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There is something so exciting to me about the holiday season. I’m not quite sure when my love for the holidays began, but it has grown year after year. For me, the grand finale of Christmas is always a highlight. Last year, I may or may not have put up my tree on Halloween, because we were traveling for most of November and I wanted that bad boy up and sparkling for the full month of December! #guiltyascharged
I love spreading my holiday magic with others, so today I’m sharing a really easy tutorial to get you in the spirit. This fun peppermint candy tray is a craft that anyone can do, (you can even get the kids involved!) and every time I make it, people ask — where did you get that?! It’s a total conversation starter.
Start out by heading to Target and picking up a bag of peppermint starlight mints and a 12 pack of Diet Canada Dry® Ginger Ale. While you’re there, stock up on Dixie Ultra® Holiday Plates (found in the Holiday seasonal section at Target or in-aisle with other disposable tableware items) and Vanity Fair® Everyday Napkins.
You never know when an unexpected guest may stop over, (especially during the holidays) and you’ll want to serve up some snacks at happy hour! The holidays give you a reason to get together – from simple moments shared across a table to the neighborhood holiday party – these are the moments that Dixie and Vanity Fair help create by letting you forget the mess and focus on the friends and family gathered around your table — or bar 😉
Cartwheel for Target has you covered this holiday season when it comes to coupons – are you ready for this?
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11/14 – 11/27 Other Flavor Minican (A&W, Sunkist, Canada Dry & More) Offer: HERE
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12/25 – 1/1/17 – 20% OFF 7UP, A&W, Sunkist, Canada Dry and More) Offer: HERE
Okay so let’s get down to my craft, shall we? This is such a fun one and it’s quick enough to conquer in an hour or less.
You Will Need:
1 bag starlight mints, unwrapped
1 empty soda can, spray painted in a color of your choosing!
Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Take your mints and arrange them on your baking sheet in the pattern you want your tray to be. I like circles and ovals best, but I think a star shape would be so cute…and ambitious!
When you have arranged your mints, place the tray in the oven for 5-7 minutes. Watch the mints carefully, once they start melting, the melding happens quite quickly!
Once fully melded, remove from the oven and let cool completely.
Peel your tray off the parchment paper carefully. Your tray will be somewhat fragile so pull gently at sticky spots.
Using a hot glue gun, attach your tray to the painted soda can (or cans depending on shape).
Serve up treats at your next holiday bash!
But Kait, what do I do with the Diet Ginger Ale from the can? I’m so glad you asked!
One of my favorite quick and easy party punch ideas can be made with using a single can of soda, so you’re not left with a big punch bowl when everyone leaves! All you need is one can Diet Ginger Ale (or Diet 7UP®), two tbsp. lemon-lime frozen drink concentrate and a handful of frozen berries. The frozen berries can be replaced with a scoop of raspberry sorbet if you have it on hand! Drop the concentrate into a tall glass, pour the soda on top, give it a stir, pop in the berries and serve!
What is your favorite holiday tradition?