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The countdown to Christmas is happening way too fast this year, anyone else?😱  I'm hosting a few get together's this year so I've been brainstorming some new and modern twists to make my parties one to remember. I have been so excited to share them with you!
It seems you guys are fans of easy appetizers so I have one for you that cannot be simpler, but oh so elegant. Also, do you ever wonder what to give as party favors that your guests will love? What about neighbor gifts that will stand out compared to the cookies, breads, or chocolates? (Not that we don't LOVE those) But I wanted to switch it up this year and make it something awesome! So... I made a big batch of homemade vanilla extract and honestly, I don't think I'll ever buy it from the store again. It's so easy, affordable, lasts forever, and the flavor is SO much better. I promise, this will WOW whoever you give it to. Then I've got the CUTEST drink display that will put your party over the top and be the most festive addition! AMAZING! And of course, we have to throw a craft in there. These are always a hit and keep my kiddos occupied, which I'm always grateful for! Here we go!
First up, this drink display... I cannot deal with these!! I just used cranberry juice for mine. But this would be perfect for wine, sparkling cider, any cocktail or mocktail. Ahhh, it's so pretty!🤩 

I just grabbed these inexpensive plastic champagne glasses and the plastic ornaments from Michael's. You can use glass on both but I wanted to keep it more affordable and it still looks so beautiful with the plastic options. Grab some rosemary sprigs, cranberries, and with your drink of choice.

It's a beautiful display, and your guests can open their ornament and pour into their glass with a gorgeous garnish and a hint of Christmas flavors. Aren't these so classy and fun!?
Now for my flavored water bowl. I wanted to again, make it festive, but the flavors are a perfect little addition to your water and display.
I sliced up a few grapefruits, added some cranberries and rosemary sprigs to my pitcher. It looks stunning and tastes so refreshing.🍊
 
I am so excited to hand these homemade vanilla extract gifts out this year! Super easy, and something your guests will use for months after the holidays.
All you need is a large bottle of Vodka. I just grabbed the cheap, bottom shelf bottle at the liquor store. And grabbed a bunch of vanilla beans. The rule of thumb I follow is, at least five vanilla beans to every one cup of Vodka you use.

You’ll want to split the vanilla beans in half length wise and put right into the jar of vodka. Shake multiple times a day to get all those little vanilla beans out to flavor the vodka. You’ll want this to sit for a while. The longer it sits, the better the flavor. I love to put a little sprig of vanilla bean into each little jar for looks and so it just keeps adding flavor. I found these adorable tiny mason jar bottles from Michael’s and I’ve seen more at Hobby Lobby as well. Then just tie a cute gift tag with some twine and they’re ready! On my tags, I always write “homemade vanilla extract” on it so if anyone is confused as to what it is, they know. I would love to receive this as a gift so I’m looking forward to passing mine around! Such amazing flavor in this!!🙌

Now for the appetizer. I love having one-biters for a crowd to kick a party off with. No plates or mess. These are just that. These are cream cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped dates and SO good. I just grabbed a pack of dates from Trader Joe's.

The ones I got still had the pits in them so you'll want to make sure you remove those by cutting the date length wise and removing it. Add some of the cheese inside that slit, then wrap half a slice of bacon around it and place on baking sheet.
You can use goat cheese instead of cream cheese but I personally, am not a fan so I use cream cheese. 😆 Bake at 400° for 20 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and browned. Serve in uniform on a festive platter. Yum!😋
On to our craft! I just grabbed some different large felt pages in the colors my kids like. I let them cut out the shape of a Christmas stocking and we just used a bunch of random glue on decorations and stickers.
This honestly kept them busy for over an hour... SCORE! I love seeing what they come up with when it's just a blank slate.
And this only cost about $10 total with a lot leftover for another craft day. I love that!
 
All of us at Sparkle In Pink wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and I hope these ideas can help make your holiday parties festive and fun! Stay tuned for our New Year's Blog, coming soon!🌟
Love,
Jessie, Blogger for Sparkle In Pink
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126 comments

  • Jessie Cozzens

    Trina Meade

    Such cute ideas for this year! Thank you

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    Kenlyn Jacobs

    ❤️

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    Natalya Ussery

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    Kristy Berger

    ❤ this

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    Ver

    Wow never knew making vanilla extract was so easy, thanks again for some great ideas.

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    Jessica G

    Need to try the vanilla extract vodka!!

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    Mindy Fox

    ❤️

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    Paige Ramsden

    Those bacon wrapped dates sound amazing!

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    Jessica Bullard

    Great ideas!! Love them!!

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    Isaura

    Definitely doing this. Thanks for the amazing ideas!!!

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    Jessica Johns

    I love the activity idea…Def trying it next time ..Thanks😊

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    Rachel Ayers

    What a great idea!

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    Felicia

    Love this idea

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    Ashley McGhee

    Nice!

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    Norma Guzman

    Love the idea & at a low cost is awesome!

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    Caitlyn

    Love this idea!

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    Erica

    Very interesting!!

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    Crystal Nash

    These are some great ideas!!! A little fun for Mommy and guests and for the littles!!! Thoroughly enjoyed reading!!! Keep em coming!!!

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    erica barreres

    So fun!

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    MIchelle GIlmore

    Love the idea

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    SIwrra

    Great read and great ideas !

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    bLake

    ❤️

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    CIndy fUller

    Love it

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    Heather Chandler

    This was great!! Love the ideas!!

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    Andrea

    Awesome ideas

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    Christina Cr

    Love all the ideas

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    kara hahn

    So cute!

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    Brittany

    These ideas are great!! I can’t wait to use some of them next year!

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    KAndi

    Love all these ideas!!

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    MEgan

    I like the stocking craft.

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    MEgan

    I like the stocking craft.

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    Lucy

    love these sweet & easy ideas!!

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    Sara

    What a sweet, yet savory recipe; I can’t wait to try it!

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    Tiffany Goree

    Im a big crafty person when it comes to school parties! These are awesome and Im suprise I havent thought of some of these!

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    Olivia Lis

    I love the hostess stuff! So cute!

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    Robin Macauley

    I’d love to see more crafts, I’m not really a foodie.

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    Robin Macauley

    I loved the Christmas ball in the martini glass ornament as well as the vanilla party favor! Such clever inexpensive ideas.

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    Tegan Moore

    Would love to see more recipes and craft ideas like these for summer holidays!

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    Amber Fisher

    Would love to see more recipes for holidays!!

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    Samantha Schneider

    Such cute ideas! Can’t wait to use them next holidays season!

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    Shawn Flick

    Such cute ideas!

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    Rachel J

    I’m excited to try these fun ideas with my twins!

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    Emily

    Cute ideas!

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    Lorie Gowins

    Love the outfits!! Just found out about the blog!!

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    Ana Hdz

    Hi. I love the festive drink idea.

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    Barb

    I think I might try this recipe. I grew up with my mom making bacon wrapped water chestnuts and I love that. Thanks again!

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    Brandy Newman

    I would love to see more winter sweatshirts and summer denim shorts that can be worn with anything. Y’all have such cute clothes so I’m sure it would be so cute to see more sweatshirts for winter.
    Brandy Newman

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    Megan Dorsey

    Hi!
    I just want to say, we LOVE SIP!!
    As for the blogs, I think I would like to read more creative fun DIY projects for kids!
    Love the appitezer ideas as well!

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    Jami

    Love the festive drink idea!

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    Camille Brister

    Love the recipes and kids craft!

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