Magical Holiday Soiree: Fondue Recipe

 

Fondue used to be a huge hit in the 60’s…I believe it is one of the most fun ways to host a variety of tastes. In this case, we are going for sweets! But can be done for savory flavors.

I love swirling the two flavors together for a beautiful presentation and for a simple set up.

Store bought fondue mixtures/syrups are also acceptable, but if you don’t want to sacrifice quality, here are a couple of recipes to whet your whistle:

Caramel Fondue

  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups White Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 tbsp  Corn Syrup
  • Assortment of Caramel Dippers

In a small saucepan, on low heat, mix all ingredients. Turn heat up to medium until boiling, while stirring constantly. Let the mixture boil and thicken for about 5 minutes. Pour the content in your warm fondue pot.

Dark Chocolate Fondue

  • ¾ cup Whipping cream
  • 12 oz Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tsp Vanilla, Kahlua, or liqueur of your choice

In a sauce pan over low heat, warm up the whipping cream. Be careful not to let it boil. Let the chocolate melt slowly while stirring constantly. Add the vanilla or liqueur of your choice. Pour the melted mixture into the fondue pot.

DIPPER SUGGESTIONS:

  • Almost anything goes here, but here are a few things that are wonderful with either chocolate or caramel fondue.
  • Fruit slices of any kind: Bananas, strawberries, melons, pineapple, apples, kiwi, you get the picture!
  • Cake cut into bite sized pieces (I just try to buy good quality store bought pound cake, brownies, donut holes, etc.)
  • Marshmallows
  • Popcorn and Nuts (Not as easy to dip, but delish if you can do it!)

To view each of Lolita’s Magical Holiday Dessert Soiree recipes, please click the links below:

Host A Magical Holiday Dessert Soiree!

  Lolita Fondue  Lolita Vase Filled With Glass Balls      Lolita Chocolates

Bring out the sweets for a Holiday Soiree’ that will delight the senses. Skip to everyone’s favorite part of the meal for a Magical Holiday Dessert Soiree.

Not only is hosting a dessert party easy on the budget, it is a way to entertain with less effort and simplicity. Forgoing the expensive entrée’ and a full bar really can save a lot which is helpful to the shopping budget, and a great way to gather friends around the holidays.

Begin the party at 9 pm, after most have eaten dinner or stopped by an earlier party. It should go until at least midnight.

You may choose to serve a special cocktail closer to midnight. I think two for a dessert party is a lot of fun and interesting. I chose the delicious SMIRNOFF® Kissed Caramel Hot Apple Toddy (recipe link below) or a nice glass of dessert wine. Also, I am featuring the SMIRNOFF® Cake Flavor with the delicious Pineapple Upside Down Cake cocktail!

I absolutely adore these vodka flavors! The possibilities for Caramel and Cake vodka flavors are endless, but most especially lend themselves to a dessert cocktail and they pair so well with desserts in general.

Visually, this can look like a magical winter wonderland with colors of gold, silver and white. Go through your Holiday Décor and Ornaments and pull together everything from your serve ware and glassware in this palette…you will be surprised how beautiful it will all look together. If you have any silver, polish it up and it will look dazzling with this décor!

Use various heights for your food displays and creative serve ware: a glass votive log, for instance, can hold mini-tarts and clear shot glasses could hold individual berry trifles.

Pull out all of your gold, silver and white ornaments and put in clear over-sized bowls and vases around your house.

Candles are a necessary addition for atmosphere!

All of this, with a fabulous Holiday Playlist from your IPOD, your guests will be treated to a very different party than all the others they will attend this Holiday season!

I recommend having various food and drink stations with similar décor to create interest.

STATION SET UP

  • Dessert fondue station/general dessert table
  • Dessert cocktail station
  • Coffee bar
  • Cheese station
  • Dessert wine tasting station

Each station should be decorated with the “magical” palette I mentioned above to tie everything together. Use your creativity!

DESSERT MENU

Lolita Fondue

These are some fun suggestions with a bit of variety, but use your creativity here! Fondue is a conversation starter, for sure!

  1. DESSERT FONDUE SET-UP:  Dark Chocolate, Caramel, and Butterscotch fondues with various fruits, cake cubes and marshmallows as Fondue Dippers.
  2. LAYERED BERRY TRIFLES:  These are individual, layered in small juice, aperitif or shot glasses.
  3. MINI LEMON TARTS: serve these in glass votive logs.
  4. CHEESE ASSORTMENT: I adore a mix of heavier and lighter cheeses.

Use your creativity here!

BEVERAGE MENU

Signature Cocktail Recipes:

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

  • 1 oz. SMIRNOFF® Iced Cake Flavored Vodka
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • Top off with club soda

Directions:

Build in a Highball glass over ice and top
off with Club Soda. Garnish with sprinkles,
a cherry and an orange twist.

Lolita Smirnoff Caramel Apple Toddy Signature Drink

Caramel Apple Toddy

  • 1 oz Smirnoff Kissed Caramel
  • .5 oz Bulliet Bourbon
  • .25 oz Lemon juice
  • .25 oz Simple syrup
  • 3 oz Hot Mulled Apple Cider

Directions:

Combine in a heat resistant glass/Garnish with Cinnamon Stick and Orange Twist.

For Mulled Apple Cider: For 1 cup Cider, add ∏ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice and 1 tsp Sugar.  Heat and simmer for 15-20 min.  Strain with a fine strainer before using.

Don’t forget to setup a DESSERT WINE TASTING BAR and COFFEE BAR

HOLIDAY MOMENT MUSIC PLAYLIST

  • Ave Maria – Il Divo
  • Santa Baby – Madonna
  • Breath of Heaven – Amy Grant
  • Silent Night – Wilson Phillips
  • The Christmas Waltz – Frank Sinatra
  • The Christmas Song – Luther Vandross
  • Sleigh Ride – London Symphony Orchestra
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Whitney Houston
  • Merry Christmas Baby – Christina Aguilera
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem – Sarah McLachlan
  • I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Billie Holiday
  • Here Comes Santa Clause – Leann Rimes and Elvis Presley
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Harry Connick Jr.

If you are interested in purchasing Lolita® products please visit: www.designsbylolita.com.

Diageo North America, Inc., the maker of SMIRNOFF® Vodka, has given me this product to try for my blog.

To view each of Lolita’s Magical Holiday Dessert Soiree recipes, please click the links below:

 

Holiday Whine Party

Have you ever been in the midst of the Holiday season and wanted to literally tear your hair out, escape to the Caribbean, or just go to bed feigning illness to get a break?

Me, absolutely! Women bear the brunt of the work over the Holidays! No matter how old you are or young, women are naturally the nurturers, so the holiday season brings out the best or our natural tendencies, and the absolute worst in us when overworked!

So…have a Holiday Whine Party!!!

I especially love using my fab acrylics for this type of party…they are all dishwasher safe and unbreakable (especially when you want to throw something at someone!) I have three awesome Holiday patterns! Holiday Rocks….Rock on! Holiday Baubles for a sweet take on ornament pattern, and a more traditional Holly Berry.

Get together with your best gal-pals, bring out the wine (or better yet, BYOW) and whine it up, tissues included! And better yet, give your gal pals an acrylic wine glass as a great party favor!!!

Some ideas for a super fun Holiday Whine Party include, but are not limited to:

Make it a Gift Wrapping party focus…you can whine while you wrap!! As you know, women are multi-taskers so why not get something done while we all complain? And drink wine, to boot?

Have a gift-wrapping contest! Supply gift wrap, boxes, ribbons, etc. and give everyone 3 minutes. Everyone votes on the best except they cannot vote for their own. The winner gets a Lolita wine glass. (have a sample gift that has been wrapped in a hurry)

Do a “biggest complaint” jar (here, I use the Lolita Giant Snow Angel Wine as the Jar!), everyone writes their biggest complaint of the holiday season so far…do a drawing, and the winner gets a Cheery Mismas Holiday Ornament and something else girly…Hanky Pankies, Mac Lip Gloss, etc.

Holiday Therapy Session: Go around the room and have everyone tell their top 5 complaints (with a full wine glass of course!) Only unconditional listening allowed.

Best Holiday Tips: Have everyone bring a favorite recipe, Holiday tip, etc. to share with everyone at the party. Show samples of recipe cards, mention a holiday tip (decorating your Christmas tree…start with largest balls first, space apart, then fill in, etc.)

Biggest Wish: What are the Holidays without your own wish list? What does Hot Mamma Claus want for the Holidays? The most outlandish the better!!! (who else are you going to tell??) Mine would be a trip around the world…think Eat, Pray and Love!

Beat the Winter Blues with a Blues Party!

Today I’m beating the winter blues by writing my very first blog post…about beating the winter blues. One of my favorite ways to cheer up when it’s cold outside is to have a blues party. Blue is a great color — it doesn’t have to be a feeling! You can wear it, you can eat it…and at my winter blues parties, we do both.

I was recently cheering up Kathie Lee & Hoda on The Today Show with these blue favorites: blue cupcakes, blue corn chips, blue m&ms…and blueberry mojitos (yum!).

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