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Ring in the New Year with Fizzy St-Germain Gelées

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This New Year’s Eve, try a fabulous alternative to the traditional Champagne toast.

Many of us welcome the new year with a Champagne toast, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. If you’d like your New Year’s Eve to get even bubblier, why not serve some gelées (that’s fancy for gelatin) made with sparkling wine? It’s a Jell-O shot gone upscale, yes, and it’s nifty to see how the fizzy sparkling wine lends a frozen-in-time effervescence to the gelatin.

These are far less boozy than the average gelatin shot, but if you prefer drinks on the sweeter side, you may be better off using Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider instead of the sparkling wine. Unlike the run-of-the-mill Jell-O shot, these don’t contain as much gelatin, so you’re best off serving them directly from small dessert glasses or Champagne flutes.

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These delectable treats deliciously capture the effervescence of sparkling wine.

Fizzy St-Germain Gelées

Serves 6-8
Feel free to use the liqueur of your choice. Crème de Cassis or Chambord work well.

½ cup St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
2 envelopes (2 tablespoons) unflavored gelatin
3-1/2 cups decent sparkling wine, divided
½ to 1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup pomegranate seeds or other fresh fruit for garnish, optional

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Fresh fruit garnishes give these delectable gelées festive flair.

Freeze six to eight wine glasses or Champagne flutes for 15 minutes (this will help the gelées retain their bubbles).

Meanwhile, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup St-Germain and set aside to let the gelatin granules swell.

Heat 1 cup of the sparkling wine in a medium saucepan over medium heat; do not allow to boil. Add the sugar and stir gently until all of the sugar is dissolved (use the full cup sugar for less boozy-tasting gelées). Add the softened gelatin mixture and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

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Refrigerate, serve and enjoy. Cheers!

This next step works best in a 2-quart Pyrex measuring cup or large pitcher, because the sparkling wine will fizz up, and you don’t want it to spill over. Pour the warm gelatin into the pitcher and slowly add the remaining 2-1/2 cups of sparkling wine. Divide the mixture between the chilled glasses. Refrigerate the glasses for about half an hour, and then drop fresh fruit, if using, onto the surface of the gelées (some fruit will float; some will sink a bit). Refrigerate the gelées until completely set, about five hours. Gelées can be made up to two days in advance.

by Sara Bir


Planning Ahead for Your Holiday Party Style

Holiday Party

The work party, the family gatherings, the cozy hours spent with friends. Before you haul out your tinsel and boughs of holly, take a step back and do the one thing that will secure your sanity though the holiday season: get your fashion plan together. If you have your holiday style sketched out ahead of time for all the parties and gatherings planned between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy those special moments that much more.

We’ve pulled together our favorite celebratory accessories for three popular holiday events. By adding new jewelry, you can mix and match winter wardrobe essentials that are already in your closet to easily build new and eye-catching outfits for every occasion.

We’ve focused on three events you could expect to attend during the holiday season: a semi-formal work party, dressy cocktails with friends, and casual family get-togethers. Finding spectacular jewelry to rock at these events is a great gift for yourself. The newfound baubles you select for the season will be perfectly fashionable all year long.

Work Party

Remember Day to Night Barbie from the 1980s? A force to be reckoned with in the office, this Barbie had a pink power suit with a pencil skirt that reversed to reveal a magenta tulle number for her hot night out with Ken. You don’t need to sport Barbie’s metallic tank top under your blazer, but her desk-to-party strategy is certainly a smart one. Pack some bright jewelry and killer shoes in your tote to instantly transform your office looks from business as usual to smart and dazzling. Our sapphire snowflake pendant necklace pairs nicely with solid turtlenecks or blouses, and its dramatic glamour adds refined pizzazz to professional attire. Alternatively, our pearl and silver bangle stack brings bold elegance to nearly any blazer or sweater. From there, all you need is a swift swap from practical footwear to platform heels or structured metallic boots to complete the workday to soiree transformation.

Work Party

Bring glitz to your work party with this glamorously festive sapphire snowflake necklace.

Work Party - Pearl Bangle

Transform your look from workday to holiday soiree with this stunning faux pearl and silver tone bangle stack.

Friendly Cocktails

Though the mood may be casual, an evening with friends is a great chance to pump up the glamor, let loose and really shine. Our color craze collar necklace is just playful enough to bring a touch of the unexpected to any cocktail party. For a different look, match our multi-cut pave crystal earrings and our crystal-encrusted stretch link bracelet with a lux satin or dupioni silk ensemble. You can’t go wrong dressing up a basic shift in a shimmery fabric with fabulously fun accessories.This spectacularly colorful kaleidoscope necklace is perfect for a casual holiday cocktail party.

Party with Friends

This spectacularly colorful kaleidoscope necklace is perfect for a casual holiday cocktail party.

Cocktail Bracelet

A wintry evening spent with friends is made even merrier with this pave link stretch bracelet.

Cocktail Earrings

Treat yourself for the holiday season with these party-ready crystal drop earrings.

Family Get Together

To relax and unwind with family, long pendants are a great alternative to statement necklaces. This smoky blue crystal and gold-tone tassel necklace and earring set would pair perfectly with a cozy turtleneck sweater and jeans. For a trendy geometric look, our green cascade drop earrings make a statement without being overly formal.  To convert an everyday outfit into something special for your holiday gathering, incorporate a faux fur vest or layer on a draping wrap cardigan.

Family Get Together

Glam up your family gathering with this stunning crystal fringe necklace.

family get together earrings

These seasonally on point geometric earrings will look great for the holidays as well as year-round.

What’s the secret to shining brightly through the holiday season? Just a bit of planning. Pick out the perfect party baubles now and you will sail through the madness of the holidays with plenty of time and energy to spend on spoiling the ones you love.

by Sara Bir