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“Mom's don't enjoy they give joy.” That was my favorite line from the Bad Moms Christmas movie. And sometimes that sentiment feels SO true! Especially at the holidays! As moms, our focus is on making sure the house is decked out with holiday decorations, that each person is getting everything from their wish lists and cooking elaborate meals for 25 family members. It's easy to get stressed out and forget to enjoy it all. I decided to host a fun little get together for my girlfriends to help them prep for the holiday stress with wine and essential oils. We had a great time and are now ready to take on the holidays! I hosted the party early in November to make sure that our schedules were not already full with holiday parties and obligations. I also wanted to make sure that everyone left with blends of essential oils that would help them to re-find their holiday spirit (it can be easy to lose in the thick of everything) or help lower their stress levels. Any good party starts with good wine. So I made sure to serve several from Cameron Hughes. I loved the Chardonnay, even though I typically prefer other white varietals. It was deliciously not over oak-y (in my opinion) and the perfect thing to sip on while hosting my girlfriends.
I also had the Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Pinot Noir totally surprised me. I usually gravitate towards a Cab but I loved the Pinot! I love learning about wine and finding new things to enjoy so we all did a quick little tasting of all of them to find what we liked best. Although the party wasn't meant to be a wine tasting, necessarily, it happened organically and several of us found new favorites. What mom doesn't love to relax with good friends and a great glass of wine? I set out all of my essential oils, and oil supplies and also some easy recipes for blends to make. It was a fun activity to do with the girls and fun to be able to share my love of oils with them.
I kept the party small so it would be manageable and easy for everyone to share the oils. I set us up on my dining table and turned on some music.
I put a few snacks on the table so that it was easy to nibble while working on our roller ball blends or holiday room sprays. I also set out my favorite cheese, peppered turkey, crackers and pretzel bread to pair with the wine. Wine and cheese is always a perfect pairing. I like to serve things that aren't fussy and are just as good at room temperature or cold. That's my trick for being a relaxed hostess and not feeling like I have to be on top of every single aspect at every moment. Everyone ended up making amazing smelling holiday blends with variations of cinnamon, vanilla, clove, sweet orange and white fir.
Because I make blends all the time, I got to sit with my girls, enjoy my wine and help guide them if they needed direction. It was such a relaxing afternoon and I really hope that we can make it a habit.These “stress away” rollerball blends are small enough to fit in your purse to be used during your Black Friday shopping or the Christmas program at the elementary school…I provided labels and small muslin bags for them to take home their custom blends.I also sent each friend home with a bottle of their favorite Cameron Hughes wine. Not only is the wine delicious, but I hope they will drink it and remember how much fun we had together and make sure to take time for themselves as the holidays get in to full swing. Great wine doesn't have to be expensive! That's one of the things I love about Cameron Hughes wines. They are such a great value and a total crowd pleaser. I attached a roll of tape to each bottle because don't you always run out of tape when you're in the middle of wrapping presents, or is that just me? I don't always send favors home with my friends when we hang out but I knew the wine and tape would be such a useful thing for them to have on hand. Of course, the tape can help with wrapping the gifts, but the wine can be gifted as a hostess gift, or kept on hand for a last-minute gift idea or serve to your drop in guests.
If you've never hosted a wine and oils party, you totally should. The holidays are the perfect time to share a glass of wine with your best girls and create wonderful scents together!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.