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Recently I hosted a Merry and Bright girls night movie viewing party and it was a blast! We were able to snack on delicious Cost Plus World Market party food, drink apple cider, make some crafts and watched previews of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies. One of Hallmark Channel’s new movies for this upcoming holiday season, Mingle All the Way, features a few of World Market’s products, including holiday seasonal décor throughout the movie’s set. How cool is that?!
Cost Plus World Market has partnered with Hallmark Channel this holiday season to celebrate Countdown to Christmas! They also launched a sweepstakes for a chance to win a role in a Hallmark Channel Movie and $2,000 World Market gift card. Enter to win these amazing prizes here. The Sweepstakes ends 11/16/18.
Are you a fan of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies? I look forward to watching them every year! Hallmark’s Channel Countdown to Christmas programming event features holiday movies 24/7 and it will start before you know it!
This year, there are 22 ALL NEW Original Holiday Movies on Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas premiering every Saturday and Sunday night at 8pm/7c.
One thing I really enjoy doing is decorating when I have a party! So my Merry and Bright Christmas party turned out so cute thanks to World Market! Their Christmas decor is awesome and there are many choices of decorations.
As soon as I saw these deer, I had to have them! They are even more adorable in person. I love the retro and festive vibe they have and of course anything with sparkles works. I designed the entire party decor around the set of 3 deer.
How about these stockings? Aren’t they just all around fun and so cute?!! These are sold as Christmas tree ornaments but I strung them on a thick piece of yarn to create a stocking banner.
My girlfriends and I created some cute crafts while we played the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies using our wall projector.
We all got in the Christmas mood by watching Christmas movies, eating, and crafting. You can see the lookbook for what Cost Plus World Market items will be featured in the Hallmark Channel movies here.
I shopped at the Cost Plus World Market near me in Cottonwood Heights, Utah and found some favorite holiday items, including unique ornaments, holiday items, Christmas decor, imported traditional holiday food and beverages, and so much more! Find the direct individual links to all of my favorite items below.
My very favorite decorations I used at the party:
Besides darling decor, you ALWAYS need YUMMY food at a party. The great thing about World Market is the various party food items they carry. And such a great selection of seasonal food and drink! Have you tried their the international foods?!! I love trying new food and their international food choices are terrific! International candies are some of my favorites.
The food and drink I served at the party:
I’ve been drinking this same brand of Cider Spice Mix for almost 25 years. It is delicious! I mix it with apple cider and serve it in a drink dispenser that keeps it hot. Guests could serve themselves and they kept going back for more!
We added a scoop of vanilla ice cream and poured Torani Caramel Sauce over the top. For a Christmas look, you could add crushed peppermint or a candy cane.
EVERYONE loved this drink. You do not serve it with a spoon because the ice cream melts and adds to the flavor so it’s not to “eat” the ice cream but more to add the perfect creaminess and “drink” it!! The Irish Glass Mugs are the perfect way to serve the cider.
A favorite recipe of mine which is fabulous to bring to parties is my Apricot Jalapeno Brie Appetizer. It’s EASY to make and I always get asked for the recipe. In fact, I had several guests say they wanted the recipe. So here it is for all of you:
Apricot Jalapeno Brie Appetizer
- 1/2 c pecan halves, chopped
- 2-3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 cup apricot preserves
- 1 – 8 oz round brie cheese
- crackers or baguette, sliced
Preheat oven to 425F
Combine peppers and apricot preserves in small bowl
Cut the brie in half horizontally
Place one half of brie cut side up onto the center of a large baking stone or glass plate
Spread half the apricot mixture on top
Top with half the pecans
Place remaining brie on top (cut side up)
Spread the rest of the apricot mixture on top and top off with remaining pecans.
Bake 10-12 minutes until Brie is soft and somewhat melted.
If you choose to add sliced baguettes, slice a french baguette into 1/2 inch slices and brush with vegetable oil. Add the slices of bread to the oven for 8-10 minutes being careful not to burn the bread.
This Apricot Jalapeno Brie Appetizer appetizer will go fast at your party. There are no leftovers!
I mixed the Kalamata Pesto Crostini spread with cream cheese and it makes a great dip! Try it with the parmesan crisps – delish! I love “easy” when having a party and all of these party foods were yummy and hardly any preparation!
Such a fabulous evening with friends! We crafted favors to take home and learned how to make pom-poms! We placed the small apple cider mix carton in a cello bag and tied it with a yarn pom-pom and added the cute Merry and Bright printable to the bag (see below for free printable). Such an easy gift to make and give or perfect as a hostess favor.
We had a wonderful evening of chatting, Christmas movies playing, crafting, eating and drinking. It was a late night of FUN!!
We decided to take a quick picture before we had finished all our crafting.
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Are you planning on hosting a holiday party this year? How about a Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie viewing party? It’s always great to have friends over. I hope you liked my tips for a pretty easy party! I would love to hear about your ideas for a party. Leave me a comment below to share with me your details!