Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy
Nothing stretches the wallet quite like the stretch from Halloween to New Years Eve. Don’t let that be daunting…the CIJ team to the rescue! Our members share their Top Ten Tips for saving money while entertaining those you hold dear this Holiday Season.
One of my favs is to take a large glass vase (I love the tube style or square/rectangular ones) and fill it with christmassy stuff: use baubles, pine cones, holly, whatever, and wrap those tiny lights around. I also like to wrap them around a bunch of holly branches and other greens from the garden. You can even find these lights in small sets of 10 or 20 lights with batteries, which I so love to put a decoration like this in the middle of the table.
oh, and put a bunch of cloves in a fresh orange and enjoy the smell!
Cut out large leaves of various shapes and colors. Have guests write what they are thankful for one one side of each leaf. Then gather them up and before the meal or during dessert, read the leaves out loud. We have a large basket of “Thanksgiving leaves” that we have saved up over the years and add to every year. We still love reading them.
Hosting a tree trimming party is lots of fun and a great way to show off your ornaments to your friends and family. Making ornaments from recycled materials such as buttons and beads, or nature materials such as pinecones or acorns, is fun and can be a great activity idea for children or adults! I love to make my own ornaments.
A fun way to entertain with vintage items this Christmas Holiday is to set up a beverage station with vintage paper goods, cocktail napkins and coasters.
A very easy way to decorate and let kids helping is this:
From a felt red piece and from a white one, cut the different parts of Santa Klaus dress ( pants, jacket, bell, and so on).
But previously design them on a piece of paper.
Then glue all the pieces on a rope, like Santa Klaus’ laundry.
In Australia, Christmas happens right in the middle of summer, so while we can dream of a white Christmas, it’s usually around 100F! Christmas on a budget is a simple thing here, collecting shells, driftwood and the like, adding a bit of tinsel and the all important bonbons to the table and it’s a gorgeous Aussie Christmas!
A real crowd pleaser. Savoy saltine crackers.
Tip. 1 pk savoy saltine seasoning. 4 slevers saltine crackers ( I use the mini ones.1 box), 1 c canola oil, (1) 2 gal. zip lock. Mix oil and seasoning to bag. Mix well, add crackers toss until seasoning is absorbed. Let rest overnight.