How to have an epic Christmas party!

I have ALWAYS wanted to be apart of all types of parties, such as costume parties, Christmas parties, New Years parties and everything in between. Well this year I decided that my family will  host their first annual Christmas party and I am so excited! Our party of course was centered around having a lot of food. I created a list of things that you have to have to make your party epic! It’s not that hard, it’s definitely fun but it does take a little effort. 

  • Invitations
    • We ordered our invites from zazzle.com, Zazzle is always doing some kind of discount on their invitations and they come out so nice! I did some research with other invitation websites but for me this was the best one. I was really happy with how they turned out. 
  • Food
    • On our invites we wrote “bring your favorite dish”. This, for us, was a MUST! Of course we love cooking and we would do it happily but it relieved a lot of stress on us to have our guests bring dishes also. We definitely made some cookies which I have posted the recipes on here and a few appetizers. We actually ended up cooking A LOT of food, way too much for a traditional potluck but I’m not complaining, I ate all of it. 
    • Chocolate covered oreos (my favorite!)
    • Dulce de leche bars
    • Coconut and white chocolate cookies 
  • Decorations
    • Our house is always decked out for Christmas so this aspect wasn’t too hard. We did go to Home Goods, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby  to get anything new. 
    • We bought decorated Christmas plates (paper) and napkins from Marshalls. 
    • We created our hot chocolate bar from items from Hobby Lobby. 
  • Drinks 
    •  Hot chocolate bar
    • Wine (multiple bottles)
    • Sparkling cider

  • Entertainment 
    • As for entertainment, we decided to have the ultimate Christmas album playing the background, Mariah Carey! Along with classics such as Frank Sinatra and Justin Bieber (haha!)
    • We also decided to play some Christmas games such as:
      • Christmas Trivia
      • Name that Christmas song 
      • Christmas Charades 
    • We provided gifts for the winners. We had chocolates, a pasta kit, and candles from Home Goods, Pier 1 Imports and TJ Maxx. (Thank God for those stores)

Overall, our party was awesome and I’m glad we finally ended up having it. 

If you have any tips of how to make a party great please do not hesitate to share!

Have a great day! 

Love, 

Dulce de Leche Bars

Another dessert?? Yes! We are getting so prepared for this Christmas party and eating all the sweets and this dessert is just that, sweet! 

If you’re looking for a unique sweet that’ll make everyone fall in love then you have definitely come to the right place!

Ingredients:

  • 2 & 1/2 cup of unbleached flour
  • 1 4-ounce can of dulce de leche
  • 1 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces of semi sweet chocolate 
  • 3/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Steps:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and have a rectangular deep baking sheet lined with parchment paper ready. (You will be layering your bars in this pan.)

  1. Mix together your flour and salt.

     2. On medium speed mix together your butter, sugar and vanilla until combined. 

     3. Once your butter, sugar and vanilla is creamed, slowly fold in your flour and salt mixture. ( I recommend adding in 1/2 cup at a time.)

     4. Once everything is mixed together add this to your prepared pan. Flatten the dough down in an even layer.

      5. Bake this dough for 25 minutes or until lightly brown. 

      6. Once done, let it cool down for about 30 minutes or until cool. (I know, I know, a lot of waiting but it is needed!)

     7. After your base is cool you are going to spread the dulce de leche in an even layer. 

     8. Now the bars have to be refrigerated for about 25 minutes, I just placed them in the freezer to speed up the process. (Yes! We are almost done)

     9. While the bars are cooling, in a bowl, melt your chocolate chips. The best way to do this is to melt them in increments of 30 seconds and stir it to prevent it from burning.

   10. Once your chocolate is melted and your bars are done cooling you can add on that final layer of chocolate! (About time!) Make sure this layer is thin and even. 

   11. Now place your bars back in the freezer, this time for only 10 minutes! 

    12. And you are done! Finally! Take a knife and cut it however you’d like.

I hope you guys try this recipe and you enjoy it! It’s the perfect dessert for anytime of the year. 

Let me know of any other recipes that I should try!

Have a great day!

Love, 

Coconut and white chocolate cookies

In preparation for our upcoming Christmas party, my sister and I have been practicing making cookies. Yes, we need to practice. I am in no way a strong baker, honestly I’m more likely to burn the cookies than to make anything edible.

But lo and behold! A super simple recipe that is fail proof! The ingredients included are basically all normal household staples besides probably the shredded coconut and white chocolate chips.

This recipe is definitely worth it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces of white chocolate chips (or however much you like)

Steps:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and have your baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  1. Mix together your flour, baking powder and salt. IMG_2754
  2. On medium speed mix together your butter and sugar until combined. IMG_2755
  3. Once your butter and sugar is creamed, on low speed slowly add in your flour, baking powder and salt mixture. (To do this we added in about 1/2 a cup at a time)
  4. Fold in your white chocolate chips.                                                                                            IMG_2757
  5. Refrigerate your dough for about 20-25 minutes.
  6. Once refrigerated, take tablespoon sized portions and roll them into a ball.IMG_2759
  7. Roll the balls in the shredded coconut.                                                                            IMG_2756
  8. Place the balls on your baking sheet.                                                                                          IMG_2763
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly brown.
  10. AND YOU’RE DONE! (let them cool down before you try!)IMG_2764

This recipe is super simple and the cookies came out better than I expected. I hope you guys try this recipe and if you do let me know! I’d love to hear about it. Or if you have other cookies that we could make for the holidays I would love to hear about that as well!

Have a great day!

Love,

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