Decorating with Ornaments: Strictly Ornamental
Turn basic store-bought ornaments into festive party props.
Fill a clear ball with ground nutmeg and another with ground cinnamon, then cover the openings with cheesecloth. Use them for sprinkling into cups of eggnog.
Make Some Noise
Rattle in the New Year by dropping a few pink peppercorns, popcorn kernels or jelly beans into clear plastic ornaments.
Write guests' names on strips of paper, then remove the lids from clear ornaments and stuff the strips inside. Replace the lids and tie the ornaments to napkins with tinsel or ribbon.
Tie small ornaments with ribbon and hang them from magnetic clips to hold holiday photos, cards or shopping lists on your fridge.
Bouquet of Bulbs
Stick multicolored ornaments onto trimmed wooden skewers and arrange them like a bouquet in an opaque vase. Use tree or wreath clippings to fill in any gaps.
TIP: Before skewering, stuff the ornaments with floral foam (available at garden shops and florists) to keep them from wobbling.
Top frosted cupcakes with tiny, festive orbs. Use plastic, and be sure to remove them before digging in!