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On November 8th we hosted a pretty epic holiday entertaining workshop with our friends at IKEA Etobicoke. During the workshop we shared a few entertaining tips and tricks -You know, so this year you don't lash out at your significant other when you get a text from one of your guests saying they're around the corner, you still need to set the place settings, your trying to curl your hair, and you keep forgetting to  make the gravy. Not this year my friends! The lovely guests who attended this workshop enjoyed not only our holiday entertaining hacks, but cocktails, vino, hors d'oeuvres a three course meal and gifts to take home - All that for only $40 a ticket!!
Here are a few of the gorgeous photos taken by our good friend Jenn from Hello Inspira . We can't tell you all the entertaining secrets we covered in the event, but what we can do is share a few of our delicious cocktail mixes and food recipes. We also had a bit of help from our friends at Bottega who sent us a few of their product to get creative with! Keep on reading for some holiday magic - Enjoy these gorgeous decor shots for some holiday decorating inspo with IKEA's lovely decorations and products and a few shots of our awesome guests who we had so much fun with!

Table Decor - Stray away from the typical Holiday

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Red and green is well... a no no. Get creative with your holiday colour palette. Play with textures, patterns and pastels. PLAY with your holiday decor. Check these photos out to see a few gorgeous examples of interesting colour palettes and beautiful decor from IKEA that we used to create these holiday tables. Patterns and fur my friends, patterns and fur.

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Holiday Drink Recipes

GRAPPA CRANBERRY & ORANGE BUBBLES

-- What you need --
- Bottega Grappa
- Bottega Rose Sparkling
- Frozen Cranberries
- Orange Slices
- IKEA Apple and Lingonberry sparkling drink

-- How to --

Grappa has a tendency to taste like, gasoline. Unless you're a big grappa fan we came up with a recipe that makes grappa taste really really lovely! And this Bottega bottle is absolutely beautiful.

First - Fill a large pitcher halfway with grappa and fill the rest of the pitcher with the frozen cranberries and oranges. Let that steep all day in the fridge. When you're ready to serve, grab a champagne flute and fill a third of the glass with your grappa mixture. Then add another dash of IKEA's Apple and Lingonberry drink and fill the rest of the glass up with Bottegga Rose to add some bubbles. To garnish - Add a few of those beautiful cranberries and orange bits to the glass to sit at the bottom. GORGEOUS!


MULLED WINE

Pull out your crockpot ladies and gents!

-- What you need --
- IKEA mulled drink
- Bottega bottle of red
- Spiced Rum or Brandy
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Star Anise
- Cloves
- Whole Nutmeg
-Orange Peel

Easy peasy, add all these lovely ingrediants into your crock pot and let everything mull on low for a few hours. Why a few hours? #1. So you can get all those amazing flavours in the mix, and #2. So your house smells like Christmas when everyone arrives.

Personally I like to leave the spiced rum to the end and add a dash into each glass after I add in the mulled wine mix. Gives it a nice little kick!


ELDERFLOWER GIN COCKTAIL


-- What you need --

- IKEA Elderflower concentrate
- Bottega Gin
- Bottega Prosecco
- Cinnamon Stick (garnish)
- Sprig of fresh rosemary (garnish)

-- How to --

Hours before your guests arrive grab a small pitcher and fill a third of the glass with Bottega gin. Fill the next two thirds with IKEA Elderflower concentrate and then add a quick dash of water. Now your mix is ready for when guests arrive.

When you're ready to serve, grab a glass and fill half the glass with your gin mixture, then top the rest with Bottega prosecco. Add your garnish and enjoy!!

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Homemade Bread Recipe

Making homemade bread for guests to enjoy with dinner basically makes you an automatic entertaining bad ass. Trust me, there's nothing people love more than fresh bread. Use this EXTREMELY easy bread recipe I use almost weekly. When you get really good at making these, you can start having some fun by adding things like olives, caramelized onions and cranberries - The world is your oyster with this recipe, have fun because it will always taste great!


Ingredients
  • 4 cups (1 litre) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) instant dry yeast or 1 package
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons (405 ml) warm water, approximately
Preparation
  1. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Make a well in the centre. Add the water, stir with a wooden spoon and then form into a ball with your hands. Knead for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a clean cloth. Let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes. Remove from the bowl and knead for about 30 seconds.
  3. Shape the dough into a roll and place into a 20 x 10-cm (8 x 4-inch) buttered loaf pan. Cover with a cloth and let rise again in a warm place for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F). Bake in the lowest position of the oven for about 25 minutes.

 


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