Category Archives: ASM Entertains

11/05/17

Crockpot Hot Cranberry “Tea” | Simple Hostessing Tip

Few things satisfy the soul like a mug of steamy hot tea, hot coffee, hot chocolate, or hot apple cider.

So, reason would suggest that an entire crock pot full of simmering fall goodness would be good for many souls. Wouldn’t it?

This special fall & wintertime drink is perfect for all sorts of social gatherings- a warm up after a day full of errands, hopping in and out of your car, at an open house, a house-warming party (it makes your house smell awesome by the way), or just simply an evening sipper when friends or family come over for quality time and conversation.

I absolutely love the idea of being able to offer my house guests something so warm and immediately inviting.

Makes them feel cared for. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all long for?

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And sometimes, the simplest of gestures mean the most.

Hot Cranberry Spiced Punch

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts 100% Cranberry Juice
  • 1 quart pineapple juice
  • 1 quart water
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 slices lemon
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp Allspice

Place all ingredients into large slow cooker or percolator. Heat and serve hot in mugs.

Garnish, if you so desire, with a swirl of orange peel and a cinnamon stick for extra fall-time flair.

Delicious, and so very easy!

My hope is that you enjoy this all fall & winter long!

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10/25/17

A Baby’s Brewing | A Baby Shower Tea Party

A baby girl is brewing…

And we couldn’t be more thrilled for her late December arrival!

Sweet friend Sarah is pregnant, and it’s a sweet baby girl. My other 2 best friends Sloan and Kacina, have 1 boy and 1 girl, so Sarah broke the tie, at least so far. Reagan is really excited about there being another little girl in our close-knit group.

So, to shower the Mommy-to-be, our girlfriend that loves all things British, we had- what else?– a Baby Shower Tea Party.

Just like any true royal would.

She was Queen for the day, and I think all the royal subjects had as much fun at the shower as we all did planning and hosting it.

We took a traditional approach to shower food and went with classic, British tea party staples, but with a few additions. We are in the Deep South after all and Pimento Cheese tea sandwiches are pretty much a must-have.

Mini quiches, delicious stacked yogurt parfaits with berries and granola, colorful fruit platter, and even some cranberry scones covered the table.

And those parfaits were so fun and very inventive! I loved that they were individual and you could just grab one and walk around and visit with he rest of the party guests.

But, perhaps my favorite part of our buffet was the Biscuit Bar.

Frozen Mary B’s Tea Biscuits were baked to golden perfection, and then cooled, and served alongside some really delicious spreads and fillers like Country Ham, Bacon, Raspberry preserves, and even homemade Cinnamon Butter- my personal fave!

It was such a hit and incredibly easy to assemble. And even easier to eat!

And, we had a lovely tea bar complete with all the fixins you need for a proper spot of tea.

And these sweet blue and white tea cups? They were my Nana’s. And that is what is so special about entertaining. You get to break out all the fancy stuff, much of which is little family heirlooms.

I had such fun setting it all up.

And for the Guest Book? A thoughtful hardback copy of a favorite children’s book, and Sarah can keep it always as a keepsake.

And, of course, no shower would be complete without lots of gifts. And there is nothing that can entertain a room full of women quite like sweet little onesies, bows, and footed pajamas.

But, of course, with any gathering like this, the sweetest moments and the memories you take with you, are the people.

And goodness… do I ever love my people! 

And Sarah is certainly towards the top of that list!

Precious prayers for our sweet baby girl that is soon to arrive! You are so loved already precious one, and your parents are absolute gems!

You’ll love them, just as we do.

May you grow in the admonition and nurture of our Savior and love others selflessly and bring much glory to His kingdom!

xoxo…

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