Amusement parks may not scream Winter getaway, but these summertime hot spots are the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit. From larger-than-life decorations to special shows, your family will have no trouble making winter memories at any of these 10 destinations. Take a trip to one of these amusement parks for a fun and festive vacation.
Start a holiday party the easy way by crafting these appetizers featuring (mostly) pantry items like nuts, canned beans, olives, and other nonperishables. We promise your guests will never suspect a thing . . .
When it's completely frigid outside, nothing is more inviting to guests than entering a heated home filled with the scent of mulled wine. Possibly easier to pull together than any punch, mulled wine consists of apple cider, spices, red wine, orange peel and juice, and . . . this particular recipe calls for a secret ingredient.
As a judge on Top Chef, you know Gail Simmons has great taste in food. But the culinary expert, TV personality, and Food & Wine special projects director also happens to have great taste in holiday gift picks, too. She gave us the lowdown on what she's really coveting this year. Here's what's at the top of her wish list.
The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook
"After years of work on this project, chef Michael Anthony and Danny Meyer have published The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook ($30, originally $50), one of the most beautiful cookbooks I’ve seen in years. It's big and glossy and drool-worthy, and I want it!"
Michele Varian Large Baguette Board
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10. Toasted Nuts
Roasted chestnuts and spiced nuts make a house smell extraordinarily Christmasy. Those who live (or visit) in New York City during the Winter know it's near imposible to resist picking up a bag of warm, cinnamon-coated nuts on the street. The scent wafts through the cold air.
9. Peak-Season Citrus Fruit
Kumquats, oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruit finally hit their peak season. We're talking the juiciest, most unctuous stuff. Guilty of eating them one after the other until your mouth is covered in canker sores? Join the club.
8. Holiday Ham
It's not a Christmas party unless there's a huge ham to carve and make mini Parker House roll sandwiches out of.
Got a little one who can't stay away from the field, rink, court, or greens? Be glad! His or her novice athletic skills are a great way to learn about the values of teamwork and fair play, make lifelong friends, and stay fit. Reward your athletic tot (or sideline-sitting baby) this holiday with one of these spectacularly sporty gifts!
If you're trying to figure out what to fill someone's stocking with, why not save your money and make these stocking stuffers instead? And don't worry if you're not a crafter; many of these DIYs are easy and don't take up too much time.
The Elf on the Shelf is the biggest Christmas phenomenon to hit since Frosty, and if your kids are truly obsessed with their magical little holiday friend, it only makes sense to throw a party in his honor.
Luckily for you, Anders Ruff has done the heavy lifting for you, creating an adorable new collection of elf-inspired printables, including posters, Advent calendar tags that double as gift tags, and tons of party labels, cards, banners, and tags. "The magic of the Christmas elf is a tradition that my family has enjoyed for years," Maureen says. "After all, how can Santa possibly watch over all little boys and girls? So when our fabulous friend and client, Audrey of Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats, brought us the idea of focusing on the magical elf tradition for this year's holiday party, we loved it!" With candy cane stripes, chevron, and snowflakes, this party has us more excited than ever to break out Santa's little scout. Keep clicking to check out all the elf-tastic details!
Source: Anders Ruff
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