Today we’re featuring a guest post from Jeanne Verbel, the mastermind behind the Scrumptious Cupcakery (Flanders, New Jersey).
Hello! My name is Jeanne. And I am NOT ashamed to admit that I’m a Pinterest addict! I am SUCH a creative creature, and Pinterest, with all of its recipes, decorating ideas, and DIY projects, is simply irresistible to this girl’s creative spirit! I especially love to peruse the Pinterest pages this time of year because of the plethora of homemade gift ideas. I simply adore receiving gifts that someone has made for me because I love the idea that they were thinking of me while they were making it, which, when you really think about it, is the most precious gift of all. And I love making homemade gifts even more!
I have a large extended family and we put aside exchanging gifts many Christmases ago. However, I always arrive at my parent’s house on Christmas day with a large basket of assorted little homemade gifts from which each family member can choose. This year, one of the gifts I have made for my basket is the Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Mason Jar…and I found it, of course, on Pinterest! I added my own personal decorative touches and for a little under $4 a gift, I have a gift that I’m excited to give and I’m sure my family will be happy to receive!
And the best part? There’s still time for you to make some, too! And it’s EASY! You’ll need:
Once you have all of your supplies, make yourself a mug of hot chocolate, add a Baileys shooter and some mini marshmallows. Take a sip, sigh, and then create a clean, large work station to assemble your gifts!
It is best to stamp all of your gift tags before you begin.
Once your tags are done, set up an assembly line….mason jars, hot chocolate, marshmallows, Baileys Irish Cream shooters, raffia ribbon, and gift tags.
Pour 4 or 5 packets of hot chocolate mix into a mason jar.
Fill the rest of the jar with mini marshmallows and then put on the lid.
Use a 12 inch piece of twine to attach the shooter bottle to the mason jar. Wrap four two foot pieces of colored raffia ribbon (two two foot pieces of each color) around the lid of the jar and tie in a bow.
Slide a tag onto one of the ribbons of raffia and ….. hooray! You have a pretty (and pretty delicious) homemade gift to give!
Now sit back and enjoy the rest of your Baileys Hot Chocolate while basking in your creative awesomeness!
Wishing a Merry and Happy to all!
Jeanne Verbel, a.k.a. the Gourmet Cupcaketress, is the mastermind behind the Scrumptious Cup Cakery (Flanders, New Jersey), who bakes a seriously scrumptious line of gourmet cupcakes. Seriously. Scrumptious. She is a home-based baker who urges you to indulge your sweet side and peruse her list of cupcake creations. Give yourself some time…it’ll be hard to choose! But when you do, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or message her on Facebook and she’ll be happy to help you indulge your cupcake craving!
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