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Adding a little sparkle to your Tuesday with a glittery color blocked gift bag idea, that will only take a few minutes to make.
Stuff these little bags with candies, cookies, jewelry, and more. Then, give them as affordable (but homemade) gifts to your friends for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, etc.
You can pair them with a batch of macaron and marshmallow sandwiches, homemade candied blood oranges, or heart shaped peppermint patties. Once they’re dry, fill the bags with your friend’s favorite sweets (or salty snacks) and you’re good to go.
They’re so fast to make, you could easily throw these together last minute, if you’re pressed for time or are a little forgetful and need a go-to idea at the last possible moment. Been there!
Visit Project Wedding for more photos and the full tutorial.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
P.S. If you’re looking for a good glitter source, this set is the best. There are tons of different colors and the glitter quality (is that a thing?!?) is a definite thumbs up.
For more V-Day project ideas like this one, visit the Valentine’s Day DIY page.
It’s finally blood orange season, which you may have caught me blabbering about on Instagram recently.
And next month is Valentine’s Day, so I whipped up these candied blood orange treats to get a head start on the February sweets. I also made some with kara kara oranges (the ones that are pink in the inside). So…yum!
To make these candies citrus treats even more unusual, I dipped them in a glaze (the same one that I used for these donuts) and sprinkled them with colorful sugar sprinkles. Just for fun.
Here’s how to make your own…
- 2 blood oranges and 1 kara kara orange
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of confectioner sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons of half and half or cream
1. Start by thoroughly washing each orange, then slicing up the oranges into 1/4 inch thick pieces. Discard the end slices of each orange.
2. Next, blanch the orange slices in a medium or large skillet, by adding the slices into a pan full of water and bring it to a boil for 3 minutes. Then, drain the oranges and repeat this process one more time, before putting the orange slices into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Blanching the oranges this way will remove some of the bitterness.
3. Next, pour out any excess water from the pan. Then, on medium heat, add one cup of water and 1 1/2 cups of sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Once dissolved, stop stirring. Add oranges slices once it begin to bubble.
4. Leave the oranges to simmer for 45-60 minutes. You know they’re done when the edges are slightly translucent.
5. Remove the orange slices from the pot and place on a cooling rack for 4 hours.
6. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of granulated sugar into a small bowl. Dip orange slices into the sugar. Then set aside.
***You can stop there, if you don’t want to add the glaze and you’ll have a perfectly respectable candied orange. But if you’re a fan of sweets to the degree that I am, you’re going to want to continue on to steps 7-9.
7. Next, mix powdered sugar and cream in a bowl and whisk until a smooth glaze is created.
8. Dip each orange slice into the glaze. Then place on a cooling rack.
9. Add sprinkles over top the glaze and let the glaze harden for several hours. Enjoy!
The process is not exactly a quick one, BUT it is really easy, which makes up for it. And the oranges taste delicious.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff // Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Have you ever made candied oranges before? Curious to know if you’ll give these blood orange ones a try.
In my book, the best party to host during the holidays is one with close friends.
Why? With friends, you don’t have to put on a show or pretend you know how to cook a glazed ham to perfection—there’s no big production necessary—which means hosting a fantastic holiday party will be a cinch, even if you’ve never hosted a get-together before.
All you really need to remember for hosting a holiday party with friends is this one basic rule: keep it casual. Aim for creating a casual, cozy, and completely comfortable environment, and you’re golden. Pretty easy, right?
And speaking of easy, here are 3 tips for helping you achieve that casual vibe for the perfect laid back holiday party…
1. Set the tone.
I love doing something unexpected for a casual party, like low seating, for example.
Pull up a large coffee table for everyone to gather around or make your own using stacks of books and plywood. Then add comfy pillows and blankets and invite everyone to kick their shoes off and get comfy on the floor. Bonus points if you can situate the table in front of a fireplace.
2. Delicious Treats.
You’re not going to want to slave away in the kitchen while guests are in another room entertaining themselves. And they don’t want you to, either. So, make things easy in the food department and go heavy on the appetizers instead of a big feast. Try this pear + goat cheese crostini recipe or any of these holiday appetizers if you’re feeling stuck. You can make everything ahead of time and keep each app warm in the oven for guests as they arrive.
Don’t forget something sweet. After guests have had their fill of appetizers, be sure to have some sweets for them to nibble on for dessert. Lindt LINDOR’s Peppermint White Chocolate Truffles are a great option. If you’ve ever had these truffles before, you know their melting centers are irresistible – making them a super simple, indulgent dessert.
3. Keep it light.
Plan something fun and lighthearted for everyone to participate in after the meal, to keep the party going. Card games and/or board games would be perfect for something like this. I found an awesome set of Bingo cards from J Crew and a backgammon game from Paper Source if you’re looking for suggestions.
And that’s it. With these quick tips, you’ll be a holiday party pro in no time.
Have your own tips to share for throwing a holiday party with friends? I’d love to hear how you make the holidays cozy and fun for your friends.