8 At-Home Date Night Ideas

8 At-Home Date Night Ideas

[Printable movie night tickets from Dabbles & Babbles.]

Anyone getting really sick of winter? Picture me frantically waving both hands over my head and you get the picture of where I’m at with all of this winter mumbo jumbo. Just when we thought things were going to start to warm up around here, we got pummeled with another foot of snow yesterday and today the temperatures are sitting pretty well below zero. Needless to say, I’m officially not leaving the house until spring finally comes. Who’s with me? If you’re feeling me, you’re in luck. I’ve dreamed up 8 at-home date night ideas that are perfect for winter over at Momtastic! We’re talking cozy, budget-friendly ideas that will help you forget about the winter blues entirely. So check them out and plan a date night pronto – you deserve it!

[Photo by Dabbles & Babbles.]

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St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Mint Cookies

Chocolate Mint Cookies

As a lady with a sweet tooth through and through, I’m a firm believer that no celebration is complete without a little something sweet! Because today we’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day, obviously these chocolate mint cookies with their peppy green cream filling are just the ticket. I’ll definitely be whipping up a batch of these this weekend!

by Samantha Sanford

  • 2-3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 put unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt, set aside. In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, vanilla, and both sugars on medium until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the speed to low and add the eggs one at a time, beating until combined. Add the flour mixture in thirds, beating until just combined.

Divide the dough in half and place one half on the prepared cookie sheet. Place a piece of plastic wrap or another sheet of parchment on top of each one and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Wrap the baking sheets in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°. Remove one sheet of dough at a time and transfer to kitchen counter. Cut out cookies with a 2″ cookie round. Line the cookie sheet with fresh parchment and place the cutout cookies in the refrigerator for an additional 15 minutes. Repeat with second batch. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 8-10 minutes.

Cream Filling

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar to taste
  • Pinch of salt
  • Green food coloring

Cream the butter in the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Gradually add the powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Taste to make sure it’s sweet enough for you. Add peppermint extract and green food die, whisk on high for about 2 minutes. Pipe the cream filling on each of the bottom cookies, cover with a top cookie and enjoy!

[Recipe: Samantha Sanford | Styling: Gray Harper Event Maker | Photos: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures.]

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Irish Coffee with a Twist

Irish Coffee with a Twist

There’s a little Irish pub in our town where there’s nothing I love more than sipping a classic Irish coffee on a cold winter’s day. Something about that whiskey just warms you up from the inside out! Today Matthew McCully is sharing his twist on an Irish coffee recipe – poured over ice and made with cola for a little extra kick.

  • 2 cups cold-brew coffee (homemade or from your local grocery store or coffee shop)
  • 1 cup Irish whiskey
  • (1) 12 oz bottle of cola (we prefer one made with real sugar!)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (more or less to taste)

Pour all ingredients into a pitcher and stir to combine. Coffee, cola, and whiskey can be combined up to 2 hours ahead and chilled. Add cream right before serving. Serve over ice and don’t forget a cute straw!

[Recipe: Matthew McCully | Styling: Gray Harper Event Maker | Photos: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures.]

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An Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick’s Day being next Monday and all, this weekend is the perfect time to gather your friends and indulge in a little Irish inspired bash! This stunner of a St. Patrick’s Day party was designed by our friend Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker and I’m loving the gorgeous kelly green and navy color combination. Another collaboration with Samantha Sanford and Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, Andrea layered the table with eyelet and sequins, and doused little mason jars in gold spray paint and loaded them up with Rolos to mimic mini pots of gold at each setting. From the flowers to the linens to the delicious recipes these guys dreamed up to accompany the celebration, every last detail is just so fun and perfectly St. Patrick’s day appropriate.

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas | The Sweetest Occasion

Isn’t this so fun? Stay tuned later this afternoon for all the recipes so you can host your own St. Patrick’s Day party this weekend! Matthew’s Irish coffee recipe has a special twist that you don’t want to miss.

Vendors -
Styling + floral design by Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker
Photography + cocktail recipe by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures
Recipes by Samantha Sanford

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Nice Stems: DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

by Chelsea Costa

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I came across the most incredible flower market. It was floating in the middle of the Amsterdam canals, and the shops there had rows and rows of dried flowers hanging upside down from the ceilings. I thought it was the coolest thing I’d seen in a long time, and I came back home wanting to experiment with upside down flowers! So what better to do than make a floral arrangement that you can hang?! This little flower chandelier is perfect for hanging over the dinner table, in an entry way or any place that needs a little brightening.

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

  • Long floral stems, like these Snapdragons and Bells of Ireland
  • Inner ring of a 10″ embroidery hoop
  • Washi tape
  • Clear thread
  • Needle
  • Small metal ring or clip
  • Scissors

Start by wrapping the embroidery hoop in washi tape. Wrap the tape around until the plain hoop is covered with your favorite washi color.

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

Next, clear the leaves from the stems of your flowers. Then trim each stem to about 4″ from where the blooms end.

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

Thread a needle with clear thread. Insert the needle through the end of the first stem. Pull the thread all the way through.

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

Tie the thread around the embroidery hoop so that the flower hangs a little below the hoop. Secure with a double knot and trim the ends of the thread. Continue in this way until you’re happy with the amount of stems tied to your hoop.

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

Cut three long pieces of clear thread. Tie them around the hoop equidistant from each other so that the hoop is supported at three points. Bring the three pieces together at the top and tie them to the metal ring or clip, being sure that the hoop of flowers stays level. This will ensure that the chandelier hangs evenly.

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

Hang your chandelier wherever you like! These would be perfect for a Mother’s Day or Easter brunch. Ours stayed fresh for a full day, so you can make it in the morning and enjoy it all day long! xoxo

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier

[Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.]

Sources -
Stork Scissors from Gingher
Embroidery Hoop from Joann Fabrics

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