This might be the most fitting post I’ve ever written for Design Happens. Yesterday, I returned from an eight-day vacation to Chile where their most famous cocktail is the Pisco Sour. And today, I received some oh-so-delicious recipes that incorporate Chilean Pisco from the Elqui Valley with egg whites to create some refreshing, spring-y cocktails. If I can’t be in Chile, I might as well bring that South American feel to my kitchen.
2 ounces KAPPA Pisco
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 egg white
Angostura bitters, for topping
Combine KAPPA Pisco and remaining ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a small champagne flute. Top with half dashes of Angostura bitters.
KAPPA Blue Star
2 ounces KAPPA Pisco
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 egg white
In a shaker, muddle blueberries with simple syrup. Fill the shaker with ice, add KAPPA Pisco and remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a small champagne or martini glass.
Photos and recipes courtesy of KAPPA Pisco
Modern St. Patrick’s Day celebrations involve lots of green, feasting and, to put it bluntly, an absurd amount of alcohol consumption. No matter how you celebrate, you can’t deny these recipes are mouthwatering. And we figured we could at least combine a few of the traditional St. Paddy’s Day elements.
Whiskey Cake in a Jar
Whiskey lovers will enjoy this sweet combination of cake batter and alcohol mixed together in dessert form. Plus, it’s infused with an Irish whiskey butter sauce throughout. Top it off with whipped cream and green sprinkles (for good luck!). Get the Full Recipe >>
More sweet treats: Celtic Knot Cookies, Lucky Vanilla Cupcakes, Chocolate Stout Pudding
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St. Patrick’s Day is only two days away; have you decorated yet? If not, today’s your lucky day: this festive pendant banner is an easy, last-minute craft that is sure to bring the spirit of the Irish into your home.
Download the free banner template and get full instructions >>
Easter celebrations are right around the corner — time to banish winter blahs and freshen up indoors and out with a few springy touches. We’ve gathered 25 of our favorite Easter decorating ideas to inspire you. From quick-and-easy centerpiece ideas to a clever way to glam up your Easter eggs to a free, printable Easter banner — we’ve got you covered.
All 25 ideas have the official Easter Bunny stamp of approval (seriously!) but here are my 5 favorites:
Delight Easter guests with this creative place setting idea featuring cute (and oh-so-fluffy!) feathered chicks and candy eggs:
Weather permitting, bring your dining table and chairs outside and enjoy Easter dinner al fresco surrounded by Mother Nature’s changing scenery.
Can you believe it’s only 3 weeks till Easter? Time to hop to it and get crafting! For a fun twist on a traditional Easter basket, try a painted pail instead — it’ll look great filled with treats on Easter morning and is just the right size for stashing toys or craft supplies the rest of the year.
All you need is a metal pail, spray paint and round stickers. Get step-by-step instructions here:
The ribbon roses may look complicated but they’re actually a snap. Wired ribbon and scissors are all you need — no sewing necessary. Learn how to make them here:
So, are you ready for Easter celebrations? No? Well then you’re in luck — check out the project ideas below and keep checking Design Happens for more Easter inspiration to come!
MORE EASTER IDEAS:
Printable Bunny Ears — Free Printable PDF
Hatching Chick Egg
Kids’ Craft: Dyed Easter Egg Animals — Free Printable PDFs
How to Make Cascarone Confetti Eggs
Every day is a holiday! I’m not kidding. There’s National Chocolate Fondue Day, National Sticky Bun Day, National Public Sleeping Day and one of my all-time favorites, National Margarita Day. But today, we’re celebrating National Chili Day. Nothing sounds better than a nice, hot bowl of chili on this 30-degree day.
Spicy Tofu Chili:
Photo and recipe courtesy of House Foods
Our Fave Chili Recipes
St. Patrick’s day is such a fun holiday, it’s a little bit cheeky and heavy on the eating and celebrating. But there is a darker side to St. Patty: as a child I lived in fear of getting pinched. Yes, I was the kid who worked up a lather that somehow, in spite of my mounting anxiety, I would forget to wear green on March 17th, inviting perfect strangers to pinch me to their hearts content.
Maybe I was a weird kid. Whether that’s the case or not, I can tell you one thing: I’ll be wearing my green this St. Patricks Day. And here is an easy and adorable way for you to get your green on as well: These simple felt shamrocks take just minutes to make, cost only pennies, and can adorn everything from hair clips to pins and more. Frankly, once you start making them, you might find it hard to stop.
How will you wear your green this St. Patrick’s Day? Or will you hole up in your house, hiding from those rogue pinchers?
I know, I know, today is Valentine’s Day (Happy Love Day, friends!), but don’t most people typically celebrate mid-week holidays on the weekend? I do, at least. Weekend Valentine’s Day celebrators, here’s a sweet idea for you. Katie Meyers of Meyers Styles decided to spread the love this year with a bubbly V-Day brunch for more than two. Check out her fun, festive and simple entertaining ideas.
Host a Valentine’s Day Brunch
Let’s just be honest, when you’re a kid and there’s a giant wrapped gift sitting in front of you with a card on top, the last thing you’re looking at is the card. (I mean, thanks for the “happy birthday” Mom, but I just really want the baby doll.) Now, with Hallmark Card Presenters for Kids, they’ll be reaching for the card first. Featuring cute animals, cool textures and creative details, these presenters make greeting cards exciting for kids. And they’re especially perfect for making a sweet statement this Valentine’s Day.
The best part? Kids can hold onto their cute character long after Valentine’s Day ends. They’re perfect for storing small treasures. It’s a gift within a gift!
From toddler to teen, discover inspirational style ideas from nurseries and kids’ rooms your little one will love.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. Every store is covered in pink and red; candy companies are churning out their holiday favorites; teddy bears are being sold in abundance. No matter your romantic status (happily single, not-so-happily single, in love, crushing, bitter over a breakup, etc.), we have the perfect Love Day cocktail for you. I mean, nothing will soothe your tears this Valentine’s Day like a “Bleeding Heart” cocktail, amiright?
3 tablespoons pomegranate vodka (or raspberry)
Polar Pomegranate Seltzer (or Cherry)
2 tablespoons frozen cranberry juice concentrate
Combine the vodka and cranberry concentrate in the bottom of a glass. Add fresh cranberries, then add Polar Seltzer and watch it bleed before drinking with abandon.
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