I really enjoy all of the holiday parties and gatherings that seem to pop-up this time of year, and my southern upbringing won’t allow me to show up empty handed. While usually appreciated, I try my best to avoid bringing the cliché bottle of wine. I often pick up appropriate gifts whenever I just happen to see something while I’m out shopping to make sure I have the perfect gift on hand. For some of my friends, a bottle of wine to help them unwind after the party is the perfect hostess gift, but even then, I try to find a special bottle, limited edition release, or something of the like to make it feel a bit more festive and thoughtful. What are your go-to hostess gifts this season? Here are a few of my favorite finds!
1. Acropolis platter ($29) Z Gallerie / 2. Henri Bendel scented candle ($30) Henri Bendel / 3. “Rough Day” wine glasses ($15 for set of two) Nordstrom / 4. Monogrammed Cheese Board ($28) C. Wonder / 5. Zebra Dish ($28) Jonathan Adler
Welcome to Peonies & Prosecco, a sparkly refuge from the realities of daily life, dedicated to living well and finding glamour in the everyday. The name was inspired by a couple of my favorite things that conjour up thoughts of parties, pampering, and delight so what would be a better way to get this party started and celebrate the start of a new year than with a sparkly cocktail? Cin cin!
SPARKLING GINGER PROSECCO by West Elm
1 ounce sliced peeled fresh ginger
¼ cup granulated sugar for ginger syrup
- Simmer peeled fresh ginger with ¼ cup of the granulated sugar in ⅔ cup of water for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain and chill until cold.
½ cup granulated sugar for candied ginger
2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
- Finely grind the crystallized ginger with ½ cup of granulated suager in a blender or food processor.
Sparkling Ginger Prosecco
lemon wedges for rimming the glasses
- Rim champagne coupes or flutes with lemon wedges and dip rim in candied ginger to coat.
- Spoon 1 tablespoon of cold ginger syrup into each rimmed glass and top with 6 ounces of prosecco
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