For cocktail holiday parties where guest are mingling it's best yo keep food selections easy. These easy to make Panna Cotta jars can be made a day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator up until your party starts. Here is a simple and delicious Panna Cotta recipe for 8.

1 envelope unflavored gelatin (about 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons cold water
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup half and half
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 small 4oz Mason jars Decorated (see below) 

In a small saucepan sprinkle gelatin over water and let stand about 1 minute. Heat  mixture over low heat until gelatin is dissolved and remove pan from heat.
In a large saucepan add cream, half and half, and sugar. Bring just to a boil over medium high heat while stirring. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin mixture and vanilla. Divide cream mixture among eight 1/2-cup Mason jars  and cool to room temperature. Chill jars covered, at least 4 hours or overnight.


        Materials needed 

8 - 4 oz mason jars with lids 

8 - Fabric or Silk Green Holly leaves

16 - Small 1/4 inch red pom poms

8 - Pieces of twine, each cut to 26 inches 

8- Small dessert spoons

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Jars can be decorated either before or after refrigerating.  

Glue one Holly leaf to each Jar right below where lid screws on.

Glue 2 pom poms on bottom of each leaf.

Tie twine around jar approx  1/3 of the way up from bottom, making  2 full rotations.

Tuck the spoon in under all the twine, placing spoon against jar in an angle. Then tie and make a  knot over the spoon.

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