Archive for May, 2011

A Great Sangria Recipe for Your Beverage Dispenser

Summer is fast approaching. It’s almost June and that 80 degree weather is just around the bend. And you want to enjoy a cool refreshing beverage. Sangria is a perfect summertime drink of choice, with its fruity flavor and cold, crisp taste.  Sangria is a mix or red wine and other liquors as well as fruit juices. Of course, you can always make a virgin substitute for the younger set. For an easy to make, delicious sangria combine the following:

  • 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange flavored liquor, like triple sec
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 unwaxed apple, cored, and cut into thin wedges

Mix all the ingredients together, place in a beverage dispenser and chill completely for one to two hours. You want to really let everything mix together and the pieces of fruit soak up the liquid. Then you are ready to serve!

If you need a beverage dispenser beautiful enough to match the sweet taste of your sangria, Classic Hostess has a large selection. They are fancy enough to be the center of attention at your next summer gathering and will keep your sangria cold enough for all to enjoy!




Barware for the College Grad

Graduating college is a really fun time.  That student is getting a degree in something they really love and want to have a career in. They are becoming true adults, going into the work world and getting their own place and really discovering themselves. It’s typical to celebrate college graduation with a little liquor and beer. After all, they’re finally of age as well!

Barware as a graduation present in a fun choice. Whether it’s a beer glass with their name on it or a set of wine glasses that they can use when hosting a party, they’ll appreciate the thought. A great go to is the shot glass set. Whether they use them or not, shot glasses themselves can often be really nice when set up right. They can also provide other uses as toothpick holders or a place to put vitamins or pills they may need to take for the day.

So when you are looking for that perfect gift to wrap up for a graduation party or for your own child, don’t discount some great barware that they can take with them into their own home. When they need that perfect margarita glass for their party, they’ll be glad you got it for them!

Tabletop Accessories for the New Couple

Newly weds are everywhere in the spring. It’s just that time of year for weddings and new beginnings. If you are looking for a great gift for some friends who just got hitched or if you are one half of a new couple yourself, tabletop accessories are a great investment for the new home.

Think about how much hosting they will be doing when the family comes over to see the new apartment, or for dinners during the holidays? Or maybe they’ll want to have some neighbors over once in a while to get to know each other. And it’s not just important for guests, they’ll want to have a nicely set up dining room table for themselves. Putting a little effort into decorating the tabletop every night is going to make them feel more relaxed and comfortable, feel like their home is really theirs with little touches like candle holders or a fancy fruit bowl.

So when it comes to that little extra for a wedding gift, look into tabletop accessories. And if you are the one getting that brand new apartment or house with your sweetie, don’t discount the importance of a beautiful dining table. Every dinner together will seem luxurious.

No Home is Complete Without a Flatware Caddy

So many people just throw their flatware into a drawer, out of sight. It works, sure, but it doesn’t exactly look nice. It’s also hard when guests come over and need an extra knife or spoon and don’t know where to look. Not many people feel comfortable rummaging through your drawers, trying to find the right one. That’s why a nice flatware caddy is perfect when hosting that house party.

A caddy or chest can both be used. Chests are beautifully designed, often made of wood and will look great anywhere. You won’t want to hide your flatware away if you use one to hold them. They can make a beautiful piece at the center of the table or to keep on the kitchen island.

A caddy is a bit more accessible, as your flatware sticks out, ready to be taken by whomever needs it.  These can also be some beautiful pieces and when you aren’t hosting a party, you can remove the flatware and place other things in them as well that you may need on a daily basis.

A flatware caddy is going to make things much simpler in your home and be a beautiful addition to your kitchen or dining room.