Christmastime is coming – neon lights will glow, stockings will dangle from the mantelpiece and the radio will crank out old and new holiday favorites. Spend this merry time with friends and family by hosting a yuletide bash that will have them rockin’ around the Christmas tree.
Part of what makes this such a wonderful time of year is the collective effort in decorating. Elaborate displays in shop windows, cul-de-sacs of luminaries and, of course, those dazzling lights all serve to enhance the magic of the season.
Make your home into a winter wonderland with cut-out snowflakes suspended in windowsills, garland-adorned banisters and handmade snow globes using glitter, distilled water and mason jars. Create a spectacle for your guests by framing doorways with decadent displays of evergreen, lights and maybe even a little mistletoe.
We all know that St. Nicholas loves his sweets, but don’t forget about the rest of us. While most folks love simple brownies, cookies and candy canes, Christmas is a special occasion to make food and treats that will truly fill your guests with cheer.
Cornflake wreathes are a tasty and easy go-to for any holiday get-together. Melt butter and marshmallows together and then stir in cornflakes, vanilla extract and green food coloring. Drop tablespoons of the mixture onto waxed paper and shape into wreaths. Add some sprinkles on top, allow time to cool and let your guests savor on their new favorite candied treats. Other fun ideas to consider include making log cabins out of pretzel rods and candies, melted white chocolate snowman bark or conversely, chocolate reindeer bark.
When it comes time to carve the roast beef, turkey or ham, you can create a little extra joy around the table with your centerpiece and napkins.
For the centerpiece, simply weave a strand of holly around a myriad of berry branches, pine cones and fragrant candles to make a beautiful display. Or, branch off with glistening apple-red ornaments atop candleholders or stacked as a pyramid in a bowl with a nest of evergreen.
Napkins aren’t just for protecting laps from fallen foods. Create a simple but elegant display by wrapping each napkin with twine and topping with a cinnamon stick and/or pine twig.
Or, go bold with the fold. Create little Christmas trees by folding your green napkins in half twice, first horizontally then vertically. Position your folded square into a diamond with the folded crease on top. Take the opposite end and fold it inward so that it’s about half an inch below the top corner. Repeat with the remaining flaps. Flip the napkin over and fold the left corner upward and across, doing the same with the other end. Flip upside down and over. Take the top fold and flip upwards into a triangle. Tuck each subsequent flap into the layer above for a neat little napkin tree!
Splendid decorations, delectable food and wonderful table displays all help to keep the festive spirit ringing and are essential ingredients for a holly jolly holiday party!