Half of me wants to run to Mexico for the month of December, and spend my days and nights juggling the all-inclusive taco bar with 5 types of salsa and deciding which high-calorie drink I want at the swim-up bar. But then, on my last trip to Mexico both me and the baby got Montezuma’s revenge, I came back hating Mexican food (it wore off), and, let’s face it, the drinks are always watered down.
The other half of me, however, wants to embrace my yearly December traditions: winter tablescapes, setting goals for next year, vision boarding (follow me on instagram to see my latest), the yearly Christmas trip to NYC, reflecting on all the reasons why this was a damn good year, and looking back at last year’s goals to determine what’s to come. But if Thanksgiving is the 9th month of pregnancy, December is the baby at 1 month. You’re just hangin’ on, draggin’ through the days, and doin’ the most pressing that needs to be done at that moment. On top of work, I’ve done 3 tablescapes this month already (Thanksgiving, Hannukah, and Winter), am hosting a small holiday party for my local crafting group with all sorts of special touches, I’m headed to NYC next week to visit Martha Stewart’s offices, and I feel completely swallowed up by the enormous and de minimis tasks that need doing before January 1.
Last night, I enjoyed a few hours of art journaling that cleared my mind and got my zen realigned so that I could finish this marvelous project today–DIY Party Stirrers–t0 add to my holiday line-up.
My upcoming holiday party is a cookie exchange and crafting party with a small group of friends: everyone has been instructed to bring a dozen or so cookies and we’ll all be making a holiday craft together (string ornaments) in my craft room (which is still unfinished since our move). These stirrers are to use with 1 of the 3 holiday cocktails I’ll be offering: egg nog, hot chocolate, or hot apple cider–each with an election of either rum or chocolate liqueur.
To create, I simply stamped the top third of popsickle sticks with black ink and, on a few, adding embossing to give them a fancier, more sparkly effect. The mugs I’m setting out for the party are shallow, so there will be no risk of ink bleeding inot anyone’s drinks. I’m also setting out some of these classic peppermint stick stirrers, which I got from Sur Le Table along with these scrumptious handmade marshmellows.
One of the most memorable displays of drink decadence I’ve witnessed was at Nigella Lawson’s event in Chicago earlier this year. The forum’s coffee set-up included various types of rock candy stir sticks, honey, a bowl of hand-whipped cream, chocolate shavings, chocolate pearls, and vanilla pirouettes. That vision was my inspiration for this holiday drink bar with some additions, of course.
How cute would this DIY be with individual kids’ names on each stick for, say, a child’s birthday party favor or with girls’ names for a baby shower?
This project re-energized my weary self as the 2013 steamrolls to an end. I’m already dreaming and scheming about the various ways I can have fun with this craft, which happens to be both both adorable and functional (aye, a servant of 2 masters).