Getting into the Holiday Spirit

[slider][pane][/pane][pane]Fa La La La La La La La La.[/pane][pane]Fa La La La La La La La[/pane][/slider]It’s already November and that means we’ll soon be trying to figure out where and who to spend Thanksgiving with and making our naughty and nice lists. My favorite thing about the holidays is decorating the house and making it all “Christmasy.” This year, since it will be our first Christmas in our new home, I want to go with a gold, black and silver theme. I will be hosting a little holiday party for my family and friends this holiday season. I don’t want to do the traditional red and green like everyone else does. I am obsessed with this color palette and just know it will look fab in the home.

[divider]

The first thing that comes to mind during the holiday season is setting the table to share warm and cozy meals with loved ones. Using non traditional colors like black, white, silver and gold you can still create a festive but chic look. Add decorative items like deer and snowflakes to add that perfect holiday touch.

Candles and unique decorations can make your home not only smell good but look extra chic!

I love these gorgeous table napkins in black, silver and gold tones. See where I’m going with this?

And let’s not forget the glasses- where else could we pour our wine but in these amazing ombre glasses?

Perhaps some holiday music on the old record player?

And for a delicious dessert, some peppermint hot cocoa (yumm!)

Recipe:
3 cups whole milk
1 cup chilled heavy cream divided
1/3 cup of sugar
1 large pinch of kosher salt
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
5 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 72% cacao), chopped
1/3 cup (loosely packed) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon finely ground espresso or dark-roast coffee beans
2 pints peppermint or mint chip ice cream
8 small candy canes (optional)
Combine milk, 1/2 cup cream, sugar, salt, and 1/4 cup water in a large heavy saucepan. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add chocolate and cocoa powder; whisk until chocolate melts and mixture just comes to a boil.
DO AHEAD: Cocoa can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. Bring to a simmer before continuing.
Whisk remaining 1/2 cup cream and ground coffee in a small bowl until firm peaks form.
DO AHEAD: Whipped cream can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover and chill. Re-whisk if needed before using.
Remove vanilla bean from hot cocoa; discard. Transfer cocoa to a blender and purée until thick and foamy, about 2 minutes.
Scoop ice cream into teacups; pour hot cocoa into cups, dividing evenly. Top each with a small dollop of coffee whipped cream. Garnish with a small candy cane, if desired.
Recipe at: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Hot-Cocoa-Affogato-with-Peppermint-Ice-Cream-51134450#ixzz2k7KOQnAc

And what would a good hostess be without some fabulous frocks? You can never go wrong with a little black dress. This particular dress is in the style of a skater dress which is perfect for the holidays since we tend to eat quite a bit- it will help conceal those food babies!

You can wear this dress in so many ways and even re-mix it for a few outings. Pair it with a statement necklace, a blazer, or a scarf and belt. It’s all about accessorizing.

All this talk about the holidays, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on JerseyFashionista.com!

What are your favorite holiday traditions or desserts? Comment & share below!

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

#MyKindOfHoliday