This post is sponsored by Target, but all opinions are 100% my own.
When I was little, as my mom was lovingly tucking me into bed, I would ask “Mom, is tomorrow a preschool day?” She’d reply, “No, Whit, not a preschool day.” The next question was almost always, “Mom, can we go to Target tomorrow?” To me, Target was a magical wonderland filled with anything I could possibly need. Now that I’m an adult… not much has changed.
Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.
We have a few friends getting married this holiday season, and went to Target yesterday to find the perfect gift. Target prides itself in offering traditional wedding gifts that can be personalized and gifted in a unique way. Since it’s the holiday season, I perused the aisles of Target with hopes of finding the perfect wedding gift and stumbled upon beautiful serveware pieces that the newlyweds can use for a holiday cocktail party!
I love this line of silver serveware. The silver reminds me of festive holiday bells.
These bowls come in a variety of sizes, perfect for nuts, popcorn, chex mix, and other delicious munchies to serve at their party.
The newlyweds can keep beverages chilled with this matching beverage bucket. Be sure to gift them with a bottle of white wine or champagne to accompany this party staple.
Of course, Target has matching small bowls to scatter around the house with more tempting treats.
These plates are the perfect size for finger food.
Finally, incorporate these candleholders into the gift so the couple can light their new home in style to welcome their guests.
And there you have it! A mix of these party pieces will make the perfect wedding present to give this holiday season. Here are some other favorite wedding gifts at Target to get the newlyweds off on the right foot when in comes to entertaining:
A KitchenAid Mixer to make their favorite baked goods for a party
Riedel Glassware to toast to the New Year
Caphalon Kitchen Essentials 5-pc. Bakeware Set to make the most delectable treats
The OXO Corkscrew to make opening each bottle a breeze
A Dyson Cordless Vacuum to clean up the crumbs left from the party
We recommend personalizing your gift by including a suggested holiday recipe to serve, such as these candied nuts. Sweet and crunchy, these snacks are super easy to make and won’t last long. Perfect for a holiday cocktail party or gift to give this holiday season!
Holiday Candied Nuts
Adapted From: Smitten Kitchen
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 30 min.
1 lb. raw mixed nuts (pecans, walnuts, cashews, almonds)
1/3 cup golden brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 300°. Mix the sugars, salt, and cinnamon in a large ziplock bag. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl, beat the egg whites and water until foamy. Add the nuts and stir with a spoon to coat. Transfer the nuts to the bag. Shake the ziplock bag so all the spices evenly cover all of the nuts.
Spread the nuts out evenly onto a baking sheet fitted with a silicone mat. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and move them around on the baking sheet to separate. Cool completely on the baking sheet, then transfer to a bowl.
What is the best, most unique wedding gift you’ve given or received? How could we recreate it using Target products? We want to hear from you guys in our comments! Happy shopping!
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THANKSGIVING. The ultimate holiday for food lovers. The menu is planned, the table is set, and the bird arrives in the morning. It’s game time! We thought you’d like to peruse our menu and get last minute recipes, or perhaps ideas for Christmas. I think one thing that is so interesting about Thanksgiving is that is seems like most American families make similar dishes, and yet they can turn out so drastically different. We want to hear from YOU! Are you going for traditional or contemporary dishes? Party of fifteen or table for two? Donning an apron or picking up a dish to bring to the meal?
Our plan: Traditional dishes with contemporary flares, party of fifteen, bring on the aprons.
Brie en Croûte
Various Dips with an Assortment of Crackers
Green Queen Olives with Pimentos
Roasted Turkey (14 lbs.)
Brined Turkey (9 lbs.)
Pecan Sausage Stuffing
Apricot Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing
Butternut Squash Soup
Cranberry Sauce with Port and Figs
Truffled Mashed Potatoes
Cauliflower Swiss Gratin
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Parmesan
Parker House Rolls
Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie
Double Chocolate Silk Pie
Very Best Apple Pie
All Served with Local Ice Cream and Whipped Cream
A note to those that regularly read our blog: we are thankful for you. If it weren’t for you, this blog wouldn’t be half the fun. Your kind comments, e-mails and tweets make it all worth it. We love sharing recipes with you and your family. We hope each and every one of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with joy, family, warmth, and of course, good food. ~The Ostercamps
Between now and the New Year, the hubby and I will travel roughly 4,000 miles between work, school, conferences, the holidays, and a wedding. When traveling, we tend to go all out on meals because it’s one of the most important ways for us to connect with a city. We go where the locals go, eat what the foodies eat, and order things we can’t get back home. Calories are (usually) not considered, just like on holidays. However, when we’re between trips, we’ll want something wholesome and fresh to balance our culinary splurges. Enter: this salad.
Farro is big on the food scene right now. I’ve seen this whole grain on food blogs, in culinary magazines, and starting to pop up in the aisles of grocery stores. It’s a grain that has a more bite than brown rice and is full of nutty flavor. I like how filling it makes this salad. I’m not a lettuce and dressing equals salad kind of girl. Give me the crunch, the variety, the layers of flavor when it comes to a salad. This healthy dish combines farro with toasted almonds and a tahini dressing, which is my best attempt to copy the flavors of Trader Joe’s “Goddess Dressing.” It’s savory, creamy, and will leave you wanting more. This salad will be a colorful addition to your dinner table, and just what I need between trips this season.
Toasted Almond and Farro Salad with Tahini Dressing
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 5 min.
For the Dressing:
1/2 cup tahini
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
For the Salad:
1/2 cup unsalted raw sliced almonds
1 bag mixed greens
1 carrot, cut into thin matchsticks
1 cup cooked farro, cooled
Combine all ingredients for the dressing in a food processor until smooth (if you like a thinner dressing, add a few drops of hot water until you reach desired consistency).
In a small pan over medium low heat, sauté the almonds until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Assemble each salad by combining a handful of greens, a few carrot sticks, 1/4 cup farro, and a drizzle of dressing on the plate. Top with almonds. Serve chilled.
Dressing recipe makes 1 cup, equal to about 16 side salads or 8 entrées.