fabulously festive holidays

The holidays are upon us!  Christmas is just days away and my house is full of festive sights and smells of the season.  Here are a few of my favorite holiday things:

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Entertaining.  So appreciative of my friend Elizabeth at Cutting Board Catering for her delicious bite-size hors d’oeuvres at my annual Christmas party.

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5 years

Bluegrass THREADS is thrilled to be celebrating 5 years!  Five years feels momentous—we’ve made it!

This blog has been a source of personal inspiration and growth during the first five years of my son’s life, the loss of my father, job transitions, big moves and many of the other changes (good and bad) over this half decade.

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To celebrate and commemorate this milestone, I want to highlight these top 5s—the most read and shared stories of the past 5 years:

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christmas spirits

For your upcoming holiday events, I’m sharing my two favorite holiday cocktails.  Perfect for one or for a crowd!

The White Christmas

I love this cocktail, as it is made by the pitcher which makes it easy to serve for a party.  The delicious peach and rosemary flavors are perfect for the season, but also unexpected.  Find the recipe here.

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grapefruit fizz

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As promised, I’m back with the delicious Mother’s Day cocktail that I enjoyed a few weekends ago!

My husband loves all things grapefruit, but I often find them to be overly tart for my palette.  So, when I saw that my mom had made grapefruit drinks, I was skeptical.

I ended up being pleasantly surprised with the acidity of this drink.  I think that the pineapple juice cuts to tartness perfectly.

Here’s the scoop:

Grapefruit Fizz * makes 1

1 oz. pink grapefruit juice

1 oz. pineapple juice

4 oz. champagne

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Step by Step:

You can make this drink individually with the measurements above or you can serve a crowd by filling a carafe with equal parts chilled grapefruit and pineapple juice and allow guests to mix their own cocktail.  In your champagne flute or wine glass (which we used for Mother’s Day), fill your glass with  1/3 juice and 2/3 champagne.  You just want a light fizz to complete this refreshing drink.

This cocktail would be a great addition to a brunch menu or a festive touch to a bridal shower.

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Happy mixing!  Give these a try this weekend!

katherine Greene

white christmas cocktail

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This is one of my favorite fool-proof holiday drinks.  They can be made by the pitcher, so it is easy for guests to self-serve.  No bartender needed!

I served this cocktail at my annual holiday open house last year and it was a big hit.  The rosemary has a wonderful fragrance and the drink is not overly sweet.  Even the guys loved it!

Check out the recipe here.

Cheers!  May your days be merry and bright…and may all your ‘Christmases be white.’

katherine Greene

meaningful holiday touches

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Some of my favorite holiday decor is simple and natural and can carry you through the winter months.  In other words, I like touches that are more wintry than “Christmasy”.  I think that holiday decor should also be something personal and meaningful.

Perhaps my favorite decoration in my home this year is my living room “bar” that features a vignette of meaningful items sprinkled with some burlap ribbon and a touch of greenery:

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  • my Grandmother’s typewriter is incredibly sentimental.  She was a typing teacher and it so I have many memories of her teaching me to type at her home on this machine.  Next to the typewriter is a silver framed photo of my grandparents taken on my wedding day, which was also their 60th wedding anniversary.
  • a few favorite bourbon bottles (of course, it includes Pappy and a lovely bottle of Rock Hill Farms—these are separate from my husband’s bar cart that showcases his extensive bourbon collection)
  • a Blackberry Farm wooden spoon (where we spent our honeymoon and vacation each year).  The beautiful wood is rustic and charming.
  •  a gorgeous set of monogrammed Moscow Mule copper mugs (my current favorite drinking glass).

All of these items are on top of my husband’s childhood dresser, which we have used (with new hardware) to store tablecloths or other linens for entertaining.  By grouping these small items together, they have a greater impact on the room.  I think that it is a sweet focal point in the room that tells a lot about our family.

What are your favorite holiday decorations?  Any ornaments or chatychkes with special meaning?

katherine Greene

derby favorites

With the Run for the Roses just around the corner, here are some of our favorites for celebrating the most exciting two minutes in sports:

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  • Intimidated by the mint julep?  Don’t be!  Here is a no-fail recipe to ensure the perfect race day cocktail.
  • These lovely (and affordable) centerpieces look lovely in a julep cup.
  • Men’s dressing tips to look dapper and dashing
  • Women’s dressing inspirations in floral and with flair
  • These tips from the Kentucky Gentleman are sure to have you prepared.

What are your Derby Day traditions?

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jingle bell

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This is one of my favorite holiday cocktail creations.  It’s light and refreshing—the perfect compliment to heavier holiday food.  Plus, it’s fool-proof: no bartender needed.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp chilled vodka
  • 1/2 cup champagne
  • 1/4 cup scoop of lemon sorbet
  • mint for garnish

Step by Step:

1.  Pour vodka and champagne into desired glass.

2.  Add scoop of lemon sorbet and garnish with mint.  I also love to add a colorful paper straw.  Cut them in half and they are the perfect length for a cocktail stir.

Cheers!

katherine Greene