But then, no matter what you are celebrating, the party you throw should be memorable and manageable. It’s your party, so plan as you please. And since you are in a pinch for time, here are few ideas that can be surprisingly easy to stage.
To pull off an easy and enjoyable celebration, you should opt for simplicity instead of intricacy when it comes to menu and décor planning, and stick with classic dishes that you know will appeal to your guests.
Last minute décor ideas
Mason jar candleholders: You have any holiday bracelets hiding in your stash? Take them out to wrap around Mason jar rims for candleholders. You will have the cutest candleholders eve. Fill each with water, then top with tea lights.
Go for miniature trees: Miniature trees, vintage or new, add magic to a room. Use pipe brushes, dipping them in different shades of green
then poking them into a base, such as plastic foam, which will not only be easy but also doubles as snow!
Transform your furniture with a simple twist: If you feel your old furniture can take away the entire look of the party, try tying festive ribbon to the backs of chairs or adding Christmas themed ornaments to your book case. These simple ways add an extra touch of holiday cheer to your home.
You can never go wrong with flowers: Whether they are for a party or a family meal, fresh flowers should always be purchased two days in advance. Blooms have time to open up, and they’ll still be lush and fragrant. And nothing can beat the look of flowers.
Gold rimmed goblets: So you use those gold-rimmed goblets only once a year? Go ahead and set the table. Make it even easier on the big day by putting a sticky note on each platter that states what dish you plan to serve on it.
Cupcake liners: Baking isn’t the only thing cupcake liners are good for. Round up your favorite patterns and colours, fold each in half, then staple together for a garland that looks the prettiest.
Last minute DIY gifting ideas
Kindle or passport cover: All you need for this easy Kindle or passport cover DIY is a folding case, some adhesive paper, and scissors.
Wrapped Mini Tree: A glittery wrapped mini tree would make the perfect hostess gift.
Washi votive candles: Line small tea light candles with adorable washi tape to make these colorful votives and put them into a nice box. It takes less than 10 minutes.
Sharpie-painted Pencils: Draw colourful and creative designs on pencils with sharpies. The ink dries quickly and leaves lasting results! Kids will love this.
Warm candles: All you need is a sweatshirt that you don’t need, scissors and a bit of string. Cover your candles with these woolens and you have beautiful candles to gift.
Last minute food ideas
Christmas tree cupcakes: These festive Christmas tree cupcakes serve a similar function as part dessert, part decoration for your holiday table. Moist chocolate cupcakes become the base of spruced up sugar cones adorned with bright green frosting and edible silver sprinkle ornaments and, a light dusting of powdered sugar snow.
Gingerbread syrup: This simple syrup makes a lovely homemade gift and adds a festive flavour to drinks and desserts – stir into hot chocolate, warm apple juice or Prosecco, or drizzle over ice cream.
Cheese Balls: As impersonal as it is to buy store-bought, they taste almost as homemade, and are available from most local grocers.
Shortbread: Things that are labeled “shortbread” are generally made with real butter, so will taste almost as good as if you were to have made it yourself.
Cheat’s christmas pudding: Get a easy to make pudding packet from a neighbourhood bakery. The night before you wish to serve the pudding, remove the lid from the pudding and pour over four tablespoons of the rum or brandy. Replace the lid and set aside overnight. The next day, cook according to packet directions. Place custard, cream and remaining rum or brandy in a bowl and stir to combine. Serve the pudding drizzled with the custard.
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