Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider {Day 13: Loving Fall}

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Mulled Apple Cider Recipe - The Inspired Room

Mulled Hot Cranberry Apple Cider

Hey Friends! I’m so glad we are all back after the little email fiasco where 20,000 emails went MIA every day for a couple of weeks. Sheesh. Let’s hope we can all stick together from now on! We’ll see how it goes this week with the emails if you are a subscriber. I have lots of Christmas decor posts in the works (I’m SO excited about Christmas this year!) and my laundry room update coming up (it turned out pretty cute!)! I don’t want anyone thinking I’m being a Scrooge and hibernating from the blog world so just remember, I’m STILL HERE at The Inspired Room even if my emails get lost in cyberspace!

So, this is my GO TO fall and winter delicious hot drink recipe. It’s a mulled cranberry apple cider! Sound good? IT IS! We made it this weekend, it was SO COLD around here. Not sure what’s up with our temperatures here in the NW, but it was FREEZING.  But while I don’t like cold, the good news is it made us all the more in a festive fall mood.

Not only will this drink warm your tummy, delight your taste buds and make you feel all fall-cozy as you sip it, but it will make your home smell DIVINE. I make this every time we have a fall or winter party, and even just for US. It’s such a treat!

Here is what you need to make my favorite hot spiced cranberry apple cider:

8 cups of cranberry juice (not cocktail, just cranberry juice)
8 cups of good apple cider (get it fresh from the farm if you can)
2-4 T brown sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
Allspice (I just put a pinch in)
8 whole cloves
Slices of orange

In a large pot, combine the cranberry juice and apple cider. Stir in brown sugar. Add cinnamon sticks, allspice, cloves and orange. Heat until it almost boils and then reduce it to simmer. You can taste it and if it needs a little more sugar or whatever you can add to it.

Strain out your cloves and cinnamon sticks before you serve.

Now … for the best part.

Grab a pretty mug.

Pour yourself a cup of cider.

Sit in a comfy chair next to the fire.

Inhale and exhale deeply.

Sip slowly.

Relax and enjoy! And maybe make some while you do your Christmas decorating? If you need a little Christmas inspiration, you can find my Christmas house tour from last year here and my Christmas decorating gallery here.

21 Days of Loving Fall - The Inspired Room Fall Series

Gold DIY Place Cards & Thanksgiving Tablescape

Pretty ideas for Thanksgiving tablescape with gold touches

Hi friends! Michaela here again to share with you my monthly entertaining ideas. It’s mid-November– say what?!– and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I wanted to give you a simple tablescape idea for Thanksgiving dinner, along with the easiest DIY place cards to add that special touch to the table top.

Materials: Mini canvases (found at Michael’s), black marker, gold paint, paint brush.

Step 1: Write the names on your mini canvases. Let dry.

Step 2: Using gold paint, lightly stroke the brush across the canvas, adding just a touch of gold on top of the lettering.

DIY place cards for Thanksgiving!

Gold painted DIY placecards for Thanksgiving dinner table

I just leaned these adorable canvas-turned-name-card up against an ivory pumpkin. I think ivory and white pumpkins are classic, and can definitely last without looking too Halloween, all the way through Thanksgiving.

For the tablescape, I put down a new gold runner, collected pretty candlestick holders, fall colored candles, larger pumpkins for the center of the table that I spray painted a metallic gold/silver color, natural looking placemats, china, a wine glass and pretty gold goblet (complete with an orange straw for sipping!), gold flatware, and a cloth napkin.

Beautiful gold tablescape with DIY placecards

Gold DIY Place Cards for Thanksgiving Table

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Fall Tablescape - Candlesticks

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Most of these goods were found from around my home, which proves it really is that simple :) Since both gold and silver are “in” this year, don’t be afraid to mix metallics, creating a sparkly table for your guests. I hope this post put you in the mood for a little Thanksgiving decorating!

You can see a little video of the tablescape today and say hello to me over at my design blog or check out my interior design services on my website!

xoxo

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