1. Hannukah Decor Ideas & Entertaining Roundup

    Channukah Menorah

    Here’s a look at some of my favorite Hannukah decor ideas to implement into your celebrating….

    Channukah Menorahcelebrating Channnukah

    Head to my Holiday Entertaining Section for other festive decor.

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  2. Christmas Dessert Bar & DIY Popcorn Station

    Hot Chocolate station for Christmas by Fashionable Hostess

    This Christmas I wanted to create a new spin on dessert that guests would remember well into the new year. It was time to think outside of the box… I was bored of the obvious options of cakes and cupcakes and I wanted something that left guests saying, “Wow, now that was cool!” So today is the big reveal… A dessert bar complete with minty Hot Chocolates and a DIY Popcorn Station. These fun desserts combo’d with the festive display should do just the trick!

    Shopping Essentials:

    So first we need to review your list of shopping essentials to put this look together {most of which I picked up at Target}. For decor: A green garland {here}, candy canes, and a few other other fun Christmas trinkets {like this}. Then, two large bowls {here}, coffee mugs, small bowls {for toppings as well as one per guest}, red and white napkins {here}, and candy scoops.

    DIY Candy Bar for the HolidaysTarget Holiday Decorations on Fashionable Hostess

    Candy Bar Decor & Hot Chocolate Station:

    How to assemble: First I laid my garland along the back end of my dessert table… any long bar or console will work for this display, and I then hung candy canes throughout the garland. Next I arranged my buffet, starting with my first large bowl packed with Chocolate Santas. For my Hot Chocolate Bar I filled my mugs and garnished with candy canes. Alongside the glasses I placed a few small bowls filled with marshmallows and other chocolatey toppings for the drinks.

    Hot Chocolate station for Christmas by Fashionable Hostess 700x800

    DIY Popcorn Toppings Bar:

    Now on to my favorite dessert… my DIY Popcorn bar. I filled my second large bowl with lightly salted popcorn. Beside it I set out two sets of bowls, some for guests to use when assembling their creations, and the others for my topping options. For toppings I chose multi-colored sprinkles and M&Ms but I also recommend chocolate sauce, gummy candies, and cookie crumbs. Get guests involved and tell them to bring their favorite topping! The mixture of salty and sweet is heavenly.

    DIY Popcorn Toppings Dessert Bar by Fashionable HostessPopcorn Topping by Fashionable HostessDIY Popcorn Toppings Bar for Holiday Desserts by Fashionable Hostess

    Make sure to have your festive napkins scattered throughout. I always hold down the napkins with candy canes so they don’t go blowing off the table!

    Red and White Chevron Napkins

    And there you have it. Something that will leave the neighborhood talking {not to mention with a sufficient sugar high}! Happy Holidays!!

    This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.

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  3. Host a Holiday Cocktail Party

    Santa Margherita Prosecco for a Champagne Pomegranite Cocktials for the Holidays by Fashionable Hostess

    The Holidays are upon us and that means endless opportunities to host festive gatherings for friends and family. Rather than going out and buying Christmas themed glasses and cheesy decorations, you can make your gathering Holiday-ready by adding a few touches like I did her. Read along for my favorite tips…

    Brie Appetizer with Pomegranite Seeds and Strawberries with Chocolate Dipping Sauce for Holiday Appetizers

    Choose red foods when planning your Holiday menu. While I usually sprinkle my Brie with figs {see this recipe}, to make festive I sprinkled with agave and pomegranates. For dessert I chose bright ripe strawberries served in a chip and dip bowl {similar here} with chocolate dipping sauce.

    Host Christmas Cocktails with Holiday Appetizers and Spirits - by Fashionable Hostess

    Make a Holiday Cocktail! I started by sugaring the rim of my Champagne flutes {currently 50% off!} with gold edible sugar. Next I filled the glasses with three quarters Santa Margherita Prosecco and the remainder with sparkling Pomeganate Juice {Cranberry juice works too}. I topped them off with a few fresh cranberries and served with Cheers Gift Tags I got on Etsy!

    Cheers Drink Tags for Holiday Parties on Fashionable HostessHoliday Dessert Ideas - Strawberries with Chocolate dipping sauce served in a Mariposa Chip and Dip Bowl copy

    Enhance your Holiday bar! Rather than serving regular water, fill clear glass pitchers with water mixed with mint and pomegranates {since you will have some left-over from your cheese!}. The water tastes so fresh and looks perfectly festive. Rather than using classic drink stirrers for your Holiday cocktails, use green sprigs of Rosemary. Place an extra glass of rosemary sprigs alongside your bar for a yummy smell and more green accent!

    Host a Holiday Cocktail Party Ideas - Champagne Holiday Cocktails, Winter Flowers, and Bourbon Holiday DrinksFashionable Hostess- Gold sugar rims of Pomegranite Champagne Cocktail - Holiday Cocktail Idea

    Lastly, stay away from obvious Holiday flowers like poinsettia, rather opt for winter whites like Hydrangea for a softer look! Now it’s time to enjoy yourself and your guests! Happy Holidays!

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