Imagine this, it's December 21st and you're feeling sort of Scroogey, not having bothered to put up your tree this year and having done all of your gift shopping online, you're finding it difficult to get in the holiday mood. Then, just when you've come to terms with your role as the office grinch, something inside you sparks and BAM! you're hit by the Christmas spirit like a sack of chimney bricks. Before you cry and pout, know that it's never too late to get into the spirit of the holiday, okay, so if it hits you on December 26th you might have a problem, but with these last-minute ideas you'll be rocking around the Christmas tree just in time for, well, Christmas.
These Cinnamon Fruit Kebabs are the procrastinator's savior—they're quick, they're easy and they include fresh fruit which can't be bought too far in advance. Parfait! These simple skewers double as décor, especially if you choose seasonal fruit like oranges and apples, and will give the illusion that you spent days planning your party even if you only had hours. For more Christmas Hors d'Oeuvres follow the link!
Probably the most time consuming part of the holidays aside from making lists and checking them twice, is the baking. Even the most tried and tested recipes don't factor the time it takes to pick up all of your ingredients from the store, chill your pie dough, marinate your meat, and meanwhile a pile of unwrapped gifts lurks beneath a half-decked tree! Before your hair turns a lovely shade of Kris Kringle white, feast your eyes on this No-Bake Pecan Chocolate Cream Pie, and rejoice in it's simplicity. Even if you have the time to spare, this pie will free up some precious oven space for whatever other yummy treats you have planned for the big day.
Remember those unwrapped gifts I mentioned only moments ago? Well, here's a neat idea from Lauren DeBellis for clothing those naked gifts. Lauren's step-by-step Stamped Gift Wrap tutorial is easy enough for kids to get into, not to mention you probably already have the supplies stashed somewhere—most likely with the rest of your unfinished projects and crafts. DIY gift wrap is a great way to add personal flare to gifts and save a few shillings in the process.
When it comes to all things party planning and all things fabulous, look no further than Celebrations' own expert Shawn Rabideau. Shawn takes all the stress out of Christmas party planning, leaving plenty of room for your zany relatives and other unexpected guests. Check out this guide for Easy & Expensive Last-Minute Holiday Tips and put your frazzled mind at ease!