- Frosted cupcakes decorated with red and green frosting can put everyone in the Christmas spirit just as much as the most elaborate dessert with expensive ingredients.
- Arrange a platter of your usual raw veggies into the shape of a Christmas tree with the broccoli forming the tree, round slices of carrots and cherry tomatoes as the ornaments and cauliflower snow around the base.
- Keep bowls of peppermint candy and candy canes around instead of chocolates and caramels that are more expensive.
- To give your regular cheesecake recipe a holiday flair, add 1/2 tsp. of peppermint flavoring and 2-3 drops of red food coloring.
- If you want to have a Christmas party it doesn’t have to be a fancy sit down dinner. Just pop large bowls of popcorn and set them along the table with a few other easy snacks, maybe a couple of plates of cookies. Have large pots of steaming hot cocoa with candy canes for stir sticks and of course marshmallows and whipped cream to top them. Most people seem to have just as much fun at these types of relaxed and informal parties as they do the more elaborate ones.
- When you are out doing your day after Christmas shopping, don’t forget to pick up things like red and green candies, napkins, paper plates and tablecloths to use on Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Days.
- For a table centerpiece, make or buy some donut holes. Stack the donut holes in the shape of a Christmas tree (a cone shape), use thicker chocolate frosting to “glue” the holes together. Thin the frosting out with milk or water to make a glaze and drizzle over the tree. You could also use red or green frosting and shake sprinkles or colored sugar on it.
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