Gotta love the holiday cooking shows where the size two hostess is daintily putting the finishing touches on her holiday cookies in her subway tiled, perfectly decorated festive kitchen filled with hordes of cards hanging from bows on the mantle. So what if yours are Scotch taped to the mantle and are a little sparse this year, begging the question “Are people saving money or do they just not like you anymore?” Paranoid? I digress. (BTW, I’m doing virtual cards this year so yes, I still like you, and yes, I still want your snail mail one.) Point is, your house may not have the ambience of the cooking shows, but you can still pull off some amazing treats (and feats!) in your own style. Why not throw an impromptu soiree while you’re at it? Might as well make the most of two weeks off of school, right? Impromptu ones are the best because everything is unexpected. Which really translates into a green light to be messy because after all, you just threw it together at the last minute and gosh, who has time to vacuum?
Get your Christmas on this year by doing just that. Pick a random night and invite some friends over with their kids. Take out some board games for them and some red wine for you. Throw on a little Christmas music and have everyone bring an appetizer. That way you can call it a Tapas party which sounds cool. As for you, try experimenting with new things you’ve never made before. Or better yet, cheat and doctor up stuff that’s pre-made. Here are a few of those pre-made items that seem to work for me:
*Remember* You can always make a crappy cake look like a million bucks with powdered sugar. Just sprinkle it on anything that looks bad and presto, it’s intentional! Peppermint sticks, chocolate kisses and fresh berries also do wonders.