This time of year, the holidays can feel more like a holi-daze – but adding festive flair to your fancy fête can be a merry process with a little help from one exceptional berry – the cranberry! From rustic to refined, here are five happy hosting tips that will make your holiday get-togethers look (and feel!) like a million bucks, straight from the experts at Ocean Spray.
- Deck the halls with more than holly: Make your party pop with simple upgrades around the house! Step one: stock-up on fresh cranberries while they are on store shelves. You’ll be surprised by what a few cranberries, greens and glue can do. Take place cards for instance – our little red gems can help make your tablescape party perfect in 1, 2, 3! Not sure what to do with all those holiday cards? Put them on display by stringing them on a beautiful cranberry garland.
- Perk-up your punch: There’s no party without the punch. To keep drinks cool, even when the party heats up, try making this festive punch ring. Water, fresh cranberries and mint are both pretty and practical in this easy DIY dish.
- Use your pantry to its full potential: You don’t need to look far to spruce up your menu – you may have the perfect ingredients already in your pantry! Items like Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce and Craisins® Dried Cranberries add big, bold flavor to a dishes like Holiday Glazed Pork Roastand can liven up cocktails by transforming simple champagne into a fun, festive Lava Lamp!
- Embrace all things (semi) homemade: If you’re planning for a cookie swap or just looking for another dish for the dessert table, look no further than these Cranberry Ginger Drop Cookies. This recipe is the perfect pairing of classic holiday flavors – gingerbread and cranberry. Don’t love baking? Buy premade cookie dough and stir in Craisins® Dried Cranberries and chopped pecans before you bake. That’s DIY made easy!
- Forget the flowers: Skip the trip to the florist and create your own centerpiece by wrapping holiday tree clippings and fresh cranberries around candles, or add a little ambiance with these decorative candle cups.