Holiday Jello Shots

Nothing says “party” like Jello shots, so why not prepare some sweet, festive shooters before your next holiday get-together?

These 14 recipes will show you how to make creative concoctions that use all sorts of festive ingredients like champagne, eggnog, and cranberries. How about little layered shooters that resemble a candy cane?

There are even sparkly, alcohol-free holiday jigglers so the kids can get in on the fun.

Read the full article here: 14 Festive Jelly Shots to Make Your Holidays Extra Happy

 

Brownie trees!

While cookies may be the dessert getting the most attention during the holiday season, year-round staples like brownies can get the Christmas treatment too!

This recipe offers a delightful spin on classic brownies, but it’s the clever way they’re presented that’s festive. Simply cut them into triangles and garnish with melted chocolate and sprinkles.

Voila! Christmas brownies the whole family will enjoy!

Read the full article here: Christmas Brownies

Keeping your holiday guests comfortable

If you’re expecting guests this holiday season, there are a few things you can do to make sure their stay is comfortable. Remember the nicer their sleeping quarters are, the more likely they are to stay out of your way when you’re busy with holiday prep!

First, make sure they have room for their stuff. If you have a guest room, leave empty drawer space so they don’t have to live out of their suitcase during their stay. Also make sure the bathroom is clean with adequate space for your guest’s toiletries.

Freshen up the place and get rid of any lingering odors from pets too. Even if you don’t notice it, your guests might!

Read the full article here: How to Get Your Home Ready for Holiday Guests

Cookies for everyone!

Cookies and Christmas go together like marshmallows and hot chocolate, and there’s a cookie for every taste – even gluten free and vegan options!

This list of 18 inspiring possibilities includes classic favorites like gingerbread and sugar cookies, as well as fancier sweets like lemon-lime and rosemary sables. You’re sure to find something delicious to bring to a cookie exchange or wow your holiday guests.

Read the full article here: 18 Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange

Fabulous holiday cakes

As the final component of Christmas dinner, the dessert is pretty important. You can go for classic pumpkin pie, but if you’ve got the time, consider going all out and baking an extravagant holiday cake. If time is an issue, mini cakes are delightful.

From the brown butter pear cake with rum caramel to the gingerbread layer cake, these ideas will help you make a mouthwatering dessert to remember.

Read the full article here: 15 Stunning Christmas Cakes To Make This Season

Make Christmas morning extra special with some eggnog pancakes!

Now this enticing breakfast is a mouth full!

Eggnog pancakes with maple cranberry syrup sounds like something you’d find on an Ihop menu, but you can make them easily at home.

The tart cranberries mix well with the sweet maple syrup, and the spiced eggnog pancakes are fluffy and deliciously easy to make. If you’re an eggnog fan you can’t pass this one up.

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Easy meals for guests that make you look like a gourmet chef!

Cooking a meal for company doesn’t have to be an extravagant affair, but these 20-minute recipes will have you feeling like a hostess with the most.

From Parmesan and Sausage Bolognese to Spanish Mussels and Paprika Fries, there’s something for every taste.

This list also tells you what wines pair best with the meals. Consider them for your next get-together!

Read the full article here: 5 Simple Suppers Good Enough for Guests

How to cut back on holiday clutter

Keeping a house free of clutter may seem like a never ending task, but there are many things you can do to cut down on the amount of space holiday items take up.

You can start by giving and asking for consumables this season. Receiving something you can use (or eat) cuts down on household clutter later, and you can do the same for your friends and family. Digital holiday cards avoid the question of “do I throw this away, or pack it in a box?” Plus, you can display them in a rotating digital picture frame to save space.

Live plants used for wreaths and greenery mean less decorations taking up storage space the rest of the year, and the practice of getting rid of something old whenever something new comes in will at least prevent clutter from spreading.

Read the full article here: 10 Tips for Cutting Down on Clutter This Holiday Season

When holiday stress is too much

The holidays are full of fun – joyous laughter from children playing in the snow, beautiful decorations to make the season bright, the scent of evergreen and cinnamon dancing in the air, and a bounty of wrapped presents underneath the tree.

But who put up those decorations? Who wrapped those presents? Who is putting Christmas dinner on the table? The holidays may be fun, but they’re also very stressful, especially if you’re like me and tend to take on multiple projects at once.

I’ve always liked the saying “I’ve got my hands in a lot of pies,” though I’m not sure if that’s the traditional saying or my own personal spin on it. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the decorating and the shopping and the stress of it all, you have your hands in too many pies.

When it stops being fun, it’s time to stop and take a breather. Take a moment to make a list of priorities. Is it the end of the world if dinner is missing a particular side dish that takes a lot of time and energy to make? No.

Make time for the things that really matter, like spending time with loved ones. Everything else is just the wrapping paper on the gift.

Read the full article here: When You Need to UnDecorate for Christmas

DIY ideas for a snazzy holiday party

These ideas will scratch your holiday crafting itch and your guests will love them!

Snowman coasters are a super cute way to add some playful cheer to your table, and they go great with festive place cards adorned with sprigs of evergreen. Welcome your friends and family with a home-made lighted sign. You can incorporate citrus with evergreen for a unique centerpiece, or combine cranberries and candles for a lovely display.

Read the full article here: Christmas Party DIY Crafts | Top 5 Pinterest Picks