Cocktail Hour: Pumpkin Shandy

A Feteful Life: Cocktail Hour - Pumpkin ShandyThis cocktail – it’s fall in a glass and it’s wonderful! I did a fairly classic version of the shandy this summer but this one might be my favorite variation. I’m a huge fan of pumpkin but generally not in the drink form with the exception of pumpkin beer. It’s not overly pumpkiny but it has a nice addition of spices that I love. Combining it with some lemon juice and sparkling apple cider just enhanced everything I love about it. Happy Fall!

Pumpkin Shandy (adapted from Brit+Co)


1 bottle of pumpkin beer
Sparkling apple cider
cinnamon stick
half a lemon juiced
slice of lemon for garnish


Add a cinnamon stick to your glass (I used a pint glass but you could any glass that holds a beer). Pour between 1/2 and 3/4 of your beer into the glass, add the juice of half a lemon, and top off with the sparkling cider (be careful because the cider can easily foam over the glass). Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy! A Feteful Life: Cocktail Hour - Pumpkin Shandy




DIY Lacquered Pumpkin Place Cards

DIY Lacquered Pumpkin

It’s just about a week until Thanksgiving! Are you ready for the big feast? I’m in full prep mode since I’m hosting my family this year. Luckily everyone is bringing a side so I only really need to focus on the turkey and stuffing. Phew. But before we get to the eating part of the holiday we need to make things look pretty, right?

Place cards are always a nice way to add something a little extra to the tablescape. I’ve seeing this technique of creating a lacquered look with clear gloss spray paint and I decided to give it a try this year on mini pumpkins. I love how they turned out and now I may be “lacquering” everything.

Thanksgiving Supplies

1. Clear gloss spray paint  2. Spray paint – Any color, any finish. The clear gloss is what creates the shiny lacquered look  3. Mini pumpkin – Any color would work but make sure they have stems  4. Bakers twine  5. Metallic pens. 6. Mini key labels

The steps are pretty simple but being patient is key. You need to do several light coats of spray paint rather than trying to get it all done in one shot. If you spray too much at a time the paint will drip and you don’t want a drippy pumpkin. Luckily the paint dries pretty quickly so you only need to wait 10 – 20 minutes between each coat.

Step 1

To start, set up somewhere outside or well ventilated and then lay something down on the ground to catch any of the excess paint from the spray paint. I set the pumpkins up on old grocery bags but newspaper or magazines would work as well.

Step 2

Like I said above, do several thin coats to get the desired coverage. This is after coat three and it’s just about perfect. I did one more just to be sure.

Step 3

Finally, spray one to two coats of the clear gloss. The plum paint I used was gloss and you may think about skipping the clear gloss coat but please don’t. Think of it like a top coat over your nail polish. It adds more depth and a more finished look.

I let the pumpkin dry for 24 hours before I brought them inside and they still had a bit of the spray paint smell so it may be good to let them air out for 24-48 hours before you plan to use them at the table. After they are ready to go, just write your guests’ names on the key labels and string them to the pumpkin stems with twine. Voila, homemade lacquered pumpkins.

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