At RPS, we’re all about celebrating everything – so it should come as no surprise that we enjoy getting into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. Whether it’s hosting a party, making an awesome Irish meal or just grabbing a pint of green beer, there’s plenty of great ways to celebrate. As luck would have it, we’ve had our eyes on a few items inspired by the season. Check out our round up below, and have an awesome St. Patrick’s Day! 1) A little luck can go a long way! This letterpress card from 1Canoe2 features a beaaaaauuutiful hand-drawn illustration of a horseshoe and 4-leaf clovers, perfect for sending good vibes and well wishes! 2) Go for the gold with this good luck card from Rifle Paper Co. Card features a large four-leafed clover printed swoon-worthy gold metallic foil. 3) I can’t quite get on board with a St. Patrick’s Day celebration without a ‘lil booze. This adorable “Good O’ Whiskey Drink” is a perfect small glass for mixing it up. 4) Hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party? Customizable invitations from Boatman Geller are the perfect way to spread the word. Take it to another level with matching plates and platters! Did someone just say hostess with the most-est? 5) Speaking of parties… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a party ain’t a party without stripey straws. Grab a set in green and white to get your party started! (Green straws are available in a chevron pattern as well!) 6) Another perfect party item, the Coton Colors Leprechaun Hat attachment is an easy way to decorate your table for holiday fun! Choose a platter size (I’m partial to the tan and white dot pattern myself) and collect attachments to swap in and out for any number of holidays and occasions. 7) Speaking of table settings, the green dot pattern from Coton Colors is a great way to tie in your festive food table – including cute napkins and a small spreader for dip.
Today is a holiday I can get behind; it's National Hot Cocoa Day! As the temperatures in Michigan climb to a balmy 15 degrees, I can only hope that people are cuddled up on their comfy couches in front of a fire and either Home Alone, Love Actually, Serendipity, or The Holiday on TV as they sip the most amazing hot cocoa. Today, and all days, for that matter, my hot cocoa has a bit of peppermint schnapps, tons of whipped cream (homemade of course) and a fun peppermint crunch garnish of some sort. [caption id="attachment_462" align="aligncenter" width="344"] This jolly mug is the perfect size for your Candy Crunch or Double Chocolate Hammonds cocoa AND whipped cream or marshmallows![/caption] As you decide which cup of cocoa you're going to create, we'll leave you with a few fun facts!
- There IS a difference between Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate! Hot chocolate is made directly from bar chocolate, which already contains cocoa, sugar and cocoa butter. Hot cocoa is made from powder made by extracting most of the rich cocoa butter from the ground cacao beans.
- Aztec Emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot cocoa, dyed red and flavored with chili peppers, every day. How's that for a diet?
- Hot Cocoa was known in the 15th century as "the inflamer of passions." Whoo woooo!
- January 31st is National Hot Chocolate Day. You can celebrate both, even though we're on "Team Hot Cocoa."
- In France, Hot Cocoa was used to cure fits of anger & bad moods. I'll report back and let you know if it works in 2013 in Michigan.
- Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa was first served by airlines in 1955.
- Hot Cocoa has fewer calories than Hot Chocolate.