With just four days left until Christmas Eve there is still so much to get done! With a few short cuts we can help you achieve a flawless holiday celebration so you can relax a little during the next few days!
Still looking for a few gifts for neighbors, acquaintances, or for a party hostess? Look no further then your own pantry. Assemble a few hot chocolate mixes in colorful mugs and add candy canes and marshmallows. Or for something new, try a cupcake mug where an instant cupcake can be microwave right in the jar! Tie the mugs with a festive bow. If you have been collecting cookies baked by friends or yourself start to arrange them on small holiday platters (inexpensive platters are easily found at craft stores) wrap in cellophane with a bow. This way if you are running out to see someone you have a sweet offering.
Children’s artwork makes great gifts for grandparents and relatives. Frame masterpieces or trace and decorate handprints. Or, make bookmarks by laminating the art in bookmark sizes.
Quick and Easy Holiday Food
For last minute touches on a meal at home, or to bring to a party think of season favorites that don’t need a fuss. Keep appetizers easy and elegant. Classic cheeses like Brie and Roquefort served with grapes and crackers, a simple shrimp cocktail or spiced nuts, are always a crowd favorite. Side dishes don’t have to be overly complicated, if possible make sides a day ahead. Add apples to store bought stuffing, add spiced granola to potatoes, or, roast sweet potatoes with maple syrup for easy holiday additions. Ham is a standard for Christmas feasts. Make it easy by glazing a pre-made ham for a personal touch. For dessert try simple quick fudge or a no-bake cheesecake.
Have a fun, delicious, relaxing, and happy holiday! ~ The Serendipity Team