouquet

The Cookie Bouquets even include a customizable card, so you can let your little Dancer know how proud you are!

We have many different cookie cutter shapes, as well as chocolate moulds. If you’re looking for something specific – please don’t be shy! We love to customize and create something specific for you… our wonderful customer.

Our Trip to Handmade Market Spring 2013

This past weekend, on Mother’s Day, we took a trip to the Handmade Market (http://www.handmademarket.ca/) in St Davids at the Ravine Vineyard (Niagara region). Despite the crazy weather, the event was gorgeous and included 60+ Artisan Vendors, Live Music, Food Trucks and Wine while you shop.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts visits the Handmade Market in Niagara Spring 2013

It was our first trip to the Handmade Market and it definitely won’t be our last! We loved the market so much that we wanted to share our experience with all of our lovely customers and friends. Since we’re working on a new packaging design for our Chardonnay Wine Brittle, this was also the perfect venue to get some inspiration!

Vintage Truck at the Handmade Market Spring 2013

Some of our favourite parts of the show included:

Everything we sampled from ‘Itty Bitty Pie Company’ was completely amazing, from their pies – of course – to her meat marinades. Our favourite product of theirs was definitely the Salted Caramel Sauce! We imagine it would go very well with sliced apples for an easy treat or appetizer. (Yummy!) This is definitely a shop we will be following around to craft markets. 😉

Itty Bitty Pie Company, Salted Caramel Sauce and Meat Marinades

‘a little hello’ has found an amazing use for those vintage buttons that just don’t have a home. Gorgeous one-of-a-kind earrings! Our very favourites were their pearl button earrings, and the sailor inspired silver anchor buttons. Their set-up was also beautiful, very earthy with fresh flowers – perfect for Handmade Market!

'A Little Hello' Vintage Buttons repurposed into earrings

  • Handmade Tiered Dessert Tray from ‘Cupcakestands Dream’

Tea & dessert together in one beautiful tray – we’re officially in love! ‘Cupcakestands Dream’ uses repurposed vintage china to create gorgeous tiered dessert trays, which in our minds would be so perfect for Afternoon tea. Another factor we love – each piece is completely unique!

'Cupcakestands Dream' Tiered Vintage China Dessert Tray

The Handmade Market really inspired us overall and we wanted to share a quote that embodied that inspiration! Feel free to share, pin etc. We believe it really is true! “Small things become great when done with love”.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Everyday leading up to Cinco de Mayo we have had a special party tip, to make your themed party a blast. Check through all our latest blog posts to give your guests, or your family, a festive Cinco de Mayo!

Todays Party Tip Number 1: A Mexican Main!

Show your guests you can really get into the festive spirit by preparing this delicious main, which is one of the most representative dishes of Mexico – Chicken Mole Poblano! Reportedly, Chicken Mole Poblano is so popular, it’s been said that ninety-nine percent of Mexicans have tried at least one type of mole. (Wikipedia.) Spicy and sweet at the same time, with an addition of CHOCOLATE?! What more could you ask for in a meal?

If you have quite a lot of guests, rather than have a sit down meal.. you could serve this meal in tiny bowls with small spoons. That way, it’s still ‘appetizer’ style!

Chicken Mole Poblano recipe

Christy's Gourmet Gifts Cinco de Mayo Chicken Mole Poblano Chocolate Sauce Recipe

What you will need:

  • 4 dried pasilla peppers (stems and seeds removed)
  • 4 dried New Mexico chilies (stems and seeds removed)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 medium tomatoes (peeled and seeds removed, chopped)
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ corn tortilla (ripped into pieces)
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • Water
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate square (or more, to taste)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite sizes pieces)

How to: In a blender or food processor, mix together pasilla peppers, chilies, onion, garlic, tomatoes, 1 tbsp sesame seeds (the rest will be for garnish), almonds, tortilla, raisins, cloves, cinnamon and coriander. Add a small amount of water while it’s pureeing to be sure you finish with a smooth sauce. Heat 3 tbsp vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry the sauce for 10 minutes, stirring often. Mix in the chicken broth and chocolate square. Bring down the heat to very low and cook the sauce for 45 minutes. When done, the sauce should be very thick. While the sauce is simmering, in a separate stir fry pan, drizzle the remaining 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Heat over medium high heat and place bite sized chicken pieces in to the stir fry pan. Stir fry until completely browned and cooked through. Serve chicken over white rice, cover with mole sauce and sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds.

Today’s Party Tip 2: Fresh Dessert!

You can use whatever fruit you have on-hand. Citrus fruits and tree fruits work best, such as oranges, nectarines, peaches etc.

Sangria Fruit Salad Recipe

Christy's Gourmet Gifts Cinco de Mayo Sangria Fruit Salad Recipe with White Wine

What you will need:

For the Fruit Salad:

  • Kiwis, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Nectarines, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Grapes (green, purple) , cut into bite sized pieces
  • Figs, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Apples, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Oranges, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Peaches, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Package Christy’s Gourmet Gifts Chardonnay Wine Brittle, broken into small pieces
  • Sugar for sprinkling

For the Dressing

  • 1/3 white wine
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp honey

How to: Mix all of your cut pieces of fruit in a large bowl. Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients, in a separate bowl. Pour the mixture over top of the fruit in the bowl. Sprinkle a bit of sugar, and the Chardonnay Wine Brittle pieces over your fruit salad. Serve with small bowls and spoons.

Dressing recipe is an adaptation from: Real Simple White Wine Vinaigrette

Have a great Cinco de Mayo party! 

Cinco de Mayo Countdown – Day 3

Everyday leading up to Cinco de Mayo (the 5thof May) we will have a special party tip, to make your themed party a blast! Stay tuned for recipes, décor tips and lots more.

Today’s Party Tip: 3. Party Décor!

You can’t have a themed party without some themed décor! Get your guests into the Cinco de Mayo spirit the moment they walk into the door by using some of these easy décor tips:

 *String up some paper garlands*

Purchase paper garlands or easily create them yourself using tissue paper.  

Christy's Gourmet Gifts Paper Garland for Cinco de Mayo Party DIY Do it Yourself

How to create them yourself:

  1. Take two different coloured, large pieces of tissue paper. Cut the tissue paper into four lengthwise pieces.
  2. Lay them out flat on a large surface (or the ground), alternating between colours. Cut a long piece of ribbon to cover all pieces and have extra ribbon on each end.
  3. Lay the ribbon flat over all the pieces of tissue paper, slightly below the center line of the tissue paper.Christy's Gourmet Gifts Paper Garland Cinco de Mayo DIY
  4. Fold each piece of tissue paper over the ribbon. Staple the tissue paper onto the ribbon at the top center. Now all your tissue paper garlands are in place.
  5. Cut each tissue paper into slices, about ¾ of the way up.
  6. Take your extra ribbon ends and pin or attach to a table or wall. And there you have it – a beautiful piece of décor for your party!

*Bright Colours*

Cover tables in brightly-coloured tablecloths or fabrics. Use fabric napkins for the centerpiece and cover with brightly-coloured bowls, cake plates or vintage tins. Fill the bowls, plates or tins with candies or sweets in fun colours.

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*Paper Lanterns*

Paper Lanterns can be purchased at party stores or can sometimes be found at a reduced cost at the dollar store.  They bring a pop of colour to plain rooms and also add a sense of fun and whimsy. Perfect for the party spirit!

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*Margarita Mason Jars*

Keep your guests’ thirst at bay! Prepare margaritas ahead of time with a plain margarita mix. Pour the prepared drinks into mason jars and put them into a container full of ice for your guests to pick up when they come in your door. They’re perfect for moving around a party, especially with a straw, and won’t spill when you place them in the ice bucket.

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*Embroidered Fabrics or Patterned Fabrics & Fresh Flowers*

Be sure to have fresh bright-coloured flowers throughout your party area, as well as some embroidered patterned fabrics . Think fresh and bright!

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Stay tuned for party tip number 4 tomorrow!