A Holiday Wreath Making & Cocktail Party...Despite Chickens

I decided I wanted to make a fresh Christmas wreath this year. And then after a little deliberation, I decided I wanted company, and that I definitely wanted cocktails while I did it.

BEHOLD: A Wreath Making and Cocktail Party! Huzzah!!!!

Oh, the festive chaos!

Oh, the festive chaos!

Photo and invite design by Very Sarie.

Photo and invite design by Very Sarie.

The concept was simple: I'll provide the wreath materials, Shaker & Spoon will provide the cocktails (in the form of their Gincember cocktail box), and you all come over and make wreathes and cocktails for yourself. Also: there might be chickens. There always might be chickens.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Since we're in SoCal, we'll make our messes out on the deck (under the heat lamps because 65 degrees is brutal).

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Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

A DIY cocktail bar is a must, and thanks to Shaker & Spoon, we had everything we needed to make three awesome gin-based drinks: The Take Flight cocktail (gin, cold brew coffee, cherry demerara syrup, and lemon zest), the Above a Persimmon cocktail (gin, spiced persimmon cordial, lemon juice, Angostura bitters, and freshly grated nutmeg), and the Flaming Rosemary Gimlet (charred rosemary, Underberg bitters, gin, simple syrup, and lime juice). And the gin selection is from, where else? St. George Spirits.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

I didn't want to be mixing cocktails for everyone all night (because, like I said, I wanted to make a wreath and drink cocktails), and the Shaker & Spoon cocktail box was the perfect solution for this, because it comes with those darned cute and informative recipe cards that detail exactly how to make everything. Everyone fended for themselves and it was glorious!

Holiday wreath making and cocktail party by drinkingwithchickens.com, cocktails by shakerandspoon.com.
Holiday wreath making and cocktail party by drinkingwithchickens.com, cocktails by shakerandspoon.com.
Photo by Very Sarie. (Flaming Rosemary Gimlet cocktail by Shaker & Spoon.)

Photo by Very Sarie. (Flaming Rosemary Gimlet cocktail by Shaker & Spoon.)

And can we take a moment to admire this flock of ADORABLE custom cocktail stirrers made for us by Jenn and Jules Designs? And you can buy your very own right here! Use the code DRINKINGWITHCHICKENS to get 10% off your purchase!

Custom drink stirrers by https://www.etsy.com/shop/JennandJulesDesigns
Shaker & Spoon's Flaming Rosemary Gimlet + chicken stirrer from Jenn and Jules Designs. Photo by Very Sarie.

Shaker & Spoon's Flaming Rosemary Gimlet + chicken stirrer from Jenn and Jules Designs. Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie. The Above a Persimmon cocktail in all its freshly nutmegged glory.

Photo by Very Sarie. The Above a Persimmon cocktail in all its freshly nutmegged glory.

Once we all had gotten some drinks in us, it was time to dive into all that greenery and make some dang wreathes. 

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Et voilà! You can hardly tell I was simultaneously cocktailing.

Et voilà! You can hardly tell I was simultaneously cocktailing.

How about now? Can you tell I was cocktailing? Just wondering.

How about now? Can you tell I was cocktailing? Just wondering.

At my house, you gotta learn to work quick on these sorts of things, because, inevitably I'm going to turn the chickens loose on you. So watch your drink. And your chicken stir sticks.

Princess Vespa eyes the Take Flight cocktail. Or maybe she's eyeing the chicken stir stick. She's clearly not amused.

Princess Vespa eyes the Take Flight cocktail. Or maybe she's eyeing the chicken stir stick. She's clearly not amused.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

The boxers: unimpressed with our shenanigans.

The boxers: unimpressed with our shenanigans.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Photo by Very Sarie.

Very Sarie out from behind the camera just in time to save her Above a Persimmon cocktail from certain destruction.

Very Sarie out from behind the camera just in time to save her Above a Persimmon cocktail from certain destruction.

Photo by Very Sarie. I ask you: who is more photogenic than Princess Vespa? I still feel like she's got something against that cocktail stirrer, though. Is it just me?

Photo by Very Sarie. I ask you: who is more photogenic than Princess Vespa? I still feel like she's got something against that cocktail stirrer, though. Is it just me?

The Above a Persimmon cocktail and a matching bit of festive copper wall art (by me! Not entirely shameless plug: katerichardsart.com)

The Above a Persimmon cocktail and a matching bit of festive copper wall art (by me! Not entirely shameless plug: katerichardsart.com)

Wishing you all a little time to fit in just this sort of holiday merriment, and I really hope it includes some gorgeous cocktails. And I really, really hope it includes some gorgeous chickens. Or not gorgeous...since mostly everyone's molting right now.

YIKES:

Somebody put some clothes on that chicken!

Somebody put some clothes on that chicken!