The month flew by and you didn’t have time to plan the holiday celebrations? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here you’ll find some beautiful decoration ideas for the big day along with some quick recipes that are super delicious. Everything very easy to make and that won’t cost you too much time! Check them out!

The holidays are a way to get away from the pain of the year, creating something people can laugh at. That's a gift. -Josh Gordon

Candy Cane Centerpiece

Doesn't it look perfect for the holidays?
Doesn’t it look perfect for the holidays? Source: Living Well Spending Less 

Let’s start this list with one of the most important holiday decorations: the centerpiece! The decor sits between all our loved ones during the big day’s meal, so it deserves the proper attention.

This beautiful vase above is by Living Well Spending Less, and it’s super easy and quick to put together. There are two ways you can make it:

  1. You can hot glue candy canes on the outside of an empty aluminum can, or
  2. Use double-sided tape to secure the candy canes on a clear glass vase.

Add a big ribbon and the vase is ready to accommodate beautiful flowers and decorate the table!

Holiday Mantel

Simple, but elegant!
Simple, but elegant! Source: Style Blueprint

No time to make a banner or a beautiful garland? Then take inspiration from Style Blueprint and simply hang cedar roping to serve as a garland! The idea is simple, but it overflows with elegance! To make it more festive, add a vase with red flowers on the mantel and the decor is done.

This idea is perfect for those who don’t have the time to decorate!

Holiday Cheer

Ornaments everywhere!
Ornaments everywhere! Source: Traditional Home

A quick and easy way to add holiday cheer to your home is by spreading ornaments around the house. It can be on the back of a chair, on knobs, or even on plants, just like in the picture above by Traditional Home. Adding ornaments to vases or to the base of potted plants is a super easy way of making any space much more festive!

Winter Wonderland

The effect is super simple to create!
The effect is super simple to create! Source: Lina Ostling

A simple way of adding that winter wonderland-y feeling to a space is by filling glass jars with white sand or salt and adding miniature trees. The decoration looks super beautiful, and it doesn’t require much effort. You can use these glasses to decorate the:

  • Dinner table
  • Mantel
  • Coffee table
  • Bookshelves
  • Open cupboards
  • Etc.

Christmas Tree Alternative

Create your own Christmas tree with a vase!
Create your own Christmas tree with a vase! Source: homeyou

Forgot to put up the Christmas tree and now there’s no time? Don’t give up just yet: you can make your own DIY Christmas tree! In this fun idea pictured above, evergreen clippings fill a vase while playful ornaments complement the look, transforming the space. Put the holiday gifts beside it and you have your own holiday tree!

Christmas Tree Cheese Platter

Doesn't it look awesome?
Doesn’t it look awesome? Source: Kraft Canada

Now, let’s start talking about last-minute Christmas recipes! One of the best appetizers out there is the cheese platter, since it’s super easy to put together and it’s a total crowd-pleaser. Make it festive by alternating red, green, and yellow ingredients, while creating a triangular shape resembling a tree.

You can add things like:

  • Grapes
  • Olives
  • Crackers
  • Biscuits
  • Various types of cheeses
  • Herbs
  • Chopped fruits
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Etc.

Turkey Pinwheels

Easy and quick appetizers!
Easy and quick appetizers! Source: Parents 

They look fancy and taste delicious, but the recipe is actually super quick to put together! These pinwheels combine cream cheese, lettuce, smoked turkey, cucumber, and tomatoes, but they only take just a few minutes to prepare, making them perfect for a last-minute Christmas appetizer.

Check out the full instructions here!

Garlic Herb-Roasted Shrimp

Fancy, but super easy to make
Fancy, but super easy to make! Source: Joyful Healthy Eats

Want something fancier to serve your guests on this year’s holiday party? Then check out this wonderful recipe of garlic herb roasted shrimp served with a delicious homemade cocktail sauce by Joyful Healthy Eats. Believe it or not, the dish only takes 15 minutes to be ready, and that’s already counting cook time!

Black Forest Christmas Fool

This dessert will impress the guests
This dessert will impress the guests! Source: BBC Good Food

This delicious Black Forest Christmas fool by BBC Good Food is the perfect recipe for a quick dessert that still tastes amazingly. Taking only 10 minutes to prepare, the impressive treat combines crumbling cake, cherries and vanilla cream, topped with chopped chocolate and a drizzle of kirsch. Doesn’t it sound amazing?!

Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria

Delicious and very quick to prepare!
Delicious and very quick to prepare! Source: Flavour and Savour

No party is complete without some tasty cocktails, right? This cranberry apple cider sangria by Flavour and Savour is perfect as a last-minute Christmas cocktail option! The drink is a total crowd-pleaser, combining red wine, apple cider, cranberry juice, and chopped fruits into a super delicious and refreshing cocktail.

And the best part:

The drink only takes 5 minutes to make, and the base can be made ahead of time! When you’re ready to serve, you’ll only need to add the sparkling water. Easy, quick, and delicious!

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