Citrus & Spice Sangria

One of my favorite adult beverages to serve when I’m hosting a party is sangria. I just love how simple it is to make, and how the flavors can be so easily adjusted to match the holiday that you’re celebrating.

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Today I tested out a new sangria concoction that I’ll be adding to my Thanksgiving menu next week. The colors and flavor profiles remind me of the season, complete with tangerines, sweet persimmons, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, elderflower liqueur and sauvignon blanc.

An instant fave, that truly tastes like Fall in a glass, if there were ever such a thing!

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Citrus & Spice Sangria

A sweet and tart blend of fall fruits and spice, floral liqueur and white wine. The vanilla bean adds a smoothness with fruity floral notes from the liqueur, with a mild cinnamon finish.

Ingredients/Supplies

Medium sized pitcher

1 bottle of your favorite Sauvignon blanc (I chose Sauvignon blanc because it’s less sweet and has many floral notes. You could also try chardonnay or pinot grigio.)

1/2 cup St. Germaine – elderflower liqueur

1/4 cup Cointreau

3 tangerines sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

2 persimmons rinsed and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (cut a few rounds into quarters and set aside for drink garnishes)

1 vanilla bean bruised

8 cinnamon sticks (2 for sangria remaining for drink garnish)

1 16 oz bottle of club soda or sparkling water

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place sliced persimmons & oranges, cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean into your pitcher.

Add St. Germaine, Cointreau and the entire bottle of white wine.

Stir and place in the fridge, allowing flavors to blend for at least 2 hours (make up to 24 hours ahead.)

Add sparkling water or club soda when ready to serve. Add to taste.

Pour sangria into your favorite wine glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks and quartered persimmons or tangerines.

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

 This is a perfect make ahead low maintenance cocktail for the holiday. Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Still 6 days and counting, but luckily I have this test batch of sangria to finish up just in time for the weekend! One of the many perks of blogging. Cheers friends and happy Friday!

More to share early next week!

xo

This specific recipe for Citrus & Spice Sangria was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Birthday Gram – Las Vegas

Last weekend my hubby and I flew to Vegas for my birthday. This was last-minute, somewhat unexpected travel, but I’m so glad we decided to make the trip, because it turned out to be the perfect couples getaway. My sister in law’s birthday actually falls on the day before mine so each year we make an effort to celebrate together and since they just happened to be in Vegas the same weekend, in addition to my dear sis from LA, the timing couldn’t have been better!

The weekend moved by so quickly that I didn’t have much time for photos with my dslr camera, but I did capture many shots via instagram.IMG_6691.JPG

 

I truly cannot remember ever having a birthday celebration this wonderful. Thanks to my dear husband and amazing sister, I had the absolute time of my life and felt completely and utterly spoiled from start to finish.

From our stay at the Palazzo, to the gifted tiara and french macarons, the atmosphere, the laughs and the shows, the weather, quality time with my family…the list goes on.

IMG_6692.JPGThe only difficult part of course, was being away from our girls for a few days, but they had so much fun spending quality time with their Grandmas for the weekend.

This was certainly a much deserved break for me and my hubby. We all deserve those from time to time, especially on special occasions right?! Well aside from feeling a bit tired, I’m excited to get back to creating and will have some fresh concepts to share with you all soon. In the mean time, let’s be friends on IG: @poshlittledesigns.

Check back soon.

xo

Mammogram Party

Earlier in October I took part in an annual Mammogram Party in my home town. This was an event put together locally to help raise awareness about breast cancer and provide knowledge and important info to women about annual screenings. Those who attended were able to schedule their screening appointments while also enjoying prizes, goodie bags treats, hair extensions and plenty of shopping from some fabulous vendors.

The event lasted from 9-3 pm and I had my Posh Little Designs booth set up, with many products on display and for sale from my online shop. Everything from cookie cutters and baking cups, to cupcake liners, paper straws, cupcake toppers and much more. I also baked up a batch of sugar cookies in themes to match the event which were given away for donation. Since most of my business is online based, it was refreshing to speak to customers face to face and interact on that level. I enjoy both aspects very much!

Annual Mammogram Party | Posh Little Designs

For this event I again chose a mostly white backdrop, and tied in shades of black, pink and silver through my products and samples. I hung tassel garland in textured white, displayed simple white roses in my most favorite goblets from the Oh Joy! For Target party collection, and once again took advantage of the wonderful free awareness prints from Heather of Chickabug.

Annual Mammogram Party | Posh Little Designs

Annual Mammogram Party | Posh Little Designs

Annual Mammogram Party | Posh Little Designs

 I’ll be donating 20% of all proceeds from the event, in addition to sales of awareness themed and pink products from the shop for the month of Oct. to a local non-profit breast cancer organization known as Team Julia. You can find out more details about this wonderful charity by following the link above.

Annual Mammogram Party | Posh Little Designs

How wonderful it was to be involved in this event again this year! Thank you so much to Cassie, my great friend Christy and all the rest of the amazing ladies who made this event such a great success!

Much more to share soon!

xo

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Festive Fruit Smoothies (V)

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Halloween has to be one of the sweetest times of the year…that is in terms of candy. One of the candies commonly seen around Halloween really brings me back to my childhood. Yup, candy corn. We always had it in our house growing up and my mom still likes it, years later! Although I’m not known for eating handfuls of candy corn myself, I’m completely keen on the colors and love that I had those memories growing up. Which brings me to today’s post, that was of course inspired by candy corn but in a much more fresh and natural kind way.

I’ve taken the shades of yellow, orange and white commonly associated with the sweet treat, and matched it to fruits in the same colors to make healthy and fresh smoothies with much less guilt and a great way counterbalance all the sweets that will be consumed over the weekend.

In addition to these smoothies being healthy and fresh, the mini shot glasses they’re served in make them a fabulous beverage menu option for any Halloween party that you host over weekend! Complete with a tiny candy corn shaped fruit garnishes for a festive finishing touch!

Festive Fruit Smoothies(V)

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Fresh fruit in shades of yellow (pineapple), orange (persimmon & orange) and white (coconut and banana) make up these smoothies as a play on candy corn. Naturally vegan, gluten-free and dairy free for everyone to enjoy! Each recipe makes 6 shot glass sized portions.

Y E L L O W

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Pineapple Mango Fruit Smoothie

1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple cut into chunks

1/2 cup frozen or fresh mango (if fresh peeled and cut into chunks)

1/3 cup plain coconut milk yogurt

1/4 cup plain coconut milk

1/2 cup ice

Blender or magic bullet

Mini drinking or shot glasses

Funnel

Instructions

Place all ingredients into blender and blend together.

You can add a bit more of each ingredients to reach the desired consistency and bright color.

Pour into shot glasses using a funnel

Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge for up to 2 hours.

O R A N G E

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Persimmon & Orange Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients/Supplies:

2 ripe persimmons rinsed and cut into chunks

1 large orange peeled and cut into chunks

1/2 natural/organic orange juice

3/4 cups of ice

Blender or magic bullet

Mini drinking or shot glasses

Funnel

Instructions

Place all ingredients into blender and blend together.

You can add a bit more of each ingredients to reach the desired consistency and bright color.

Pour into shot glasses using a funnel

Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge for up to 2 hours.

W H I T E

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Banana Coconut Fruit Smoothie

1 ripe banana peeled and cut into chunks

1/4 to 1/3 cup fresh coconut from shell. Peeled and cut into chunks

1/3 cup plain coconut milk yogurt

1/3 cup plain coconut milk

1/2 cup ice

Blender or magic bullet

Mini drinking or shot glasses

Funnel

Instructions

Place all ingredients into blender and blend together.

You can add a bit more of each ingredients to reach the desired consistency and bright color.

Pour into shot glasses using a funnel

Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge up to 2 hours ahead.

Pineapple, Persimmon & Coconut (candy corn) Garnish (optional)

Cut 1 inch chunk of pineapple to resemble the bottom portion of the candy corn and skewer onto a toothpick.

Cut a 3/4 inch chunk of persimmon in a rectangular shape to resemble the middle portion of the candy corn and place on top of the pineapple.

Top with a half-inch chunk of coconut cut into the shape of a triangle.

Repeat these steps for each of the smoothies you’ll be serving.

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

These smoothies are a great option for kids and adults. I let my girls taste each of the flavors and they very much approved! Feel free to alter the ingredients to include your favorite fruits in these colors.

Happy Halloween! I’ll be taking my girls out trick-or-treating tomorrow and celebrating with family! How are you spending your Halloween weekend?

Much more to share soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Festive Fruit Smoothies was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Painted Mini Pumpkin Centerpieces

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Each year as Halloween approaches I look forward to bringing home mini pumpkins from the market to display around my home. I prefer the white, or what are known as “ghost” pumpkins, since they’re a blank canvas, neutral for decorating and so incredibly chic! Although too much white is never a bad thing in my opinion, when I see a blank canvas, it’s in my nature to elevate it. As such, I’ve given my mini pumpkins (which included a few orange) a fresh coat of paint for an added touch of glam.

Aside from white, when I think of glam and opulence, black and gold come to mind. Both are elegant, and timeless with a major posh factor and look gorgeous when styled for parties, in fashion and for the home. These are the thoughts I had on my mind when I painted the pumpkins.

And in addition to making table centerpieces look posh and parties stylish, the black and gold painted pumpkins easily transform into miniature vases and centerpieces to hold your favorite blooms.

I just happened to have a vase of white roses on hand, so I stuffed each mini pumpkin with one single stem. I just love how they stand out in contrast to the black and gold.

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Aside from paint drying time, these pumpkin vases only take a short period of time to make! Here’s what you’ll need to give them a try:

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Painted Mini Pumpkins Centerpieces

Add a touch of glam to your Fall home decor and floral blooms with this simple and affordable DIY.

Supplies

Mini pumpkins white or orange will do (white will work better for the gold paint, but orange will be fine for black).

Sharp knife.

Black & gold craft paint (gloss preferred). I actually used leftover chalkboard paint that I had and it worked just fine.

2 paint brushes (one for each color of paint).

newspaper or scrap paper to paint on.

small tray for paint.

white roses or flowers of choice.

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Rinse all pumpkins and pat completely dry with a paper towel.

Using a large sharp knife, cut the top off of the pumpkins starting at about 1 inch down (try to make sure the cut is even so the top can fit back on the pumpkin properly).

Using a small spoon, scoop out the interior of the pumpkin and discard.

Rinse out the pumpkin and dry with a paper towel.

Begin painting the exterior of each pumpkin in the color of your choice. Paint everything including the stem and the flat surface of the bottom half of the pumpkin. (You won’t need to paint the bottom half of the top of the pumpkin since it won’t be seen.)

You’ll have to apply about 3 coats of each color of paint, allowing at least 30 minutes to an hour to dry in between, + touch ups. This part takes the longest.

Once the paint completely dry, you can fill each pumpkin with a small amount of water if you plan on using them for miniature vases.

Cut the stem of each rose bloom down to about 1 inch and place the bloom into the mini pumpkin. Depending on the size of your flowers, you may need to use more than one bloom. Allow roses 1-2 days to completely open up.

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

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Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

Black & Gold Mini Pumpkin Vases | Posh Little Designs

I can already envision these at my next celebration and I hope you can too. They’d make chic fall themed wedding related decor or place card holders. Elegant, posh and affordable.

Such a fun DIY to try over the weekend since Halloween is only 1 week out! I enjoyed every moment of decorating with these and I hope you do too!

Much more to share soon.

xo

This specific DIY for Black and Gold mini pumpkins and miniature vases was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

October Events

I can hardly believe we’re halfway through October! It’s been such a busy month already with 2 events and many behind the scenes projects that I’ll have to share with you in the coming weeks!

Over the weekend I completed 1 of two Breast Cancer Awareness Events for the month. It felt great to come together with other small businesses in the community for such a wonderful cause! Together we collected an awesome sized donation for Team Julia!

Here’s some of the products I had for sale and the sweet cookies I baked for the occasion. Everything from sprinkles and paper straws, to baking cups, cupcake liners, cupcake toppers, cookie cutters and more!

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

And here’s a few snapshots from the event.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

I used plenty of white for my display  because I’m absolutely obsessed with it right now. I tied in pops of pink through products and fresh roses for the pink awareness theme and  used my favorite collection of vintage milk glass dishes to display many of the products.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

Most of what’s seen at my booth can be purchased online in my Posh Etsy Shop. For the entire month of October, I’ll be donating 20% of all pink colored and awareness related products to our local charity Team Julia. You can find more about Team Julia by clicking on the highlighted link.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

And for my personal style, a black peplum paired with black denim and a little pop of leopard which is so on trend for Fall.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

I’ve got one more awareness event this Friday at a local imaging center. They’ll be offering free mammograms to women 40 and over in addition to many free prizes and giveaways, while providing information and raising awareness about breast cancer. It’s another fundraiser I’m thrilled to be a part of!

Much more to share soon friends!

xoxo

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness

The month of October is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer. Organizations from all over the world will be joining in and so will I. I’m taking part by participating in two wonderful events in my home town.

First up is a multi-vendor fundraising Bosom Boutique for Team Julia. A local charity providing assistance to families and individuals affected by breast cancer while also raising awareness about the disease. This specific event is taking place next Saturday the 11th of October and I’m delighted to be working with some awesome vendors. I’ll be putting together a variety of seasonal awareness and pink themed baking and party supplies for sale locally and in limited quantities in my Etsy shop, with a portion of the proceeds from the sales going directly to the charity we’re representing.

Bosom Boutique BCA | Posh Little Designs

I’ve also been invited again to be one of the vendors at an Annual Mammogram Party also happening locally. The event will offer mammograms by donation to women without a prior appointment, while also raising awareness about breast cancer. This event is taking place Friday October 17th. You can learn more about my participation in last year’s Mammo event here.

It’s shaping up to be quite a busy month but I’ll have plenty behind the scenes details to share with you in the coming days and weeks as I prepare for both events.

Happy weekend!! I’ll be sporting the color pink for breast cancer awareness this month and I hope you do too!

More to share soon.

xo