Get together with friends and family to throw a Modern Holiday Wreath Making Party where everyone can make holiday wreaths while sipping on delicious cocktails and nibbling yummy treats!
I didn’t want to put together a super Christmas-y party spread with holiday cookies and hot chocolate, but instead I went for more of a brunch-themed party with coffee, cranberry mimosa punch cocktails, egg and bacon biscuits, mini cakes, and a fruit salad. To be honest, this holiday party menu can be used anytime of the year with some simple modifications. For example, my cranberry mimosa punch is made with Cranberry Ginger Ale, but simply switch to regular Ginger Ale and add orange juice, and it’s the perfect mimosa punch for Easter or Mother’s Day!
First up? You can’t have a wreath-making party without the wreaths! You can do ornament wreaths, greenery wreaths, or faux greenery wreaths, but I put together this quick little modern honeycomb wreath because I could do it on a $15 per wreath budget. Also, I think it works well for a lot of different decor types so it’s good for a crowd. It has a modern element with the brass showing through and it’s asymmetrical, but it also has a bit of vintage charm with the throwback honeycomb balls! Plus, if you get a wide assortment of colors, guests can customize their wreaths to go with the colors of their home. Click here to learn how to make this modern honeycomb holiday wreath.
I think a good brunch needs five things: coffee, cocktails, cake, a savory breakfast food, and something healthy like fruit or a salad. So, first up on the menu? Coffee. Since having kids, I’ve learned that everyone runs on coffee, so I splurged and got a coffee carafe for parties so we don’t run out mid-morning. I also ordered some pink to-go cups so guests can take some coffee on the road!
But what’s after coffee? A cocktail! I’m calling it a Pink Cranberry Pineapple Mimosa Punch! It’s made with Cranberry Ginger Ale, champagne, and pineapple juice.
I wanted to add a cranberry garnish to my cocktail, but I couldn’t find any cranberries – fresh or frozen! I could only find the cranberry jelly sauce and that wouldn’t be good in a cocktail, but if you can find some cranberries, freeze them so they float in the cocktail or add some fresh ones on a cocktail pick! I decided to make it easier for my friends to drink responsibly and made my cocktail as a virgin punch so guests could add champagne and/or vodka if they wanted depending on if they were driving or simply not drinking.
- 4 cups Pineapple Juice
- 8 ¼ cups Canada Dry® Cranberry Ginger Ale
- 4 cups Pineapple Juice
- 4 ⅛ cups Canada Dry® Ginger Ale
- 4 ⅛ cups cranberry cocktail juice
- optional: 1 bottle of your favorite champagne
- optional: 1 cup of your favorite vodka
- Combine your ingredients in a punch bowl or drink dispenser.
- Serve punch over ice with a cranberry or pineapple garnish.
- Serve as an alcoholic punch with champagne and/or vodka mixed in or serve as a virgin punch and let guests add their favorite champagne or vodka.
According to Julia Child, “a party without cake is just a meeting!” For brunch, I would normally serve cake donuts, but I’ve had this pineapple upside down mini cakes pan for 2-3 years now and I really wanted to use it! I found a yummy Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake recipe on 7UP.com that replaces the water in a boxed cake mix with 7UP, so I thought I’d give it a try! 7UP is now my secret ingredient to a great pineapple upside down cupcake – with its milder taste it really enhances a lot of baked recipes like this one.
They were seriously so easy to make! Even if you don’t have a mini pineapple cake pan like me, you can make these Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes and top them with a whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Perfect for a brunch dessert! I also made some savory breakfast Egg and Bacon Biscuit Breakfast Cups. These are super simple to make using canned biscuit dough. Simply pop them in the oven when your first guests begin to arrive and everyone will have a hot breakfast in 20-30 minutes!
This Mint and Feta Melon Salad looks so pretty when you use a melon baller. Plus, it looks like the holiday wreath with little pink and green balls! You can make the melon balls or cubes the night before, and simply mix it together with mint, feta, pickled onions, and an olive oil dressing a few minutes before your party starts.
Are you throwing any parties for the holidays? Ugly Sweater Party? Cookie Exchange? Wreath-Making Party? I want to throw a White Elephant Party after Christmas! Let me know what your favorite themed holiday party is in a comment!