These tasty cocktails are perfect for your next party. Image by: Janis Nicolay
Learn to make these tasty signature cocktails for your next holiday party.
You may not be a mixologist, but these signature drinks will have guests convinced you’ve been taking secret bartending lessons. Word to the wise: Leave the fancy bottle spins to the professionals.
1 The Welder
Pour the whisky, Aperol, lemon juice and chili syrup into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled lowball glass and top with the chili pepper.
2 Brandy Crusta
Prepare a rock glass by moistening the rim with a touch of the lemon juice and dipping it in the sugar. Combine the cognac, curaçao, more lemon juice and the bitters in a shaker. Shake and strain into the glass. Add 1 ice cube and the lemon peel garnish.
3 Jamaican Honey Soother
Directions: Pour the rum, honey and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a coupette cocktail glass.
4 Dark & Stormy
Directions: Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the spiced rum and then top it off with the ginger beer. Stir, and garnish with the lime wedge.
We've put together our list of tasty treats to serve at your next holiday party.
Serve up one of these delicious recipes at your upcoming holiday party. There's something for everyone, no matter your guest list. Make ahead of time or the day of, your guests are sure to love them.
Guests will love these mini grilled cheese sandwiches with fig and onion jam. Get the recipe here.
Your guests will love this delectable spread. Find the recipe here.
Enjoy this refreshing twist on a classic bruschetta. Find the recipe here.
These asiago puffs are simple to make and taste delicious. Find the recipe here.
Grape leaves not only add a lovely flavour to brie, but also makes for a gorgeous presentation. Find the recipe here.
Purchase pre-made pizza dough to make this appetizer even easier! Find the recipe here.
Give your garlic bread an update with this festive snowflake design. Find the recipe here.
Wow your party guests with these tasty grilled polenta cakes. Find the recipe here.
This three-cheese spread is easy to make and tastes delicious. Find the recipe here.
This no-fuss meal makes the perfect appetizer for any party. Find the recipe here.
Add this tasty chevre to your festive cheese plater. Find the recipe here.
Learn to make these tasty arancini with mozzarella. Find the recipe here.
Simple ingredients gives this cheese dish its delicious flavour. Find the recipe here.
Impress your guests with homemade port dumplings. Find the recipe here.
Any cheese lover will enjoy this tasty combination. Find the recipe here.
Try this simple to make bean dip with roasted red peppers. Find the recipe here.
Cheese lovers won't be able to resist this delicious spinach dip! Find the recipe here.
Skip the potato chips and serve guests these tasty nachos and salsa cups. Get the recipe here.
Baked rather than fried, these crab cakes are small enough to eat in a single bite. Find the recipe here.
This baked, lightened-up take on traditional falafel will leave you feeling light and energized, and not at all weighed down. Find the recipe here.
Serve on a platter with toothpicks to allow guests to make their own skewers. Find the recipe here.
These Danish open-faced sandwiches if made smaller can become lovely canapes for any party. Find the recipe here.
These sweet and smoky almonds are simple to make and taste great. Find the recipe here.
Serve these delicious grilled flatbreads with onions, sausage and cheese or add your own unique toppings. Find the recipe here.
It's not a party without a delicious dip, especially when it's our garlic feta dip! Find the recipe here.
Experiment with round mirrors for your bathroom vanity
From gold plumbing to statement art, these are the looks that are big for bathrooms in 2016.
Standard subway tile is getting a fresh makeover with 2016’s hottest tile trend. “Chevron tiles are huge for bathrooms this year, either on the floor or walls,” says Shirley. “Contrasting grout really helps to highlight tile patterns, and white or dark tiles look great paired with the trendy gold plumbing that’s popping up everywhere.”
It’s all about luxury when it comes to bathrooms this year, with traditional pedestal sinks and porcelain tubs making way for more intricate styles. “Sinks and bathtubs carved out of stone are a super luxe bathroom detail that has been showing up all over the place,” says Shirley. “The travertine stone here is becoming popular again, only this time it has a less tumbled earthy look - with its razor sharp edges, this stone is suddenly modern again.”
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home, so why not add some personality to the space with your favourite artwork? “Statement art can be a major update for your bathroom, and in 2016 we’ll be seeing pieces that are really colourful or oversized,” says Shirley. “This bright graphic painting makes a big impact in the master bathroom.”
Sometimes all it takes is a fresh update to a standard classic in order to revive a dated space. “Round mirrors are replacing the traditional rectangular shape we’re used to seeing in a bathroom, adding a dynamic, unexpected graphic focal point,” says Shirley. “Pair them with hanging pendant lights or wall sconces on either side, taking the opportunity to mix the blacks and golds that are so hot for 2016.”
“Creative bathroom layouts are always current, especially in small spaces or urban condos,” says Shirley. “Placing a stand-alone tub inside an open shower is a great space saving technique and is a modern update on the standard shower-tub combo.”
Learn how to keep your evergreen fresh all season long.
Find everything you need to know to keep your evergreen fresh and contain the inevitable mess.
Nothing announces the holiday season quite like a fresh conifer. But, as it’s often as tall as you are and prickly all over, a Christmas tree can be quite challenging to manoeuvre. Spring for the optional plastic bag for easy transport, and don’t rush to pull it off. Once the tree is indoors, cut a hole in the bottom of the bag large enough to poke the trunk through, and insert it in a tree stand. Pull the bag down, flatten it around the base of the stand and conceal it with a decorative tree skirt. When you’re ready to say goodbye to the holidays, carefully remove the skirt and shake the needles off outside. Then simply pull the bag back over the tree and haul it out with minimal mess.
Needle in a haystack
Vacuuming tree needles out of carpeting can seem like mission impossible, but it doesn’t have to. Sprinkle the area with baking soda to neutralize stickiness from sap. Then, target needles individually with the crevice attachment. In future, to minimize the problem, choose an extra-large tree skirt.
What’s your type?
Before heading out with wallet or axe in hand, get informed about the most popular tree types.
Fraser fir: Known for its sturdy, well-spaced branches ( ideal for ornaments) and superior needle retention, this high-end tree can be pricey.
Balsam fir: A less expensive alternative to the Fraser, it has similarly stiff branches and a nice woodsy scent.
Eastern white pine: With slender, wispy branches bearing soft needles and a light fragrance (great for allergy sufferers), it’s a delicate option.
Size matters Make sure your tree stand is large enough to contain sufficient water. A good rule of thumb is four cups of water per every inch of the trunk’s diameter.
Remove stubborn sticky sap from carpeting and fabrics by hardening it with bagged ice and then scraping it off. For walls, wipe it away with a bit of baby oil; afterward, remove the oil with dish soap and water.
Dos and don'ts
Do: Have a pro make a fresh cut at the trunk’s bottom, and put the tree up right away. Keep it in constant contact with water.
Don't: Saw the trunk at an angle or in a V shape, or drill a hole in it. These methods won’t aid water uptake.
If you opt for a faux tree, mimic the fresh scent of a real conifer with one of these products.
Fill your room with the fragrance of eucalyptus and pine with this designer tool. Jo Malone London diffuser in Pine & Eucalyptus, Holt Renfrew, $95.
Tuck these discreet green stick-shaped ornaments into your tree for a month’s worth of fir aroma. Scentsicles ornaments in White Winter Fir, Bed Bath & Beyond, $14 per pack of 8.
Poured in festive green glass, this candle emits a jolly woodsy scent as it burns. Scented candle in Snowy Pine & Fir Balsam, Indigo, $20.