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I absolutely love Christmas. It is my favorite time of year. I love the music, the decorations, entertaining and shopping for presents. Every year, I spend hours and hours baking, decorating my home and creating all my Christmas recipes from scratch. OK, I lied. Every year, I WANT to spend hours and hours baking, decorating my home and creating all my Christmas recipes from scratch – but I don’t.
I see all of these amazing decorations created from wood that’s been cut, sanded and painted by hand. I envy the gorgeously decorated tables where all of the linens have been hand sewn and embroidered with thousands of tiny snowflakes. The Christmas cookies and cakes that have been decorated to look like Santa’s elves or frozen ponds with ice skaters wearing mitten make me wish I had that kind of talent and time – but I don’t.
Christmas Entertaining Ideas
Like most women I know, I’m juggling family, job and a dozen other things during the holidays. I want to impress my family and friends when they visit but I need to do that without spending 6 hours a day doing it. While shopping at Price Chopper, I started to think about Christmas entertaining ideas and realized I don’t have to have tons of time to be able to entertain and bake for my guests. I’ll just get a little bit of help from Price Chopper. When I have people over during the holidays, I love setting a pretty holiday table. I don’t like disposable plates and cups so I picked up a few pretty holiday plates and cups from Price Chopper to use when we have guests.
The kitchen is where I do most of our entertaining. It’s warm and cozy and guests enjoy sitting around the table drinking coffee and cocoa while enjoying holiday baked goods. I have a few favorite Christmas cookies that I love to make from scratch. I fill in with other baked goods made with a little help from Pillsbury and Betty Crocker. When I bake using mixes, I make sure to add in a few extras. I add chopped walnuts to my brownies and white chocolate chips to my mini pumpkin bread loaves. Baked goods that will be given as gifts can be wrapped in plastic wrap and tied with ribbon or topped with a holiday bow.
I like to send guests home with something to remember our time together so I added a pretty felt stocking and a candy cane to each place setting. I left one of my delicious mini pumpkin bread loves tied with pretty Christmas ribbon for each person as well.
The centerpiece is a pretty potted Cyprus plant I got from the Price Chopper florist area, a vanilla cookie scented candle and a few festive Christmas bulbs.Now I have a pretty holiday table that didn’t take me hours to create. I was thrilled to find so many Christmas entertaining ideas from Price Chopper. Will you be entertaining this Christmas? If so, here are more entertaining ideas.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.