The holiday season is in full force, and that has the Idea Specialists™ at luxury apartment community The Retreat at Mountain Brook in Birmingham, Alabama, ready for festivities!
Part of being party-ready means having a variety of gifts on hand, both for gracious hosts and games of Dirty Santa. You can pop down to Alabama Goods on 18th Street South in Homewood and check out all their distinctive offerings for something that reflects Alabama’s warm spirit and creative character, from a set of Bee Creek Farm creamed honeys to Alabama cotton tea towels.
Want something utterly silly for a down-and-dirty $10 and under gift exchange? How about this tin of bacon-themed bandages from the Accoutrements Store on Amazon?
When you get home from the party and want to snuggle up by the fire and sample some seasonal goodies, what better way to indulge than with Hot Chocolate Eggnog? The Idea Specialists™ found an easy recipe for it on Food.com. And they found a nice bottle of Hennessy VS on the bar cart, perfect for that little extra kick.
Don’t have a favorite non-alcoholic eggnog and aren’t up to making it from scratch this year? You can always rely on Southern Comfort, a New Orleans original. The company puts out two special seasonal products each year: Southern Comfort Egg Nog and Southern Comfort Vanilla Spice Egg Nog. Splash a little in your morning coffee for some extra yum!
Ready To Ring In 2023?
If you’re looking for a way to ring in the new year, The Magic City once again does not disappoint when it comes to outings and events. You can attend “A Viennese Celebration” and take part in the annual Alys Stephens Center tradition of toasting the end of the year with a nod to the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day performances and a glass of bubbly. Maestro Carlos Izcaray will take the podium to lead the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in a selection of Strauss family favorites and more at UAB’s Jemison Concert Hall Saturday, December 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; tickets start at $39.
Or go ahead and make reservations now to enjoy the special New Year’s Eve menu offered by Bistro Two Eighteen. The Retreat at Mountain Brook Idea Specialists™ already know they’re going to start with Charred Grilled Baby Artichoke and end with Chocolate Pomegranate Entremet—it’s all the courses in between they’re still thinking about!