Last Minute Christmas

It’s a week(ish) till Christmas and all of a sudden your not so nearest but certainly dearest announced they’d like to come to town and you should totally have a party! And even though you’re grumbling into your flavored popcorn tin about the imposition you’re a little excited because with everyone spread out across the land following their dreams and blah blah blah you NEVER get to have parties anymore! The problem – you never got around to decorating and you’re broke…

Step 1: Twinkle lights. These are cheap (dollar store here we come!) and scream festive frat party. The dollar store is a great place to get decorations because you probably don’t have anywhere to store them and will chuck them after the party.

Step 2: BYOB+D+F that is bring your own booze and decorations and food. Asking people to bring a few snowflakes they cut out or a side dish takes a lot off of your plate and a little competition can be fun. (Local friends can bring their decorations over early and then you can just “happen” to be in the middle of baking and they have to help. Have martinis – it greases the wheels of this friendly deception).

Step 3. Make sure the food is festive. Having a classy sit down is great and all but a ham steak with a stack of pineapple slices shaped like a Christmas tree on top will add instant decor with things you already were serving. Food can be decorated with food coloring, garnishes, or spices to make them festive. Adding pumpkin spice to egg nog is a fun enhancement and it gives guests something to talk about.

Step 4. Search the house. Have green sheets? Now you have a green table cloth. Have a million candle holders? Good, for some reason small fires are very Christmas (did the wise-men bring Frankincense or Frankenstein?) . Don’t forget to search your winter wonderland… branches make for great decorations (if you can manage to find some fragrant pine what a score!) and don’t forget to bake your pine cones to rid them of sap. And don’t forget to line the bottom of the oven to avoid sap spills like me some people.

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