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!
Can you guess what's underneath this igloo's Cool Whip coating?
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.
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.
Hard candies create a stain-glass window effect for these beautifully personalized sugar 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.
Creamy Boursin cheese mixed with earthy rosemary and studded with sweet candied pecans turns the traditional cheese ball into a crowd-pleasing holiday appetizer.
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.
Merry Berry Lightbulbs
You may not want to wrap these delicious lights around your tree, but you'll definitely want to admire them.
Wake your family up with this artistically delicious take on French 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.
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.
Here are three different holiday-colored crostini to try this season.
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.
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.
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.
Tipsy Santa Cocktail
A red grenadine hue is just what this cocktail needs to look like a true Santa hat.
Sneak in some green veggies this holiday season with this adorable evergreen tray.
Celebrate each day of Hanukkah in the most delicious way possible!
Sweet Surprise Cake
Slice into this red velvet loaf for a festive pound cake surprise!
More Holiday Ideas
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