Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
So, here are a few ideas that I have come up with that are unique, personal and under $25!
- A Personalized Ornament - This is something that they will be able to display on their tree for years to come as a reminder of your special dinner together. Make sure you get one that matches their personality...not yours.
- A Rosemary Shrub - This is a great idea for the person that likes to cook. It is fragrant, practical and wrapped in a beautiful Christmas paper. I found them at Kroger for $9.99. Add a bow and you are good to go!
- Monogrammed Soaps or Candles - this would be excellent for someone who entertains alot. It is a nice addition to their guest bath and comes in neutral colors.
- A Movie Night - Party City has a large plastic "popcorn box" that you can fill with a DVD, some microwaveable popcorn and a few boxes of candy. Wrap it with some cellophane and you've got a great family gift!
- Wooden Tea Chest - If you know someone that loves tea, purchase a nice tea chest and add some specialty teas if it doesn't come stocked already. This would pair well with a nice tea cup as an added bonus.
- Hot Cocoa Basket - Almost everyone loves hot chocolate! Get creative. Buy a small basket, add a mug or two, some cocoa, marshmellows and a few candy canes.
If you are looking for something a bit more pricey and fun, I would buy "The Bucket List" DVD and pair it with some Kopi Luwak. This coffee is sure to get a good laugh and would make for some very interesting conversation. Make sure you google its history if you don't already know it. This gift would cost you about $50+ depending on the amount of coffee you order. Keep in mind that when ordering this coffee online, you will want to verify its authenticity and origin. I like http://www.animalcoffee.com/ and http://www.koracoffee.com/.
Well, I hope that you come away with some neat ideas; get creative and add your own personal touch. If you have any hostess gift favorites, let me know! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
It has been so funny this year to hear Javin and Kadi singing their rendition of Christmas songs. Kadi was singing, "Oh , ho, the mistletoe - one, two, three - I see." I let out a little chuckle as I said, "Ho, Ho the mistletoe. Hung where you can see." That lasted about 2 minutes before she forgot the words again. So cute, but it was Javin that had me rolling! He started singing, "Deck the halls with cows of jolly!" I lost it! I mean can you just picture robust cows hysterically laughing as they sing Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la?!? What a greeting that would be! ♪♫♪
Lately, I have been enjoying doing fun, edible creations with the kids. For Thanksgiving, we did a cute turkey with feathers of candy corn, so for Christmas, we decided to make a candy sleigh. We even invited a few of their friends over to join in the fun for what I called "Javin & Kadi's 1st Annual Christmas Social." I am glad it is only once a year because I will need at least that long to recover and wrap my head around the next one! The sleighs turned out so cute though, so if you decide to make one with your kids, here is what you will need:
- 2 Candy Canes
- Vanilla Icing
- 1 Graham Cracker
- Shredded Coconut
- 1 Double Stuffed Oreo
- 1 Candy Santa
- 1 Red Fruit Roll-up
- 8 Gumballs
- 1 Twizzler Pull & Peel
First, you will want to get the two candy canes and put a heaping amount of icing, so that the graham cracker will stick. The icing will serve as your "glue". Be sure to allow about 10 minutes for it to dry a little.
Then you will want to ice the top of the graham cracker and sprinkle on your coconut. Now we have snow!
For Santa's seat, we will use an Oreo. Separate the halves to make your chair. You may actually want to add a bit of icing to the top to provide some extra stability for Santa. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then add Santa.
Next, we will make the toy sack. Very carefully, unroll the fruit roll-up. It is best to cup it in your hand, so that it doesn't stick to the counter. Pour in the gumballs and bring all edges up to the middle to form a pouch. Stretch out the top a bit, so that you have ample room to tie your Twizzler's Pull & Peel bow. Add the toy sack to the sleigh, and you are done!Simple, yet fun and the kids end up with a yummy snack! Bring on the sugar high! Merry Christmas!