Friday, December 23, 2011

The last minute rush....

I had sooo many other Christmas things I wanted to share with you all, but the days just slipped away.   I guess I'll have to save them for next year!

This last post is jam-packed with yummy treats, last-minute gift ideas, tablescapes and some fun gift wrap ideas.   I'm hearing many say that they have yet to wrap a present and/or that they have so much left to maybe this will give you a few last-minute ideas!  This just might be my longest post ever!

If you're all done, maybe it will give you inspiration for next year and if you're like me...maybe you'll score some new gift wrap to fulfill these ideas next year on the day after sales.  Check out Target's...last year I got the most beautiful gift wrap at 75% off.   Note to self not buy beautiful gift wrap that has sparkles in it....too messy!!

Some last-minute gifts...

Using....your child's hand and/or footprints!  I'm sure by now you've realized that I'm a huge lover of all things handmade (no pun intended) and these would just make my day if I were to ever receive one.  Too bad my husband doesn't read my blog...yet!

This was made on a plate, but would be just as cute on a simple piece of paper!  Love!

So great with multiple kids.

And my most favorite of all...

On to some great ideas for homemade gifts and goodies...great ideas for neighbors, housewarming gifts when you visit others this holiday or just to have on hand when others visit!

A dream come true for me with 2 of my top and chocolate.  What could be better?
And even better, it's called... 3 Minute and 3 Ingredient Fudge.

from 'Made' 
(one of my top favs, although she makes me feel totally inadequate)

Santa Chex!!!

Cocoa Cones from 'Little Wonders' Days'

Love these Christmas Hershey Bars ideas...from 'Kerry's Craft Blog'

Or these from 'Split Coast Stamps'
Love that big red nose!!

Or how about chocolate-dipped candy canes?  Great in your coffee. We made these as part of our teacher gifts this year.  Sooo darn easy!

Or these from 'Country Living'

And the last 2 are super simple and you probably have the items in your house already....

Reindeer food...a tradition at our house.  My son made his at school this year so we don't have to, but if he didn't, we would absolutely be making this one!

And the all-time easiest and much appreciated gift...

Now for a few great ideas if you're entertaining over the next few days...first some appetizers and drinks that are very festive!

This looks so yummy...from 'YummyMummyKitchen'

.and you can make it ahead....BONUS!

And how about some ideas for Christmas breakfast...

Or these are cute too...  sorry the picture is so tiny, but it was way too fuzzy any bigger.  You get the idea I hope..the antlers are bacon!

Or maybe something a bit healthier...although it looks like too much work for me!

Or maybe a Cheerio tree...

And of course the food always looks better on a beautiful's some ideas to make your table beautiful this year.  I haven't set mine yet for Christmas Eve dinner, but I'm very excited to bring out my Christmas dishes!

Start with a simple place setting and name plate.   I love this one from HGTV...maybe because it's a pine cone?!   You certainly don't have to spray paint it, but it sure is pretty.

I love the fresh greenery.   I'm going to snag my fresh holly tomorrow.

Or this one is so super easy...from 'Sew Many Ways'

And this is to die for..or at least for me.  Red and pine cones...drool...

Here are a few great centerpiece ideas with fresh flowers, cranberries and candy.  Cranberries make a beautiful centerpiece and last forever.  I use them often this time of year!

If you have that glue gun and some candies laying around...these are simply glued on a tissue box.  So cute!

Or these from 'Sweet Designs' appear to be hot glued to a styro cone...

And last, but not least...that is if you're still reading this extremely looong post...

Gift wrap and gift tags (tons of freebies)

Here are a few great ways to use plain brown paper and and beautiful...

Or these with brown paper and doilies...from 'Oh Doilies'

I love the personalized touch...

I also love these bright colored ones... I think I'm going to try this theme next year if I can break myself away from RED!!!   I'm so in love with traditional red, but I do love how fun these are.

And lastly, if you're like me and wait to put bows and ribbons on your gifts so that they don't get all messed up...this is a great alternative to this idea!

And lastly...

free gift tags...just click on the links below each set...

Happy last few hours before Christmas!

Poshed Up

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