First Day of School Traditions

The first day of school is a time of excitement, stress and tons of new experiences. It’s a time full of high emotions, but also a time for making memories! In our opinion, the best memories usually revolve around family traditions.

We collected 5 of our favourite ‘First Day of School’ traditions from around the web, to give you some ideas for this year!

1. Photo on the first day of a new school year

Perhaps one of the most popular First Day of School Traditions – taking a photo of your child on the first day! We love the idea of putting all the photos into a scrapbook as a keepsake for when they are older. These cute year-by-year printables from DesignsByNicolina are not only adorable, they help you keep each year photo organized and in order.

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Find the year-by-year printables at DesignsByNicolina.

2. Shop for ‘Study Buddies’

We love this idea for the little ones! What makes homework more fun? Having a partner to work with, of course! One fun idea is to bring each child on a shopping trip to buy a new stuffed animal ‘Study Buddy’. Not only is homework more fun with your study buddy, it adds a feeling of comfort to children during times of transition and change.

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3. First day of School Interview Page

School is all about growth and change, but sometimes we blink and the change and growth happens far too fast! A great way to document changes is to start with this Free School Interview Page printable. Get your child to fill it out every year, and then put them all together or in a time capsule. Keep those memories forever!

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Find the Free School Interview Page printable at Giggles Galore.

4. A Sweet Treat

A long hard day of school deserves a sweet treat after school! Surprise them with some Christy’s Crunch, and a pun-ny tag – “Let the Number CRUNCHing Begin”!

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5. Fashion Show

Everyone knows that one of the best parts about Back to School is getting a couple new outfits for the year! On ‘School Year’s Eve’, why not have a kids fashion show? Roll out the red carpet and let them show off their new outfits. What a confidence booster for the first day!

Do you have any First Day of School Traditions? Please share them with us in the comments below!

 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Vanilla Bean Milkshake

For the past few weeks, we noticed everyone posting online about a Canberra, Australia, cafe’s milk shakes. We have seen the photos (we’re sure you have too) and we can understand why everyone is so captivated. These milkshakes look decadent and over-the-top amazing!

Patissez Canberra Milkshake

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We wish we could try them….if only they weren’t so far.

Unfortunately, we can’t make it out to Australia anytime soon – so we settled for the next best thing…making a delicious, sweet & messy milkshake at home!

See below for the recipe:

Salted Caramel Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

Salted Caramel Chocolate Vanilla Bean Milkshake 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Container Christy’s Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 2 cups Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 1 cup 1% Milk
  • Whipped Cream for topping
  • 1 Package of Christy’s Salted Caramel Chocolates
  • 1 Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie – broken into pieces

How To:

  1. In a blender, blend together the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and the Milk until it’s frothy and totally mixed together.
  2. In the meantime, take the top off the Salted Caramel Sauce and microwave it until it’s liquid-y (about 30-40 seconds), stirring half way through.
  3. Take a large mason jar, fill the bottom and the sides with the warm Salted Caramel Sauce.
  4. Pour the ice cream/milk mixture from the blender into the mason jar, covering the salted caramel sauce.
  5. Top the milk shake with a big spiral of whipped cream.
  6. Place pieces of Salted Caramel Chocolate into the whipped cream.
  7. Crumble the Vanilla Bean Sugar cookie pieces overtop of the whipped cream.
  8. Top with any leftover Salted Caramel Sauce or Chocolate Syrup.
  9. Enjoy!

Easiest Ice Cream Cake

Entertaining is fun but sometimes the party preparation can be exhausting!

No worries – we are here to help with your party dessert preparations. We came up with this quick and super easy ice cream cake which is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s literally the easiest cake you will ever make! Now you can spend more time socializing and less time slaving in the kitchen!Ice Cream Cake – Picture 1 Edit – Christy’s Gourmet Gifts

Check out the how-to below:

What you will need:

  • 1 Ice Cream Brick (I used 2 for a lot of visitors)
  • Christy’s Crunch “Ice Cream Topping” – $5 in-store
  • Chocolate Syrup

Ice Cream Cake - Picture 2 - Christy's Gourmet GiftsHow To:

  • Remove ice cream brick from paper wrapping and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Pour Christy’s Crunch crumbs all over cake covering top and sides. This can get quite messy (the cookie tray will catch your crumbs).
  • Use a spatula and your hands to carefully lift the ice cream block off of the cookie tray and place onto a nice serving tray.
  • Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
  • Serve and enjoy. :)

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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

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- Spooky Lush Halloween 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

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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

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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?

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.

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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!) -

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Craft Beer Themed Wedding - Invitation Idea with Hops elements

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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–

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Craft Beer Themed Wedding - Country Barn Style

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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.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Craft Beer Themed Wedding - Craft Beer Brittle Favours

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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.

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!

A Fun-Filled St. Patricks Day Party

Saint Patrick’s Day, named after the most well-known of the patron saints of Ireland, was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century. St.Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday that for some, celebrates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. For most, St.Patrick’s Day has become more of a celebration of Irish culture. The day generally involves wearing green clothing, public parades and festivals, and shamrocks.  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Day )

With St.Patrick’s Day coming quickly, many of you are probably putting together your preparations to have a fun-filled St.Patrick’s Day party… and we’re here to help you with that!

A great party atmosphere starts the moment the guests walk in the door, with the decor! Greet your guests and get them into the Irish spirit from the moment they come into your home with this festive St.Patrick’s Day themed wreath!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - St. Patrick's Day Blog - Wreath DIY Craft

What you will need:

  • Foam wreath circle (We picked up a green one from Michael’s craft store.)
  • Green ribbon
  • Green felt
  • Thin black marker
  • Green thread
  • Flat head pins (Make sure they are not too long, as you don’t want them to do straight through the foam circle.)
  • Sewing needle & scissors

1. Start of with choosing a shape you like, whether it be leaves or perhaps shamrocks, whatever you think would suit your home!

2. Draw this shape several times, using your thin black marker, on one side of the felt. (We did 38 leaves on our wreath.) When you think you have enough to fill your entire wreath, start cutting out each shape.

3. If you are using the leaf shape, like we did, thread your needle with the green thread. Sew each leaf down the center in a straight line. (You can do this with a sewing machine rather than hand-sewing. We just liked the added handmade feeling it gave to the project.)

4.Then, pinch one end of the leaf together and sew both sides so that they are touching. This will give you the leaf shape rather than just having a flat piece to work with.

5. Fully wrap your foam wreath circle with the green ribbon. (We used a slightly see-through ribbon, and overlapped for an interesting looking texture.)

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - St. Patrick's Day Party - St. Patrick's Day Themed Wreath

6. Using your flat head pins, start pinning your leaf shapes around your wreath. We pinned our leaves right near the top of the leaf – in the folded area – so that the pins are less visible.

7. Once all the leaves are pinned to your wreath, you can shift them around to give a prettier appearance and pine at the sides of the leaves so that none of them are left dangling.

8. Next, add a ribbon around the top and any other accoutrements to pretty it up, like a bow.

9. And you’re done! Hang the wreath up on your door and you are ready to greet your guests. You can even reuse this wreath for Springtime & Summertime! Just change up the ribbon, and any bows, and you’re set to go!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - St. Patrick's Day Craft - Wreath DIY Craft

What else makes a great party you ask? The drinks, of course! Impress your friends with this thirst-quenching – and fun! – ‘Tipsy Leprechaun Cocktail’.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - St. Patrick's Day Party Drink - Tipsy Leprechaun Cocktail from Drinked In

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You can find the recipe for a ‘Tipsy Leprechaun Cocktail’ at Drinked In http://drinkedin.net/component/content/article/39-recipes/recipes/159327-tipsy-leprechaun-cocktail.html

And you can’t have a St.Patrick’s Day party without some beer involved! Add extra interest to your party with our Craft Beer Brittle. Made with local Steamwhistle beer, this delicious brittle melts in your mouth. Your guests won’t be able to stop after just one bite!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - St. Patrick's Day Party - Craft Beer Brittle By following these easy steps, you’re sure to have a St. Patrick’s Day party that your guests will not forget for years to come!

Do you have any great St. Patrick’s Day party ideas? Please share them with us in the comments below. Happy partying!