Apple Cider Tangerine Cocktail | Recipes

Like I said yesterday, i’m here for you, procrastinators. Today I have an easy cocktail that looks like a million bucks but only takes a sec to mix up. And it also gives you a place to get rid of all those bottles of sparkling apple cider you mysteriously have in your cabinet (am I the only one? WHY do I have so many of the?!).


  • Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka
  • Spiced Rum
  • Sparkling Apple Cider
  • Cinnamon sticks, apple slices and pomegranate seeds for garnish

Make it:

  1. Mix 2 parts vodka, 1 part rum and 3 parts cider in a glass
  2. Stir and top with ice
  3. Add in a few slices of apple and a cinnamon stick, then top with some pomegranate seeds
  4. Drink and be happy

What are your favorite turkey day cocktails?

Maybe i’ll try one of yours (because you know i’ve procrastinated and not picked up anything for our celebration)!

Skinnygirl vodka sent in consideration for this post.

Get Thankful | Printable

If you guys are anything like me, you're still planning your turkey day tables capes. So I have a little freebie today to help you out.

One year, I made all of our guests go around the table and share one thing they were thankful for. I will admit, people got awkward, but after we got through that, it was fun and thoughtful and got people talking and laughing. Totally worth it. After that, I figured if everyone could just write down their thoughts and throw it in a bowl to be read later, it might get people to open up a little more

So print these for your guests, let them fill out before dinner, then with dessert, let everyone pull one from a bowl and read aloud. Such a fun way to end dinner, right?

What traditions do you have? Do you guys go around and share what you’re thankful for on thanksgiving?


Images by Dez + Tam Photography

Decorating The Office for the Holidays | Decor

Ever since I had a “real” job, decorating my office for the holidays was always one of my favorite things to do. I mean, you spend most of your day there, why not make it festive right? Well, when I quit and started working from home, I guess I thought that didn’t need to happen any more because I had the rest of the house to enjoy. That’s totally silly though because i’m still in my office. Not sitting down by the fire, drinking cocoa, addressing peoples wedding envelopes. So this year, I’ve partnered with Thymes to start a new tradition in the office… decorating and making it a place that still feels like the holidays, without skipping out on work to sit next to my christmas tree.

One of the biggest things that really says HOLIDAYS to me, are scents. On December 1, I am in line with my cinnamon spice and pine candles. This year i’m trying out the Frasier Fir scent from Thymes. Every single person in the past week who has walked into my office has commented on how good it smells. I even dedicated a little area to my new goodies and plan on adding a few twinkle lights and mini tree to finish it off!

I hope that each year I add more and more to my collection and can make the office more festive as we grow

Check out the Frasier Fir scent from Thymes here, you will not regret it! It’ll be instant holidays in your home with just one purchase.

What are your favorite traditions around the house to get ready for the holidays?

This post is in partnership with Thymes but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Images by Dez + Tam Photography

Spiced Rosemary Cashews | Recipe

Individual servings of rosemary spiced cashews | A Fabulous Fete

I don't make them often (and now looking back, i'm not sure why), but anytime we serve any sort of homemade nuts at parties or small get togethers around the house, they are always devoured. I think because they are easy to grab and can be left out all night, they're the perfect thing to nibble on and are always great paired with cocktails. So for Friendsgiving, I made these Roasted Cashews. I found the recipe on a search for something other than almonds or peanuts and am so glad I stumbled across it. I will be making these for much more than parties now, like Saturdays... and Sundays and Mondays... ok, for everyday.

Roasted Cashew Recipe | A Fabulous Fete
Simple Holiday Nut Recipe | A Fabulous Fete
Spiced Rosemary Cashews | A Fabulous Fete

Get the recipe here.

To get them ready ahead of time, I made the mixture of coconut oil, rosemary, salt, paprika and pepper the night before. So the next day all I had to do was roast the cashews and mix them in the spices to finish.

I served them in individual Le Creuset pots which would be perfect for keeping them warm right before your dinner.

Easy Thanksgiving Nut Recipe | A Fabulous Fete
Spiced Cashews for the holidays | A Fabulous Fete

Trust me and try them out, you'll be hooked!


Images by Dez + Tam Photography

The Day After Bagel Bar | Entertaining

You know what doesn't get enough attention? The day after Thanksgiving, that's what. Maybe it's all of the sales, the wine and turkey hangover, or the massive pile of dishes. Whatever it is, I say it's time to give the day after a little more attention. You probably have the day off after all. So why not keep your fridge stocked this year and be ready to celebrate?

Whether your nursing the after affects of a little to much bubbly (or red. or white. or whatever it is you like to enjoy) or just enjoy a good brunch spread, there is one thing that can pretty much satisfy any ones cravings... bagels. I've partnered with Alouette Cheese to share a few easy steps to be prepared for the Holiday aftermath and quickly create your own bagel bar.

Start with the obvious, bagels, and add in the ingredients you and your guests love to create the bar. Our main focus for the bar here was the Le Petite Fromage individually wrapped cheeses. Nobody likes a dry bagel. There are 4 flavors to choose from, so we stacked them all on the table for guests to grab. I love having these in the fridge, since you only open one at a time, you aren't spoiling the entire package for a snack or a party! 

To complete the bar, I played off the ingredients in the cheese. We laid out a spread of herbs, tomatoes, cucumber, jalapeños, and avocado. All flavors pulled from the cheese. So they were sure to pair nicely.

Bottomless mimosas should be ready and available at a moments notice around the holidays... especially for brunch. Keep the champagne cool in an ice bucket and create an area with your coffee and juice.

Set out your plates and knives buffet style for your pals to grab and go.

My favorite part with all of this is that you'd really only have to grab a few things from the store a day or two before. Things like champagne, coffee and the Le Petite Fromage is all something you can purchase and have on hand for last minute gatherings... like a potential hangover brunch, haha;)


What are your favorite things to keep in the house for last minute gatherings?



Post in partnership with Alouette Cheese.

Images by Dez + Tam Photography