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20 Hacks for Holiday Entertaining

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Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Entertaining During Christmas and New Year’s

I’m always trying to make things simpler, especially around the holidays. These incredible ideas for hacks make Christmas entertaining a breeze! For instance, are you planning a Christmas cookie exchange party?

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Christmas Tips, Tricks and Hacks You Will Find in this Post:

  • Check out the Aluminum Foil Cookie Swap Boxes, DIY Paper Plate Cookie Basket, Decorating Cookies with Kids, Cookie Cutter Fudge, and How to Make Chocolate Curls for Cakes and Cupcakes. Boys love hot chocolate, and it just got easier with the Frozen Whipped Cream Dollops!
  • The Rosemary Lemon Concoction, Mini Gingerbread House, and Ornament Drinks will ensure you’ve got the best Christmas party on the block.
  • In need of some new Christmas decorations? See these DIY ideas: Barn Wood Star Decor, Starburst Twig Wreath, DIY Recycled Light Pendants, Faux Mercury Glass Vases, and Bow Wreath.
  • Kids will have so much fun making and playing with the Homemade Slime for Cleaning…maybe you’ll be able to convince them to actually do some cleaning with it, too!
  • The Wrapping Paper Organizer Tutorial, $5 Ribbon Organizer, and Smart Ornament Storage Ideas will help you stay organized this holiday season. There! The entire holiday season just became easier. Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Aluminum Foil Cookie Swap Boxes Kids Party Craft Idea

1. Aluminum Foil Cookie Swap Boxes

From Aunt Peaches

Christmas cookies are always such a fun part of celebrating the holidays. I love the idea for these Christmas cookie boxes!

Using your old aluminum foil boxes and painting them fun holiday colors makes perfect boxes to hand out your Christmas cookies in, and the person you are gifting them to doesn’t even need to unpack them to put them away!

2. Frozen Whipped Cream Dollops

From Tidbits

If you’re ever in a pinch, these make-ahead whipped cream dollops are perfect for topping everything from hot cocoa, to oatmeal or pancakes!

They’re made fresh and then frozen in a plastic bag until you’re ready to use, so you always have fresh homemade whipped cream to add to your food and drinks this holiday season.

DIY Paper Plate Cookie Basket Party Craft Food Idea for Kids

3. DIY Paper Plate Cookie Basket

From It’s Always Autumn

These paper plate cookie baskets are perfect for an inexpensive and last-minute way to transport you Christmas cookies. They are super fun to make too! You can’t even tell that they’re made from a paper plate afterwards.

Cookie Cutter Fudge Kids Party Food Idea

4. Cookie Cutter Fudge :: Betty Crocker

This fudge makes the perfect gift for someone who already has everything! Find some fun cookie cutters, and make this easy fudge inside of them. Then, tie them up with some ribbons and send them over! You can never go wrong with fudge.

Kids Craft Wrapping Paper Organizer Tutorial Ideas

5. Wrapping Paper Organizer Tutorial :: 2 Little Hooligans, Inspired by Flea Market Style magazine

This wrapping paper organizer is the best way to store all of your gift-wrapping supplies this holiday season! The instructions are super thorough, making it super easy to put together, and a definite life saver! After you have made this, you won’t find yourself running around the house last minute, wondering where your scissors or tape are!

Barn Wood Star Decor Kids Party Ideas

6. Barn Wood Star Decor :: Beyond the Picket Fence

This barn wood star is a quick 15-minute craft that looks so rustic and beautiful! Use 5 screws in some old barn wood to create a star shape and tie some ribbon around them. This would make a great gift idea for your loved ones!

Starburst Twig Wreath Party Craft Idea for kids

7. Starburst Twig Wreath :: The Painted Hive

This easy wreath is almost completely free to make using found sticks, and gives you a beautiful earthy feel to your holiday décor. The center of the wreath is made from a cereal box wrapped with twine, then the sticks are attached using a hot glue gun. Your kids will love to help with the twig foraging in the woods!

Party Food Ideas for kids How to Make Chocolate Curls for Cakes and Cupcakes

8. How to Make Chocolate Curls for Cakes and Cupcakes :: Winner Dinners

Chocolate curls add an elegant touch to any baked goods, but can be pretty frustrating to get right. This tutorial helps walk you through the process so that you get beautiful chocolate curls, rather than shavings to decorating your desserts with!

$5 Ribbon Organizer Craft Idea for Kids

9. $5 Ribbon Organizer :: Spunky Junky

This ribbon organizer will ensure that your crafting time isn’t spent reorganizing your ribbon strands. It is super easy to make and add/remove ribbon spools from as they get used! A lot of ribbon organization hacks have you hang your ribbon spools from a coat hanger which results in your strands unravelling. This hack makes sure that they will stay put!

easy-dining-table-decoration-idea party Ideas for kids

10. Easy Dining Table Décor :: Interior Designing Blog

These table centerpieces are a perfect and elegant way to use spare tea lights and wine glasses without taking up too much table space for your holiday spread. Add a piece of holly or a small candle inside for an added holiday touch!

DIY Recycled Light Pendants DIY Craft ideas for kids parties

11. DIY Recycled Light Pendants :: Interior Attack

These DIY recycled light pendants are totally customizable and great to gift to friends and family. There are 4 different design tutorials here, so you can choose which one you like the most to create!

Rosemary Lemon Concoction Party Food Ideas

13. Rosemary Lemon Concoction :: One More Moore, Inspired by Williams Sonoma

Slow simmering the lemon and rosemary then adding some vanilla creates a comforting and warming drink that is perfect to enjoy on a cold winter day. This drink is healthy, and is armed with antioxidants making it the perfect cold-buster! Your house will smell absolutely amazing while it’s being made on the stovetop. I am sure that you can easily adapt this recipe for the slow cooker as well!

Kids Mini Gingerbread House Party Food Craft Ideas

14. Mini Gingerbread House :: Kelly Moore Bag

These gingerbread houses are perfect to make with kids who don’t always agree on who gets to do what! You make them using graham crackers, and the result is so adorable! Everything sits on cardboard wrapped in foil, and is decorated with some delicious royal icing and candies.

Ornament Drinks Kids Party Drink Ideas

15. Ornament Drinks :: A Subtle Revelry

What a fun way to serve holiday cocktails! Grab some plastic or glass ornaments from your local craft store, and add the cotton candy and some vodka to them! These are sure to make your holiday party extra cheery! While you’re at the craft store, grab some glass writers so people can write their names on their ornaments!

Smart Ornament Storage Ideas Kids Craft Ideas

16. Smart Ornament Storage Ideas :: From Martha Stewart, via Too Stinkin Cute

If you’re like me (or have kids), at least a few ornaments are bound to get broken each year. These ornament storage ideas will help you make sure that you don’t break any ornaments, or spend hours unwrapping your Christmas lights this year!

Kids Craft Ideas Faux Mercury Glass Vases

17. Faux Mercury Glass Vases :: The Paper Mama

These mirror vases are elegant and easy to make! Spray them down with mirror spray paint, and then dab with a water and vinegar mixture! Add some cool designs or lettering using hot glue before you paint them for some added customization, or for awesome gift ideas!

Decorating Cookies with Kids Party Food Ideas

18. Decorating Cookies with Kids :: Bake at 350

This tutorial will help you to make sure that you are enjoying the memories of making cookies with your kids, and not ripping your hair out in the process! Each tip is designed to help you have a stress free, mess free time while making sure the cookies look beautiful and the kids are happy!

Bow Wreath DIY Craft idea for Kids

19. Bow Wreath :: Design Improvised

These bow wreaths are simple to put together and look so busy and beautiful when hung up. You can easily customize the color of the bows to match the décor around the house. If you are hanging it outdoors, add a dab of hot glue to the bows before you add them to prevent them from falling off!

Homemade Slime for Cleaning Kids Party DIY Craft Idea

20. Homemade Slime for Cleaning :: Simply Living Smart

Slime has been quite the fad for teens, but who says that they get to have all of the fun? This DIY slime is fun to make, and a great way to clean up all of the nooks and crannies that can see a buildup of dirt and debris overtime. It’s perfect for car vents, keyboards, remote controls, and even cell phones!

Create a memorable holiday with these craft and keepsake craft ideas gathered by the team at Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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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.