We are in the middle of holiday party craze, it’s official. The parties started one there one here beginning of December but now it’s a get together almost everyday until New Years. I am hosting two dinner parties myself. Chatting with my mom over Skype yesterday morning, she asked me what I plan to serve. She knows it’s not easy for me to make anything too complicated with young kids, and a new puppy. ( yes we did get a new furry cutie, she recently joined our family & Pug Daisy. More about that later 🙂 )

cd_9869For dinner I am likely to go with Turkey, or beef. I get my Turkey fully cooked from a natural food store chain here in the NW, and just reheat it for about 2 hrs at home. If I go with beef I marinate it overnight inside olive oil, rosemary, salt, some other herbs, and grill. I add a big salad, some side dishes and the dinner is ready. Easy to make, and tasty is what I need at the moment.

For drinks, we usually go with wine. We serve both white, and red as our friends each have their strong preferences in their wine. The kind of meat determines the type of wine.

This year I’ll also make this Ginger Ale Lemonade Mocktail for pregnant friends, kids, tweens,  teenagers, or anyone who may wants to drink a non-alcoholic beverage that is sweet, and yummy. I feel like younger guests feel left out without their special drink, and I want to have something pretty made for them. It’s also a lovely drink to have with appetizers, and dried nuts before dinner for everyone.

cd_9771I put some dried nuts in these holiday bowls.


cd_9819Like I said above, I am making Ginger Ale Lemonade Mocktails to start my dinner parties with. I plan to welcome our guests on the porch with some holiday sweetness. Here is how to make this ridiculously easy drink; they look, and taste so good everyone thinks it is a complicated shaker production. 🙂

Here is what you need:

I make enough for about 8 people with the below quantity. You can adjust depending on the number of guests. I usually make this with home made lemonade.

  • Canada Dry Ginger Ale 20oz
  • Strawberry Lemonade 20 oz
  • Regular Lemonade 20 oz
  • Lime Pieces – from one lime
  • Fresh Cranberries- a package from frozen section


We love Canada Dry Ginger Ale made with real ginger, and use it in many drinks. Head out to your local Safeway, and pick up a bottle.


For showing you ladies I put enough for two people of the Canada Dry, strawberry and regular lemonades in these glasses. I like to use jar like cups to serve my mocktail in. I think they look more fun this way.


Starting with your Ginger Ale, put the lemonade, then strawberry lemonade in. Mix with a spoon. Add a bit more Canada Dry to top your drink off.


Garnish with some cranberries inside the cups, and a lime on the side. Decorate a tray with some more cranberries, and  add your favorite appetizers. You are ready to welcome your guests.


HOLIDAY PARTY FASHION – Stitch Fix Dress from last year- found here on clearance in two colors. 

I am welcoming mine on the porch with a tray on hand. Happy Holiday parties lovelies. <3

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  • Cheryl

    Looks yummy! It reminds me of the holiday “cocktail” my grandfather made for me as a child, which was Canada Dry and cranberry juice. I could see this mocktail served in a punchbowl for large parties and showers. Will try. 🙂

    • Theboxqueen

      Your grandpa’s holiday “cocktail” sounds really delicious too, love cranberry juice in drinks. 🙂 Great idea serving in a punch bowl, it would work perfectly like that. Cherly I wish you the best New Years! Thanks for always being such a lovely person to chat with, and your support!! So happy to have met you here. 🙂 XOXO, Elif

      • Cheryl

        Likewise! 🙂 Wishing you a very Happy New Year, and lots of wonderful things for 2015. 🙂

  • Sibel Gultekin

    I have never made Ginger Ale Lemonade Mocktails. It looks healthy and refreshing. I will make it as soon as possible.

    • Theboxqueen

      It is very refreshing, and easy to make drink everyone seems to love. Let me know if you like Sibel 🙂 Happy New Year! XOXO, Elif

  • This sounds so refreshing! I’ll definitely try it!

    Doused In Pink

    • Theboxqueen

      Jill it is yummy and so very easy to make! Let me know if you try it. 🙂 Happy New Year!! XOXO, Elif

  • The Real Arnolds

    This looks so yummy and festive!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    • Theboxqueen

      It was Amy Ann, hope your holiday season was nice, and you are having a lovely first day f 2015! XOXO, Elif