Holiday Entertaining with Trader Joes

trader joes party picks

If I haven’t driven this fact home yet, the holidays are definitely my favorite time of year. It consists of an entire month full of eating and drinking with the ones you hold most dear. What could be better? And with all that togetherness comes holiday parties

It is easy to get a little overwhelmed when hosting a holiday get together, especially when trying to plan a menu. That is why today I am sharing with you some of my no fail go-to appetizers courtesy of my favorite place in the world besides Target… Trader Joes. They have a TON of incredible appetizers, dips, treats, and desserts (and I have tried a lot of them). These are just a few of my favorites.

01 Mini Brie en Croute. Brie is my favorite cheese, especially around the holidays. There is nothing better than some brie cheese wrapped in a puff pastry. These little guys provide all of the deliciousness with absolutely none of the work.

02 Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip. I am obsessed with spinach and artichoke dip, and Trader Joes version is amazing. Your guests will never know it was frozen. Just top it with some parmesan cheese and pop it in the oven for a couple minutes and you have an amazing and quick dip.

03 Pita Chips with Sea Salt. These guys are on here because they go perfectly with the spinach dip and any of the other dips you can buy at Trader Joes.

04 Olive Tapenade. OH MY GOD. This stuff is addicting. You just need to go try it ASAP.

05 Fig & Olive Crisps. These are perfect, and go incredibly well paired with the Olive Tapenade or a cheese board.

What are your favorite Trader Joes apps? I would LOVE to hear them.

xx Casey

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Holiday Gift Guide For Him

GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM

Here we have it friends, part two of my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Series. Today we are talking about things for the guy in your life.

01 Nintendo Switch. Perfect for the gamer in your life, or for the big kid. This nostalgic gaming system is the perfect gift to unwrap on Christmas morning!

02 Wicked Good Moccasins. He will never want to take these off, I promise! The best part is L.L. Bean provides a lifetime guarantee on these so he really never has to.

03 Teti 30oz Tumbler. Perfect for the guy on the go. Keeps your morning coffee hot and your beach cocktails cold. What could be better?

04 Amazon Echo Dot. A tiny little personal asistsant, Alexa will turn the lights off, put on an episode of The Office, and order you Dominos all in a couple minutes.

05 Carry On Cocktail Kit.  Whether he is a traveler or not, this little kit is super convenient and perfect for those “I need a drink” moments. It comes in a couple different varieties, but I recommend the Old Fashioned.

xx Casey

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

GIFT GUIDE FOR HER

It’s that time of year again friends! It is time for a month full of festive blog posts, and I definitely have some fun things in store. So let’s kick off the official start to the holiday season with a Holiday Gift Guide for the lady in your life.

01 Marble Cheese Slicer. This is for the entertainer in your life. Or the girl who just really likes to come home after a long day of work and have a dinner of cheese and wine in style.

02 Gilded Rim Wine Glasses. Perfectly paired with the Marble Cheese Slicer, these gorgeous Pink Gold Rimmed wine glasses are sure to impress.

03 Faux Shearling Vest. The perfect winter wardrobe staple. There are a ton of gorgeous ones out there like this one from Nordstrom

04 Rose Face Mask. This hydrating and toning gel mask infused with real rose petals, soothing rosewater, and a “smart” algae has definitely become a cult favorite. This is definitely a gift of pure relaxation.

05 Rosé all day Bears. These delicious little bears by Sugarfina are infused with real Rosé and are the perfect treat for the Rosé lover in your life

Stay tuned for part two this Friday!

xx Casey