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No Bake Snowstorm Cheesecakes + Free Printable

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The Christmas season kind of feels like a giant snowglobe to me. I’m buzzing around trying to get everything done and just when things start to settle, something else comes along and shakes things up again…and I wouldn’t want it any other way! I do have some tried and true entertaining tips that keep me sane as we celebrate the holiday season with friends and family. Read on for a few of my best ideas and party tips for decorating and putting together a fabulous buffet and dessert table that doesn’t break the budget!

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First, take time to plan. Impromptu gatherings can be satisfying, but a fabulous party takes forethought. Think through menu options, serving ideas, decorations and activities before you take off on a Walmart run. I know that Walmart has just about anything you could need for creating a party—I’m on a first name basis with our local Walmart greeters—but you don’t need to buy out the store to design a terrific party!

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Shopping at Walmart for Holiday Baking

Time is a precious commodity, and especially during the holidays, I tend to repeat a roster of my most popular party foods. Fabulous food is a party must-have in my book. I don’t take chances on off-brands ruining favorite dishes and I’m loyal to Kraft products because of their consistent quality. Our Walmart has a convenient hub of Kraft products and it’s a first stop on my shopping list. Of course I offer sweets—that’s part of the Christmas tradition—but I also make it a point to include better-for-you options. Too much sugar taxes the immune system and who wants to be sick during the holidays?

Seasonal decorations add to a celebration but shop your own collection first and only buy what is necessary. Guests need to be able to move about freely so focus the seasonal embellishments in just a few areas: the front door, the food buffet and a couple of small arrangements in the main room. If you have a fireplace, the mantel is another good spot for décor.

Making guests comfortable counts so decide where all those coats will be stashed and what the seating options are. Put together a selection of music that complements the party ambience you’re hoping to create.

Guests will congregate around the food buffet. Make it look holiday special by suspending snowflakes or ornaments over the table and include a few baubles between the food dishes. To serve the food, arrange a variety of pedestals, platforms and platters for visual interest and ease of access. Pre-party, arrange dishes, serving utensils and napkins. Either include beverages at the end of the buffet or set up a beverage station. Have plenty of glasses and identifying glass charms and be sure to include water in addition to the beverage choices.

With all the busyness of holidays, you might not have time to do a thorough top-to-bottom house cleaning. Don’t sweat it! Purge toys and unnecessary objects from the party area—a hasty cruise with an empty laundry basket works in a time crunch. Do a quick surface dusting and sweep/vacuum floors. Clean the kitchen sink and counter and give the bathrooms their due. Plug in twinkle lights, turn on LED candles, and turn down the bright room lights—it looks lovely! Cinnamon, vanilla and citrus peel simmering on the stove smells divine.

Snowstorm Cheesecake Tag

I also like to send my guests home with a little remembrance of our time together. This year I’m making Snowstorm Cheesecakes in a jar. I’m including my very easy recipe and a free printable of the hangtag in case you’d like to gift your guests, too!

Bakers Coconut

Bakers White Chocolate

Jet Puffed Kraft Marshmallows

Cool Whip

No Bake Snowstorm Cheesecakes

Ingredients

Beat these first 3 ingredients until fluffy…

  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/8th cup sugar
  • 1 ounce melted white chocolate

then whip in:

  • 1 tub Cool Whip
  • 2 ounces white chocolate (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows

Method

  1. Put one layer of mini marshmallows on bottom of jar.
  2. Generously drizzle caramel.
  3. Fill halfway with cream cheese mixture.
  4. Drizzle more caramel.
  5. Add more cream cheese mixture.
  6. Top with coconut, sprinkles and other fun toppings.

Caramel Cheesecake

No Bake Caramel Cheesecake

Free Christmas Printable Tag

Cheesecake in a Jar Recipe + Free Printable

In this season of sharing, honoring and loving each other, I hope all of our gatherings are delightful! I hope you choose joy…and Kraft products…at your friendly, local Walmart!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.