Posts tagged Christmas
Vintage Christmas + the best fondue recipe
Ali Hedin | Vintage Christmas

Can you tell I’m feeling nostalgic for our own house? Soon we’ll have a great new house that will be amazing - especially at Christmas - but until then, I’m posting these darling photos from our old house and how cute we were.

Our original house was a 1940’s with a few “mid century” architectural details. I leaned into the vibe and hosted a little family cocktail party with champagne cocktails and a really delicious fondue. Even without a mid century home, you can still host a fun little cocktail party with mid century vibes.

Ali Hedin | Vintage Christmas
Ali Hedin | Vintage Christmas

RASPBERRY CHAMPAGNE

1 scoop raspberry sorbet (about one ounce)

1 tablespoon chambord

champagne

raspberries

In each glass, pop a scoop of sorbet and a tablespoon of chambord. Top with champagne until full. Drop a raspberry in each glass.

Ali Hedin | Vintage Christmas
Ali Hedin | Vintage Christmas
Ali Hedin | Vintage Christmas

THE BEST FONDUE

The trick with this fondue is that you need to keep it warm. It will set up if you let it get cold as we’re basically just dealing with warmed cheese.

8 ounces shredded gruyere cheese

8 ounces shredded swiss cheese

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup white wine

1 teaspoon brandy

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 cloves garlic

Toss shredded cheeses with flour until totally combined.

In a large pot, bring wine, lemon juice, and whole garlic cloves to a low boil. Slowly add the cheese, whisking the entire time. Continue whisking until smooth. Stir in brandy and transfer to a fondue pot. Serve with sliced bread, cooked red potatoes, and honey crisp apple slices.

Ali Hedin | Vintage Christmas
Ali Hedin | Vintage Christmas
Ali Hedin | Vintage Christmas
Ali Hedin | Vintage Christmas

Charm Hour :: Ginger Christmas Punch
Ali Hedin | Booze Free Christmas Punch

Usually I would post a boozy punch, but there have been loads of reasons why we need a punch with no booze recently. Mostly because I have children who feel the need to participate in every party. It would be so much easier if they didn’t think I was cool. We’ll get there soon - my 10 year old is already starting to be embarrassed by me.

If you aren’t looking for a booze free situation, then add 1 cup of whiskey and 1 teaspoon of bitters. Cheers!

Ali Hedin | Booze Free Christmas Punch

GINGER CHRISTMAS PUNCH

4 cups orange juice

1 cup pomegranate juice

1 bottle DRY Sparkling Ginger

Mix everything together in a punch bowl or a pitcher and serve iced.

Ali Hedin | Booze Free Christmas Punch
Modern Pink Christmas Breakfast + Peppermint Marshmallows
Ali Hedin | Modern Pink Christmas

Every year my mom hosts a little brunch/ coffee hour for her friends at Christmas. For years I rolled my eyes every time she tried to get my friends to come to the party too. I mean really? My cool friends - or worst, people I wasn’t 100% sure were friends - to come rub shoulders with some of her weird old birds?

But then last year my friends were there - my actual friends - and they liked some of her weird old birds. We had coffee and cookies and chatted and it was actually fun. So I decided you should all host one too. Brew some coffee. Invite every weird friend you know and celebrate the season together. It’s totally worth it.

Ali Hedin | Modern Pink Christmas
Ali Hedin | Modern Pink Christmas
Ali Hedin | Modern Pink Christmas

Here’s how to pull it off:

  1. Send your friends an email or write a note at least one week ahead of when you think you’re planning the party.

  2. Aim for a weekday at 10am if most of your friends are at home during the day. A Sunday at noon is usually best if they are at work during the day.

  3. Buy or make at least three kinds of cookies. A small variety in large quantity makes the biggest impact.

  4. Brew a pot of coffee, a big one. And bring out the good china mugs to serve it in.

  5. Prep everything the night before - like platters for the cookies, mugs, napkins - then just set out the cookies in the morning!

Ali Hedin | Modern Pink Christmas
Ali Hedin | Modern Pink Christmas

PEPPERMINT MARSHMALLOWS

Yes, these take a bit of time but it is so worth it. Homemade marshmallows are nothing like store bought. These are so much better. And nothing is better in hot cocoa than a peppermint marshmallow. Unless of course that’s peppermint schnapps. And the marshmallow on top.

4 packets unflavored gelatin

3 cups sugar

1 ½ cups water

1 cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

½ cup crushed candy canes or other peppermint candies

Powdered sugar

 

 

Butter the bottom of an 11x17 sheet pan and top with parchment paper.  Butter parchment paper and dust with powdered sugar.  

 

In a stand mixer, combine gelatin and ¾ cup water.  Let stand.

 

In a medium sauce pan with a heavy bottom combine sugar, remaining water, corn syrup, and salt. Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to cook until mixture reaches the soft ball stage on a candy thermometer (about 240 degrees).  

 

Turn on stand mixer and pour in sugar mixture in a slow steady stream.  Leave mixer running on high speed for 15 minutes until mixture is light and fluffy.

 

Blend extract into marshmallow mixture and pour marshmallow onto prepared pan and smooth out to the corners. Evenly coat the top with crushed candy canes and dust with powdered sugar.  Let sit uncovered for 12 hours.  

 

Turn out onto a cutting board dusted with powdered sugar.  Butter and dust a knife with powdered sugar.  Cut marshmallows into 2” squares and dip each cut edge into powdered sugar.  Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.  

 

Ali Hedin | Modern Pink Christmas

Fresh Holiday Traditions :: A December 1st Party with Lulu the Baker


Have you ever thought about celebrating December 1st?  I never have!  But we will now.  Today's Fresh Holiday Tradition is from my friend Melissa who continues her families tradition of celebrating December 1st with Pepperidge Farms Gingerbread Men and putting up the advent calendar.  I love this!  Click here to see the whole thing.



About Fresh Holiday Traditions…
I’m teaming up with my friends Melissa, MJ and Jennifer to bring you eight fresh holiday DIYs. Visit our blogs each Wednesday for a jolt of warm fuzzy goodness.


A Simple {candy-less} Advent Calendar

I have done an Advent Calendar every year since Mr. Hedin and I got married.  I love the build up of excitement of the days leading to Christmas.  When I was just doing it for Mr. Hedin, I put little candies or a fun trinket - but with the children, I found it needed to be something cool that they actually wanted or I ended up throwing it away by January. 

But I don't want to buy more toys or candy!  Last year I bought a Lego set and divided it into 25 little bags for them to open each day.  This year, I decided it would be fun to have them assemble a puzzle.  I wrote a number on each day {and I did make sure it would go together in some reasonable way from the beginning} and placed the piece into a clear bag.


You could pretty easily stick these on a board with a little tape.  But I decided too loop the top over a piece of ribbon and string them across a chalkboard.  And in case you are wondering, there are three of these in my house.



The Fire Station Christmas Tree {on MarthaStewart.com}
See the whole gallery on MarthaStewart.com here!




I realize it's not Thanksgiving yet - and I already have a tree up - but it's time to start thinking about Christmas decorations - and I am so excited!  Since the outside of the station is already shining and bright, it only made sense to make the inside match.



Since I am putting up {and taking down!} at least three trees this year, I wanted to keep the ornaments as simple as possible while creating a big impact.  I strung Martha Stewart for the Home Depot lights on a piece of twine and used the garlands of ornaments on the tree.  It was way simpler than placing each ornament on the tree, and will come off super simply.  





I made stars for the tree from old record covers {because nothing says Christmas like Eddie Money!} that I'll share the directions next week.  It's a simple way to make a big impact.


All of the product featured in this post was provided by the Martha Stewart Living team to celebrate the 'Tis the Season of Doing holiday campaign going on now at The Home Depot