The holidays are meant to be a joyous time filled with cheer. But when you add in holiday shopping, purchasing the perfect gift and crazy travel times, it can easily become stressful. And if you’re hosting this year’s holiday celebration, you might be feeling overwhelmed or lost about where to begin. Take a deep breath. Here’s a holiday party hack that’ll make your life a little easier this season.
For centuries, decorations have defined the holidays. The first electric light display was created by Thomas Edison in 1880, and two years later, Edward H. Johnson wrapped his lights around his Christmas tree. Tinsel and baubles were created in Germany and used by Britain’s Queen Victoria around the holidays. And the Christmas tree as we now know it became a tradition in 16th century Germany for Christians wanting to decorate their homes. Decorations can make or break a holiday celebration, and this one cheap hack is something you may have never thought of.
If you need a new table runner, don’t splurge on a new purchase that will get messy with food. Use your left over wrapping paper held down with tape for an affordable substitution. You can keep it classy with gold or blue paper, or have a little fun and use reindeer-clad paper for an amusing look. Just make sure it's not the same paper you used to make it look like Santa really came to your house.
For the final (cheap) touches, use your food as decorations. A cheese wreath takes a few minutes to make and only requires an assortment of cheese, a bit of rosemary, cherry tomatoes and a little patience. And a fruit tray can easily be arranged to look like a Christmas tree with a star-shaped slice of cheese on top. After using this simple hack, you can breathe easy by also avoiding all of these holiday hosting mistakes.