Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's That Time of Year!

I don't know about you girls but I am a sucker for anything Christmas related!  I absolutely love this time of year!  I love Christmas music & movies, decorations, lights, red and green, snowflakes & snowmen, candy canes, I could go on and on!  Last week, after I went to the doctors, I went home and watched Home Alone 1 and snuggled up in bed!  Oh how I love that movie!  Perfect holiday movie! :) 

Anyway, as most of you know I'm hosting a table at my church's holiday tea this year.  My theme for the table is CANDY CANE.  Everything red and white and fun!  The past two years I've done a snowmen and snowflakes theme with all white and blue hues.  Which was fun, but I want to mix things up this year.  So I searched online for some decor ideas to help me with some finishing touches.  I came across some really cute and lovely candy cane Christmas decoration ideas I thought some of you might find them useful if you're hosting a get together during the holiday season.  Take a look: 

Candy sticks, Candy Canes,   Peppermint puffs,
Candy Cane Swirl lollipops
Cheap items to use as decor/centerpieces!

Who knew candy in different shapes and in different sizes of jars could look so festive and fun!
Martha Stewtart knows what she's talking about!

Aren't these little tealights adorable!!?
pictures: found through bing search engine

To go along with this theme or even other holiday get togethers, here is a cute cookie recipe!  I made these last year for coworkers.  They loved them, and they are so simple and easy to do! 

Christmas Candy Cane Cookies


1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix

1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 egg

2 to 3 drops red or green food color

Baking Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter and egg until dough forms. Divide dough in half. Stir food color into 1 half; mix well.

2. For each candy cane, shape 1 teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope. Place 1 red and white rope side by side on ungreased cookie sheet; press together lightly and twist. Curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane.

3. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Special Touch
Brush cookies with a thin vanilla glaze and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.

Nutrition Information:
1 Serving (1 Cookie)Calories 60(Calories from Fat 25)

I hope you girls enjoyed this festive post!  I'm listening to Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas 2 U Album as I type!  It's her 2nd Christmas album and I love it!  What are you girls listening to these days?  Any Christmas music?  Or is it still to early for you? hehe :)  Are you hosting any Holiday parties??  Do you have a theme picked out yet?  If so, I'd love to know!  Have a lovely afternoon!


NANCYXO said...

AWW i love christmas stuff too! love all the little candles. =D


Tucker said...

I'm SO excited for christmas this year! this post got me even more ready for it.

Jen said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday! I think this theme is perfect for the tea! Everyone will love it!

Whitters said...

ahh those tea lights! adorable! :)

gleenn said...

I love Christmas, it always bring good memories to me.

I can use this recipe too. :)

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Sherin said...

I'm definitely in the Christmas Spirit now! I love candy canes, and all these look lovely.

Your idea for a table does sound like a lot of fun.

(P.S. I hope my comment doesn't show up 2ce! I was having a bit of trouble first time round).

Rachel said...

I love the idea of using all the candy canes for decoration! So cute! And of course, I'm so excited for Christmas. It's my favorite time of year. Plus, I just bought the Glee Christmas album this morning so I think it's time to start playing all my Christmas music! :)

bubbs... said...

Ooohhh great inspiration! For one holiday party I made home made chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. I used candy cane ice cream too add a holiday touch and it was a big hit!


mydesignchic said...

Inspiration fun!!

Stephanie said...

just discovered your blog and am really enjoying it! love candy canes!!! thanks for the simple cookie recipe. i'm going to add some peppermint extract and some ground candy canes to the mix for a little texture and flavor.

Mimi said...

I love that you include recipes every now and again on your blog..its so much fun:) I really enjoying "stopping in", and catching up on your recent posts;)

A La Mode et Plus! said...

Omg what cute decor!!


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