The jolliest time of the year is finally upon us! (Cue squeal of anticipation, or sigh of relief, or both.) To help with your last minute Christmas preparation, I’ve put together some free downloadable holiday printables for you to enjoy! One is an “Eat, Drink, & Be Merry.” decorative sign that will look great adorning your Christmas Eve buffet table tonight. I also have attached printable banner letters, A-Z, so you can create your own banner in your home with some ribbon or string, tape, and these printouts on cardstock! When I used the banner, I wrote out “JOY” and “LOVE” but feel free to write any holiday sentiment.
I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that Host the Toast’s “12 Days of Christmas” are ending the day before Christmas. This is because 1) Christmas advice won’t help you much if I post it ON Christmas, and 2) You and I are both going to be too busy giving out (and receiving, hopefully) amazing Christmas presents to even think about logging on the computer.
What you will be thinking about (besides the aforementioned amazing Christmas presents) is how your house looks like a bonafide Winter Wonderland thanks to all of the paper snowflakes you made and strung up. Don’t worry, making and hanging gorgeous paper snowflakes is easier than you might think, and to top it off it’s the cheapest way imaginable to decorate for Christmas. I’m here to walk you through getting beautiful paper snowflakes hung up before Christmas morning!
Need inspiration for your holiday party playlist? Here are 12 song suggestions from various genres for you to pick from to create your personal party playlist.
1. Eartha Kitt- Santa Baby
For 3 minutes and 28 seconds, no one will judge you for seeming a bit materialistic and very sultry when you and your guests sing along to this song. Hurry up, find the mistletoe, and get your crush’s attention while the mood is still right!
2. The Killers- I Feel it in My Bones
This new Christmas-themed single is perfect for the young adults who may make the naughty list this year.
3. Justin Bieber ft Busta Rhymes- Drummer Boy
I don’t have Bieber-fever, but this song made me laugh and had to be included. If you want to put a little bump and grind into your Christmas Carols, this song might be right for your party.
When it gets cold outside there are few things you and your guests will appreciate more than a warm, filling fondue. I got a Swissmar Lugano Fondue Set a few weeks ago, and I could not wait to use it. At the holiday party I hosted, I made a Cheddar Cheese Fondue that was inspired by the Melting Pot. But, despite the fact that I have made fondue before, I completely forgot how important it is to start the mixture on the stove so it melts smoothly. Even though the Cheddar Cheese Fondue was lumpy and uneven, you can bet that all of the dippers were still eaten up. I mean, who can resist dippers like baguette, sourdough, sausage, and broccoli smothered in gooey cheese? Who would want to?
If you still have any energy left by the time you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, you probably aren’t hosting your own celebration. Say thank you to your hosts for busting their backs to make a succulent turkey and perfectly seasoned stuffing with one of these 3 great hostess gifts!
There are many different flavors in your Thanksgiving dinner—from sweet potatoes to savory gravy, and everything in between—so a large variety of wines will complement your meal.
If cranberry sauce and other sugary side dishes and condiments will be making their way onto the dinner table, an off-dry white wine might be the pick for you. Off-dry white wines are the more sugary white wines, which will parallel the sweetness of your third plate of candied yams! For those of you who eat sweet ham on Thanksgiving, off-dry white wine would also be your ideal choice. Always remember, your wine should be sweeter than the food you’re eating. Try Heron Hill Ingle Vineyard Riesling, $14.99