1. DIY Hostess Gift

    DIY-CHRISTMAS-GIFT by Fashionable Hostess

    I was brainstorming the perfect hostess gift to bring with me for Thanksgiving and the checklist in my head was never-ending… something that could travel without getting damaged, something that wasn’t liquid, something that wasn’t perishable, something that didn’t take up too much space in my suitcase… quite a list of prerequisites! I actually saw the idea to make a “cookie mix in a jar” a while back on my Pinterest but it wasn’t until I was browsing the grocery last weekend and saw an aisle full of festive sprinkles, that it occurred to me that this would be the perfect DIY Holiday gift. Truly adorable, so festive, works for all ages, a DIY craft that doesn’t require much skill, sign me up!

    I also love that you can “customize” your cookie batter to your specific friends and family. I found flour for gluten-free cookies at Williams-Sonoma {here}, then for your health conscious friends I recommend whole wheat flour, raisins and rolled oats. For mommy friends, you can add cutesy sprinkles for the kiddos, how cute are these snowflake sprinkles?! And if you want to make this a DIY christmas gift, just add some red sprinkles or crushed candy canes to make it festive! All you need is a sealable mason jar, cookie ingredients {see below}, bakers twine and a hangtag. Follow along with my recipe below to get started.


    Fashionable Hostess Cookie in a Jar ingredients:

    • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • 1/4 cup cinnamon
    • 3/4 cup rolled oats
    • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

    Directions: Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add the mixture to the bottom of your mason jar. Neatly add each layer that follows. First, brown sugar, then cinnamon, then mix brown and white sugars and add as one sugar layer. Follow with oats, and top it off with chocolate chips. Seal.


    The finishing touch is adding your hangtag, but first make sure to write a small note on the back of the hangtag that reads:

    “Just add a 1/2 cup of butter, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Enjoy!”

    Tie your hangtag on to the mason jar with festive colored bakers twine and you are set with a truly unique gift your hostesses and friends will love!


  2. Holiday Gift Guide for the Wine and Spirits Connoisseur

    Holiday Hostess - Gift Guide - Wine+Spirits Connoisseur

    1. West Elm Deco Barware Collection – Gold + Marble on sale for $63 {here} // 2. Michael Aram Gold Orchid Wine Stopper $59.00 {here} // 3. Uproot Wine Grenache Blanc $34.00 {here} // 4. Michael Aram Black Orchid & Olive Branch Coaster Sets $99.00 {here} // 5. West Elm Agate Coasters on sale $47.00 {here} // 6. Williams-Sonoma Presidio Silver Plated Cocktail Picks $39.95 {here} // 7. Williams-Sonoma Schiller’s Liquor Bar Cocktail Book Box Set $19.95 {here} // 8. Riedel Grape Champagne Coupes, Set of 2 on sale for $47.96 {here} // 9.Wiliiams-Sonoma Luxardo Maraschino Cherries $19.95 {here} // 10. West Elm Wine Bags $8.00 {here} // 11. Pottery Barn Moscow Mule Mug set of 2 on sale for $35.50 {here} // 12. Pottery Barn Harrison Cocktail Shaker on sale for $27.50 {here} // 13. Prepara Ice Ball Mold $19.95 {here} // 14. TableCraft Whiskey Chilling Stones $14.50 {here}

    Find all of my Holiday Gift Guides here.
  3. A Warm Welcome for the Holidays

    Threshold for Target Mirrored TrayAmanda-6

    I am beyond excited to start decorating Chateau FH for the Holidays! Two things I love to do when hosting Holiday parties in my home is 1. Decorate my foyer so guests open the door to festive scenery, and 2. Greet guests with Holiday cocktails… because nothing kicks off a party better than a cocktail in hand.

    For this holiday season’s decor, I love a touch of shimmer, so I am decorating my entryway console with a Pinecone Tree and a Glitter Twig Tree, arranged amongst a 9 foot strand of Faux Garland. For cocktails, I plan to greet guests with a “warm welcome” … literally warm, with Hot Toddies served in Irish Coffee Cups, topped off with a cinnamon stick.

    I always like to place my drinks on a tray so I also have the option to circulate the party and serve guests and this Target Threshold Mirrored Tray adds the perfect touch of Holiday glam for the occasion. I can hardly wait for all of the merriment to begin!!


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