Friday, December 20, 2013

DIY Holiday Cocktail Stirrers

Here is a quick and inexpensive way to add some festive holiday cheer to your cocktail party this Christmas.

What you need:
-1 Pack Wooden Skewers
-Package of Miniature Jingle Bells and Gift Bows (from Michaels for $2/package)

Instructions {Jingle Bell Stirrer}
First, dip the sharp tip end of a skewer in glue. Next, hook on one bell then dab the end of the skewer into the glue again. Finally, hook on a second bell making sure to secure the tip of the skewer inside the bell. Let dry for about 5 minutes.

Instructions {Gift Bow Stirrer}
Simply dip the sharp end of each skewer in the glue. Then secure the skewer under the staple on the back of each bow and you're done!

Add these holiday stirrers to a glass of eggnog, cranberry mojito, champagne or any other holiday cocktail. They also can be used to help your guests distinguish which glass is theirs at your party.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Dessert Table under $50

One of the best things about the holidays is the infinite amount of dessert ideas you can come up with as there are so many great colors, flavors and inspirations to get really creative. Here is a simple holiday dessert table on a budget, because we all know that during the holidays budgets can be tight.

Christmas Holly Cupcakes
Decoration for the Christmas holly was put together with candy Red Hots and leaves cut out from green sour belts.

Peppermint Popcorn
Cooked popcorn (non buttered) mixed with white chocolate candy melts and crushed peppermint. So good, I could eat a whole bowl on my own!

Santa's Thumbprint Christmas Cookies
Form one inch balls from sugar cookie batter. Then, roll each sugar cookie ball in various sprinkles. Bake as instructed and immediately after taking them out of the oven, press a Hersey Kiss in the center of each cookie. Cool at least 5 minutes before serving.

Cheesecake Santa Hat Squares
To save time, I purchased a pre-made frozen cheesecake. After thawing the cheesecake for about an hour, cut out 2" squares. Using a Ziplock bag, pipe a dollop of cool whip on top of each square. Next, press a de-stemmed strawberry (tip up) into the dollop of Cool Whip. Finally, top each strawberry tip with Cool Whip.

Chocolate Dipped Oreos and Pretzels
 Dip Oreos and pretzel rods (easily found at any grocery store) into melted white, green and/or red colored chocolate candy melts. Roll or sprinkle each Oreo or pretzel rod into various holiday sprinkles (Michaels has a great 6 pack holiday sprinkle mix for $3 using a coupon). 

Eggnog Shooters
Rim each glass with crushed peppermints before pouring in eggnog. Keep chilled in fridge till serving.

You can find this great holiday striped vinyl tablecloth at Walmart for only $4! 

Here is a link to a previous blog post on creating this holiday pendant banner using Christmas wrapping paper to add a backdrop to your dessert table. VIEW HERE

Monday, December 9, 2013

Gift Wrapping Paper Christmas Banner

Everyone has a roll or two or ten of holiday gift wrapping paper stored somewhere in their home. Here a great way to utilize those rolls of holiday gift wrapping paper to decorate your home or party during the holidays without spending a penny! 

To create this pendant banner, I used about 1/2 yard each of two different patterned wrapping paper. Cut out 4 rectangular pendants (5.5 inches wide and 16 inches long) of each pattern. Using wrapping paper with grid lines helps tremendously!

Next, fold each pendant over in half then unfold it. Lay out a piece of 6 foot long twine (you can also use yarn or string) on the fold and secure it with a piece of tape. Fold over the pendant and secure it firmly to each other with double sided tape. I would not suggest using glue as wrapping paper is very thin and can create unwanted bubbles. 

Space the pendants about an inch apart.  You can either keep the pendants as is as rectangles or you can cut out the pendants into ribbons. 

If you would like to add lettering to the banner, here is a link to a template to add HO HO HO cut outs CLICK HERE.

The great thing about gift wrapping paper is the various patterns and colors it comes in. You can create various banners for any occasion: birthdays, Valentine's day, Halloween, etc.