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An Entertaining Holiday

Festive Floral Touches

Create a gorgeous holiday tablescape in the comfort of your own home by arranging a mix of hellebores, white anemones, ranunculus, and hydrangea with the addition of winter greens of noble fir, princess pine, port orford cedar, and silver fir. 

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Tips from Our Expert
Recommendations from Destination Kohler Floral Expert Diane McCusker to create a memorable arrangement. 
  • Use a very clean vase or vessel.
  • For tall vessels, the arrangement should be 2 ½ times the height of the container.
  • For smaller cubes and compotes, the arrangement should be 1 ½ times the height of the container.
  • Scissors crush stems, prohibiting proper water flow, cut stems at an angle with sharp floral shears or a knife.
  • Remove any foliage from the stem that will be under the water level.
  • Use warm to cool water to avoid shocking the flowers and to promote development.
  • Place an odd number of the same flower to create a better balance which is more important and appealing than symmetry.
  • Seek out different textures of flowers to create enhanced visual appeal.
  • Layer in one variety of flower at a time.
  • Layer in complementary flowers making it as full and airy as you see fit.
  • Feel inspired and add your own touch by incorporating unexpected elements like fruit, vegetables, flowering branches, or forage.
  • Add cool water daily.
  • To help flowers last longer, give them a sip of Sprite or 7up. The sugar will create carbohydrates for “food” while the citric acid helps prolong the life of the flowers.

 

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Holiday Holly Cocktail

Ingredients/Directions
  • 2 oz Cranberry Cream (1 part cranberry juice, ½  part white crème de cacao, 1 part heavy whipping cream. Mix ingredients together well and refrigerate. Keep up to a week.)
  • 1 oz Godiva White Chocolate liqueur
  • ¼ oz Chambord
  • ¼  oz Cointreau
  • ½  oz Fresh Cranberry Juice
  • Mix together and pour in your favorite festive glass.
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Cocktail Inspiration

In creating the Holly Holiday Cocktail, I envisioned myself sitting by a fireplace, keeping warm from the wintertime cold and wind outside. It may not seem logical, but with a blanket and dressed in cozy clothes by a roaring fire, I would sooner jump at a cool cocktail over a hot one. I eat ice cream all the time and think it's great any day of the year, so I thought to create something rich and creamy for my signature holiday cocktail. Holiday Holly has a silky texture and makes for a perfect drink to enjoy when you're tucked inside and feeling comfortable and toasty.

 

– Peter Kalleward, Destination Kohler Mixologist 

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