Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Fall Cocktail


Hello!  I thought I would try a little something different today...instead of a table setting, I thought I would share my dining room buffet done up to serve cocktails instead!

This is my favorite Fall drink to serve and it is super easy!  You can even serve it warm if you'd like, but I prefer it chilled...

Fall Cocktail

1 cup apple cider

splash of pomegranate juice

splash of rum

Combine ingredients and ice in a cocktail shaker and mix.  If desired, warm apple cider and pomegranate juice first, pour in a glass, and then stir in a shot of rum and serve.

See, super easy!  And it's delicious!!


I used my hydrangeas leaves again, to coordinate with the red in the drinks, and I even used the red striped runner I bought from Maria...I have been jokingly asking her to teach me how to use red for awhile now, since she is so good at adding red to her white decor...

I felt a little like things looked too Christmasy once I downloaded my pictures, but oh well...now you have a Christmas cocktail too :))





You know my love for using herbs, well this is just some of my lemon thyme tied up with a short strip of burlap...I love lemon thyme because it always smells so pretty and it turns this gorgeous color in the Fall!


This wonderful serving tray is something that my sister found for me at Goodwill.  I just adore the patina on it and the beautiful handles...I think it was $3!



My last little tip is using these wide mouth mason jars as candle holders...just slide a basic white pillar candle in them and they make a vintage inspired and inexpensive candle holder.





On another note, I wanted to share with all of you a really special upcoming Christmas event...




Do you remember *this post* when I headed out to Tipton, Indiana to photograph the French Flea Market event?  And then I gushed on and on *here* about how awesome Horton's, the store that hosted the event, was???

Well, I will be headed back to Tipton to attend their Christmas Open House, and I can't wait!!!  Donna is so incredibly talented at creating the coolest displays...I just know she will dazzle me with all of her Christmas ingenuity!!!

If you are anywhere at all in the Chicago/Indiana area, I would most definitely recommend this event, as Horton's is one of the most interesting and fun stores I have ever had the pleasure of stepping into...


Happy Halloween!  Have a great weekend!!


Tracey

p.s.  I had to laugh after I downloaded all of my pictures for this post, because you can vaguely see me and my dining room reflected in all of the glasses as I took my pictures {at least I know they were clean} :))  Sorry if it's a little distracting to the picture!

73 comments:

KATHY said...

Stunning!!

Kathy

ChRiS said...

lovely........and the cocktail sounds yummy

paige said...

just beautiful tracey!!

i love to see you adding a little red :)

the goodwill $3 score is wonderful too!

La said...

Your buffet look very festive. That cocktail sounds yummy.

Happy Halloween! La

Jacqueline said...

It looks gorgeous, Tracey....even better with the addition of your reflection !!!! You just know how to 'do' it. It is perfect for Hallowe'en weekend and doesn't look Christmassy at all. Your hydrangea leaves are beautiful.
Have a fun weekend. XXXX

g.suzie said...

Great display, I love your arched windows. . .
The little touch of red is perfect!
Can't wait to see the Christmas display your friend will do!
Have a 'spooktackular' weekend!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

A beautiful display. I love everthing and every part of it! And I am so excited to try a new cocktail recipe. I like all the ingredients...I am sure I will love it!

Sarah Lynne said...

That sounds delicious and your display is beautiful!

Dyche Designs said...

Great photos and that cocktail drink sounds delicious

time-worn interiors said...

Oh that sounds yummy! And warm to! That serving tray is fab.!
Theresa
aka:TOT

Jennifer Rizzo said...

OMG! COLOR! ;) I am coming over to get me some of those yummy drinks. :)

Servies en Brocante said...

So wonderfull, i thought the herbs on the glass where from iron..nice idea..and the window..wauw..

Jennifer said...

The entire display is wonderful = I just finished A Year On Ladybug Farm and this made me think of the book... the drink sounds so refreshing and crisp! Girls Day Over! Jennifer jennsthreegraces

koralee said...

Every last detail is amazing...so want to do this...BEAUTIFUL!

Happy Thursday sweet friend. xoxo

Vintage Junky said...

I love the tablescape and that cocktail looks so, so yummy!
have a great day!

Anne Marie said...

i know someone who would really like this drink....and i'll pass it on to her! all beautifully styled Tracey!!

Lissa said...

I would feel so blessed if I walked into your home and saw this! It's just gorgeous and very cozy! You are one talented lady!

Raised In Cotton~ Carol said...

Just stunning Tracey as always:)) Blessings, Carol

Sarah at myyellowhouse said...

I would sure love to be invited to that fall party! I would be the one all night taking pictures of your buffet table! :)
I love the touch of red - I tried to incorporate "little" touches since I won your giveaway from Maria with the red ticking pillow. I think I need the runner to match!
Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous and you sure know how to set a lovely and inviting table!
Hope all is well ~
Sarah

Suzann said...

The Fall Cocktail sounds wonderful I am going to try it. I love the tray with the handles what a great find!!!
Thank you for sharing!
Suzann

June said...

Everything looks gorgeous my friend!!! Just so Autumny, and how I love the hydrangea leaves.

Hugs...

Firefly Hill said...

Tracey...everything is just beautiful as always!

xoxo,

annie

Becky C said...

Tracey, this is just gorgeous as always! Love the tray from Goodwill. I could look at your photos all day. I wonder if you can make this a non-alcoholic drink, too?
Also, what color are your walls? Such a soft white...I'm getting ready to paint all white, and was looking for that perfect color. If you get an extra minute, could you let me know please? Thanks bunches :)
Blessings,
Becky C
Buckets of Burlap

High Street Cottage said...

Hi Tracey, the cocktail looks dislish! I am going to try that one, it also seems light. I have always used red, you can see from my hutch, and atop my credenza a collection of red glass candles I light and it looks amazing. I don't worry really over the seasons too much. It's just my favorite color. I've mixed it into white for the past 20 years or so. Your setting is balanced and it's certainly not too much. The tray your sister found is amazing, I love bargains like that!

City.Cottage Shop said...

Love it! I didnt relies you were also going to be in FiFi's new book... im so excited to get it!

Counting Your Blessings said...

Oh my gracious - that tray is amazing!! Of course, you could make dirt look amazing =) Your photos are beautiful. Love the burlap and sprig that you tied on the glass stems!

Blessings... Polly (sorry I missed you at Joy's. My youngest had a 10am football game)

Fräulein Klein said...

Wow Tracey, your cocktail and how you decorated the table looks so beautiful! I have to try your recipe!!!!
Big Hugs,
Yvonne

Ashley said...

I am certainly going to try this cocktail :) The fall decor is so lovely =) xoxoxo

White and Rust said...

The entire tablescape looks absolutely beautiful! LOVE it!

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Tracey, You really do come up with the most sophisticated, charming, and sweet table settings and vignettes I've ever seen... truly! Some fabulous magazine should snatch you up to be their photo shoot stylist, and photographer for that matter... beautiful photos!!!
I remeber the photo shoot you did of that Horton's shop and how much I LOVED it. Sure wish I lived nearby and could be there for the Christmas Open House... it's sure to be amazing!
Happy Halloween to you, too!
Hugs ~
Jo :)

DustyLu said...

Tracey! It looks so wonderful! I love the color! Love the tray! Yummy drink! Wish I were there to head to Hortons! Sounds dreamy! Have a wonderful day! Great images! Lulu

Blondie's Journal said...

You have such a great eye for detail, Tracey! I am loving the silver tray, the mason jar candles and the little sprig of lemon thyme tied to the glasses of that wonderful cocktail!! Your tablescape is lovely...

I live in Chicago {I just missed you at Shop The Shed} and I think I have heard of Horton's. We travel through Indiana a lot. I'll keep my eyes open for the sale!

XO,
Jane

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Tracey,
I didn't even notice your reflection until you mentioned it! Love your fall cocktail idea....I think we will try it! Your decor is lovely and the Goodwill tray was a great find! Take care, Laura

LuLu said...

This cocktail sounds delicious! It's a must make for this weekend! and of course it looks stunning on your gorgeous display... great candle tip!
xo,
LuLu

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Just exquisite, Tracey!

I always have to chuckle when I inadvertently get caught in my own lens, too. :-)

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs,
Anne

kerrie said...

Tracey, Your setting is so pretty...just like a Jeanne d Arc Living page. I will have to try that cocktail...sounds delicious!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Every time I visit your gorgeous blog...I come away feeling so inspired. As I type this...I'm looking around my home to see what little changes I can make. Your photos are stunning!

Jeanneoli said...

That sounds sooo good...but what I really love is your buffet set up so pretty!!!! You need to offer designing/styling to your business...seriously!!!

hometown girl said...

you buffet looks lovely! i will try these minus the rum probably :) thank you for stopping by!! have a wonderful time with your kiddos trick or treating! susan

Kristin said...

Oooooh...what a lovely post!!!So stunning! I love new recipes on good drinks. Thank you!!!

Kristin xoxo

Dorthe said...

Tracey,
all looks so welcoming, and yummy, I love the beautifull red color of your drink- and the old pages on the black branches is a wonderfull addision.
Happy Halloween to you,too.
xo, Dorthe

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*~Beautiful cocktail setting and vignette..LOVE how you used the leaves with their fall touch of reds and the table runner is gorgeous too!Hugs,Rachel~*~*

Suveliina said...

I love your post. Pictures are stunning!!!

Hope you have a great weekend and Happy Halloween to you too!!!

Suvi

Whimsey Creations said...

What a beautiful setting and the cocktail looks good too - wish I had one right now as a matter of fact! LOL

Leah C said...

Simply beautiful setting...once again:) Happy Halloween to you too, Tracey!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

As always a gorgeous setting for your cocktail time. Yes, this would make a lovely Christmas drink and thanks for sharing.
Also love the idea of the lemon thyme and burlap, and your fabulous old arched window.

Happy Halloween
Hugs
Carolyn

Heaven's Walk - said...

What a wonderful vignette, Tracey! The details, the recipe, the ideas.....all just wonderful! Thank you for inspiring me once again, girlie! :) And I'm trying the recipe for sure! Oh, and about incorporating red into your decor? Maria's got me doing it, too. I recently purchased a few vintage grain sacks with a beautiful faded rose stripe running through the middle. Every time I walk past my bedrooms where they lie against my white linen duvet covers, I always stop and just stare at them. Yeah...call me obsessed..... lol!

xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh, and YES, Tracey --- I would LUV it if you would put my name on one of those great totes when they come in!!! Thank you! :)

xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk - said...

.....and....ummmmmm...would you do the same with one of those French Letter Pillow covers, too...? :) Must have one of those also!!!! (merry christmas to meeee....) lol!

xoxo laurie

Sandi said...

Beauiful post with gorgeous photos. That drink sounds divine !
Blessings~

Anji Johnston said...

Love all of it! Including your reflection!

Privet and Holly said...

Hmmm....some
red in your decor...
We'll sneak you
over to the dark
side, yet : ) !!
This drink sounds
deeelicious and
love the little
vignette!
xx Suzanne

julie said...

beautiful! and that drinks sounds yummy! thanks for sharing the recipe! i will have to try it! and i always love your little details!

Allison said...

It is a beautiful post, Tracey. Gorgeous photos and colors. I love the branches in the little galvanized bucket. A lovely touch with the lemon thyme tied with the burlap around the stem of the glass. Everything is stunning.

Martha said...

Tracey ~ you are amazing! Seriously...I love all the little details you do...it's amazing and just beautiful! Love, love, love everything.
The drink sounds soo good too
xo

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Beautiful to the eye and the palate, Tracey.

Happy Halloween!
xo~Tracie

Susis gelbes Haus said...

Hi Tracey

I am soooo happy.. your comment was sooooooooooo lovely ;O))
your pictures only great ;O))
Kisses Susi

Air Kiss said...

I always hope to come on here & find a new post by you & much to my delight here is another lovely one! :) Very pretty & I love the little close up of your lemon thyme sprig. I don't think that this gives off the Christmas feel at all.. it looks very deep Autumn (if that makes sense) heehee. Your special textures give it such a warm fall feel & the drink color looks marvelous & sounds the same. I hear you on the red.. I'm loving red so much right now.. it packs a great punch to a photo & is a wonderful accent for white, cream, silver.. I can go on & on. Okay Tracey.. I've rambled enough. ;) I hope you & your family have a nice Halloween weekend!
Many Hugs,
Lara

Carole said...

I didn't think Christmas at all...it's just the right color for Fall. Opps didn't mean to rhyme.
Your posts are always so uplifting and give a great sense of you!
Happy Halloween dear friend!
xx
Carole

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

Wow your images are so beautiful.

I love love the details of your fall cocktail buffet.

Have a lovely weekend xox

manon 21 said...

Je trinque avec toi...

Manon

The French Maid said...

So many lovely ideas in this post...yummy drink to celebrate the weekend; using herbs from the garden; new uses for mason jars!
And I'm loving they tray...such pretty little handles!
--Lee Ann

becky up the hill said...

Truly beautiful and inspiring. Thanks~

Deb said...

Loving the red Tracey and that drink looks and sounds yummy! Love the candle in the mason jar too! ~Deb~

Rebecca said...

Hi Tracey
It all looks delicious and beautiful!
See you in Tipton...
Blessings
Rebecca

sandra lee said...

I love how this all looks and the cocktail looks YUMMY! Happy Fall to you...

very merry vintage style said...

Yumzilla! Love the tree with the paper attached--so pretty. I'm thinking this is the perfect buffet for a group of neighbors who have finished taking their kids trick or treating and are ready to relax!

Liz said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE how you have done you're buffet, so inspiring! Your images are beautiful. I am helping with a friends wedding in March, and I will show her these photos. Awesome goodwill buy. I am loving the French Larkspur !!

Melanie said...

That sounds delicious!

~Melanie
www.theoldwhitecottageblog.com

jeanne said...

lovely post and i would not have noticed 'you' in the pics if you hadnt mentioned it ! it reminds me of a picture that was going around years ago...to show you what NOT to do when selling on ebay..it was a nice chrome toaster and sadly you could see the reflection of the photographer in the side of the toaster and he was a bit large...and naked...haha...too funny...see..at least you were dressed ! could have been worse..

Georgia Gibbons said...

Tracey, Take lots of pictures at Horton's this weekend...I wish I could go. Can't wait to see how awesome it all looks. Thanks.

Amy Kinser said...

I just wanted you to know that I used your idea with the galvanized bucket and branch and made something very similar. I love this. I also did a link back to your blog so everyone else could see the beauty that I see everytime I come your way. Thanks.

Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} said...

Hi there! I'm working on a gluten free thanksgiving recipe roundup and I am linking to this fall cocktail. I'd love to use a photo in the collage I'm creating to go with the post. Would that be okay with you? I will add an extra link with photo credit.

Please let me know, thanks!
dcrmom@gmail.com