Monday, October 20, 2014

3 ingredient Witches Brew Sangria. Plus, #BookOfLife Sweepstakes! #sp #World Market

Huge thanks goes out to World Market for sponsoring this post and discussion for #BookOfLife

I feel like sometimes I twiddle my thumbs all year waiting for Halloween. This is when the excitement kicks in for me. Be it cooking, making cocktails or simply back drops for the perfect party, I am your girl for the occasion. I wish that I could just design Halloween sets all year, but then again absence makes the heart grow finder so maybe once a year is just enough. About 99% of that excitement is being able to work with World Market to give you these amazing posts! 

  For this look I wanted to give the feel of a Witches kitchen or Mad scientists lab, or both in cahoots!  I created a table scape that would be perfect for parties and added the look of a little potion at work. With the witch and mad scientist's help, I was able to concoct a potion with a little bit of Eye of Newt, Spider Venom, Poison Apple, this and that and of course the main ingredient, brains! The potion consists of a small magic spell to ensure you have a good time. It simply keeps you in the Halloween spirit for the night.  

As I was perusing World Market, I came across the tea aisle. I was looking for some new tea to try. I'm a tea head and a bit of a snob at that. I love all kinds of tea, but the one I most adore is Matcha green tea and real Matcha has a great green color. I saw they had a "Double Matcha" which i'd never tried before and thought it shouldn't disappoint. Then I happened across these gorgeous Dia De Los Muertos designed Wine bottles that I had to have.

At the time I bought the tea and wine, I had no idea that what I had just bought would be the focal point of my post! I was all ready to do a red eyeball soup and thought, nah, let's do something more fun.  I wanted a simple alcoholic beverage that screamed Halloween and I favored green over reddish orange, as it better suited the whole theme. 

3 Ingredient Witches Brew Sangria

 Since Halloween is fast approaching, I wanted to create a simple drink that you could whip up in a flash.

To start, I steeped the  3 cups of the green tea and cooled it off . Then mixed in 1.5 cups of the sweet white wine. (I added a bit more, up to 2 cups because I wanted it to be more potent tasting, but at 1.5 it is fine too) Lastly, I added 4 tbspns of honey to make it more sweet and it turned out quite good! The Double Matcha Tea created the perfect hue of green for what I wanted. A ghoulishly green that was the epitome of the occasion.

 To top the whole look off, I added brain molded ice cubes to the mix to give it that mad scientist feel, resembling a brain preserved in formaldehyde. The black ceramic pot reminded so much of a witches brewing pot that it was perfect for holding the sangria.

Unfortunately these are the best shots I could get of the rapidly melting brain ice molds. They withered away faster than I expected, but at least you can detect the shapes to a degree. It looked pretty awesome. So when you use this idea, use an ice bucket or cooler to keep it cold!

An eerie, creepy but not too creepy, fun table scape for everyone to enjoy.

These blinged out spiders from World Market are FANTASTIC! They are a little creepy, yet really cute! And how gorgeous is that Dia De Los Muertos design on the wine bottle?!  Also,  the Name Your Poison glasses, Candelabra, candles and everything you see in front of you (sans the wall decor) is from World Market. All of it is just so pretty and high quality. They never fail at delivering the eye candy do they?

I love these ceramic skull measuring spoons. They're so cute as decorations in my kitchen. The 3 Holiday edition sodas (potions) you see here are SO good. I highly recommend you pick them up before they sell out!

This table scape and recipe is eerie, yet lots of fun, just like the movie, The Book Of Life. Which is what we are really here to celebrate and World Market is doing that by offering an AMAZING sweepstakes for several lucky people to win a host of prizes! Valued at up to $1000 and a trip to Grand Vela Rivera Maya! 

The Book of Life was recently released October 17th and it has been receiving a lot of attention!

 About The Book of Life

Based on the cultural celebration of “Dia de los Muertos” (a day of remembering the memories of lost loved ones) Starring the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Directed by Jorge Gutierrez (El Tigre, Mad TV) and produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda, Pan’s Labyrith)   

An animated movie of a Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story set during a Day of the Dead celebration: Manolo (Diego) is a young matador who wants to shed the expectations of his family to follow his dreams of being a musician and his best friend, Joaquin (Channing), is the successful pride of the town. They compete for the heart of Maria (Zoe). In order to win Maria’s heart and save her life, Manolo must face his greatest fears and follow his heart to rewrite his destiny.

I ABSOLUTELY adore Guillermo Del Toros Style and loved Pan's Labyrinth. This does not look like it will disappoint at all! It's cute enough for kids, but will appeal to adults too. 

Good Luck! 

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  1. This looks awesome - like a scene out of a magazine! Awesome job decorating and the sangria sounds wonderful.

  2. Sooo awesome!! I loves these images! My kids want to seer this movie so bad :D

  3. You did a great job decorating. My son wants to see this movie and I may take him if his dad doesn't.

  4. You did an awesome job with the decorations! Halloween is my favorite!! I haven't seen The Book of Life yet but I really want to. I hope to go see it in theaters soon! I'll make sure to enter the giveaway too. Thanks!

  5. Michelle Crooks-Rattan10/20/14, 6:09 PM

    What an awesome post. I have never tried Matcha green tea i bet it is good.

  6. You did a great job! I don't decorate for Halloween but I admire those who does, just like you did here.

  7. This looks really good! I can't wait to see the movie The book of life!

  8. I'm all for a good Sangria! But the real question is why have I never thought about World Market for Halloween decorations & necessities?! I wonder if the one near me will still have a good selection left to check out.

    1. I'm sure they still have a lot left and you HAVE to try out the specialty holiday drinks and spirits! Plus, their clearance after Halloween is over is worth it too!

  9. That's actually a cool idea but sadly I'm not of legal age to drink. I've also never seen or heard of the movie "The Book of Life". I feel as if I live under a rock haha.

  10. This sounds really good. I love your Halloween decoration set up! It looks like it should be featured in a magazine!

  11. I am all over this. It's perfect for a girls night in :)

  12. I'll take some now please. I could use a tasty alcoholic beverage right now.

  13. What a great drink for an adult Halloween party. Thanks for sharing.

  14. This sounds so good. There are days when I could definitely use a few of these.

  15. What a fun recipe for Halloween! After all, the adults need to have some fun too!

  16. How fun, we love Cost Plus World Market, thy have some of the coolest cultural finds, a perfect fit for this film! The Book of Life is on our must watch list!

  17. This would be so fun to bring to a party! I know my friends and I would love it!

  18. Oh that sangria sounds yummy and I can't wait to see that movie! Thanks for the fun recipe!

  19. After seeing that The Book of Life is getting such wonderful reviews, we're headed to see it this weekend!

  20. That sounds like a great adult Halloween beverage. I wouldn't mind having some of that Witches Brew myself.

  21. I love your layout! It seriously looks just like a shot from a magazine all set up for a Halloween party! I bet you are going to be very popular for Halloween this year with that sangria.

  22. I could go for some of that brew right about now! I have never been to a halloween party, yours looks like you go all out and it will be a lot of fun.

  23. Those are scary decorations! I have never had sangria before, is it sweet tasting.

  24. Now that is cool! I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'll be right over for that sangria!

  25. This looks like a super spooky drink! I love your whole decor set up too!

  26. I could totally go for some Sangria. That looks fabulous!