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.

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.

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

Hello Kitty Lemonade -sneak peek

August so far has been wonderful and busy! My oldest turned 5 last week and we celebrated with loads of Lemonade and Hello Kitty details. I can’t believe how much of a whirlwind it was it! The day felt like it was over before it began, but she had the time of her life, will all her little friends. That was so precious to see!

I will have more on the party to share with you soon but in the mean time I have a little Instagram sneak peek for you, complete with some of the details that made her milestone 5th extra special!
20140809-111729-40649996.jpg
Plenty of pink and yellow, wildflower floral arrangements, an extra sweet dessert table and oversized balloons for the birthday girl. Party perfect!

If we aren’t friends on IG yet you can find me: @poshlittledesigns.
And you can check back for the full party reveal appearing soon.
Thank you as always for reading! Much more to share next week!
xo!

Mini Chocolate and Coconut Popsicles (V)

The other day I picked up a fresh coconut from our local grocery store. Seriously I’m not quite sure what pushed me to grab it because I have no experience working with coconuts, but with the thought that I would figure out how to use it later, I decided to buy it anyways.

After a “Coconut Opening” tutorial on youtube, which took a screwdriver and a hammer, I had success at cracking my very first one! If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you saw my recent post about my coconut opening success. But…once I opened it I really had no idea how to use it. Perhaps I was a bit reluctant because I quickly discovered that the meat inside of the nut is incredibly difficult to get out of the shell. No joke..I seriously hammered on the coconut over and over again hoping to break it into smaller pieces, but to no avail. After trying numerous tools, I basically just winged it..wrapping a towel around the outside of the shell and scraping out the meat with a knife for what was close to 1 hour. Let’s just say I’m sure there’s a better way to remove coconut meat from the shell, and I don’t necessarily recommend my technique, but after all is said and done I’m glad that I spent an hour digging out slivers of coconut from the stubborn shell. These posh mini pops topped with chocolate and almonds taste good enough to say it was completely worth it!

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Mini Chocolate and Coconut Popsicles (V)

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

I’ve paired fresh coconut, coconut cream, vegan dark chocolate and chopped toasted almonds to create this delicious mini frozen pop. Frosty, and creamy with real bits of coconut, and a crunchy dark chocolate shell. I can’t think of a combination that goes better together, a play on Almond Joy..but made using much healthier vegan ingredients and super adorable made in miniature size.

Ingredients/Supplies 

(makes 4 servings)

Meat from 1 half of a fresh coconut (about 1 cup) coarsely chopped or pulsed

1 can of full fat organic coconut milk

4-6 oz bar of vegan dark chocolate (try trader joes)

1/4 cup organic corn syrup or agave nectar

1/4 cup raw almonds (chopped and toasted)

3-4 shot glasses

3-4 popsicle sticks

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

In a medium size bowl, mix the can of full fat coconut milk, chopped coconut and sweetener together until blended. You can add a little extra coconut milk if the mixture seems to thick. I pulsed the mix in my magic bullet to make sure it was incorporated well.

NOTE: The mixture should be thick enough to hold 1 popsicle stick through the center.

Pour coconut sugar mixture into 4 shot glasses.

Insert popsicle sticks into the center of each shot glass.

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Place in the freezer for 2 hours or until completely frozen.

Meanwhile, coarsely chop almonds and place in a 250 degree oven to toast for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Once popsicles are completely frozen, begin melting your dark chocolate. This can be done in a double boiler, or on 30 second intervals in the microwave.

As soon as the chocolate has completely melted, begin removing your coconut popsicles from the each shot glass. I recommend placing the popsicles on a chilled surface, or only working with one at a time.

Run the outside of the shot glass under warm water for 10-20 seconds. Twist the popsicle stick and your coconut pop should come right out.

Working quickly, spoon some of the dark chocolate over the top of each coconut pop to create a dripping affect. Immediately top with chopped almonds. You’ll need to move fast otherwise the chocolate will harden and the almonds won’t stick.

Place back in the freezer in an upright position.

Repeat for all remaining pops, then keep frozen until ready to serve!

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

These Mini Chocolate Dipped Coconut Popsicles can be served on a platter of ice for your friends and family to enjoy! They are surely great for cooling off during the warm summer months and worth all the extra effort it takes working with a fresh coconut.

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Did I mention they taste like Almond Joy, and they’re made using organic ingredients?

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Healthy and sweet rewards!

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Plus I don’t think I’m alone when I say just love anything mini and on a stick. Well these popsicles are certainly no exception. Small treats on sticks are not only cute but are also great options for parties as they’re super easy to work with and of course when they taste like this, your guests are sure to love them!

Happy weekend all! I appreciate you all reading as always!

I’ll have much more to share soon.

xo

This specific recipe for Mini Chocolate and Coconut Popsicles 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.

Hello Kitty Lemonade

Oh to be 5 years old! I remember that age growing up so well. When the days were complete with popsicles and bike rides, neighborhood friends and summer’s that felt like they lasted a year long. Do you remember those days? When we had not a care in the world? If only summer’s could last and feel the same now….I would seriously be in heaven!! But as much as I long for that slow down, time just keeps on ticking. Now I can hardly believe we’re only one month from my love’s 5th birthday! Let the party planning begin!

My sweet girl has had Hello Kitty party on her wish list since last year, but this won’t be just any Hello Kitty party. We’ll be adding in many summer vibes, in shades of lemony yellow for a Hello Kitty Lemonade theme. Fitting for the season, fresh and sunny with plenty of hello kitty accents and of course some homemade lemonade too!

Sounds like summer to me!

Here’s what’s inspiring me right now!

Hello Kitty Lemonade Party Inspiration | Posh Little Designs

From bunting and chalkboard signs, to paper straws and sweet lemony treats, her party will surely be sweet and memorable! I hope to tie in some vintage touches which continue to be on trend…let’s just say I’m sure I’ll be working with a mason jar or two!

Click on the numbers below for links to the products seen here and remember to check back soon as I’ll have plenty to share relating to my daughter’s 5th birthday!

1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10.

To all of my fellow Americans, do you have big plans for the 4th? I’d love to hear about them! Check back for the holiday post I’ll have up shortly!

xo

All Inspiration Boards are created and displayed in a special format unique to Posh Little Designs, 2014.