The holiday home stretch has arrived, and ready or not, Christmas is almost upon us! We’re dotting those gingerbread houses with gumdrops and crossing the last bows for presents soon to be snuggled under the Christmas tree. But if you’ve been anointed as the holiday hostess this year, your work has only begun. And hosting December 25th is unlike any other holiday hosting; the fate of Christmas lies in the flavor of your turkey and the beauty of your decor. While you might be on your own with the food, L&C has got your Christmas decor covered with 4 simple DIY projects that provide a super cute and quick way to ensure the festive merriment is felt by all!
1. Hot Chocolate Bar
If done right, the hot chocolate bar might even take priority over the real bar, and that’s certainly saying something! While a bar cart would be ideal, if you don’t have one of those at the ready, clear a designated counter top. Strategically place a few decorations around the area, like this holiday print, a lamp or even a plant. Some good hot chocolate is essential to this equation, but serving it up in cute mugs like this one will have your guests impressed. Don’t forget about the accessories, like marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, Hersey chocolate, candy canes, peppermint, whipped cream, Nutella and caramel.
2. Christmas Cookie Decorating Station
If there’s one thing the people love more than hot chocolate sprinkled with peppermint, it’s some Christmas cookies crafted to perfection. For this one, I started by laying down some festive wrapping paper. I threw some quick-bake cookies in the oven and bombarded the table with chocolate, mints, holiday M&Ms, gumdrops and an assortment of candy I couldn’t even begin to guess the name of. I grabbed a permanent marker, and labeled each food accessory by writing on the wrapping paper. Your guests will adore it and it’s even easy to clean up!
3. Christmas Banner
For this one, purchase some red and green holiday craft paper. Alternate the colors and cut the paper into 14 rectangles. I recommend tracing the rectangle via ruler to ensure that all the shapes come out identical. Then, measure the width of your rectangle and mark it with a pencil dot about 2/3’s of the length down the middle of your rectangle. From that dot, cut straight to the rectangle’s edges to make it look like the picture above. Purchase some scrapbooking letters and stick them to the center of your flag-shaped rectangles. Using red clothes pins, pin your flags to string and your masterpiece is ready to hang!
4. Goodie Bags
Let’s be real, parties are always better when you walk out the door with a goodie bag. We found out the right way to make a goodie bag at a fellow blogger’s Holi-DIY party a few weeks back courtesy of Debi Lilly’s A Perfect Event. Her company sells adorable Christmas bags and even free printouts on her website. Don’t forget some cute stamps, ribbon and even cupcake wrappers. Last, bag up some of the cookies from your decorating station and you have the perfect parting gift for your guests.
Happy hosting, L&C-ers!