Proponents of both kinds of Christmas trees – natural or artificial – both have their good points. But you have to admit getting a natural tree is always a bit of a gamble. They’re never perfect, and if you’re unlucky, you could lose the tree before the big day is even here.
One way to make them look a little better, at least, is to wrap the trunk of the tree with green tinsel. This helps give the tree a smoother, less erratic look, and can hide color problems with the trunk as well. It’s a tip you might not need, but one to remember just in case.
Fill up Jars
One piece of decoration that has become more common in the last few years is jars filled with baubles. Pieces of candy, rocks, or even ornaments themselves. Sometimes, however, those fillers can be a bit pricey. If you need a way to save a little, stick an empty toilet paper roll into the center, then fill the jar or bottle the rest of the way up.
As long as you cover it completely, no one will be the wiser, and you'll have saved yourself a little bit of scratch. Use this tip whenever you're trying to fill a decorative jar – the toilet paper tube can even be a nifty hiding place!
Use Slow Cookers to Make Meals Easier
If you have a slow cooker in your home, make sure you use it during the holidays. For most of the recipes, all you have to do is cut the food up and throw it in with some water and spices. They almost always turn out delicious, and you can get plenty more done while they're cooking.
You can make soups or stews, hot cocoa or mulled apple cider, and lots more. Make cleanup just as easy by lining the interior of the slow cooker with plastic wrap, so all you have to do is take the plastic wrap out and throw it away.
To the Party!
You want to make sure all of your party guests arrive at your house, right? Right. So, when you're sending them directions, be it via the post office, email, or social media, include a picture of your house if they've never visited.
It's best if the picture is recent and even better if it's set in the same season, such as having snow on the ground. If it's dark out – and it gets dark out early during the holidays for most people – building numbers can be tough to see. A picture makes it easy for guests to know which house or building they're supposed to arrive at.
Create Whipped Cream Shapes
A healthy dose of whipped cream on top of a mug of hot beverage is a treat like no other. Or is it? Use cookie cutters or other molds to keep the whipped cream in a shape as it freezes, so you can bring them out and surprise guests.
Stars, Christmas trees, angels, and lots more are perfect choices. The best way to do this is to create a large pan of whipped cream, then cut them into the desired shapes. Even better, you can take the chance to fold in chocolate chips, peppermint pieces, or other bits that you think would make the whipped cream even better.