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How did the holiday season sneak up on me?I feel so unprepared this year, and have been frantically running around trying to get everything done, on top of all of Avery’s school & activities (including a dance recital last month, and another one this weekend!) and work! It’s rush, rush, rush, go, go, go! And I am feeling worn out and run down. Not good at this time of year, where feeling my best and being on top of my game is really important!
One of my favorite things about the holidays is gathering with friends and family for parties and meals. We were planning a visit to my parent’s house for an overnight, and I decided it would be nice to have a little dessert party! I wanted to do something that mixed tradition with something new! Our family loves making Orange Pomanders (And you can read my post about what they are and how to make them, HERE) so I thought Pomanders would make great party decor. But to give the party a FRESH theme, I wanted the treats to be be made with fresh oranges! Nothing like a good boost of Vitamin C to get us through the long New England winter!
My parents are both nurses (well, my dad is “retired” but still works here and there) and they really need to make sure their immune systems are doing their job! I thought a wonderful way to give us all a boost would be with Mulled Orange Juice!
Adding Emergen-C gives us the essential B Vitamins that enhance energy naturally* without caffeine! Just what we need this time of year!I love mulled drinks and had recently tried a mulled orange cider at a conference, so I wanted to try my hand at my own version! This recipe couldn’t be any easier.
You will need:
- Orange Juice (64 oz carton, or fresh squeezed!)
- 2-3 Cinnamon sticks
- 8-10 Whole cloves
- Emergen-C Super Orange
Add juice, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a large sauce pan and simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Strain or remove the cloves and cinnamon sticks and pour into mugs. Add one packet of Emergen-C Super Orange to each 4-6oz serving. Serve warm. Adding Emergen-C to this tasty Mulled Orange drink is an easy and delicious way to take vitamins that are important to a healthy lifestyle. And we all feel better taking Emergen-C during the winter months because our health is important to us! And I can pick it up at Walmart, so I never worry about running out!
For the place settings at the party, I used flannel napkins, wrapped in gold leather ribbon, with a sprig of fresh pine. I made small pomanders with clementines, and used the cloves to make each guests initial! (A packet (or more!) of Emergen-C is a great party favor!)My Pomander Christmas tree made a great centerpiece, lit with tiny fairy lights!And then there was the cake! Ok, I’m going to let you in on my secret! I rarely bake cakes (Honestly, our oven is broken, so baking isn’t even an option right now) I buy plain, basted cakes from the bakery, or the market, and then I go to town making them my own! This cake was a simple market cake, with whipped cream frosting. I added slices of fresh orange, and cinnamon, and it took it from boring, to beautiful in less than 5 minutes! And the flavors were delicious! This party easily moves from day to night! During the day the colors are fresh and bright, but once the sun sets, it transforms to warm and cozy! So, you can use this same theme for a brunch, a lunch, or a dinner! The glow of the Christmas lights, the candles, and my parent’s faux-woodstove gave this such a wonderful feel! I used a long piece of flannel fabric as a table cloth, and topped it with a runner of white fur to give it something extra, something a bit unexpected. I love the way it looked! I topped the fur with fresh pine, and used slabs of wood as serving plates for the cookies and cake. Adding to the rustic feel that I love!
Tell me, what do you think of this holiday dessert party theme? What is your favorite holiday dessert?