last minute ideas for christmas

Here a few things to take your Christmas over-the-top or to help you relax and enjoy the season:

  • Make an easy cheese board for guests to nibble on while dinner gets prepped or for a festive treat during present opening
  • Need a last minute hostess gift?  This wine is my new favorite and so affordable!
  • Love these as a substitute for all that holiday butter.
  • Still need a little holiday pizzaz at home?  There is plenty to time to assemble these snow globes.
  • Need to get out of the house after the christmas fun?  Take your holiday guests to one of these bluegrass spots—one, two, three!
  • Serve a festive holiday cocktail instead of fully stocking the bar.  I like these.
Relax and have fun!  Remember to enjoy the little things.  Plus, you might try this for a bit of de-stressing before or after company.
Happy Holidays!
May your days be merry and bright,


signature cocktails

For all of your holiday gatherings this year, don’t worry about fully stocking the bar.  Instead, serve a signature cocktail!  It will add some fun and festive flair to your party, plus it’s a great thing for your guests to chat about. I served both of these cocktails this year at my holiday open house.


sweet and tart with a festive holiday color

  • 1 oz cranberry juice, 1/2 oz of triple sec, 3 oz of champagne
  • Pour cranberry juice into a champagne flute or desired glass.  Add tripe sec and top with champagne.

Jingle Bell

light and refreshing, easy to pair with any holiday food

  • 1 tbsp chilled vodka, 1/2 cup champagne, 1/4 cup scoop of lemon sorbet, mint for garnish
  • Pour vodka and champagne into desired glass.  Add scoop of lemon sorbet and garnish with mint.

Above: Jingle Bell Cocktail from my holiday open house

These cocktails are easy to make, so don’t worry about being a skilled bartender.


photos: dthoskins