Easy Christmas-Brunch Cocktail: Blood Orange “Pomosas”

What’s the last thing I want to do on Christmas morning? Cook up a complicated brunch for our family drop-ins. My solution: easy bites that everyone can help themselves to, along with a make-ahead fizzy drink with bright flavors to perk up even the Grinchiest of holiday-morning moods. This simple riff on a mimosa recipe (a pomosa, to be exact) is made with vibrant-red pomegranate juice and a hint of green in the form of a thyme garnish. It’s the perfect apéritif for Christmas morning.

Blood orange and pomegranate sparkler for holiday brunch

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How To: Throw a Tree-Trimming Party

I love any reason to throw a festive holiday fete… One of my favorite ways to celebrate? Inviting friends over for a tree-trimming party! It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit and have some fun decorating with your loved ones. To host a festive tree-trimming party of your own, check out my four quick tips for pulling off a perfect pine-inspired party.

prism tree trimming invite

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How To: Throw the Perfect Holiday Fête in Five Steps

The holidays are in full swing and there’s no better excuse to pop some bubbly and pull together a festive gathering with your nearest and dearest. Sound complicated? Think again! Here, I’ve imagined my own very merry holiday table; follow my five simple party-hosting tips below to help you plan your own winter celebration, whatever your seasonal style…

snow dot modern holiday tabletop placesetting

modern, simple snow dot holiday table

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Recipe: Halloween Miniature Candy Apples

Halloween is pretty laid-back at the Hall house—we order take-out, dispense candy to hordes of kiddos, and watch scary movies. To keep things festive, though, I usually add one easy homemade treat, like these pint-sized candy apples. Don’t worry, I’m not handing them out instead of Snickers bars (doesn’t everyone have bad memories of the candy apple- and popcorn ball-dispensing neighbors?). No, these are strictly for the grown-ups, a sweet treat to prevent you from raiding your kid’s candy stash, plus just the right amount of Halloween nostalgia.

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Creepy Halloween Cocktails (Part Three): The Poisoned Apple

Poisoned apple halloween cocktail with dry ice by kelli hallWith Apples, Tequila, and Pomegranates

If pressed to pick my poison, tequila is always my drink of choice. This potent potion (the final concoction in our three-part Halloween cocktail series; be sure to also check out The Black Heart and Swamp Swill Martini) is spiked with just enough tequila flavor to counteract the sweetness of the apples, and I’ve added a few dry ice chips to the drink to create swirls of smoke—a cautionary warning about this sinister concoction…

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Creepy Halloween Cocktails (Part Two): Swamp Swill Martini

halloween dirty martini with cockroach olive garnish by kelli hallWith Gin, Olive Brine, and an Edible Palmetto Bug

For the second Halloween cocktail in our three-part series (the previous drink was The Black Heart, a dark and mysterious concoction made with figs), I created this cocktail to celebrate fall in the Carolinas. In the swampy South, October is the time of year when the creepiest creatures emerge from their hiding places—including the icky Palmetto Bug (a.k.a. the hugest cockroach you’ll ever see and the unofficial South Carolina state bird since it also has wings, eeeek!). This Palmetto Bug, however, is made for chomping: He’s fully edible, with a black-olive body and chive antennae (sprayed with black food coloring). The cocktail is essentially a dirty martini with a nice, salty flavor to suggest swamp water and fresh herbs floating around to add a bit of murkiness.

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Creepy Halloween Cocktails (Part One): The Black Heart

storybook menu styled for halloween cocktailsHands down, Halloween is my favorite holiday. And there’s no better way to celebrate than toasting the season with some spooky concoctions. I’ve created three potent potions that I’ll be serving up to my guests this Halloween—each recipe is super simple, has plenty of creep factor, and is made using basic ingredients you may already have in your bar or fridge. I’ll be sharing the three Halloween cocktails in the next few weeks—first up, let me introduce you to the “Black Heart.”

Setting the scene is key for any Halloween soirée, and spooky details are my favorite place to start. Serving cocktails on their own is perfectly fine, but I always rely on a menu design to help tell a story and set the mood. I love how Jody Worthington’s Storybook menu looks like a page that’s been pulled from a book of spells—it’s the perfect piece to conjure up some cocktail magic.

Black vodka and fig cocktail by kelli hallWith Black Vodka, Fig Vodka, and Creme de Cassis

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Party Inspiration: Planning a Birthday Camping Trip

simple camping trip birthday ideas

camping trip birthday inspirationMy little guy’s 3rd birthday is coming up, and we’re planning an overnight family camping trip to celebrate. Inspired by Paper and Parcel’s Pow Wow invite, the party vibe I’ve pulled together is a little bit Wilderness Explorer, a little bit Boy Scout, and a lot of simplicity. We’re foregoing the fuss, leaving the extras at home, and making an escape into the wild (well… sort of—a toddler still needs a bathroom nearby!). Take a peek at my inspiration for our wilderness getaway, along with some of the fun details that we’ll pack along to keep things in the birthday spirit.

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