Thursday, December 16, 2010

Peppermint Garlands

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SNOW DAY!  Oh, the weather outside is truly frightful.  And staying home and baking MINT CHOCOLATE DELIGHT COOKIES (click for the recipe)  and making candy garlands today has been delightful!  No school today and the land of cheese can wait.  Christmas shopping can be postponed till next week.  I am almost done anyway.  How about you? 

I have been working on making a candy garland for the last few days.  This is easy to do and you can sit on the floor with a big pile of peppermints and some red ribbon and work away while watching TV.  I had three different strands going.  One was the strand of the red and white peppermints in the photo above.

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     This was made from a bag of mixed candy.

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And for this one I alternated between the red and white peppermints with the green and white peppermints.  I used green ribbon on this one too. 

If you want to make one of these all you need is an inexpensive bag of peppermints and I like to use the real thin satin ribbon.  I cut my ribbon pieces about 10 inches in length.  Take two pieces of your candy and tie them together tightly with a piece of your cut ribbon.  Tie a knot first and then finish it with a tight bow.  That is all there is to it.  Continue this way until you have the length you want.  Make it nice and long for easy draping on your Christmas tree. 

Tonight is our End of the Year, Christmas Bunco Party.  Some years we have done a “Dirty Santa” which I think is hilarious good fun but in the past few years we have been asked to bring a gift to exchange.  A couple of years ago we exchanged fancy wine stoppers.  Last year we exchanged soup bowls, and this year we were asked to exchange hand lotion.  Our hostess always puts on a fabulous party with great food and drinks.  Her husband stays long enough to bar tend…and he is a great bartender...and then he disappears into the night and lets the ladies have their fun.  He is a smart man. :)


Verde Farm said...

Lisa, I absolutely love the candy garlands. How colorful and festive. They are great. Sounds like your bunco party will be a lot of fun. Enjoy it and get a good smelling lotion :)

EliFla said...

Your candy garlands are really pretty...great idea....ciao Flavia

Erin said...

Adorable! This'll be on the list of things to do next year with the boy.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a cute idea and stay warm.

gina said...

Love your candy garland. Love things you can make easily in front of the tv. Enjoy your Bunco...had mine Tuesday night. We did Dirty Santa and I had 4 gifts stolen from me!! We also collect $ throughout the year and pick a charity to give to...over $500 this year!!

Brenda Kula said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE these peppermint garlands! How cute is this? VERY CUTE!

House Revivals said...

This is darling! What a clever idea!

The White Farmhouse said...

Love the garland idea. We tried popcorn but the dog at it. Have fun at your bunco party! It sounds like it will be a lot of fun!

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

Love the candy garland! Thanks for sharing!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

What a perfect way to spend a snow day. I love your attitude-shopping can wait, I've got candy garlands to make!

Ann said...

what a cute idea!