19 Fast Holiday Ideas

Throwing a holiday get-together is a breeze with these 19 recipes and decorating tip. Just don't forget that holiday cheer!
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Throwing a holiday get-together is a breeze with these 19 recipes and decorating tip. Just don't forget that holiday cheer!

Edible Igloo

Can you guess what's underneath this igloo's Cool Whip coating?

Edible Igloo

Edible Igloo

Snowball Garland

Create your own snow-like decor! Thread cotton balls on clear plastic twine, spacing them a few inches apart and securing each with a knot on either side as you string.

Snowball Garland

Designer Dishes

Add festive flare to classic dishes. Cut wrapping paper to fit a serving tray or cake stand and secure to the inside of the dish with double-sided tape.

Designer Dishes

Monogram Cookies

Hard candies create a stain-glass window effect for these beautifully personalized sugar cookies.

Monogram Cookies

Monogram Cookies

Cookie Packet Gifts

Write "to" and "from" gift tag messages on strips of ribbon and glue to the corner of paper CD sleeves. Decorate ribbons with snowflakes or other holiday-themed paper cutouts. Tuck patterned tissue paper and a cookie inside each sleeve.

Cookie packet

Cheese Pinecones

Creamy Boursin cheese mixed with earthy rosemary and studded with sweet candied pecans turns the traditional cheese ball into a crowd-pleasing holiday appetizer.

Cheese Pinecones

Cheese Pinecones

Flatware with Flare

Paint handles of disposable cutlery one color. After drying, create a pattern with painter's tape and paint again with a metallic color. Let dry, then remove tape.

Flatware with Flare

Merry Berry Lightbulbs

You may not want to wrap these delicious lights around your tree, but you'll definitely want to admire them.

Merry Berry Lightbulbs

Merry Berry Lightbulbs

Tannenbaum Toast

Wake your family up with this artistically delicious take on French toast.

Tannenbaum Toast

Tannenbaum Toast

Stamped Wrapping Paper

Stamp a roll of kraft paper with a holiday pattern using a standard stamp and ink pad. Create fun patterns and layers as you stamp. Allow to dry, reroll and use as holiday gift wrap.

Stamped Wrapping Paper

Soap on a Rope

In a small pan over low heat, melt bars of glycerin soap. One melted, pour a thin layer -- about 1/2 inch -- into a parchment-lined baking pan and let cool for 2 hours. Use a metal cookie cutter to cut into holiday shapes. Poke a hole through the top with a needle, and thread soap with string.

Holiday Soap on a Rope

Tricolor Trio

Here are three different holiday-colored crostini to try this season.

Tricolor Trio

Tricolor Trio

Feather Wreath

Wrap a feather boa twice around a 12-inch metal wreath frame. Every 3 to 4 inches, secure the boa with floral wire. Accessorize with ornaments or fun faux birds.

Feather Wreath

Tin Can Votives

Paint the inside of tin cans in holiday colors. Let dry, then stencil a dotted design on the outside in marker. Lay can on its side, placing a stack of heavy books at both ends to keep it steady. Hammer a nail through dots to make holes. Add a lit candle to let light glow through.

Tin Can Votives

Santa Hat Glass

Thread string through a jumbo white pom-pom or cotton ball and tie it around a martini glass stem. Rub a lemon wedge around the rim, then dip rim in sugar.

Santa Hat Glass

Tipsy Santa Cocktail

A red grenadine hue is just what this cocktail needs to look like a true Santa hat.

Tipsy Santa Cocktail

Tipsy Santa Cocktail

Snowy Scene

Sneak in some green veggies this holiday season with this adorable evergreen tray.

Snowy Scene

Snowy Scene

Cupcake Menorah

Celebrate each day of Hanukkah in the most delicious way possible!

Cupcake Menorah

Cupcake Menorah

Sweet Surprise Cake

Slice into this red velvet loaf for a festive pound cake surprise!

Sweet Surprise Cake

Sweet Surprise Cake

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