10 fab + quick holiday ideas!

The holiday break has officially begun!  Stores are packed with shoppers, homes are filled with kids out of school, and men everywhere are scrambling to grab that last minute gift for their honey, ha ha.  I loved sleeping in today with no panic of getting somewhere by 7:30am – what a luxury!  Our tree is twinkling and the kids are curled up on the sofa watching Frosty the Snowman after a nice relaxing breakfast prepared by husband.  Life is good.  Love this Christmas scene via.


I know some of us are planning to entertain for the holidays and some are traveling to visit loved ones.  That being said, I’ve put together a list of SUPER easy projects you can do before company arrives (final touches for your home if you’re last minute like me) as well as a few fun kiddo entertaining ideas you can bring along to grandma’s or have at home for your younger guests!  Here we go…


1.  Rosemary napkin rings for your Christmas dinner.  Super easy and elegant.  Here.

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2.  Another cozy simmering recipe.  What a wonderful way to fill your home with the smell of Christmas.  Here.  

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3.  A super QUICK way to make a wreath at home.  They promise it only takes 10 minutes ; )  Love the idea of using a frame!  Here.

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4.  Spray paint your Christmas lights.  And gold is the answer for instant glam!  Great transition for a New Year’s Eve soiree…or my concept of keeping up the white lights all winter.   Here.

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5.  A chewy gingerbread cookie recipe that looks absolutely amazing.  Mmmm mmm!  It even has a printable recipe card so you can keep it handy.  Here.

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6.  Make your own Christmas crackers.  Great idea for New Year’s Eve dinner too.  Looks pretty darn easy!  Here.  I like the idea of making your own because the trinkets inside the ones I see at the store are always a let down.  How fun it would be to customize your party favors for each of your guests!

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7.  Easy DIY snowflakes with your kids.  Here.  All you need are coffee filters and scissors.  I’m definitely trying this one with the kids…although no one could ever make them as good as Buddy the Elf does – one of my favorite Christmas movies ever.  We’re watching that one tonight!   ; )    

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8.  Christmas mad libs.  For the young at heart.  Genius.  Here.  I can’t wait to print this out and let our nine-year-old go to town.  He loves jokes, carries around this three inch joke book, and reads it to us all the time.  He’ll love these mad libs, which has different Christmas themes.

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9.  Table set-up for the kids and siblings and/or cousins.  More pics here.  Brown packaging paper that comes on a roll is my answer to all kid entertaining.  A brown paper runner can double as a clever hors d’oeuvres station for adults too – you can label each item on the paper next to the dish.  

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10.  Brown paper packages tied up with string.  So simple and lovely.  This is always my go-to for wrapping.


Here are some I made this week for my ballet students.  I took brown paper bags and cut the tops shorter, folded them  down, hole punched the fold, and tied with twine (another favorite) and a little glass ornament.  The sprigs of green were from the Christmas tree scrap pile at Walmart.

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Merry Christmas to you and yours!  I’ll pop in again over the break to chat about New Year’s Eve.

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  1. Stephanie C says:

    Great ideas Seleta. Merry Christmas.

  2. Portia says:

    Love the extra inspiration. Will use the craft place settings for kids this week with the cute list written on brown paper by their plates. Thank you my precious daily read.

  3. Missi says:

    Seleta, thank you for these craft ideas. I have something to do with my son and his friend today!

  4. Such great ideas, Seleta. Thanks for this. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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